Admissions

Applying

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to Westminster School. In addition to success in your current classes, we are looking for students who demonstrate “Grit & Grace” and who embody our core values: community, character, balance and involvement.

Admissions Steps

List of 7 items.

  • Step 1: Submit Online Inquiry

    Completing an online inquiry generates an email, giving you a username and the ability to create a password for your personalized admission portal, from which you can access and check the status of your online application. It also allows us to share additional information about Westminster and upcoming events with you.

  • Step 2: Schedule a Tour & Interview

    A visit to Westminster's campus is an essential part of the application process. Your visit includes a personal tour with a student guide followed by an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. However, if circumstances prevent you from traveling to campus, a Skype or phone interview can be arranged. For information about scheduling a campus visit, please click here.
  • Step 3: Sign up for Testing


    TESTING REQUIREMENTS
     
    Applicants for 3rd & 4th form (9th & 10th grades)
    • Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)
    • Applicants are encouraged to take the Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)
    • If English is not first language: TOEFL
     
    Applicants for 5th & 6th form (11th & 12th grades) & Postgraduate Year 
    • PSAT, SAT, ACT, or SSAT
    • Applicants are encouraged to take the Character Skills Snapshot
    • If English is not first language: TOEFL
                                                                                            
    TESTING INFORMATION & RESOURCES
     
    Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT): www.ssat.org 
    • October, November, December and January are the preferred test dates for the SSAT; please be aware of registration deadlines and register well ahead for your test date and site.
    • Westminster’s SSAT code is 8134. 
     
    College Board Testing (PSAT and SAT):  www.collegeboard.com 
    • October, November, December and January are the preferred test dates for the SAT; please be aware of registration deadlines and register well ahead for your test date and site. The PSAT is administered in October.
     
    • October and December are the preferred test dates for the ACT, please be aware of registration deadlines and register well ahead for your test date and site.
     
    Character Skills Snapshot (CSS): www.ssat.org/css
    • Character matters at Westminster. A supplement to cognitive measures, the CSS reports on the character qualities, or “non-cognitive” attributes, of individual student applicants. It is an online assessment taken at home in approximately 20 minutes.
    • For SSAT test takers, The Snapshot is included free of charge. For students not taking the SSAT, the fee for the CSS is $35.00.
     
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): www.ets.org/TOEFL 
    • October, November, December and January are the preferred test dates for the TOEFL.
    • Westminster’s TOEFL code is 8486.  
     
  • Step 4: Complete the Application

    Candidates for admission to Westminster should apply online using the Standard Application Online or Gateway to Prep Schools application. The choice of platform has no bearing on admission decisions. The completed application is due by January 15 to ensure a March 10 decision and is comprised of the following:
            • Biographic Information
            • Application Fee - ($75 Domestic, $150 International)
            • Standardized Tests (See Step 3 above for more information)
            • Graded Writing Sample
            • Student Essays/Candidate Statement
            • Parent Statement
            • Recommendations – submitted online by current teachers (Required: School Administrator, English Teacher, and Math Teacher. Optional: Personal and Special Interest.)
            • Transcript – submitted directly by school (including current Fall term or semester grades)


    SAO          Gateway
                           
  • Accessing Your Admissions Portal

    1. Click the “Portal Login” button located in the upper right hand corner of this page.
    2. Enter your username and password received upon inquiry.
     
    Forgot your username and/or password? Click the “Forgot Your Login?” link and the system will send you an email with your username and instructions on how to reset your password.
  • Important Dates & Deadlines (2019-20)

    • Open House: Thursday, October 3 & Tuesday, November 5
      -- Call to register: (860) 408-3060
    • Admissions Spotlight on Arts & Athletics: Saturday, October 5
    • Application for Admission: Wednesday, January 15
    • Admission Decision Notification: Tuesday, March 10, 8 a.m. EST
    • Admitted Student Days: Tuesday, March 31; Friday, April 3 & Monday, April 6
    • Candidate Reply Deadline: Friday, April 10
    • First Look for 2021 Enrollment: Thursday, May 14
      -- Call to register: (860) 408-3060
  • Affording Westminster

    Applicants seeking financial aid must complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online at sssbynais.org/parents. Please see the Affording Westminster section of our web site for more information.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please call our Admissions Office at (860) 408-3060.
Westminster School reaffirms its long-standing nondiscriminatory policy and admits students of any race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Westminster. Westminster does not discriminate in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Westminster admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School; and Westminster does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered program.
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