A Program of Schools for Children

How to Apply

How to Apply

Create a Ravenna Account

Lesley Ellis School partners with Ravenna Solutions to provide a complete online application experience for families. You may submit forms, register for events, solicit teacher recommendations, and track receipt of application documents through the Ravenna parent portal. Visit Ravenna to create an account, select the “Greater Boston Region” and then select Lesley Ellis School.

Schedule a Parent Meeting and School Tour

Please email or give us a call to schedule your visit. Visits typically last about an hour (sometimes longer if you are visiting for more than one child). Due to high demand for tours, we encourage you to schedule your visit as soon as possible. If you are applying from out-of-state, please give us a call so we can help to accommodate your travel plans.

  • Early Childhood and Elementary (preschool – grade 4)
    Tricia Moran, Director of Admission, 781.641.1346​.
  • Middle School (grades 5 – 8)
    Andy Stratford, Middle School Admission, 781.641.1346​.

Complete a Lesley Ellis Application

You may complete the online application form through your Ravenna account before or after visiting the school, but no later than January 15, 2020. The application fee is $50. Please contact the admission office if you would like to request a fee waiver or a paper application.

Applicant Visit

A member of our admission team will contact you to set up an applicant visit after you have completed your online application.

Applicants for Preschool, Prekindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten visit for a playgroup session along with other children applying to the same grade level.

Applicants for grades one through four spend a half-day in their current grade level during which they participate in classroom activities and an individual evaluation. Applicants for grades five through eight spend a whole day in their current grade level during which they participate in classroom activities.

Solicit Teacher Recommendations for Submission

If your child has attended a prior school or daycare, please have their previous teacher/s fill out an AISNE recommendation form.

All teacher recommendations may be requested through your Ravenna account. Parents may delegate a recommendation form by entering the teacher’s email address. The Ravenna system will then email the form and instructions, allowing teachers to submit online. If your child’s teacher prefers to complete the AISNE teacher recommendation form on paper, please download the appropriate AISNE form(s), give them to your child’s teachers, and have them mail the forms directly to our admission office at:

Lesley Ellis School
Attn.: Admission Department
34 Winter Street, Arlington, MA 02474

Request a Copy of the Last 2 Years of Progress Reports (if applicable) Be Sent to Lesley Ellis School

Print the records release form from the Ravenna system, sign the form, and give it to your child’s current school.

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) for Middle School Applicants

Applicants entering grades five through eight are requested to take the ISEE exam as this provides valuable information for our Admission Committee. Alternative standardized tests may be considered in conjunction with a separate visit to the School for an in-house assessment. Please contact Andy Stratford for further information.

Open Houses

Join us for one or more of our next open houses to explore classrooms, meet our teachers and administrators, and chat with some of our current parents.

Welcome Wednesday Open Houses, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
October 2
December 11
April 8

All School Open House, Preschool to Grade 8

Sunday, November 3, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Middle School Open House
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Financial Aid

If you are applying for financial assistance, complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it to School and Student Services (SSS) by January 31. Copies of parents’ 1040 tax forms for 2019 and all schedules and supporting documents, including a copy of all W-2 forms, should be sent to SSS by February 15. Please visit our financial aid page for more information.