1. Attend a Parent Information Night (PIN)
Please register for a PIN through Ravenna here
A Parent Information Night (PIN) is the required first step in the admissions process. PINs are designed to guide parents in deciding whether the Synapse School philosophy and program are a fit for their child and family. During this interactive evening, Synapse leadership and faculty will present its Vision and Mission, and provide both general information and examples of the Synapse constructivist curriculum model. Current Synapse parents will also share their family's experiences. We welcome parents and other interested adults to attend the PIN. For more information and dates, visit the Parent Information Night page.
2. Sign up for an optional Synapse School Tour
Once you have attended a Parent Information Night (PIN), you are invited to join an optional Synapse School Tour. This is an excellent opportunity to see our classes in action, meet our wonderful teachers and visit with Leadership. At the end of the PIN, School Tour sign-ups will be available. In addition, you will receive a registration code to sign up for tours through Ravenna.
3. Submit an Synapse School Application through Ravenna By January 19, 2017
In Ravenna, complete the Synapse School Application form and submit it with the $90 application fee. We recommend that you submit your application early in the admissions season to activate the next steps of the admissions process. To begin your application process and see more details in Ravenna, click here.
In Ravenna, you will be required to submit the following with your application.
- Family photo
- $90 application fee
- Teacher Recommendation form
- IQ assessment and any additional assessments due February 10, 2017
- Transcripts from the current and last school year (1st grade through Middle School applicants)* due February 10, 2017
All applications submitted after our deadline on January 19th deadline will be considered in our 2nd Pool Applications. We will accept 2nd Pool applications on an ongoing basis. Depending on the availability of spaces in the applicant grade, we will activate the application process for 2nd Pool applicants.
4. Parent Interview
Marsha Rideout, Director of Admissions, will meet with both parents to clarify any questions parents may have and to review the philosophy and program of Synapse School. Most importantly, it is an opportunity for parents to share about their child. The interview is designed to help all parties assess the family fit. The Admissions office will contact you to schedule your Parent Interview after you have attended a Parent Information Night and submitted your application and fee. Please have your child's teacher submit their recommendation before the Parent Interview. Parent Interviews start in October.
5. Kindergarten Playgroup or Shadow Visit (1st Grade - Middle School)
For our Kindergarten applicants, Synapse offers a Kindergarten Playgroup. Students will enjoy some fun with shapes, numbers, a story with an activity, and a game. The group size is about 10 children total and does not involve one-on-one or formal testing. The more relaxed the children are, the better! While your child is engaged with our kindergarten teachers and Synapse staff members, parents are invited to stay and join a Q & A over coffee with members of our Admissions and Outreach team and current parents. Kindergarten Playgroups start in January.
For our 1st Grade - Middle School applicants, Synapse offers Shadow Visits to experience Synapse School. It is an opportunity for your child to get a taste of Synapse by accompanying a current student throughout the visit and engaging in classes and activities. Shadow Visits start in December. Lower school (1st-4th grade) applicants will shadow in their current grade for a half day. Middle School (5th-8th grade) applicants will shadow for a full day.
The Admissions office will contact you to schedule the Kindergarten Playgroup or Shadow Visit after you have attended a Parent Information Night and submitted your application and fee.
6. Shadow Visit (1st through Middle School)
Once you have submitted your preliminary application and fee, our Admissions office will contact you to schedule a shadow visit for your child.
7. One-On-One Student-Teacher Meeting
The one-on-one student-teacher meeting is an opportunity for Synapse teachers to better get to know your child. The one-on-one meetings are scheduled after the Parent Interview and Kindergarten Playgroup/Shadow Visit have taken place. For the Lower School (Kindergarten-4th grade) applicants, the Admissions office or a Synapse teacher will contact you to schedule a time. Middle School (5th-8th grade) applicants have their one-on-one meeting during the Shadow Visit.
Synapse School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.