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Application 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 '19

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 attend one or more admission events and schedule a personal conversation with a member of the admission team. Campus tours are also available.

The Admission Office will be here for you all the way and you'll find everything you need for the application process in the Admission Portal, including some additional instructions. For questions, please call the Admission Office at 302-239-0332 or email Donna Sentman, Admission & Financial Aid Manager.

1. Submit an application online

2. Upload your child's necessary documentation

3. Work with the Admission Office to schedule appropriate grade level assessment

Apply to The Independence School Now

6th-8th grade families:

Please register your student to take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) either at home or on select Saturday's at a local private school. To register for the test click here. When registering, include our school code #080307 so that the results are shared with us. 

Saturday Test Dates:

  • November 11, 2023 at Tower Hill 
  • December 9, 2023 at Tatnall School
  • January 6, 2024 at Sanford School
  • February 3, 2024 at Wilmington Friends
  • March 2, 2024 at The Independence School

Important Dates


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 Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023.
(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. 15, 2023.

*Child's birthday must be before Sept. 15 for ECI, ECII & K