Old Trail School reviews applications on a rolling basis, when an application is completed. Admission decisions are made by the School’s Admission Committee, based upon a child’s readiness and abilities to participate from our programs and upon space availability for the program and grade of application. The Admission Office sends a letter of notification to a family usually within 7-10 days of an admission decision.
Old Trail School is committed to making the advantages of its independent school education available to a broad range of families, through its Flexible Tuition Program. In order to apply for financial assistance through the Flexible Tuition Program, a family completes and submits a Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) application, which is evaluated by a third-party service to determine the family’s financial need. Because institutional financial aid funds are limited, you are encouraged to submit the FAST application as soon as possible and before the December 1 deadline (prior to the academic year of enrollment) to ensure full consideration. The School’s Flexible Tuition Committee reviews the FAST application and assessment of need and determines eligibility for and amount of institutional financial aid. Your financial aid award is documented in your Enrollment Contract. Your application for financial assistance does not affect the decision to accept your child for admission into the School; however, you must complete the admission process before a financial aid award can be made.
Yes, depending on where your family resides, bus transportation may be available through one of three options:
Certain public school districts provide free transportation to Old Trail school, presently including the school districts of Akron, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Copley-Fairlawn, Hudson, Revere, and Woodridge.
Old Trail School’s Transportation Department runs scheduled bus routes from certain central geographical sites to the School.
Our Transportation Department can in many circumstances arrange door-to-door transportation from your home (or other preferred location) to the School.
Currently, many of our families are eligible for transportation, regardless of whether they use it or not of our families have access to bus or van transportation. Parents who wish to drive their children find our car pool lanes and drop-off/pick-up procedures both convenient and safe.
In general, Old Trail School follows State of Ohio’s age-eligibility guidelines for admission into Grades 1-8, although considerations can be made for special exceptions. Age eligibilities for Early Childhood and Kindergarten offerings are:
Early Childhood 2 Day Program: 2 years of age by August 31 of the school year of enrollment.*
Early Childhood 3 & 5 Day Programs: 3-4 years of age by August 31.
Young 5s: 5 years of age during the spring or summer months of the school year prior to enrollment
Kindergarten: 5 years of age by August 31.
* A child is not required to be potty-trained for the ECP 2 Day Program.
Following notification of admission, our Business Office sends an enrollment contract, which includes any financial aid for which the family is eligible along with the net price for enrollment (tuition and fees less financial aid). To secure a student’s place in the class, a family must sign and return the enrollment contract, along with a tuition deposit. The signed enrollment contract and tuition deposit are due by March 15th of the year of the fall term of enrollment (or, within two weeks after an admission made after March 15th OR for a spring term of enrollment).
If space is not available at a time of the admission decision, a child may be placed on a wait list and notified should a space become available. Because of the popularity of many of our programs, we encourage families to complete the application and schedule Screening Sessions, Visit Dates, and Testing Sessions as early as possible.
We take a strong personal interest in each child’s success and work closely with families throughout the admissions process to determine a child’s preparedness and potential to benefit from our educational programs. Our teachers and our Office of Admission encourage parents to discuss any special learning, emotional, social or transitional needs or conditions that might influence an admission decision or success at the School.
Old Trail School’s application and admission process works on a rolling basis, which means that a family can apply for a child’s acceptance into a program at any time within the year prior to the academic term of enrollment. However, to ensure full consideration for admissions and space availability in a program, a family should begin the admission process as soon as it has identified an interest in Old Trail and complete the process by our regular application deadline of January 15 (for the fall term of first enrollment). A typical timetable includes:
Application for Admission: Typically mid-to late fall of year prior to enrollment. The initial application deadline is January 15. Candidates will be considered on a rolling admission basis after this time depending on availability of space.
Old Trail School students have a 93% acceptance rate when applying to independent/private high schools. For the past 10 years, our graduates have gone on to the following high schools:
Archbishop Hoban High School Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Cleveland Heights High School Colorado Rocky Mountain School Columbus School for Girls Copley High School Culver Military Academy Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Firestone High School Gilmour Academy Hathaway Brown Hawken School Highland High School Hoover High School Hope Academy Hudson High School IMG Pendleton School Independence High School Interlochen Arts Academy Jackson High School Kent Roosevelt High School Lake Ridge Academy Laurel School Lawrence School Magnificat Medina High School Nordonia High School Our Lady of the Elms Padua Franciscan High School Phillips Exeter Revere High School Shattuck-St. Mary's School St. Edward High School St. Ignatius High School St. Michael School St. Vincent St. Mary Stow-Munroe Falls High School University of Akron Early College University School Walnut Hills High School Walsh Jesuit High School Watershed High School Western Reserve Academy Woodridge High School
Students have also attended other day and boarding schools including:
Choate Rosemary Hall Colorado Rocky Mountain Academy Cranbrook Schools Groton School Miss Porter’s School The Hotchkiss School The Loomis Chaffee School