Application Requirements

Old Trail School seeks to enroll qualified, imaginative, and well-rounded students for its Early Childhood and Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School Programs, 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)
For best consideration, please submit applications by January 15. We will continue to review applications received after this date for remaining spaces. We will also review applicants for mid-year enrollment as space allows. Application and other deadlines, as well as information on Screening, Visit, and Testing dates can be found here. Old Trail School reviews applications on a rolling bases,when an application is completed.
 
Admission into all educational programs 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 popularity of Old Trail’s programs, we encourage families to complete the admission process as early as possible.

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  • Toddler-Adult Program

    A young child and a parent (or caregiver) share together in the child’s first classroom experience, along with a teacher expert in early childhood development. Classes meet one morning each week for an hour and a half. Two sessions are offered Monday (8:30 - 10 a.m.) or Monday (10:30 a.m. - Noon). A child does not need to be potty-trained for this program.

    An admission application is not required for this program. To register for Toddler-Adult, click here to complete an online registration and permission form. Children who are age-eligible may also apply for the two-day Toddler Program.

    The child must turn 2 by August 30.
  • Early Childhood 2 Day Program

    The Early Childhood 2 Day Program is intended for age-eligible 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 (Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday).

    The child must turn 2 by April 30 and does not need to be potty-trained.

    To apply for the Early Childhood 2 Day Program, a parent completes an online Admission Application. Children who are age-eligible may also enroll concurrently in the Toddler-Adult Program.

    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 3-Day & 5-Day Programs

    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. The Program has these options by number and length of days:
    • 3 Day or 5 Day
    • Half- or Full-Days
    Students in the 5 Day program begin physical education and swimming instruction.

    To be eligible for the Early Childhood Program, a child must be 3 years of age by September 1 of the school year of enrollment and 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 written evaluation from the child’s teacher from a previous school attended, which attests to the child’s level of readiness.
    The days and times for Early Childhood Playdates can be found here.  

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

    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.
  • Young 5s Program

    This distinctive program is designed for children who turn five-years-old during the spring or summer months and can benefit from a growing year to help prepare for 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.

    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 birthday.

    Application Process:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.  
    2. Submit an application fee of $45
    3. Submit a written evaluation from the child’s teacher from a previous preschool program, which attests to the child’s level of readiness
    4. Register and have the child participate in a Kindergarten Screening.  
    The days and times for Kindergarten Screenings can be found here.  
     
    Reservations are required for a Screening, and each Screening is limited to six children.

    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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  • Kindergarten

    To be eligible for Old Trail School’s Kindergarten, a child must be 5-years-old by September 1 of the school year of enrollment.

    Application Process:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Submit an application fee of $45
    3. Submit a written evaluation from the child’s teacher from a previous preschool program, which attests to the child’s level of readiness
    4. Register and have the child participate in a Kindergarten Screening
    The days and times for Kindergarten Screenings can be found here. Reservations are required for a Screening, and each Screening is limited to six children.  

    Acceptance into Kindergarten Program is based upon a child’s level of preparation and maturity, her or her abilities to benefit from Kindergarten, and space availability.  If an assessment finds that a child is not ready for Kindergarten, we may recommend that she or he enroll in our Young 5s Program in order to adequately prepare for Kindergarten in the subsequent school year.

    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.
  • Grades 1 & 2

    Application Process for Grades 1 and 2:
    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Submit an application fee of $45
    3. Submit official transcripts and report cards for all grades completed at all previously attended schools
    4. Submit testing scores from all previously attended schools;
    5. Submit a written evaluation from the child’s teacher from a previous school attended, which attests to the child’s academic, social, and emotional preparation and level of readiness. *Students applying for Grade 2 are required to submit two evaluation forms
    6. Register and have the child participate in a Student Visit Day.   
    During a Student Visit 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 ongoing school activities and events, and eat in the school cafeteria.  In addition, a child completes assessments in Math and Reading.

    Acceptance into Grades 1 and 2 is based upon a child’s level of academic, emotional, and social readiness 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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  • Grades 3, 4 & 5

    1. Complete the online Admission Application.
    2. Submit an application fee of $45
    3. Submit official transcripts and report cars for all grades completed at all previously attended schools
    4. Submit testing scores from all previously attended schools
    5. Submit two written evaluation forms from the child’s teachers from a previous school attended, which attests to the child’s academic, social, and emotional preparation and level of readiness
    6. Register and have the child participate in a Student Visit Day.  
    During a Student Visit 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 ongoing school activities and events, and eat in the school cafeteria.  In addition, a child completes assessments in Math and Reading, as well as a Writing Prompt to evaluate her or his writing skills.

    Acceptance into Grades 3, 4 or 5 is based upon a child’s level of academic, emotional, and social readiness 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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  • Grades 6, 7 & 8

    • Complete the online Admission Application.
    • Submit an application fee of $45
    • Submit official transcripts and report cards for all grades completed at all previously attended schools
    • Submit testing scores from all previously attended schools
    • Submit two written evaluation forms from the child’s teachers from a previous school attended, which attests to the child’s academic, social, and emotional preparation and level of readiness
    • Register and have the child participate in a Student Visit Day  
    • Register and attend a Middle School Testing Session  
    During a Student Visit 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 ongoing school activities and events, and eat in the school cafeteria.  In addition, a child completes a Writing Prompt to evaluate her or his writing skills.

    Reservations for Middle School Testing Sessions are required, and each Session is limited to 10 students.

    Acceptance into Grades 6, 7, or 8 is determined based upon a child’s level of academic, emotional, and social readiness 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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  • Application Process for International Students

    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.
  • Housing Requirements for International Students

    An international student enrolling in Kindergarten through Grade 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the school year (mid-August through mid-June).  International students enrolling in Grades 6 through 8 (Middle School) may either be accompanied by a parent or guardian or apply for our Host Family Program to reside with an Old Trail School family for the school year.

    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.