Admissions FAQs

How do I contact Bennett Day Admissions?

For grades PK-2, contact Laura Maheshwary, Director of Admissions (PK-2), at laura.maheshwary@bennettday.org or call 312.BENNETT (236-6388).  You can also directly book a meeting or call with PK-2 admissions by clicking here.

For grades 3-10, contact Stephanie Castrounis, Director of Admissions (3-10), at stephanie.castrounis@bennettday.org or call 312.BENNETT (236-6388). You can also directly book a meeting or call with 3rd-10th grade admissions by clicking here.

When can I apply for the 2020-2021 school year?

Admissions applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available 9/3/2019. Visit our admissions process page to learn more.

What is Bennett Day School tuition?
Grade (2020-2021)Cost
PK $21,140
JK-7th Grade$29,975
8th-12th Grade$29,975
For More Detailed Information on Upper School Tuition Click Here.
What are the birthday cut offs at each grade level?
  • PreK: 3 years old by September 1, 2019
  • JK: 4 years old by September 1, 2019
  • SK: 5 years old by September 1, 2019
  • First: 6 years old by September 1, 2019
  • Second: 7 years old by September 1, 2019
  • Third: 8 years old by September 1, 2019
  • Fourth: 9 years old by September 1, 2019
  • Fifth: 10 years old by September 1, 2019
What is the required admissions playdate for grades PK-SK? What can I expect?

During the Early Childhood playdate, the applicant child partakes in experiences that mimic a modified school day with teachers and other children. Playdates vary based on grade level of applicant child but typically include time for exploration, play, as well as circle and book time. PK students attend the playdate with a single caregiver/parent while JK and SK students participate separately from their parent/caregiver.

What is the required student shadow day for grades 1-10? What can I expect?

A shadow day is an opportunity for an applicant to experience a day in the life of a Bennett Day School student. The shadow student will be paired with an enrolled student with whom they’ll spend the day attending classes, eating lunch, and socializing.

What is the required student design challenge and display of creative work for Upper School?

Design Challenge:

The design challenge consists of students working in small groups to complete an activity for about an hour. Please note that no prior knowledge is necessary to participate. The focus is on the process, not the product. After, students will have a group discussion followed by a short written reflection. Please note, the design challenge is generally a part of the shadow day.

Display of Creative Work:

As part of our Upper School admissions process, we want to really get to know students. Applicants will submit a quality display of creative work that will help us understand who they are. The display should be one page (8.5 by 11) or a media file (video, audio, etc.) lasting one-minute maximum. Ideas for displays could be, but are not limited to:

  • Short story
  • Lines of code
  • Poem
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Musical composition
  • Video

Submissions can be created specifically for this application or can be something that the student previously produced for another purpose. Students are also asked to submit a short paragraph explaining their submission choice.

What is the enrollment policy at Bennett Day School?
Enrollment in Bennett Day School is open to children and families of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. We seek a diverse student body and family community in support of the mission, vision, and values of the school. We maintain an admissions process reflective of these goals.
What do you look for when considering an applicant?
We strive to create a diverse and inspiring learning community at Bennett Day School, so our process for considering applicants includes observations from family and teachers and takes into consideration developmental readiness, adaptability, and eagerness to learn. Those attributes wear many different faces and look different on different children. We are looking for students and families who will benefit and contribute to the life of our school.
What is your grade level expansion plan?

Our grade levels will continue to expand per the schedule below:

  • 2018-19: PreK – 4th Grade
  • 2019-20: PreK – 5th Grade, 8th-9th Grade
  • 2020-21: PreK – 10th Grade
  • 2021-22: PreK – 11th Grade
  • 2022-23: PreK – 12th Grade
What is the student to teacher ratio?
  • PK and JK:  8:1
  • SK and Up: 10:1
If my child is denied acceptance, will I be able to find out why?
Per the School’s Admissions Policy, the Admissions Office will keep all materials confidential.
How do you measure and evaluate student growth?
Bennett Day School views outcomes and growth in a variety of different ways. Our evaluative process focuses heavily on documentation of learning. Frequent communication between school and home through conferences and narrative reports serve as the primary means of evaluative data. The school will use standardized tests to support evaluation of student growth at developmental milestone years. However, this data will not be used for class ranking, placement, or to define student growth.
What subjects does your program include?

In addition to the core subjects of mathematics, literacy, physical sciences and social sciences, the school also offers Spanish and Maker Space time taught by dedicated specialists. Art, music, physical education, dance, and drama are embedded in our classroom curriculum.

What before and after school programs do you offer?

MorningCare (All Students)

MorningCare begins at 7:30 am and lasts until 8:15 am Monday through Friday when school is in session.

Stay and Play (PreK Only)

Stay and Play begins at 11:30 am and lasts until 3:15 pm Monday through Thursday when school is in session.

AfterCare (All Students)

AfterCare is the Bennett Day School late-day program. The program runs from 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm on all full school days and from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Fridays.

Do the Early Childhood classroom schedules include a nap?
  • The PreK Stay and Play program includes an afternoon naptime.
  • The JK schedule includes an afternoon naptime.