Admission

How to Apply

Admission Process

List of 6 items.

  • 1. Complete the Inquiry Form

    If you would like to set up an interview or simply receive information about Groton, complete our online inquiry form.
  • 2. Schedule an Interview

    Visiting while school is in session makes it much easier to envision yourself as a Groton student. To arrange a visit, complete the Inquiry Form or the Candidate Profile and then call the Admission Office at 978-448-7510. You might find it helpful to consult our tour and interview schedule. Visits typically include a student-led tour and an interview with an admissions counselor. Students and their families should interview in the fall or early winter of the school year preceding their anticipated entry to Groton School. We interview throughout the year, including the summer, with the exception of school holidays and the period of February 1 - July 6.

    While we encourage you to visit campus and meet with us, we realize that personal circumstances may make travel to Groton difficult. Interviews are recommended but not required for admission to Groton School. During the fall, you have the option to request a Video-Chat Interview. Those interview requests must be submitted by December 15, 2019. If you have missed the video-chat request deadline, you may submit a video introduction of yourself in lieu of an interview.


    Summer 2020 tours and interviews will resume on Monday, July 6. Please call 978-448-7510 for additional information.

    Tour & Interview Schedule 
     Monday
    8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m, 10:40 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:20 p.m.

    Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
    8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:25 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

    Saturday
    8:00 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m. (Fall and Winter only)
  • 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 www.gatewaytoprepschools.com, 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. Register for a Standardized Test

    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 www.ssat.org and www.erbtest.org. Be sure to list Groton's code 3598 when you register for the SSAT . We can only accept scores directly from the testing services. The November or December test dates are preferable; the January date is acceptable. If you have not been studying in an English speaking school for the last two years, you should also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) during the same time period. Groton's TOEFL code is 8224. We also accept the IELTS and Duolingo test for English language proficency.
  • 5. Recommendations

    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 15th. 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 Report
    • Transcript - No application can be considered complete without a transcript which 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.
    • Test Score Report
    • Arts or Athletics Multimedia (voluntary) - You may provide links to music, artwork or any other supplemental information through the Additional Information section of the Candidate Statement online. We do not accept original artwork, cds or dvds. Do not delay sending your Candidate Statement because you are waiting for multimedia to be prepared. In the addidtional information section, note that a link to multimedia will be provided later. Email us your link at admission@groton.org. You must write your name and the words "SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION" in the title of your email.
    • Parent Financial Statement - (For Financial Aid applicants only. Deadline: January 15, 2020).
    The School reserves the right to request additional information, including complete files from schools attended.

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; it will also help us enhance any visit you make to campus. 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. At Groton, interviews are scheduled by calling us at 978-448-7510. Please complete an inquiry form before calling to schedule an interview.

Tour & Interview Schedule

2020 tours and interviews will resume on Monday, July 6. Please call 978-448-7510 for additional information. 

Monday

8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m, 10:40 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:25 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

Saturday
8:00 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m.

*Campus Tours and Interviews run on regular class days including Saturdays. The last interview date for applicants for fall of 2020 will be February 1, 2020. Summer tours and interview resume on July 6, 2020. 

Application Materials

Applications for enrollment in the fall of 2020 are due January 15, 2020. The application fee is $50.00.

Financial Aid applications are due January 15.

To complete an application, you must submit all forms to the admission office by January 15th. 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.