Admissions

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Severn family! We look forward to getting to know you and are grateful that you are considering us as you search for the best education for your child. Should you need assistance or have any questions, please call (410) 647-7701 x2267 or email our admissions team.

How To Apply

The lived experience of our students and faculty defines who we are and what we aspire to be as a school. We teach for who our students are now and who they want to become. The online application is an important step for us to learn your child's interests, goals, and needs. We know the value of varied perspectives in building a strong community and actively seek qualified candidates from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

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. Please see below for details according to grade level and forms.

PS to Gr 1 Admission Process

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  • Apply

    The Online Application (and $60 application fee) must be submitted. Applications received after January 12 will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • 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

    If your child is enrolled now or has been enrolled in a previous school, we request a teacher recommendation.  This is all done electronically.  Once you apply online, login and go to the 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. Recommendations must be submitted directly to Severn School online.
  • Arrange for Observation

    Applicants to our Early Childhood Division are required to participate in an observation. Ms. Sue Richburg will provide more details for each grade level. 

    All applicants for Preschool and Prekindergarten must be potty trained by the start of school.
  • Conversation with Admission Representative

    Parents are invited to sit down with Sue Richburg for approximately 20 minutes during the child’s visit. This is a time to ask questions and learn more about the Lower School. 

Grades 2-5 Admission Process

List of 5 items.

  • Apply

    The Online Application (and $60 application fee) must be submitted. Applications received after January 12 will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Request Transcripts

    For students applying for grades 2-5, 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

    For students applying for grades 2-5, one teacher recommendation is required. This is all done electronically.  Once you apply online, login and go to the 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. Recommendations must be submitted directly to Severn School online.
  • Arrange for Observation

    Applicants are required to participate in an observation. Ms. Sue Richburg will provide more details for each grade level.
  • Conversation with Admission Representative

    Parents are invited to sit down with Sue Richburg for approximately 20 minutes during the child’s visit. This is a time to ask questions and learn more about the Lower School. 

Gr. 6-12 Admission Process

List of 5 items.

  • Apply

    The Online Application (and $60 application fee) must be submitted. Applications received after January 14 will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • 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 14th.
  • 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 14th.


  • 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 admissions officer will contact you to arrange a date and time. Interviews must be completed by January 28, 2022.
  • Testing

    Applicants should complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) by January 22, 2022. 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 register online. 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. 

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Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012
410-647-7700

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146
410-647-7700