Frequently Asked Questions

 

When should I start the application process? Is there an application deadline?

We suggest you begin the application process in the fall. 

February 1 is the recommended application deadline. However, we complete application files and start offering enrollment to new families as early as February. Since space availability is limited, it is best to start the process early.

How can I afford an Oakridge education?

We understand that the cost of attending an independent school requires making a significant investment in your child’s education and future. Recognizing that every situation is unique, we are committed to working with each family to find ways of making an Oakridge education a reality. The Oakridge School's Financial Aid Committee seeks to assist qualified students whose families could not otherwise afford a private school education.

What is financial aid and who is eligible to receive it?

Financial aid is a grant, not a loan, given to qualifying families based on financial need to offset the costs of an Oakridge education. The grant does not have to be repaid. Families who have students entering first through twelfth grade are eligible to apply for need-based assistance. 

What does financial aid cover?

Financial grants are applied to the basic tuition and fees. Costs not included in tuition and fees include uniforms, fees for optional clubs/activities, and textbooks for grades 5-12.  Based on a family’s demonstrated financial need, textbook awards may be offered to help offset the costs of textbooks. 

How are admissions decisions made?

The final decision on admission is determined by the Admissions Committee’s evaluation of several factors:

  • The application form
  • Previous school transcript(s)
  • Completed recommendation form(s)
  • Entrance examination results
  • School visit
  • Interview

From where do new students come?

Our students come from public and private schools. Each year, students relocate from out of state and abroad. 

The Oakridge School cooperates with the U.S. Department of State to enroll international exchange students.

Each year about 120 to 140 new students join the Oakridge family.

We tested for admission last year. Do we have to re-test for admission this year?

More than likely, the answer is yes. Depending on the date and type of achievement testing, this requirement may be waived. Usually, students need to retest, just like we need to receive updated grades and recommendations from the current school year.

How can I prepare my child for test day?

Admissions testing is meant to assess the current academic level of your child, so no extra studying is needed for the exam.

What is the age requirement for entering preschool and subsequent grades?

Finding the right fit, at the right time, for your child is very important to us. Children mature at different rates and levels of readiness vary. 

  • Students should be 3 years of age to start preschool.
  • We use the birthday cutoff date of July 31 and our Admissions Committee will consider possible candidates with later birthdates.

If I apply for financial aid, does it have a negative impact on my child’s chances for admission?

  • Admission is based on your child’s academic quality and overall fit with The Oakridge School. Financial aid is not awarded until after the student is enrolled and you've paid a $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit. This holds a spot for your child pending the outcome of the financial aid process.

If I expect that my circumstances would only allow for a small grant, should I still apply?

Yes! Each year, Oakridge makes grants of various amounts. We recognize that every family situation is different and that even a small amount of assistance can make a critical difference for many families.

Are any merit scholarships available? What constitutes a complete financial aid application?

  • We only offer need-based financial aid. Financial aid applications must be filed by new, and returning families, each year. The information is due in the Business Office by March 1st. A complete financial aid file consists of the full tax return, 1099’s or W2’s, and the parents’ financial statement submitted via www.sss.nais.org/parents.

How do we apply for financial aid?

Families interested in applying for financial aid should indicate their interest on the Application Form. Oakridge uses the calculations provided by SSS, a third-party, as a starting point in determining the demonstrated need of a family. Other factors taken into consideration include the information provided in the Self-Report of Monthly Income, tax forms, the number of children in tuition-bearing schools, as well as extenuating circumstances. Additional criteria is used for those who are self-employed or own a business or farm, or if there is a non-working parent and all children are of school age. 

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