How to Apply

Admission Process

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  • 1. Complete the Inquiry Form

    If you would like to schedule a visit or simply receive information about Groton, complete our online inquiry form.
  • 2. Tours, Information Sessions, and Interviews

    Due to the rate of COVID-19 infections in our area, we are not welcoming admission visitors to campus at this time.  We hope to drop such restrictions in the spring.

    Information sessions are online interactive meetings between current Groton students and prospective applicants. It’s a good idea to prepare some questions in advance of your information session. We hope you will engage in conversation because we would like to get to know you, but you can also hang back and ask questions via the chat function if you prefer. Visiting the school is great, but hearing from a number of Groton students may be an even better way to get a sense of our community! 
    We cap the number of families attending each information session, so if you make an appointment and then realize you cannot attend, please let us know. To register for an Information Session please click here.
    The admission interview is a one-on-one meeting via Zoom between an admission counselor and an applicant, followed by a meeting with parents or guardians, who may have questions about Groton and the admission process.  

    At this point in the admission season all of our interview appointments are taken. We occasionally have cancellations and we are filling those vacancies from our interview waiting list. If you would like to be interviewed, you may add your name to the interview waiting list by clicking here. In order to be granted an interview, you must take the step of completing a Candidate Profile, the biographical form that accompanies all applications. Our commitment to those who apply later in the admission season is as firm as our commitment to those who applied for admission earlier.

    In addition to adding your name to the interview waiting list, you may present a video introduction of yourself for the Admission Committee. 

    Interviews are recommended, but they are not required for admission to Groton School. In lieu of an interview, you may submit a video introduction. 

    Your video introduction should be a simple statement of your interests and aspirations rather than an extensively rehearsed or edited video, and its length should not exceed three minutes. It is perfectly acceptable to send us a link to a “selfie-style” video recorded on your phone! You may use any preferred video platform but please make sure the link is publicly viewable. The submission deadline for a video introduction is February 1.

    Please CLICK HERE to share your video introduction.
  • 3. Complete the Candidate Profile

    The Candidate Profile offers admission candidates a convenient way to provide biographical data to numerous schools with one form. You may access the Candidate Profile online through our website or by visiting the Gateway to Prep Schools, an online application system created by Groton School, Deerfield Academy, The Hotchkiss School, Phillips Academy and St. Paul's School.

    At Groton, we would prefer that you submit the Candidate Profile online.
  • 4. Standardized Tests?

    Groton School is test-optional for applicants applying for entry in fall of 2022. All applicants must provide a sample of recent work from their mathematics and English classes, but they need not submit results from a standardized test. 

    If you want to provide standardized test results, the SSAT exam is preferred, though you may take the ISEE in place of the SSAT. For more information on testing dates and sites, visit and Be sure to list Groton's code (3598) when you register for the SSAT or 220930 for the ISEE. We can only accept scores directly from the testing services. The November or December test dates are preferable; the January date is acceptable. Students applying for Fifth Form may submit test results from the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

    If you have not been studying in an English-speaking school for the last two years, you should also take an English-language proficiency test. Duolingo test, TOEFL, and IELTS are accepted. Groton's TOEFL code is 8224.
  • 5. Recommendations

    Groton applicants will use the Gateway to Prep Schools online application for the recommendation forms. To access the Gateway recommendation system you must submit the Candidate Profile. Completing recommendations online through the Gateway system is a simple and secure process for you and your teachers. Your first step is to ask people if they will recommend you. If they agree, ask them for their email addresses. You will then enter those addresses in the recommendation section of the Gateway application so your recommenders will receive the forms via email. We advise recommenders to print copies of their recommendations before submission. These copies may be accepted by schools outside the Gateway consortium because the Gateway recommendation forms ask the same questions as recommendation forms used by boarding schools across the country.
  • 6. Complete the Application

    To complete an application, you must submit all forms to the Admission Office by January 15, 2022. A complete application includes the following online forms:
    • Candidate Profile - should be returned with the application fee to initiate the application process
    • Candidate Statement
    • Parent Statement
    • School/Principal Report
    • Transcript - No application can be considered complete without a transcript that includes grades from the first marking period of the current school year and grades from the past two school years.
    • Current English Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    • Personal Recommendation - The Special Interest Recommendation may be used in place of, or in addition to, the Personal Recommendation.
    • Special Interest Recommendation - The Personal Recommendation may be used in place of, or in addition to, the Special Interest Recommendation.
    • Graded Writing Sample - We prefer non-fiction papers written during the current school year. Papers should be written in English.
    • Graded Math Sample - Provide a recent graded mathematic assessment (test or project) and explain your approach to the most challenging problem. 
    • Test Score Report (optional)
    • Arts or Athletics Multimedia (voluntary) - You may provide links to athletic or musical performances, artwork, or any other supplemental information through the Additional Information section of the Candidate Profile online. We do not accept original artwork, CDs, or DVDs. Do not delay the submission of your Candidate Profile because you are waiting for multimedia to be prepared. In the Additional Information section, please indicate that a link will be provided later. Email us your link at You must write your name and the words "SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION" in the subject line of your email.
    • Parent Financial Statement - For Financial Aid applicants only. Deadline: January 15, 2022.
    The School reserves the right to request additional information, including complete files from schools attended. 

    If your financial circumstances make it difficult to pay the application fee, please call us at 978-448-7510.

The Inquiry Form

The Groton School Online Inquiry form is a great way for you to introduce yourself to Groton. The information provided here will help us connect you with people at Groton who share your interests. We would like to get as complete a picture of you as possible, but if you are pressed for time simply complete the few fields that are required. Please fill out the Inquiry Form before scheduling an appointment for a tour and interview or one of our information sessions. 

Tour & Interview Schedule

To see our appointment schedule and make a reservation please click here.

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Application Materials

Applications for enrollment in the fall of 2022 are due January 15, 2022. The application fee is $50.

Financial aid applications are also due January 15, 2022.

To complete an application, you must submit all forms to the Admission Office by January 15. The Admission Office prefers to receive the application online, however, PDF versions are available.

A Groton application includes the following: Candidate ProfileCandidate StatementParent StatementCounselor ReportTranscript FormEnglish Teacher RecommendationMath Teacher RecommendationPersonal RecommendationSpecial Interest Recommendation, Graded Writing Sample, and a Graded Math Sample.

All applicants are required to complete the Personal Recommendation Form however it can be replaced by the Special Interest Recommendation Form. Applicants are allowed to submit both if relevant.