The application process is listed below. Please click here for a printable version of this page.
Greenwood's application process can be completed entirely online.
When you access our online application portal, you’ll be prompted to generate a unique username; please keep this handy.
The final application deadline for September 2020 entry is December 3, 2019. The application fee on or before our "early-bird" deadline of Friday, November 1 is $125; after this date, the fee is $250 until the application deadline of Tuesday, December 3.
The online application requires you to fill out the following forms:
You’ll also need the following documents:
Recent photographs of the applicant and the applicant’s family
Copy of birth certificate or passport
Final (June) report cards from the previous two years
Most recent report cards (as they are received)
If the applicant has been identified as having an exceptionality relevant to the student's learning and/or has been the subject of a psychological/educational assessment or Individual Education Plan (IEP), a copy of the most recent identification document including assessment or IEP
Two Teacher Recommendation Forms must also be submitted as part of the application. One recommendation should come from a teacher who taught the student in 2017-2018, and the other should come from a current year teacher. The first form should be delivered to the school as soon as possible after the date of application, and the second form by no later than mid-January 2019. The teacher recommendation form can be downloaded here and should be sent by teachers to the school via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that an applicant family may not book an admissions interview until the first of the two teacher recommendation forms have been received by Greenwood. This form is typically from the applicant-student's homeroom teacher from the previous school year.
All Greenwood applicants must complete the Character Skills Snapshot (CSS) administered by the Enrollment Management Association. This online tool examines seven essential character qualities or “non-cognitive” attributes of individual students. Research shows that these qualities are the ones that independent schools feel are most important to nurture in their students. The CSS takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
If your child is already writing the SSAT, there is no additional cost for writing the CSS. If your child is not writing the SSAT, a fee of $35 US must be paid to the Enrollment Management Association to write the CSS. Please visit the website of the Enrollment Management Association to register for and have the student take the CSS.
Be sure to select Greenwood as a school that should receive the results of your child’s CSS. Greenwood does not use SSAT results as part of its admissions process. You can learn more about the CSS here.
Please note that an applicant family may not book an admissions interview until Greenwood has received the school report of the CSS taken by the applicant-student. It takes 1-2 weeks for the report to be received by the family and the school from the date when the CSS is completed.
Once we have received a completed application including the first of the two teacher recommendation forms and the school copy of the Character Skills Snapshot report, the applicant family will be contacted by email to schedule an interview.
Interviews are intended to allow parents and students to learn more about Greenwood and for the Admissions Team to get to know you. A member of Greenwood’s Admissions Team will meet individually with the student and the parents, and with the student and parents together. If the student wishes, he or she may bring an item of personal significance to assist in the discussion at the interview.
The student will be required to complete brief oral and written assessments during the interview; no related preparation is necessary
Greenwood Admissions events give you the opportunity to get to know the students, teachers and parents who make up our tight-knit community. We encourage you to attend as many events as you feel would be helpful to you.