Middle School application process

Steps to apply (grades 6-8)

Poly accepts 18 to 20 students for grade 6 and 10 to 12 students for grade 7. Grade 8 is considered a “non-entry” grade and applications to that level will only be considered if space becomes available (e.g., through attrition).

All application materials can be found and submitted online. The online application for the 2020-21 school year will be open in October.

We encourage all families to submit materials early. To help the Admission Office process applications in a timely fashion, your child’s file must be complete by the listed deadline. A completed file contains the following:

Online application
Complete, submit, and pay the $100 application fee. 
Required for
: All applicants for grades 6-8
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2020
Fee waivers: Contact Director of Financial Aid Lindsay Morales

Teacher and administrator recommendations
Recommendation Forms are requested online. Middle School applicants should request recommendations from their current math and English teachers and from one school administrator (principal, program director, counselor, etc). The teachers will receive a secure link to a confidential form.
Required for: All applications for grades 6-8
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

Independent School Entrance Exam
Students must take the ISEE and may take it at any available site. To designate that Poly is to receive exam results, enter code: 052402. Poly encourages students to take the exam only once. Should Poly receive more than one score report for an individual, only the first set of results will be considered.
Required for: Grade 6 (lower level); Grade 7-8 (middle level)
Last available test date: Jan. 18, 2020
Fee waivers: Contact Director of Financial Aid Lindsay Morales

Visit day
Visits are a required part of the admission process. This casual group visit is an opportunity for us to get to know your child on a personal level. Grades 6-7 do not have individual interviews. Please note: We encourage families to sign up early to ensure they get a date that works with their schedule.
Required for: Grades 6-7; Grade 8 applicants will be contacted individually to schedule an interview.
Schedule: Schedule online

Poly asks for school reports from the previous academic year and first semester/trimester reports from the year students apply. The online form should be signed and given to your child’s current school. Poly requires all transcripts to be sent to us directly by the school.
Required for: All applications for grades 6-8
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

Student Statement
Poly asks applicants to complete a set of short answer essay questions in order to get to know them better. These questions should be completed by the applicant alone so that we can also get a sense of their writing style and authentic opinions.
Required for: All applicants for grades 6-8
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

Parent/Guardian Statement
We look forward to getting to know you and your child during the admission process. We welcome input from parents/guardians through this online form.
Required for: All applications for grades 6-8
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
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