Applying to CRS

While the application process looks different at different grade levels, our goal remains the same: to communicate clearly our school's mission, philosophy, and program, and to get to know you and your child. We seek to identify students who will thrive in our progressive, hands-on environment and will fully participate in our creative, collaborative and challenging academic community. 

To do this we meet with parents to discuss their child in depth and learn what the family is seeking in a school environment.  We ask for input from the child's current teacher and consider their previous academic record and school reports. Finally, we have students visit with us as part of the application process. 

Charles River School accepts applications at all grade levels from PreK to 7th Grade. Due to the sequential nature of our Middle School program, we do not accept applicants for 8th. While it is most common that students join us in the Early Childhood years, we intentionally grow our class sizes slightly in the Elementary and Middle School divisions, and we encourage applications at each grade level.

The application deadline is January 15th.  After January 15th, CRS considers applicants on a rolling basis, depending on space available. For more information regarding rolling admissions, please contact the Admissions Office at 508-785-8213.

Admissions Events

There are many opportunities to learn more about CRS. 
Tours are typically available weekdays during school hours and can be arranged by calling the Admissions Office at 508-785-8213. We also offer open houses, information sessions, and events throughout the year, and admissions representatives attend off-campus school fairs, as well. We look forward to meeting you and exploring together the opportunities for your child at Charles River School.

With our campus closed to visitors due to COVID-19, we encourage you to view our virtual tour, peruse our videos, and speak with a member of the Admissions Office.  Please call 508-785-8213 or email Director of Admissions Kat Whitten at

Charles River School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, personnel policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. It is the policy of Charles River School to admit students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.

Application Checklist

  • Parent tour and interview 
  • Submit application by January 15*
  • Ask current school to send grade reports 
  • Ask current teacher to submit recommendation form directly to CRS
  • For Grades 6 & 7 only, register for ISEE or SSAT testing
  • For Grades PreK-1, sign up for group visit and one-on-one screening
  • For Grade 2-7, schedule class visiting day(s) for student
  • For those applying for financial aid, financial aid forms submitted to SSS by February 1
          * Applicants submitted after January 15 will be accepted on a rolling basis.

2019-2020 Key Dates

Jan 15 Application deadline*
Feb 1 Financial Aid deadline
Mar 10 Admissions, Financial Aid notification
Apr 10 Family decision deadline

*After January 15, applications to CRS will be accepted on a rolling basis as space allows.