Application Process

Please note that due to safety protocols around COVID-19, our admission process has been amended to be fully virtual at this time.

Applications are still being accepted in select grades for the 2020–21 School Year, and those tours are being scheduled on demand. Tours for families applying for the 2021–22 school year will begin in October of 2020. Request a tour here.


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We know choosing a school can be overwhelming, and we’re here to help you through these steps: 

  1. Browse the Website — Read all about our philosophy, model, schedule, and COVID-19 response to see if AHB might be the perfect school for your family.
  2. Attend a Virtual Information Session — Prospective parents should attend an info session to ask questions and learn more about AHB’s progressive education model. To RSVP and see upcoming dates: Request a tour here.
  3. Submit Application Paperwork — If AHB seems like the right choice for your family, proceed with the following:
    • Apply for admission
    • Submit $75 application fee 
    • Submit the most recent report card (for grades 1 & up.)
    • Request teacher evaluation form from the most recent teacher (older students should request forms from BOTH a math and an English / Language Arts teacher.)
  4. Attend a Virtual Family Interview — Once your application paperwork is in, the Head of School will reach out to schedule a time for your family to meet with her and your potential teacher. We will give your child and the teacher an opportunity to chat and get to know another, and also take time for the adults to talk privately, so that all parties can get a feel for whether AHB would be a good fit for your family.
  5. Schedule Virtual Class Visits or Assessments (Older Students) — Older students may be asked to join a virtual class meeting or two to get to know their peers and teacher; they may also be asked to complete an at-home informal assessment. 

Admission Decisions & Timelines

Throughout the admission process, our communication strives to be clear, upfront, and helpful for your family to make a decision.

Admission decisions are two fold. We carefully weigh the following factors:

Is AHB a good fit school for your child and family?

After your child’s day visit or family interview, the Head of School will conference with the teachers to make an admission determination based on how well we feel our school could serve your child, in the classroom for which she or he is potentially slated. (In other words, we look not only at individual applicants, but also the current or expected population of that classroom and how the group will likely function.) We also give careful consideration of whether we believe the family unit a whole can positively support our model. We aim to make and communicate this important decision as quickly as possible. 

Please note that AHB Community School is committed to providing the best educational experience for our students. Though we welcome a diverse group of students, AHB is not staffed to meet the needs of children who have behavioral or educational differences for which specially-trained teachers or extensive one-on-one assistance is necessary. Successful AHB candidates generally have needs that can be accommodated within the classroom, can work with peers in a constructive manner, and are able to exercise an age-appropriate level of independence.

Is there space available in the class?

If available space is definite, the family will be asked to confirm (or reject) the admission offer and begin the registration process. If available space is uncertain, families will be formally offered admission in the spring when/if it becomes available. This is more typical in grades 1–7, where classes are generally near capacity and open spaces are dependent on the re-enrollment of current families. (Current families must re-enroll by the first of March so that new families can be then offered spots by the first of April.) 

Registration

If you accept the offer of admission to AHB Community School, we’ll send a timeline and appropriate information about the registration and enrollment of your student.