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 grade level includes:

  • Online Application for Admission (and application fee)
  • School transcripts and testing scores (where applicable)
  • Teacher evaluation(s)
  • Student Interview or Early Childhood Playdate 
  • Admission assessment
 
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.

Our Admission Office is available to work with your family either virtually or by phone.  We encourage you to begin the online application and email our Admission Team to learn more about our community.    

Campus visits are currently available by appointment all days school is in session, as well as on:
  • Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am - noon
  • Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am - noon
Please contact the admission office to schedule a visit.  Old Trail School is following all CDC and Ohio mandates regarding social distancing to ensure the health of all individuals.  Masks are required for all adults and older children as appropriate.  Meetings and conversations will take place in our ample outdoor learning spaces.

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  • Early Childhood Program - Two Year Old Program

    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.

    Application Process:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Schedule an initial admission meeting, either virtual or online
    3. Schedule an Early Childhood Playdate
    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).
    Early Childhood Playdates are offered to children with complete applications.  Please contact the admission office to arrange an individual date over the summer.

    Regular Admission Round:
    • Completed Applications are due by February 1, 2021
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 12, 2021
    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 1.


    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 - Three and Four Years Old

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

    Application Process:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Schedule an initial admission meeting, either virtual or online
    3. Schedule 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.  Please contact the admission office to arrange an individual date over the summer.

    Regular Admission Round:
    • Completed Applications are due by February 1, 2021
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 12, 2021
    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 1.

    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. Schedule a parent conversation
    3. Schedule and have the child participate in a Kindergarten/Young 5's screening, either in-person or virtually
    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).

    Application Deadline:
    • Completed Applications are due by February 1, 2021
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 12, 2021
    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 1, 2021.

    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. Schedule a parent conversation
    3. Schedule and have the child participate in a Kindergarten readiness screening and Playdate
    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).

    Application Deadline:
    • Completed Applications are due by February 1, 2021
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 12, 2021
    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 1, 2021.

    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 would benefit from additional time prior to Old Trail's Kindergarten, we may recommend that she or he enroll in our Young 5s Program as a 'growing year' option.

    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. Schedule a parent conversation with the admission office.
    3. Submit official transcripts, report cards, and standardized test results from all previously attended schools
    4. Request teacher evaluations from the child’s current school
    5. Schedule a student admission assessment and interview
    Typically students would take an admission assessment as part of the visit day.  Due to COVID restrictions we are not hosting visit days, but in-person tours and assessments may be scheduled for either after school or on the weekends.

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


    Application Deadline:
    • Completed Applications are due by February 1, 2021
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 12, 2021
    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 1, 2021.

    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.
    2. Schedule a parent conversation with the admission office.
    3. Submit official transcripts, report cards, and standardized test results from all previously attended schools
    4. Request teacher evaluations from the child’s current school
    5. Schedule a student admission assessment and interview
    Students applying to Old Trail's Middle School have two options for admission testing:
    1. Take the ISEE test, offered online via Prometric.  The cost of the ISEE begins at $140. 
    2. Take an admission assessment at Old Trail School by appointment (no cost):
    Reservations for Middle School Testing Sessions at Old Trail School are required, and each Session is limited to 4 students.  Students taking the ISEE must register online at www.iseetest.org.

    Due to COVID restrictions we are not hosting visit days, but in-person tours and assessments may be scheduled for either after school or on the weekends.

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

    Application Deadline:
    • Completed Applications are due by February 1, 2021
    • Families will receive an admission decision on February 12, 2021
    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available rolling basis beginning March 1, 2021.

    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.

Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.