Admissions Process and Forms

Step 1: Visit Harford Day School


Schedule a parent visit and campus tour by contacting Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, 410-809-2403 or via email

Step 2: Complete & Submit Application


Complete the application and submit it with the $55.00 application fee on or before the priority application deadline of Friday, January 10, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission. The online application for 2020/2021 will be available November 1, 2019. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling (space-available) basis throughout the year.

The application includes an electronic Transcript and Records Release request for your child's current school office, and a Common Referral Form to be completed by a current teacher. When you apply, please have school email addresses handy to expedite the submission of your child's completed application. You may preview the Common Referral Forms below:

K-Prep and Kindergarten applicants must be age 3 or age 5, respectively, by September 1st of the year of entry. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the admissions director directly.

Harford Day School does not maintain a waiting a list from year-to-year. The admissions process begins anew each fall. Application by the priority deadline is recommended, especially in the early grades, to ensure availability for your child.

Step 3: Student Visit/Admissions Assessment


Upon receipt of the completed Admissions Application, Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, will work with you to schedule a mutually convenient time for your child’s admissions assessment and campus visit. Visits may occur throughout the year but are most common November-February.

  • K-Prep-Grade 1 applicants will have an admissions assessment and classroom visit.
  • Students applying to Grades 2-8 will have an admissions assessment and spend the rest of the school day on campus with a current Harford Day School student host/ess (commonly known as a Shadow Day).

Step 5: Admissions Review


The admissions committee, which is comprised of the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and the respective Division Head, carefully assesses each applicant’s readiness for academic, social, and personal success at Harford Day School. All admissions are made at the discretion of the Head of School. Admissions decisions for completed applications received by the priority deadline (1/10/20) will be sent February 21, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling (space-available) basis.

Step 6: Financial Assistance


Admissions decisions are independent of the financial assistance process. Applications for financial assistance are reviewed after a student has been admitted. However, you should begin the online application process early. Completed online financial assistance applications and required documents are due by January 10, 2020. See Affording HDS for more information on the process. Financial assistance awards for re-enrolling and newly admitted families meeting the published deadlines will be sent February 21, 2020. For consideration after this deadline, please contact the admissions office directly.