Admissions Process

2020 is keeping us on our toes, for sure. True to form as a progressive school, we've adjusted our admissions process to meet the needs of prospective families who find themselves conducting a school search during a global pandemic. You'll find the details below, but if you have any questions about our school or admissions process as you navigate your school search process--reach out to us via email or phone (781.650.8650). One thing that hasn't changed a bit is how much we love connecting with prospective families!
The Cambridge School of Weston welcomes applications from bright, intellectually curious, motivated boarding and day students. We look for creative thinkers and bold learners who will be positive, contributing members of our diverse and close-knit community. This portion of the website will guide you through our application process. 

While we encourage all applicants to apply by our January 15 deadline, applications will be considered after January 15, as space permits. 

Applicants from mainland China should refer to Supplemental Information for Applicants from Mainland China.

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  • Request Information

    Complete our online inquiry form to request our admissions viewbook. You’ll also be added to our mailing list so that you can receive invitations to our virtual admissions events, as well as information and updates throughout the application process.
  • Campus Tour & Interview

    Given the situation with COVID-19, we will not be conducting on-campus tours and interviews this admissions season. Students in their application year are invited to schedule a virtual campus tour and interview instead. Admissions interviews are required for all applicants.

    These appointments are conducted Monday-Friday while school is in session, and applicants must complete the interview process prior to February 1. Appointments for admissions interviews and virtual tours are available during the school day. For those applying to CSW during the 2020-21 academic year, we will also have limited appointments available in early morning and early evening for families in different time zones. Please call the admissions office to check availability and reserve an appointment.

    Before scheduling your admissions interview, we ask that you set up a Ravenna account. If you already have a Ravenna account, please add CSW as one of the schools that you are exploring.

    Please click here for additional information for applicants from China.
  • Virtual Events

    We invite prospective students and their families to learn more about our engaging academics and inclusive community during one of our fall virtual events! CSW will be offering a series of themed virtual information sessions, as well as a virtual Open House, so please check our event schedule for registration information. If you complete our inquiry form, you'll receive information about upcoming events directly to your inbox!

  • Submitting Application Materials

    The first step in the application process is to set up your online account with Ravenna, our web-based application system. Through Ravenna, you’ll be able to work on and save the different pieces of your application—detailed below—as well as email and/or download the transcript request and recommendation forms.
    Please note that we will also accept applications submitted through SAO; there is an additional processing fee incorporated into the SAO application fee however. If you plan to submit your application through SAO, we still ask that you create a Ravenna account, as it will allow you to track your application materials and receive your admissions decision online.

    Our online application system, Ravenna, will walk you through:

    Submitting family application materials:
    • Application for Admission
    • Application Fee ($50 for domestic students, $100 for international students)
    • Student Questions, which must be filled out by the student
    • A 2-3 page graded academic paper, such as a research paper written for a history class or a literary analysis written for an English class. This should be a piece of expository writing, and should not be a lab report, group project, or a creative writing assignment.
    • Parent/Guardian Questions
    • Optional Supplemental Materials, such as writing samples, art portfolios, or additional recommendations
    Requesting teacher recommendations and school records:
    • Current School Official Recommendation, transcript for previous year, and current grades (Applicants to upper grades must submit transcripts for all years of high school.)
    • Current English Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    • Dorm Parent Recommendation (for any applicant who has been a boarding student in the past two years)
    • Optional additional recommendation: We are happy to accept additional recommendations, particularly if you've been learning remotely for this year and feel that one of your teachers from last year may be able to better represent your academic work and engagement.
    Note: CSW will not require an entrance exam such as the SSAT/ISEE this year. If you take one of these tests and would like to submit your scores as part of your application, you may do so, but not submitting them will not have a negative impact on your chances for admission. 

    If you choose to submit scores, they should be sent to CSW directly. CSW’s test code for the SSAT is 2020; for the ISEE it is 222350. Scores from a PSAT, SAT, or ACT exam should be sent to us directly from your current school. Scores should be received by our office before the January 15 application deadline if you'd like them considered as part of your application.

    International applicants for whom English is not their native language are required to submit official TOEFL/IELTS scores. Our test code for the TOEFL is 9641.

    Supplemental instructions for homeschooled applicants are available here.

    Supplemental instructions for applicants from mainland China are available here.
  • Applying for Financial Aid (by February 1, 2021)

    Families applying for financial aid are required to submit their online Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) on or before February 1. The PFS should be completed and submitted online to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) and list CSW as a recipient. Signed copies of your 2019 federal tax documents, including 1040 (or equivalent) and all schedules, W-2s, and 1099s must be uploaded to SSS by February 15. For more information, visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.
  • Decision Notifications Sent (March 10, 2021)

    We share notification of admission decisions online via each student's Ravenna account, and we also mail that information to students' homes. Please note that we are unable to provide admission decisions over the phone, and that by submitting your application via Ravenna you will have the earliest possible access to your notification.
  • Revisit Events (March/April 2021)

    Admitted students and their parents or guardians are invited to revisit events in late March and early April. These events are designed to give students a deeper sense of the CSW experience, and to give adults an overview of the program and an opportunity to ask questions of faculty, administrators, and staff. Our hope is that at least some of these events will be held on-campus, but that will be dictated by public health guidelines in the spring.
  • Enrollment (by April 10, 2021)

    By returning the signed enrollment agreement and deposit to CSW, families make their student's enrollment official! Once we receive and process the enrollment, families will receive information about choosing classes and getting ready for the coming school year. 

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.