We are delighted that you are interested in applying to Westminster School. The Admissions Committee will consider all candidates who have completed the necessary steps by January 15th of the year in which you wish to enroll. 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.

Click each section below for further details.

List of 6 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.

  • 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 Admission committee. However, if circumstances prevent your traveling to campus, a Skype or phone interview can be arranged.
    • To schedule your tour and interview, please call the Office of Admissions at (860) 408-3060.
    • Visits are available Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays at the following times:
    Monday8:159:3010:3011:301:152:15
    Tuesday8:159:3011:0012:401:40
    Wednesday8:159:3010:3011:00
    Thursday8:159:3010:3011:301:152:15
    Friday8:159:3011:0012:401:40
    Saturday8:159:3010:30
  • Step 3: Sign up for Testing


    TESTING REQUIREMENTS
     
    Applicants for 3rd & 4th form (9th & 10th grades)
    • Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)
    • Applicants are strongly 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 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
                           

                Applicants for admission should choose one of the application methods listed above. This choice has no bearing on acceptance rates.



  • Important Dates & Deadlines

    • Open House: Thursday, October 4 & Tuesday, November 6
      -- Call to register: (860) 408-3060
    • Application for Admission: January 15
    • Admission Decision Notification: March 10
    • Revisit Days: Tuesday, April 2; Friday, April 5; and Tuesday, April 9
      -- Second visits for accepted students only
    • Candidate Reply Deadline: April 10
    • First Look for 2020 Enrollment: Thursday, May 16
      -- Call to register: (860) 408-3060
  • Financial Aid

    Applicants seeking financial aid must complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online at sssbynais.org/parents. Please see the Financial Aid 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.

Westminster School

995 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 408-3000
Westminster School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and Postgraduate, located in Simsbury, Connecticut. The suburban New England campus is midway between New York City and Boston. In keeping with our support for a diverse community, Westminster abides by all applicable federal and state laws and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic, including race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry and/or disability.

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