Admissions Process

Applying to Synapse School

Deciding on a private school program is a major family decision. Thus, we make every effort to share our mission, vision, and curriculum in the pre-enrollment process. Given that we offer a unique program, integrating academics with social-emotional learning and the practice of innovation, we want the families who join our community to be fully informed and eager to participate. We are currently accepting applications for mixed-age classes in the Lower School and Middle SchooL for the 2018-2019 school year.

1. Attend a Parent Information Night (PIN)

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 the school's 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.

2. Sign Up for a Synapse School Tour (Optional)

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 a Synapse School Application by January 17, 2019

Complete the application steps online using Ravenna.

Preliminary Application Steps due January 17, 2019

We recommend that you submit your application early in the admissions season to activate the next steps of the admissions process.

  • Synapse School application
  • Family photo
  • $90 application fee
Supplemental Documents due February 8, 2019

Please complete these steps as soon as possible so that there is enough processing time to receive the documents before the deadline.

  • Teacher recommendation form: In Ravenna, delegate the form to your current teacher as soon as possible so that we receive your teacher recommendation before your Parent Interview date. Parents may also delegate a teacher recommendation form to a second teacher if desired.
  • Educational and any additional assessments: Please provide any educational, medical, social or other assessments that you have. Examples: WISC, WPPSI, Qualitative Assessment, ISEE, Psycho-educational, IEP, etc. These relevant assessments inform the holistic evaluation of each individual child.
    If you are interested in getting an educational assessment, here is a list of possible Psychologists for Testing. It is recommended to schedule early, as psychologists can get quite busy during the admissions season.
  • Transcripts: (1st-8th Grade applicants) Submit the records release form to your current school for the school years: 2018-2019 (1st term) and 2017-2018.

All applications submitted after our January 17, 2019 will be considered in our 2nd Pool Applications. Depending on the availability of spaces in the applicant grade after our March 20, 2019 decisions, 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 Synapse School's philosophy and program. 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)

After you have attended a Parent Information Night and submitted your child's application, the Admissions office will contact you to schedule the Kindergarten Playgroup or Shadow Visit.

Kindergarten Playgroup

Synapse offers a Kindergarten Playgroup where applicants will enjoy some fun with shapes, numbers, a story, 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 team and current parents. Kindergarten Playgroups start in January.

Shadow Visit

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.

6. One-On-One Student-Teacher Meeting

The One-on-One Student-Teacher meeting is an opportunity for Synapse teachers to get to know your child better.
  • Lower School (Kindergarten and 1st - 4th grade) applicants - The Admissions office or a Synapse teacher will contact you to schedule a time. These meetings are scheduled after the Parent Interview and Kindergarten Playgroup have taken place.
  • Middle School (5th - 8th grade) applicants - The one-on-one meeting takes place during the Shadow Visit.
Synapse School admits students of any race, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin. All Students are entitled 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, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs.