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At what age does Park Tudor begin enrolling students?

A child must be three years old by June 1 of the year he or she would begin junior kindergarten. Our junior kindergarten program is a full-day program.

How can I receive a brochure or application for Park Tudor School?

From this web site, you can complete a registration form to have a packet mailed to you. You also may call us at (317) 415-2777. Applications for admission are completed online.

How do I arrange a shadow day for my child?

All Middle and Upper School applicants are required to "shadow" at Park Tudor prior to the application deadline. Please call the Admissions office at (317) 415-2777 to schedule a shadow day, or fill out an online shadow request form. We like to hear from you personally so that we can get an idea of your child's interests and pair him or her with one of our student ambassadors.

What kind of test must my child take to be considered for admission?

For specific details on which tests are needed for the grade level your child is entering, see How to Apply. These tests allow us to compare applicants to our current students and help us to determine if there is a good fit. Test scores are only one part of the application process; the application in its entirety – teacher recommendations, grades, the visit/interview and the test scores – are reviewed by the Admissions Committee when they meet. It is important to note that the strength of an individual application will be determined in part by the strength of the applicant pool.

How many applications do you receive each year?

We do not publish the specific number of applications received per year; however, the ratio of applications to openings has remained fairly constant at 3-to-1 over recent years.

Does Park Tudor have a wait pool?

Yes, we have wait pools for most grade levels during an admissions cycle. Those applicants who we believe are qualified for Park Tudor but for whom we don’t have a spot are offered a spot in the wait pool. There is no preference in the wait pool and it does not carry over from year to year. Families in the wait pool are asked at the start of the admissions process if they would like to re-apply.

Can my child apply after the application deadline?

We do accept applications after the deadline. Applicants are placed in the wait pool and considered with other applicants should an opening develop. The application process for junior and senior kindergarten is more complex and cannot be recreated after the deadline.

Does Park Tudor have a religious affiliation?

No, Park Tudor is a nondenominational school.

Do siblings and children of alumni have preference for admission to Park Tudor?

While we believe in developing a sense of "family" within the school, we cannot guarantee the admission of siblings, faculty/staff children, and/or children of alumni based on association alone. These prospective students must demonstrate the academic ability, strong motivation, and sound character they would need to succeed at Park Tudor, and their admission is subject to our desire to have a balanced, diverse class.

What is the student-teacher ratio?

The student-teacher ratio varies as follows by grade:
Junior and Senior Kindergarten – 7:1
Grades 1-3 – 8:1
Grades 4-5 – 14:1
Middle School – 14:1
Upper School – 14:1

How diverse is your school?

26% of Park Tudor students are racially or ethnically diverse. Faculty/staff diversity is lower but is continually improving.

Do Park Tudor students wear uniforms?

Students in grades 1-5 wear uniforms. Students in all other grades follow a dress code specific to their division.

What options are available for financing a Park Tudor education?

There are several options:

  • 1, 2 or 4-payment plans
  • Park Tudor financial assistance
  • Limited merit awards for students in grades 9-12
  • Appleseed Awards for diverse students in grades 6-12

If I apply for financial aid, will it affect my child's chances of being admitted?

A child's acceptance to Park Tudor is based on the strength of the application. Once a child is accepted, the financial aid requirements are addressed.

How is eligibility for financial aid determined?

Financial aid at Park Tudor is based on demonstrated need as determined by the School and Student Service (SSS) in Princeton, New Jersey, the same organization that determines college financial aid. All family resources, including income and assets, are analyzed in this process.

How do I get a financial aid application?

The School and Student Service (SSS) offers an online financial aid application. (The code for Park Tudor School is 5683.)

What if my tax information is not available at the time of the application deadline?

We understand that your 1040 Income Tax forms may not be ready by our application deadline. Therefore, please ESTIMATE your tax information on the PFS. When your income tax form is complete, we will expect you to send a copy to SSS by mail, fax or e-mail. Remember, we must have a SIGNED copy of your income tax return, W-2 forms and any associated schedules.

What is the deadline for the financial aid application?

Park Tudor’s deadline for filing your PFS financial aid application is December 31. Families who file after the deadline place their financial aid at risk; at this point, the process shifts to a first-come, first-served basis.

If I have more than one child applying for financial aid, do I have to complete a form for each child?

No, you do not. The financial aid form allows you to include information for up to three children. If you have more than three children applying, please request another PFS form.

Does the non-custodial parent have to file a financial aid form?

Both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete the PFS form.

When will our family be notified of our financial aid award?

Tentative grant awards will accompany the acceptance letter, which is mailed in mid-February for grades 9-12 and in mid-March for junior kindergarten to grade 8.

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