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Student Visits and Assessments

The Admissions Office contacts families once an application is received to schedule student visits.

Applicants to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
The decision regarding the appropriate age to start school can be complex.  Many factors determine a child's readiness: emotional/social maturity, fine/gross motor development, cognitive ability, and of course, chronological age. 

Children entering PreK are four years old, and similarly, five years old by September 1 to begin Kindergarten.  On occasion a child who has a fall birthday will enter PreK with the understanding that he/she will be in our PreK program for two years.  Every child is special and unique, and each year, we work in partnership with parents around this readiness decision.  We remain open to discussing individual cases and are here to lend our expertise in the effort to best place a child for success as s/he begins school.


Applicants to Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten participate in a playgroup led by Lower School teachers; formal assessments and observations take place within the playgroup session.  Parents attend an information coffee during this time.



Applicants to Grades 1 - 4



Applicants to Grades 1 through 4 visit Brookwood for a day in January or early February; admissions assessments take place within the classroom that day. Students visit their current grade and have the opportunity to experience a typical day at Brookwood.

Applicants to Grades 5 – 8

Applicants to Grades 5 through 8 visit Brookwood for a day in January or early February. Students visit their current grade and have the opportunity to experience a typical day at Brookwood.  Applicants to Grades 5 through 8 are also required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), which is offered at various schools on the North Shore, including Brookwood. Families should
register online at https://erblearn.org/parents/isee-overview.
To ensure Brookwood receives your child’s scores, you will need to enter Brookwood’s school code when registering; this code is 222602.  Please note that the deadline to register is three weeks prior to the testing date.