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How to Apply

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for all grade levels.

Create a Ravenna Account

Lesley Ellis School partners with Ravenna Solutions to provide a complete online application experience for families. You may submit forms, register for events, solicit teacher recommendations, and track receipt of application documents through the Ravenna parent portal. Visit Ravenna to create an account, select the “Greater Boston Region” and then select Lesley Ellis School.

Schedule a Parent Meeting and School Tour

Please email or give us a call to schedule your meeting. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be able to schedule visits and tours during the school day.

  • Early Childhood and Elementary (preschool – grade 4)
    Tricia Moran, Director of Admission, 781.641.1346​.
  • Middle School (grades 5 – 8)
    Andy Stratford, Middle School Admission, 781.641.1346​.

Complete a Lesley Ellis Application

You may complete the online application form through your Ravenna account before or after your parent meeting.

Applicant Visit

A member of our admission team will contact you to set up an applicant experience after you have completed your online application.

Applicants for Preschool, Prekindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten will have an opportunity to join a teacher for a fun activity and a story via zoom.

Applicants for grades one through four will join us for an individual zoom session which will allow us to get to know the student through reading, writing, and math activities.

Applicants for middle school grades five through eight will participate in an individual zoom session. Besides getting to know the student, a faculty member will lead the applicant through a series of reading, writing, and math-based activities.

Solicit Teacher Recommendations for Submission

If your child has attended a prior school or daycare, please have their previous teacher/s fill out an AISNE recommendation form.

All teacher recommendations may be requested through your Ravenna account. Parents may delegate a recommendation form by entering the teacher’s email address. The Ravenna system will then email the form and instructions, allowing teachers to submit online. If your child’s teacher prefers to complete the AISNE teacher recommendation form on paper, please download the appropriate AISNE form(s), give them to your child’s teachers, and have them mail the forms directly to our admission office at:

Lesley Ellis School
Attn.: Admission Department
34 Winter Street, Arlington, MA 02474

Request a Copy of the Last 2 Years of Progress Reports (if applicable) Be Sent to Lesley Ellis School

Print the records release form from the Ravenna system, sign the form, and give it to your child’s current school.

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) for Middle School Applicants

Applicants entering grades five through eight are requested to take the ISEE exam as this provides valuable information for our Admission Committee. Alternative standardized tests may be considered in conjunction with a separate visit to the School for an in-house assessment. Please contact Andy Stratford for further information.

Open Houses

Join us for one or more of our Virtual Open Houses this year!

Early Childhood (Preschool, Prekindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten)
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Elementary (Kindergarten – Grade 4)

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Middle School (Grades 5 – 8)
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Tuition Assistance

If you are applying for financial assistance, complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it to School and Student Services (SSS) by January 31. Copies of parents’ 1040 tax forms for 2019 and all schedules and supporting documents, including a copy of all W-2 forms, should be sent to SSS by February 15. Please visit our tuition assistance page for more information.

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Middle School Open House

Join us at our virtual Middle School Open House on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. You’ll have a chance to learn about the middle school curriculum, meet and talk with the middle school director, and connect with other middle school faculty. We hope to see you there! To register, contact Andy Stratford.

Little Learner Series

Join us virtually for one of our Little Learners Series on the first Thursday of every month. This series is for parents and children ages 2 – 5. There will be stories, songs, and a variety of fun, educational activities. Invite a friend or neighbor. The Little Learners Series is free.

Register for one or more of the Little Learners Series here.