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. 

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is January 15, 2019.  

Admissions Events

There are many opportunities to learn more about CRS.
We encourage all prospective families to come see our school in action. Tours are available weekdays during school hours, and can be arranged by calling the Admissions Office at 508-785-8213. We also offer open houses, classroom visit days, 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.

Summer Tours
Please contact the Admissions Office at 508-785-8213 to schedule a tour over the summer months. 

Classroom Visit Days
Throughout the school year, our monthly Classroom Visit Days provide an introduction to CRS and the admissions process. Meet our Head of School Gretchen Larkin and see the school in action! Classroom Visit Days occur on Fridays from 9:00-10:30 throughout the year.

Drop-in Tours
In addition to scheduled visits, CRS offers weekly drop-in tours on Tuesday mornings at 8:15, September - May. Prospective parents are invited to meet in the Admissions Office for a brief introduction to our school and an opportunity to see our campus and visit classrooms.

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

2018-2019 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.