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Thank you for your interest in joining the Severn community! We look forward to getting to know you and are excited that you are considering us as you search for the best education for your child. The first step is to submit an Admission Inquiry, using the link below.

Should you need assistance or have any questions, please reach out to the admissions office contact for the campus you are interested in:

Chesapeake Campus (Pre-School thru Grade 5)
Ms. Susan Richburg, Assistant Director of Admissions
410.647.7701 ext. 2040
s.richburg@severnschool.com

Teel Campus (Grades 6-12)
Ms. Emilyn Chavez, Admission Assistant
410.647.7701 ext. 2267
e.chavez@severnschool.com

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Douglas, Class of 2024

"Severn has challenged me in and out of class to follow my passions and be a self-advocate. Not only are my teachers approachable and make things like office hours easy, but the upperclassmen since I have been here have done a great job leading by example, helping to energize the student body."

How to Apply

The online application for the 2025-26 school year will open in September. Registration for our Open House events and Middle School Information Sessions will open on July 1. 

To inquire about Preschool (age 3) through Grade 5, please call Sue Richburg at 410-647-7701 x2040 or email her at s.richburg@severnschool.com. Please email Emilyn Chavez at e.chavez@severnschool.com to inquire about Grades 6 through 12 or call her at 410-647-7701 x2267. 

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The Severn application process is thoughtfully designed to allow us to get to know you, and to help you get the full Severn experience when you visit.  It includes three important steps:
Step 1: Admission Inquiry
Submitting an inquiry allows us to create your family profile, share important information with you that is tailored to your interests, and schedule a campus tour.

Step 2: Apply
The application is completed online and includes a $60 application fee. Transcripts, letters of recommendations and testing are also required as part of the application. Please review the grade-level details below for specific requirements and due dates.

Step 3: Visit (Interview, Class Visit)
An interview is a required part of the application process and will be scheduled once your application has been submitted. Class visits for the Upper School are optional, but if your student would like to participate in a class visit, the visit and interview will be scheduled for the same day. All preschool through 5th grade applicants will participate in a classroom visit of their current grade level.

Severn Entry Points
The major entry points for new students entering Severn School are preschool for the Lower School, sixth grade for the Middle School, and ninth grade for the Upper School. However, if you are interested in other grades as an entry point to Severn, please reach out to us to discuss space availability.  It is unusual for students to be accepted as seniors at Severn School. If there are extenuating circumstances surrounding a request for admission to grade 12 that you would like to discuss, please contact the Admission team.

Please see below for important dates related to the 2025-26 school year application process.

Grade-Specific Application Details & Deadlines
Please review the specific application details for the grade that you are applying for. 

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  • Important Dates for 2025-26 School Year

    The online application for the 2025-26 school year will open in September. Registration for our Open House events and Middle School Information Sessions will open on July 1.

    To inquire about Preschool (age 3) through Grade 5, please call Sue Richburg at 410-647-7701 x2040 or email her at s.richburg@severnschool.com. Please email Emilyn Chavez at e.chavez@severnschool.com to inquire about Grades 6 through 12 or call her at 410-647-7701 x2267. 

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    The important dates for the 2025-26 school year application process are:
    • September 2024 - Online Application Opens for the school year.
    • September 24, 2024 - Middle School Information Session
    • October 2, 2024 - Lower School Open House
    • October 17, 2024 - Middle/Upper School Open House
    • November 1, 2024 - Early Application Deadline (Severn offers an Early Admission option to siblings and alumni children entering grades 6 and 9.)
    • November 16, 2024 - ISEE Test Administered at Severn School
    • November 18, 2024 - Early Application Recommendations, Testing, and Transcripts Due (only for siblings and alumni children entering grades 6 or 9.)
    • December 16, 2024 - Financial Aid Application due for Current Families
    • December 17, 2024 - Middle School Information Session
    • January 6, 2025 - Application Deadline
    • January 11, 2025 - ISEE Test Administered at Severn School
    • January 17, 2025 - Recommendations, Testing and Transcripts Due
    • January 17, 2025 - Financial Aid Application due for New Families
    • January 31, 2025 - Last day for class visits and interviews for regular admission.
    • February 21, 2025 - Enrollment Decisions Released
  • Pre-school-Grade 1: Admission Process

    COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION
    Once you are ready to apply, you will complete the Online Application (this includes a $60 application fee). The application deadline for the 2025-26 school year is January 6, 2025. 

    REQUEST TRANSCRIPTS
    For students applying for kindergarten and first grade, records from their current school are required. This is all done electronically.  Once you apply online, login and go to the checklist.  Click on the Transcript Request button and email the request directly to your child's current school after the first term of the current year. Transcripts must be submitted directly to Severn School.

    REQUEST TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS

    Preschool-Grade 1: If your child is enrolled now, or has been enrolled in a previous school, or daycare, we request a teacher recommendation for all students applying. Once you apply online, login and go to the admission checklist. Click on the “Teacher Recommendation” button and email the request directly to your child's teacher after the first term of the current year. 

    CLASSROOM VISITS

    All applicants are required to participate in a classroom observation of their current grade level. Ms. Sue Richburg will provide more details. 

    Please note: All applicants for Preschool and Prekindergarten must be potty trained by the start of school.

    CONVERSATION WITH ADMISSION REPRESENTATIVE

    So we may learn more about your child/children, a conversation with an Admission Officer is scheduled for all parents.  The interview will be conducted during the same time that your child is visiting with us. 

    TESTING
    Applicants entering Preschool through First Grade will complete an assessment that will be administered at the Lower School during their visit with us. Ms. Sue Richburg will provide more details for each grade level.

    DECISIONS
    To be considered for regular admissions Transcripts, Recommendation, Conversation, Testing/Assessments, and Classroom Visits must be completed no later than January 17, 2025 for our Admission Committee to review.  When reviewing our applicant pool, The Admission Committee gives first consideration to prospective students of siblings, alumni, and faculty.  Decisions are released on February 21.  
  • Grades 2-5: Admission Process

    COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION
    Once you are ready to apply, you will complete the Online Application (this includes a $60 application fee). The application deadline for the 2025-26 school year is January 6, 2025. 

    REQUEST TRANSCRIPTS
    This is all done electronically.  Once you apply online, login and go to the checklist.  Click on the Transcript Request button and email the request directly to your child's current school after the first term of the current year. Transcripts must be submitted directly to Severn School.

    REQUEST TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS
    Grades 2-5: Once you apply online, login and go to the application checklist.  Click on the “Teacher Recommendation” button and email the request directly to your child's teacher after the first term of the current year.

    CLASSROOM VISITS

    All applicants are required to participate in a classroom observation of their current grade level. Ms. Sue Richburg will provide more details. 

    CONVERSATION WITH ADMISSION REPRESENTATIVE

    So we may learn more about your child/children, a conversation with an Admission Officer is scheduled for all parents.  The interview will be conducted during the same time that your child is visiting with us. 

    TESTING
    Applicants entering Second through Fourth Grade are required to complete an Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The test is conducted at the Lower School during your child’s visit with us. Information on how to register will be provided from the Admission Office before the visit. 
     
    Applicants entering Fifth Grade should complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) by Friday, January 17, 2025. There are several testing options available, including online, paper-based, and at-home administrations. If you opt to 
    take the test on a scheduled test date, these tests do not have to be taken at Severn, and may be taken at any school offering the exam. However, you must request on the registration form that the results be forwarded to Severn.  Our school code for the ISEE is 21095. In-person testing registration closes three weeks prior to the testing date, and many test sites will fill up so please register early.  Walk-ins are accepted, space permitting, although there is an additional fee.

    DECISIONS
    To be considered for regular admissions Transcripts, Recommendation, Conversation, Testing/Assessments, and Classroom Visits must be completed no later than January 17, 2025 for our Admission Committee to review.  When reviewing our applicant pool, The Admission Committee gives first consideration to prospective students of siblings, alumni, and faculty.  Decisions are released on February 21.  
  • Grades 6-12: Admission Process

    COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION
    Once you are ready to apply, you will complete the Online Application (this includes a $60 application fee). The application deadline for the 2025-26 school year is January 6, 2025. 

    REQUEST TRANSCRIPTS
    For students applying for grades 6-12, records from their current school are required. This is all done electronically.  Once you apply online, login and go to the checklist.  Click on the Transcript Request button and email the request directly to your child's current school after the first term of the current year. Transcripts must be submitted directly to Severn School.  Transcripts must be received no later than January 17, 2025.

    REQUEST TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

    For students applying for grades 6-12, two teacher recommendations are required - one from your child's current English teacher and one from your child's current Math teacher to be submitted directly to Severn School. This is all done electronically.  Once you apply online, login and go to the checklist. Click on the Teacher Recommendation button and email the requests directly to your child's teachers after the first term of the current year. Recommendations must be submitted directly to Severn School online. Recommendations must be received no later than January 17, 2025.

    SCHEDULE INTERVIEW

    A scheduled interview is required of all applicants. This is a casual conversation that allows time for us to learn more about your family, your child and your expectations.

    If your child is joining us for a class visit, the interviews will be scheduled for that day. Once we receive your application, an admission officer will contact you to arrange a date and time. The last day for class visits and interviews is January 31, 2025.

    TESTING

    Applicants should complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) by January 17, 2025. There are several testing options available, including online, paper-based, and at-home administrations.  If you opt to take the test on a scheduled test date, these tests do not have to be taken at Severn, and may be taken at any school offering the exam. However, you must request on the registration form that the results be forwarded to Severn. Our school code for the ISEE is 210945. Click here to learn more about testing options and for registration.  In-person testing registration closes three weeks prior to the testing date, and many test sites will fill up so please register early. Walk-ins are accepted, space permitting, although there is an additional fee.

    The ISEE Test will be administered at Severn School on November 16, 2024 and January 11, 2025.

    DECISIONS
    To be considered for regular admissions Transcripts, Recommendation, Conversation, Testing/Assessments, and Classroom Visits must be completed no later than January 17, 2025 for our Admission Committee to review.  When reviewing our applicant pool The Admission Committee gives first consideration to prospective students of siblings, alumni, and faculty.  Decisions are released on February 21.  

    12th GRADE
    Please note that it is highly unusual for Severn School to consider admission to a student entering 12th grade. If there are extenuating circumstances surrounding a student entering their senior year, we recommend that you contact the Admission Team directly to discuss.
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