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Age 3 through 8th grade

Admission Process

Our admission process is designed to help us get to know our potential students and families. We hope it helps you get to know Independence, as well.

1. Schedule an appointment for a personal tour. We will also be hosting several Information Sessions and other opportunities for you to visit our school throughout the school year. For dates and registration, click here.

2. Complete and submit the application online, along with the $40 application fee. (Fee is waived for siblings of current students and children of alumni.)

3. Submit applicant’s most recent transcript (K-8 applicants only).

4. Give current teachers the Confidential Evaluation Form to be completed and returned directly by the school to the Independence Admission Office.

5. Schedule appointments with the Admission Office for admission assessments (varies by grade level, see below) and a classroom visit day. Please allow one complete school day to visit. During the visit, the applicant will meet Independence students and teachers, participate in classes, and have a conversation with the head of division. Assessments are scheduled for a separate day.

For questions or to schedule testing, please call the Admission Office at 302-239-0332 or email Carol Bergner, Admission Coordinator.

For information on the admission process for international students, click here.



Since its founding in 1978, Independence has upheld its mission of inspiring young learners with an exceptional education that is strong in academic areas, as well as the arts, world languages and athletics. Ultimately, our goal as a school is to always seek the best fit for your child, for your family and for our school community. Over the years, we have found that by conducting developmentally appropriate assessments with applicants, we can learn more about the child as a student. The more information we have, the better prepared we are to serve your child within our curriculum and learning environment. All assessments are completed in a warm, welcoming manner for the students, who are encouraged to try their best and have fun. Outside factors, such as whether or not English is spoken in the home, are taken into consideration in the process.


EARLY CHILDHOOD I (age 3/preschool) & II (age 4/pre-K)

Applicants for Early Childhood participate in a developmental screening.

Kindergarten-First Grade

Applicants for kindergarten and first grade participate in the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV), which helps measure overall cognitive ability. Our consulting psychologist administers the WPPSI. First-grade applicants are also given portions of the Woodcock-Johnson achievement assessment.

Second-Fourth Grade

Applicants for second through fourth grade participate in the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V), which helps measure overall cognitive ability. Our consulting psychologist administers the WISC. Second-, third- and fourth-grade applicants are also given portions of the Woodcock-Johnson achievement assessment and have an opportunity to demonstrate their reading and writing skills.

Fifth-Eighth Grade

Applicants for fifth through eighth grade must complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). This test is administered at several area independent schools, as well as at Independence, beginning in November. Applicants wishing to be considered for the first round of admission decisions should complete testing by the January date (see below for the full 2016-17 schedule). Registration for any of the ISEE testing dates must be completed at least three weeks ahead of time and can be done by clicking here. Late online registrations (late fee) will be accepted up to two weeks before the test date. After that, if you wish to register within two weeks of the test date, you must call the school administering the ISEE test to see if space is available as a walk-in. Applicants will not be able to register at the test site on the day of the test. Applicants who have documented need for extra time on standardized tests should follow the instructions on the ISEE test registration website. Applicants can expect to receive scores within a week of the testing date.

Note: Applicants who have completed the ISEE within the last academic year may not need to have additional testing. Please check with the Admission Office.


Independence School's Code for ISEE Testing is #080307.
On the day of the test, please plan to arrive by 8:15 a.m.

  • Nov. 19, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-noon (register before Oct. 29)
    Administered at Wilmington Friends School

  • Dec. 3, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-noon (register before Nov. 12)
    Administered at The Tatnall School

  • Jan. 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-noon (register before Dec. 17)
    Administered at Tower Hill School

  • Feb. 4, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-noon (register before Jan. 14)
    Administered at Sanford School

  • March 4, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-noon (register before Feb. 11)
    Administered at The Independence School
    Testing is available after this date by appointment. For more information, please check with the Admission Office.

dates & deadlines


Early Childhood I (age 3) &
Early Childhood II (age 4)
Applications are welcome any time. Rolling Admission begins Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Kindergarten through Grade 4
Admission process
completion date:
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
Notification date:
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Grades 5 through 8
Admission process
completion date:
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017
Notification date:
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Applications for ALL grades will be accepted any time after the notification dates and considered on a rolling basis as space allows.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for
2017-18 school year

Application for first round of
financial aid awards:

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016
2016 tax return must follow the submission and be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

The Independence School does not discriminate based on race; color; religion; sex; gender identity; sexual orientation; national origin; disability; or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.