Admission to The North Branch School is open to anyone, regardless of race, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, physical ability, class, color, ethnic origin or religious affiliation. In addition, the admissions process at NBS is “need-blind,” meaning the ability to pay does not affect acceptance decisions. The school is committed to a balanced enrollment with regard to learning profiles, gender, race and socio-economic diversity. In addition, we give first consideration to siblings, though sibling status does not always guarantee a spot. It should also be noted that the school is quite small (twenty-seven students), and therefore, in a given year, there are only a handful of openings available.
We do not have a “kind of kid” we are seeking. Rather, we seek to put together a balanced class with respect to learning styles, gender, age, abilities and affinities, family background, geography, and socio-economic diversity. Each year there are innumerable variables which go into making a class. We emphasize again that there are always more applicants than spaces.
Interested families may begin the admissions process by calling the school and requesting information.
The deadline for all application materials is March 15. The application fee is $50.00. This amount be may be waived or reduced if it presents a financial hardship.
Admissions decisions are sent out April 20 . Those applicants for whom there is not space will be placed on a waiting list.
Decisions from families are requested by April (date to be announced). If there are still openings after this date, the school will begin admitting families from the waiting list.
Admissions decisions are arrived at through a committee process involving an admissions committee comprised of parents, teachers, and members of the board.
Yearly tuition for the 2009-2010 school year is $8300. Arrangements for payment may be made according to individual family needs. Generally, families elect to pay on a quarterly or monthly basis. The school sends a letter in August preceding the school year outlining the schedule of payments.
There is a limited amount of financial assistance available to be distributed on the basis of demonstrated need. The school is committed to making every reasonable effort to assist families financially.
Prospective students should fill out the student questionnaire (by hand, if possible). Parents should fill out the parent forms. Applications are due March 15. All materials can be sent to the school address (below).
The application fee is $50.00 (non-refundable). This fee may be waived if it presents a financial hardship.
2. School Visits
Families interested in enrolling their child are encouraged to attend our school open-house in mid January where they will have an opportunity to hear from teachers, current students, and alums. Parents are then encouraged to schedule a time to meet with a parent alum at the school. Together with the “group interview” below, these visits give students and families a feel for the school and its culture, and provide several different forums for questions.
3. Group Interview
Students who apply are asked to attend a group interview after school with Tal and a handful of other applicants. This usually happens after the open house and parent visit, and before the Application Deadline. Parents may call the school to arrange a time in late February or early March.
4. Transcripts and Records
Please sign the Transcript Release Form and submit it to your child’s current school. Please inform the school that they should send all pertinent materials, transcripts, records, IEP’s, or other information to The North Branch School.
5. Math Teacher Recommendation
A teacher recommendation from a current math teacher is useful in providing us with more specific information in this area. Please give the form to the applicant’s present math teacher and ask that it be mailed directly to The North Branch School. This recommendation will remain confidential. You may want to provide a stamped and addressed envelope for the convenience of the teacher.
A completed application should include:
_____ NBS prospective family open-house in January (call for date)
_____ Application Fee ($50.00, non-refundable)
_____ Prospective student’s application
_____ Student’s writing sample (other work or art samples are optional but welcome)
_____ Parent’s form
_____ Math teacher recommendation
_____ Transcripts and records sent to The North Branch School
_____ Parent interview/visit (to be arranged)
_____ Group interview (to be scheduled after application is submitted)
If there are questions, please call the school at 388-3269. Mail completed forms to:
The North Branch School
P.O. Box 209
Ripton, VT 05766