Admissions Process and Forms Amid COVID-19

A Message to Prospective Families:

Thank you for your interest in Harford Day School. The application deadline has passed. We are reviewing a high volume of applications at this time. 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.

Stay well and be safe,

Diane Russell

Step 1: Complete & Submit Application

At this time we are no longer accepting applications.

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. To streamline the application process, we are temporarily accepting parent copies of report cards for the past two school years (for applicants to Grades 1-8).

You may preview the Common Referral Forms below:

K-Prep and Kindergarten applicants must be age 2.9 (and potty-trained) 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.

Step 2: Admissions Assessment


Upon receipt of the completed Admissions Application, Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, will work with you to schedule to complete a modified admissions assessment, and an online conversation.

Step 3: 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. Applications are reviewed on a rolling (space-available) basis and are currently being accepted for all grades for fall 2020.

Step 4: 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.