How to Apply

Old Trail School seeks to enroll qualified, imaginative, and well-rounded students whose families understand and embrace the School’s mission of developing intellectually curious, independent thinking students who emerge with a passion for discovery, critical thinking and collaborative learning.
 
The admission processes and requirements for each program and grade level, as well as for international students, are outlined below. For Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School grades, the application process generally includes:

  • Online Application for Admission (and application fee)
  • School transcripts and testing scores (where applicable)
  • Teacher evaluation(s)
  • Screening or Visit Day (along with applicable assessments)
  • Testing Session (Middle School only)
 
Admission is based upon a child’s preparedness to benefit from and succeed in the program, as determined by the School’s Admission Committee, as well as space availability. Because of the demand for Old Trail’s programs, we encourage families to complete the admission process by the application deadline.

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  • Early Childhood Program (ECP 2 Day)

    The Early Childhood 2 Day Program is designed for two-year old children who are ready to experience school for the first time without an accompanying parent or caregiver. Classes meet two mornings each week for two-and-a-half hours. Two sessions are available (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday).

    Children must turn 2 by August 31; children do not need to be potty-trained.

    To apply for the Early Childhood 2 Day Program, please complete the online Admission Application and schedule an individual child playdate. (Playdates are typically scheduled in January and early February)

    Application Deadline:
    • Completed Applications are due by January 15, 2020
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 20, 2020
    Applications completed after January 15 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 9, 2020.

    In addition to foundational academic skills determined necessary by the School, click here for some of the additional characteristics that are considered through a developmental lens appropriate for children seeking enrollment to the School.
     
  • Early Childhood Program (ECP 3 Day & 5 Day)

    The School’s Early Childhood Program continues a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, as well as introducing foundational literacy and math skills and work with science, library, technology,and language (Spanish) specialists.

    There are multiple options for children based on age:

    Children who turn three by August 31:
    • 3 Day or 5 Day option
    • Half- or Full- Day options
    Children who turn four by August 31:
    • 5 days
    • Half- or Full- day options
    Students in the 5 Day program begin physical education and swimming instruction.

    To be eligible for the 3 or 5 day Early Childhood Program, a child must be potty-trained.

    Application Process:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Submit an application fee of $45
    3. Schedule and have the child participate in an Early Childhood Playdate. 
    4. For ECP 3 Day & 5 Day, submit a teacher evaluation from the child’s current teacher or caregiver (not required if the child is not in a school or childcare setting).
    Early Childhood Playdates are offered to children with complete applications, and are held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 am on the following dates:

    November 13, 2019
    November 20, 2019
    December 11, 2019
    January 15, 2020
    February 12, 2020

    Reservations are required for a Playdate, and each Playdate session is limited to five children.

    There are two application rounds for the Early Childhood 3 and 5 day program:

    Early Admission Round:  
    • Completed applications are due by November 15, 2019
    • Families will receive an admission decision on December 6, 2019

    Regular Admission Round:
    • Completed Applications are due by January 15, 2020
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 20, 2020
    Applications completed after January 15 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 9.

    In addition to foundational academic skills determined necessary by the School, click here for some of the additional characteristics that are considered through a developmental lens appropriate for children seeking enrollment to the School.
  • Early Childhood Program (Young 5s)

    This distinctive program offers the children the 'gift of a year' and is designed for children who turn five-years-old during the spring or summer months who can benefit from a growing year prior to kindergarten. Children are introduced to a variety of enriched learning opportunities both inside the classroom and throughout our campus, including skills development in reading, writing, and math, classes in technology, library, and performing arts, project-based investigations and work, and creative exploration.  This program meets five full days.

    To be eligible for the Program a child must be 5 years of age by September 1 of the school year of enrollment but typically has a late (spring/summer) birthday.

    Application Process:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Submit an application fee of $45
    3. Schedule and have the child participate in a Kindergarten/Young 5's screening. 
    4. Submit a teacher evaluation from the child’s current teacher or caregiver (not required if the child is not in a school or childcare setting).
    Kindergarten/Young 5s screenings are offered to children with complete applications, and are held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 am on the following dates:

    January 29, 2020
    February 5, 2020
    February 26, 2020
    March 18, 2020

    Reservations are required for a screening, and each session is limited to six children.*

    Application Deadline:
    • Completed Applications are due by January 15, 2020
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 20, 2020
    Applications completed after January 15 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 9, 2020.

    In addition to foundational academic skills determined necessary by the School, click here for some of the additional characteristics that are considered through a developmental lens appropriate for children seeking enrollment to the School.

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  • Primary School (Kindergarten)

    To be eligible for Old Trail School’s Kindergarten, a child must be 5-years-old by August 31.

    Application Process:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Submit an application fee of $45
    3. Schedule and have the child participate in a Kindergarten screening. 
    4. Submit a teacher evaluation from the child’s current teacher or caregiver (not required if the child is not in a school or childcare setting).
    Kindergarten screenings are offered to children with complete applications, and are held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 am on the following dates:

    January 29, 2020
    February 5, 2020
    February 26, 2020

    Reservations are required for a screening, and each session is limited to six children.

    Application Deadline:
    • Completed Applications are due by January 15, 2020
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 20, 2020
    Applications completed after January 15 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 9, 2020.

    Acceptance into Kindergarten Program is based upon a child’s level of preparation and readiness, his or her abilities to benefit from Kindergarten, and space availability. If an assessment finds that a child is not ready for Old Trail's Kindergarten, we may recommend that she or he enroll in our Young 5s Program as a 'growing year' option prior to Kindergarten.

    In addition to foundational academic skills determined necessary by the School, click here for some of the additional characteristics that are considered through a developmental lens appropriate for children seeking enrollment to the School.

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  • Primary and Intermediate School (Grades 1-5)

    Application Process for Grades 1 - 5:
    1. Submit the online Admission Application and fee.
    2. Submit official transcripts, report cards, and standardized test results from all previously attended schools
    3. Request two teacher evaluations from the child’s current school: one from the primary classroom teacher and one from a teacher/principal of your choice.
    4. Schedule a student shadow day and parent tour.
    During a Student Shadow Day, the child visits Old Trail School for a full day while classes are in session, with opportunities to attend grade-level classes, participate in school activities and events, and eat lunch in the school dining room.  An admission assessment will be administered as part of the visit day.

    Acceptance is based upon a child’s level of academic, emotional, and social readiness and space availability.  

    There are two application rounds for students applying to grades 1-5:

    Early Admission Round:  
    • Completed applications are due by November 15, 2019
    • Families will receive an admission decision on December 6, 2019

    Regular Admission Round:
    • Completed Applications are due by January 15, 2020
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 14, 2020
    Applications completed after January 15 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 9.

    In addition to foundational academic skills determined necessary by the School, click here for some of the additional characteristics that are considered through a developmental lens appropriate for children seeking enrollment to the School.

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  • Middle School (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

    Application Process for Grades 6 - 8:

    1. Submit the online Admission Application and fee through your MyTrail account.
    2. Submit official transcripts, report cards, and standardized test results from all previously attended schools
    3. Request two teacher evaluations through your online MyTrail account: one from the current English/Language Arts teacher and one from the current math teacher.
    4. Schedule a student shadow day and parent tour.
    During the student shadow day, the child visits Old Trail School for a full day while classes are in session, with opportunities to attend grade-level classes, participate in school activities and events, and eat in lunch the school dining room.  In addition, a child completes a Writing Prompt as part of the application process.

    Students applying to Old Trail's Middle School have two options for admission testing:
    1. Take the ISEE test, offered at Old Trail and other area schools on Saturdays throughout the year.  The cost of the ISEE is $120.  Old Trail School is offering the test on Saturday, November 9, and Saturday, January 11.
    2. Take an admission assessment at Old Trail School on select school days (free of charge):
    • Friday, November 22, 2019, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, January 17, 2020, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, February 7, 2020, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, March 13, 2020, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, April 3, 2020, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Reservations for Middle School Testing Sessions at Old Trail School are required, and each Session is limited to 10 students.  Students taking the ISEE must register online at www.iseetest.org.

    Acceptance into the Middle School based upon a child’s academic promise and performance, personal qualities, and space availability.

    In addition to foundational academic skills determined necessary by the School, click here for some of the additional characteristics that are considered through a developmental lens appropriate for children seeking enrollment to the School.

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  • International Students (Application Process)

    Old Trail School welcomes qualified candidates from outside the United States to join our community for Kindergarten through Grade 8. International students offer a unique opportunity to enrich our community through global connections and different perspectives.  

    Reflecting the geographic diversity of our student body, the School currently has international and day students representing Italy, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, China and India.

    Our School has a rigorous academic program.  International students are selected based upon their qualifications to benefit from and succeed at Old Trail School and are expected to enter with sufficient proficiency in the English language to complete coursework and participate fully in student life.  Students in Grades 7 and 8 may play on competitive athletic teams.

    To be considered for admission, an international candidate must submit:
    1. A completed application for admission (for the appropriate grade of entry)
    2. An application fee of $250
    3. Official results from the TOEFL or TOEFL JR. test
    4. Two letters of evaluation (from an English teacher and a second teacher of candidate’s choice), along with contact information for each teacher
    5. Official academic transcripts and records for the current school year and the past two school years, translated into English
    6. Financial documentation certifying the family’s or sponsor’s ability to pay tuition and fees (including bank statements)
    7. A scanned copy of the candidate’s passport (for citizenship verification)
    8. A video interview (typically by Skype) with Old Trail School representatives
    An International Student Admissions Committee makes decisions on acceptance of International candidates into the School.  Following notification of acceptance, an international candidate and her or his family or sponsor will receive additional information on housing options, the enrollment contract, and applying for a student visa.
  • International Students (Housing Requirements)

    An international student enrolling in Kindergarten through Grade 8 must be accompanied by and reside with a parent or guardian for the school year (mid-August through mid-June).

    NOTE:  For a family relocating to Northeast Ohio for its principal residence (for instance, for business purposes), the child(ren) is/are not considered part of our International Program and follow the standard admission process for domestic candidates.  However, an English Language support fee may be assessed based on the child’s English proficiency.
Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.