Admissions Process


Families should contact the School by phone (508) 228-8569 to request admission materials. Inquiries may also be made on our website through the “Request Information” link.

Parent Visit

Parents are invited to tour the School and spend an hour with the Head of School. This conversation is an important opportunity to ask specific questions, learn about the mission of and vision for the School, and discuss the particular needs, interests, and experiences of the applicant.

Student Visit

Applicants for grades 1-8 are required to spend a full day at the School as part of the admission process. Preschool and Kindergarten applicants will spend an hour or two in the classroom.

During the visit day, students are afforded an opportunity to meet and interact with teachers and peers and to experience first hand the daily culture of the School. The visit is a crucial element in determining the right placement between the child and the School.


A written application, including the parent statements, teacher reference form, school transcript (if appropriate), and other relevant material is due with the application fee. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Families who submit completed applications prior to February 1st will be notified of admission before March 1st. Applications submitted after February 1st will be processed on a rolling basis; generally speaking, families will receive notification within 30 days.

The criteria for selecting students for admission include the following: academic history suggesting ability level, motivation, curiosity, and creativity consistent with the school’s mission and program; demonstrated good citizenship and ability to work and play cooperatively with peers; alignment of the school’s mission and philosophy and parents’/guardians’ objectives and expectations. While an effort is made, whenever possible, to accommodate siblings of currently enrolled students, we do not give preferential treatment to any particular group or category of applicants.
Nantucket New School admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies, and other school-admininistered programs.

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