Application Process

List of 5 items.

  • Step 1: Connect with the Admissions Office

    Register for an Admissions Event HERE or submit an Inquiry Form to receive admissions information and be added to our database for future mailings. If you have questions, please contact Diane Russell, Director of Enrollment Management, 410-809-2403 or via email
  • Step 2: Complete & Submit Application

    Applications for the 2022/2023 academic year will begin being accepted November 1, 2021 with a priority deadline of February 1, 2022. Applications continue being accepted after the deadline on a rolling, space-available basis.

    Create an account in our online admissions portal, complete the application, and submit it with the $55.00 application fee. After your application is submitted, you will receive access to an admissions checklist with the next steps in the process.

    Please note: For all applicants currently enrolled in school or a program outside of the home (day care/preschool) the application checklist includes a Transcript and Records Release request for your child's current school office, and a Common Recommendation Form to be completed by a current teacher. Recipient information for the above requests is entered into the application portal. You may preview the forms below:
    Little Dragons (K-Prep 3) applicants must be age 3, K-Prep applicants must be age 4, and Kindergarten applicants must be age 5 by September 1st of the year of entry. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the admissions office directly. Harford Day School does not maintain a waiting a list from year-to-year. The admissions process begins anew each fall.   
  • Step 3: Student Assessments

    Upon receipt of the completed Admissions Application, the admissions office will work with you to schedule a mutually convenient time for your child’s admissions assessment. Assessments may occur throughout the year but are most common November-February.
    • K-Prep-Grade 1 applicants will have an admissions assessment typically occurring in January-February.
    • Students applying to Grades 2-8 will complete a standardized online admissions assessment.
  • Step 4: Admissions Review

    The admissions committee, comprised of the Head of School, Director of Enrollment Management, 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 (2/1/22) will be sent February 18, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling (space-available) basis.
  • Step 5: Indexed Tuition Application Process

    Admissions decisions are independent of the indexed tuition process. Indexed Tuition applications are reviewed after a student has been admitted. However, you should begin the online application process early. See Affording HDS for more information on the process. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as funds allow.
Harford Day is the only PK3 to Grade 8 independent school in Harford County accredited by AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools) and a member of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).