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Age 3 through 8th grade

ADMISSION PROCESS

“Independence is an amazing school where I get the chance to express myself through academics, music, art, sports, clubs, and more. I appreciate the kind teachers and loving community that go along with being part of this Indy family!”
Anna, Class of 2019

STEPS TO ADMISSION

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. We encourage all prospective families to tour the school, either through a personal tour, Open House or Information Session. 

Ready to apply? Submit the online application and $40 application fee (fee is waived for siblings of current students and children of alumni). Please follow the additional steps to admission, which vary by grade level of interest. 

ECI (age 3)-ECII (age 4)

1. Once your application is received, the Admission Office will contact you to schedule a developmental screening and student visit day (applicants for ECII). Please note that children must be 3 years old by Sept. 15 for ECI and 4 years old by Sept. 15 for ECII; a birth certificate copy is required for applicants of both grade levels. All children must be fully toilet-trained by the first day of school.

2. Complete the Permission for Release of Information form and provide all three pages to your child's current school. Once completed, the school should return the document directly to Independence’s Admission Office, either via mail or email to Donna Sentman at dsentman@indyde.org. If there are additional forms relevant to the admission process, the school may send those, as well.

K-4th Grade

1. Once your application is received, the Admission Office will contact you to schedule a student visit day and applicable admission assessments, which vary by grade. Assessment details can be found under the Testing by Grade Level section below. Please note that a birth certificate copy is required for Kindergarten applicants.

2. Complete the Permission for Release of Information form and provide all three pages to your child's current school. Once completed, the school should return the document directly to Independence’s Admission Office, either via mail or email to Donna Sentman at dsentman@indyde.org. If there are additional forms relevant to the admission process, the school may send those, as well.

5th-8th Grade

1. Once your application is received, the Admission Office will contact you to schedule a student visit day. Applicants for grades 5-8 also must register separately for ISEE testing, the details of which can be found under the Testing by Grade Level section below.

2. Complete the Permission for Release of Information form and provide all three pages to your child's current school. Once completed, the school should return the document directly to Independence’s Admission Office, either via mail or email to Donna Sentman at dsentman@indyde.org. If there are additional forms relevant to the admission process, the school may send those, as well.

For questions, please call the Admission Office at 302-239-0332 or email Donna Sentman, Admission Manager.

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

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TESTING BY GRADE LEVEL

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.

The results of the WPPSI-IV and Woodcock-Johnson, along with other information, are used in considering a student’s likelihood for success at Independence. Assessment scores are not released to parents, but a review with our consulting psychologist may be requested upon enrollment.

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.

The results of the WISC-V and Woodcock-Johnson, along with other information, are used in considering a student’s likelihood for success at Independence. Assessment scores are not released to parents, but a review with our consulting psychologist may be requested upon enrollment.

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 2019-20 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 the green button.

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. We may also accept recent scores from the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) for grades 5-8. Please check with the Admission Office.


2019-20 ISEE GROUP TESTING DATES AND LOCATIONS

Independence School's Code for ISEE Testing is #080307.
On the day of the test, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time listed below.

  • Nov. 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. (register before Oct. 19)
    Administered at The Tatnall School
     
  • Dec. 7, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. (register before Nov. 16)
    Administered at Sanford School
     
  • Jan. 11, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. (register before Dec. 21)
    Administered at Tower Hill School
     
  • Feb. 8, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. (register before Jan. 18)
    Administered at Wilmington Friends School
     
  • March 7, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. (register before Feb. 15)
    Administered at The Independence School
    Testing is available after this date by appointment. For more information, please check with the Admission Office.

IMPORTANT dates

FOR APPLICANTS TO THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Applications for all grades are accepted any time and are considered on a rolling basis as space allows.

Early Childhood I (age 3)* &
Early Childhood II (age 4)*

Admission notifications begin Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
(Please note that all students for EC I & II must be fully toilet-trained prior to the first day of school.)


Kindergarten* through Grade 8
Admission notifications begin Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

*Cutoff date for these grades is Sept. 15.

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.