Process

Mission-appropriate
Southampton Academy utilizes an admissions process for us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about us. A mission-appropriate student and family understands our independent school philosophy and values and demonstrates willingness to become a part of the experience.

(1) Application
If you have completed an “official inquiry” from the admissions home page, then our offices will reach out to begin your journey. We will share access to the online application system as we no longer accept paper applications.

(2) Tour & interview
A campus tour and conversation with faculty and staff are early elements of the admissions process. Often, these steps are completed prior to formal online application. Follow-up is conducted through a parent and student questionnaire.

(3) Group screening & class visit
Applicants for the prekindergarten and kindergarten programs participate in a group screening event on campus as a “play date” to meet teachers and friends (with parents). During the event, parents “sign up” for an individual screening session to assess developmental readiness. Applicants for first through twelfth grades spend at least one full day on campus shadowing a student ambassador.

(4) Individual screening & testing
Prekindergarten and kindergarten candidates attend their “sign up” date for their individual screening, typically on a Saturday in early December. Applicants for first through twelfth grades return to campus for a weekday visit to complete reading, writing, math, and achievement testing, as appropriate. SA uses the Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test for achievement testing.

(5) Teacher recommendations
Any candidate currently attending a daycare, preschool, early childhood center, or other school (elementary, middle, or high) must have their current teacher/instructor complete an online teacher recommendation. Middle and upper school candidates should submit two recommendations, one from the English/ELA teacher and the other from the mathematics teacher (share this link). Candidates for PK4 through fifth need submit only one recommendation (share this link).

(6) Report card or school evaluation
Any candidate currently attending a daycare, preschool, or other school (elementary, middle, or high) should submit a copy of their child’s most recent report card. In the case of early childhood centers, copies of narratives from the center are appreciated but not required.

Committee decision
The admissions committee consists of teachers, administrators, and staff who review and discuss the candidate file and input from stakeholder groups in the community. Decisions are communicated on a “rolling basis” upon completion of the file. The admissions office or Head of School will reach out to share the decision. One admissions is complete, we will share the enrollment process.