Admissions Process and Forms

Step 1: Connect with the Admissions Office

Thank you for your interest in Harford Day School. Please complete an inquiry form HERE to learn more. We will contact you should we have an opening for the 2020-21 academic year in your child's grade.

The admissions application process begins anew each November. We welcome the the opportunity to work with your family for the 2021-22 academic year. Information will be updated on this site by early fall.


Step 2: Complete & Submit Application

The online admissions applications for the 2021-22 academic year will be available November 2, 2020.

Complete the online application and submit it with the $55.00 application fee.

The School Requests Section of the application includes a Transcript and Records Release for your child's current school office, and a Common Referral Form to be completed by your child's current (or most recent) 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:

Little Dragons applicants must be age 3 (and potty-trained), K-Prep students 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 director directly.

Harford Day School does not maintain a waiting a list from year-to-year. The admissions process begins anew each fall.

Step 3: Admissions Assessment


Upon receipt of the completed Admissions Application, Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, will work with you to schedule a modified admissions assessment and student visit.

Step 4: 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. The first round of admissions decisions are sent annually in February. Applications continue to be reviewed on a rolling (space-available) basis for the remainder of the year.

Step 5: Responsive Tuition Application Process


Admissions decisions are independent of the responsive tuition process. Responsive 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. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as funds allow.