Application Process

Admission to Tower Hill is competitive so we recommend prospective students and their families begin the application process in early fall of the year before entry. To be considered for our first round of admission decisions, our application deadline is January 2, 2023. We will start notifying first-round applicants of the admission decision in mid to late January.

Applications received after our January deadline are still considered, dependent upon space availability in the specific grade. 

Application Process Timeline

 
1) Complete an Inquiry form
2) Complete and submit an online application
3) Schedule a Shadow Day or Playgroup
4) Submit or complete all necessary application materials through your application checklist
 
 Application Materials
 
All application materials will be on your online checklist once you inquire. Details and directions about how to upload or request these materials will also be on your checklist.
 
Preschool (Tower Tots-Kindergarten)
  • Current and previous year progress reports.  If your child is not currently enrolled in a school, these will be waived
  • A letter of recommendation from the primary teacher submitted online through the application checklist
  • A playgroup with an informal assessment on January 7, 2023 
Lower School (1st- 4th)
  • Current and previous year report cards/grades
  • A letter of recommendation from the primary teacher submitted online through the application checklist
  • A shadow day which will include assessments.  Rising 1st graders will partake in a playgroup with an informal assessment on January 7, 2023.
Middle School (5th-8th)
  • Current and previous year report cards/grades
  • 5th grade- A letter of recommendation from the primary teacher submitted online through the application checklist
  • 6th-8th grades- Three letters of recommendation from Math teacher, English teacher, and Principal or Counselor
  • 5th grade: ISEE testing (see below)
  • 6th-12th grade: ISEE or PSAT testing (see below)
  • An interview that will be conducted during the shadow day
Upper School (6th-12th)
  • Current and previous year report cards/grades
  • Three letters of recommendation from Math teacher, English teacher, and Principal or Counselor
  • ISEE or PSAT testing (see below)
  • An interview that will be conducted during the shadow day

Permission for Release of Information Form

If you need to request grades/report cards from your current school, please download this form.

ADMISSION TESTING
Information on the tests and paper-based options:
ISEE (School Code 080205)
SSAT (School code 7690)


For families applying to Middle School and Upper School, in addition to the in-person paper-based testing options, ISEE and SSAT have developed testing at-home options to help accommodate students and schools in response to COVID-19. Tower Hill accepts the results of both testing at-home options.

Specific Grade Requirements
5th Grade
: ISEE
6th - 8th Grade: ISEE or SSAT
9th - 12th Grade: ISEE or SSAT
(If a student has taken the ISEE, SSAT, or the ERB's within the last two years, it is not required to take the test again)

Information on the at-home options for the tests:
ISEE At Home
SSAT At Home


Wilmington Consortium ISEE test dates:
ISEE Test Dates & Locations - Wilmington Area

SSAT testing
is also offered at Tower Hill on the following dates:
SSAT Testing Dates - Tower Hill

The SSAT is also offered at other local locations almost every month from October through May.

Please visit www.ssat.org for testing dates and locations, and to register.