FAQ

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about Beaver’s Admission process are answered here. If your question is not answered or you would like more information about Beaver, contact the Admission Office at 617-738-2725 or admission@bcdschool.org.

How can I schedule a tour and interview?


To schedule the tour or interview, simply call the Admission Office at 617-738-2725. Interviews are scheduled to take place between September 25, 2017 and January 26, 2018. Optional group tours are offered daily as well and can be scheduled separately by calling the Admission Office as well.

When is the deadline for applying?


The deadline to complete the application, which includes the application, standardized test, and interview, is January 15. Financial Aid applications are due February 1.

What standardized tests are required?


All applicants are required to take either the SSAT or the ISEE by the application deadline of January 15. The SSAT may be taken at Beaver on Saturday, December 9, 2017 and the ISEE may be taken at Beaver on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Other test dates are available at different locations. You must register for each test in advance and ask that the official score report be sent directly to Beaver. Use the following school codes for Beaver when you register: ISEE 220595 or SSAT 1528.

How many spaces are available each year by grade?


6th, 7th, and 9th grades are “entry years,” enrolling 30-35 students for 6th grade, 15-18 students for 7th grade, and 35-40 students for 9th grade. All other grades will accept new students if space is available but are not typical entry years.

How many students are in each grade?


The Middle School numbers are about 130 students total and the Upper School has about 340 students (2016-2017 enrollment is 470). We aim to have about 30 students in 6th grade and about 50 each in 7th and 8th grades, but some years these numbers vary by a few students. In the Upper School (grades 9-12) our goal is about 85 students per grade.

What kinds of students is Beaver looking for?


All kinds! We seek students who have demonstrated academic potential and intellectual curiosity, along with interests and talents in athletics and the arts. We are looking for strongly motivated and creative students, students who are willing to try new activities and who enjoy collaborating with others, students who come from diverse family backgrounds and cultures, and students who will become good friends and leaders in our community. There is no one typical Beaver student, rather we seek to build a close community of strong individuals.

How are applicants evaluated?


We look at the whole student, not simply at test scores and grades. We are interested in what current teachers say about a student’s academic potential, motivation, strengths, and in what a student’s interests and goals may be (students have an opportunity to describe these during the interview and in the written application). The application and interview notes are reviewed and discussed by a group of current faculty and staff.

What can we expect during our visit to campus?

An interview is a required part of the application process and involves both the parent(s)/guardian(s) and student meeting with a member of the Admission staff. The student will meet one-on-one with a member of the Admission staff first. After the student has been interviewed, the Admission staff member will meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s).

The interview is an opportunity for the Admission staff to meet the student in person and learn more about his or her experiences and interests. Students and families have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Beaver. The interview will take about an hour.

Families may also schedule an optional small group tour of the school when they arrange their interview. The tour and interview do not need to happen on the same day.

Do I need to dress up for a campus visit?


No. It is more important for you to be comfortable than to try and impress us with your clothing. On your visit to campus you will see that Beaver students dress casually. If you opt to take a tour of campus, it will involve walking through the buildings and campus, so comfortable footwear and appropriate outerwear are advisable depending on the weather.

Where is the Admission Office located and where should I park?

There are several reserved parking spots for those visiting the Admission Office. As you enter the school’s driveway from Hammond Street, the Admission parking spots are the first three closest to the main entrance. If those are occupied, you may park in any open spot. Handicap parking is available in the front circle.

After you park, you may enter the Admission Reception directly from the right-hand side of the front circle (look for the sign and door into the Admission Office). If you enter through the school’s main entrance, check in at the Front Desk to the left and then proceed down the hallway to the right of the front doors. Turn right down the first hallway and the Admission Reception door is the 3rd on the right (Room 120).

For directions to our campus please go to the Directions page.

May I visit campus before I come for my required interview?


We hold several Admission Information Programs during the fall which anyone may attend. Some families choose to attend an Information Program the year before they apply as a means of familiarizing themselves with the school’s facilities and mission. Group tours are another way to see the school in addition to the interview and can be scheduled by calling the Admission Office.

Do siblings or children of alumni get preference?


Siblings or “legacy” applicants are considered first on their own merits and second on their relationships to current or former Beaver students. We do have quite a few siblings and alumni children, but we urge families to consider each child as an individual in deciding whether Beaver would be the right fit, just as we do in evaluating siblings and alumni children.

Should I include an outside letter of reference in addition to the required parts of the application?


While not required, an additional letter of reference may be helpful, but only if the writer knows the student well in an academic or cocurricular context. For example, if the applicant is a competitive athlete outside of school, the coach might be in a position to comment on the student’s dedication and teamwork. Or if the applicant plays in an orchestra, the music director might write a letter stating their level of commitment and describing any special talents.

I'm a home-schooled student – what should I submit in lieu of the school and teachers' reports?


Please see our guidelines for home-schooled students. You will need to submit a detailed syllabus and transcript, sample writing assignment, a typical weekly schedule, a list of extracurricular activities, and recommendations from your Math and English instructor. If you have further questions, please contact the Admission Office

How much is tuition?


Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $47,550. Tuition covers nearly all expenses including lunch, sports uniforms, and any required school trips. The family is responsible for purchasing all required textbooks/materials and the student’s laptop computer (not included in tuition).

How is financial aid awarded?


All aid is need-based, as demonstrated by the Financial Aid and tax forms the family submits to SSS by NAIS by February 1. A committee determines how to apportion the available Financial Aid funds among the families who apply. About 25% of our families receive some Financial Aid. To learn more about how to apply, please go to the Tuition and Financial Aid section of this site.

When will I know if I'm accepted?


Decisions are published on Ravenna on March 10 (if you met the January 15 application deadline). You will learn about any Financial Aid in the acceptance packet sent in the mail following the release of decisions online. The deadline to submit the enrollment contract and deposit is April 10.

What does it mean to be placed on the waiting list?


Being placed on the wait list means that we may be able to offer you enrollment if space becomes available. Normally, we will know if any spaces are available shortly after the April 10 enrollment deadline, but sometimes space may open up during the spring and summer. The Admission Office will contact you if a space becomes available, provided you have requested to stay on the wait list. The list is not ranked.

Will I get a chance to visit Beaver again before I decide whether to enroll?


Yes, there are Revisit days for admitted students in later March and early April. If you are admitted you will be notified of your assigned Revisit Day in your acceptance packet, during which admitted students attend classes with a current student. Parents are also invited to attend classes and information sessions.

We missed the January 15 application deadline; can we apply later in the spring?


Please contact us after April 10, the date by which accepted students must notify us if they plan to enroll next year. At that time we will have a better idea of the length of the waitlist associated with each grade. An interview and standardized testing is still required if you apply out of the regular cycle. The Admission Office is open during the summer but staffing is limited and there are no Beaver students on campus between early June and Labor Day.