The NHSP admissions process consists of two parts:
To ensure their child’s space for the coming school year, our current families receive priority but must complete the Re-Enrollment process in February each year. This process allows the school to know if there are any available spaces to offer to new applicants to the school. Please review the Re-Enrollment Calendar for important dates and deadlines.
Current families with potential new applicants (e.g., a new preschooler) must complete the regular Admissions process as explained in Question 1.
We would like to meet your preschooler on the tour. If this is not possible, we will need to arrange a special appointment for the child to “Meet the Teacher” after submitting the application.
For Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, the Kindergarten teacher conducts the Gesell Developmental Screening. This screening helps us determine the student’s developmental level and readiness in the four domains of development: cognitive, language, motor and social emotional. This process usually takes about 45 minutes.
For students entering grades 1 and 2, we assess their math and reading skills using the STAR Math and STAR Reading tests. These tests indicate a child’s level of proficiency in these foundational subject areas and is one predictor of success in our academic program. This testing process usually takes about one hour.
For students entering grades 3 – 8, the school administers the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) Admissions Testing through Enrollment Management Association.
What is the SSAT?
The SSAT is a standardized test used by admission officers to assess the abilities of students seeking to enroll in an independent school. The SSAT measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills students need for successful performance in independent schools. It’s an indispensable tool that gives admission professionals an equitable means to assess and compare applicants, regardless of their background or experience.
How are my Scores Compared to Others?
The SSAT uses norm referencing to compare test scores. Norm-Referenced Tests report whether test takers performed better or worse than a hypothetical average student, which is determined by comparing scores against the performance results of a statistically selected group of test takers (the norm group), who have already taken the exam.
Why is this important?
It’s important to remember that your SSAT scores are being compared to those of a very specific group of students. The SSAT norm group consists of all the test takers (same grade/gender) who have taken the SSAT for the first time on one of the Standard Saturday or Sunday administrations in the United States and Canada over the past three years. SSAT score reports feature percentile ranks, which are referenced to the performance of this norm group. For example, if you are an 8th grade boy and your gender/grade percentile rank on the March 2016 verbal section is 90%, it means that your scaled scores are higher than the scaled scores of 90% of all the other 8th grade boys who took a Standard SSAT in the United States and Canada between 2012 and 2015.
An SSAT scaled score may have a different percentile rank from year to year, depending on the pool of students who take the SSAT, and the SSAT percentile ranks should not be compared to those you may receive on other types of standardized tests, because each test is taken by a different group of students.
Please review the Admissions Checklist that is relevant to your student’s grade level to know the additional items needed to complete their application.
To secure a spot, you must first complete the Admissions process and receive a letter of acceptance. Once this occurs, you will be able to enroll your child through the school’s Enrollment process. This is explained in more detail in the acceptance letter. To begin the Admissions process, please submit an online application. Also, please refer to the Admissions Calendar for important information regarding admissions cycle deadlines
We recommend that families submit their applications in the first admissions cycle to have a better chance of securing a spot due to the possibility of limited space availability in certain classes.
It varies from class to class. We will know the space availability after the re-enrollment process with our current families in February. Again, with an application submitted in the first Admissions cycle, there is a better chance to secure whatever spaces are available. Please refer to the Admissions Checklist for important dates and deadlines.
For children applying to Preschool through Kindergarten, they must be:
It varies by class. In our early childhood program, the maximum ratio is 1:12. There are two teachers in each classroom. For elementary and middle school, the average ratio is between 1:12 and 1:20.
NHSP does not offer I-20 yet but we consider applicants of the L-1 visa status whose parents may be working or studying here temporarily from abroad.
Please review our admissions policy. Candidates are considered on the basis of several factors depending on the grade level to which they are applying. Note: siblings of current students are usually given priority for admission.
Preschool (age 3)
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten (age 4 and 5)