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.
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.
We do accept applications after the Regular Decision deadline. If your application is not completed by the initial deadline, you will be moved to Rolling Decision and will receive your decision within one week of completing the application process. Financial aid is subject to availability at this point. The financial aid application should be completed at the same time as the admissions application for Rolling Decision applicants.
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.
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.
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.
For families applying for Early Decision in the Upper School, the financial aid deadline is November 1. For Regular Decision applicants, the deadline for filing your PFS financial aid application is December 15. Families who file after the deadline place their financial aid at risk; at this point, financial aid is subject to availability.