Tessellations Admissions Process
Tessellations actively seeks students and families that share in our school’s vision, mission, and core values. Families who are interested in applying to our program should begin the process as early as possible. We maintain a policy of rolling admissions and consider applications as they are received.
All applicants are asked to complete the following four steps:
- Attend an Open House
This online meeting provides a broad understanding of the Tessellations philosophy and educational approach for gifted students, and gives parents an opportunity to ask questions. Sign up for our next Virtual Open House
- Obtain a Gifted Qualitative Assessment (GQA)
All students applying to Tessellations will be assessed for giftedness by Anne Beneventi. See details here. To schedule your GQA (currently being done by zoom), please email [email protected]
- Schedule a Parent Interview
This is a dialogue designed to gauge philosophical fit between families and the school. Please email [email protected] to schedule your interview.
- Submit an Application Form
Parents fill out an online application form (required). Please fill out the application form here.
You can do the above steps in any order, with the exception of the Parent Interview, which should be done *after* you have attended an Open House.
If more information is required to make a decision, we may ask for any or all of the following:
- Teacher Recommendation
- Transcripts from previous school
- Workshop – Two teachers, several current Tessellations students, and one or more applicants will meet for a relatively short period (an hour or less) and engage in a fun activity together. This is not a test, but rather meant to provide additional insight regarding how your child will work in a group environment and allow us to gauge whether we can meet your child’s needs.
When the application steps are completed, the Admissions Committee will review and make an admissions recommendation to the Head of School. A number of criteria will inform the admissions decision; however, no single criterion will determine the final decision.
Upon acceptance, a contract will be sent to the parents/guardians for review and signatures. Families are invited, as part of their decision-making process, to request any of the following optional steps:
- Meet with the classroom teacher(s)
- Participate in a Workshop (see above)
- Meet current parents
- Meet current students
Once accepted, a signed contract and deposit toward annual tuition secure your child’s place in our program. We consider qualified candidates in the order in which they apply.
If you are interested in applying to Tessellations, please reach out to us at [email protected]
Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year has not yet been set, but it will be between $30,000 and $35,000 for grades 1-8. Tuition for Kindergarten will be $29,000.
Financial aid is available to qualified families and is determined on a case-by-case basis.