How to Visit, Interview, and Apply

Admission Process

This section of our website aims to give you a clear and complete description of the application process. Applying to independent schools can seem like a daunting set of tasks, but we are here to help.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email our office ( or give us a call at (978 448 7510).

Applications for enrollments in the fall of 2024 are due on January 15, 2024.  The application fee is $50.  If your financial circumstances make it difficult to pay this fee, email us or give us a call.

Applications that arrive after the deadline will still be considered, but we cannot guarantee that we will have a decision by the common decision deadline of March 10, 2024.

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  • The Inquiry Form

    Complete our inquiry form to join our mailing list and learn about events that may be happening in your area.  The information you provide will help us connect you with people at Groton who share your interests.

    If you would like to provide more detailed information to our coaches and/or arts directors you can also complete these forms:
    Athletics Interest Form
    Performing Arts Interest Form
  • 1. The Candidate Profile

    The Candidate Profile offers admission candidates a convenient way to provide biographical data to over 50 schools with a single form. You may access the Candidate Profile online by visiting the Gateway to Prep Schools, an online application system. In order to register for an interview or remote interview you must first complete the Candidate Profile.  You will have access to the interview schedule the day after submitting the form.
  • 2. In Person Interviews, Remote Interviews, and Video Introductions

    Most of our interviews take place on campus and are preceded by a student-led tour.  Prospective students who would like to apply for entry in the 2024-2025 school year can schedule an interview on campus after completing the Candidate Profile through the Gateway to Prep Schools application system.  Be sure to indicate that your Candidate Profile should be sent to Groton.  You will have access to the online interview schedule through an email sent to you within 24 hours.  

    Remote Interviews
    The remote interview is conducted via Zoom. Remote Interviews are offered because Groton recognizes that there are various reasons why candidates for admission may not be able to travel to the campus.  After completing the Candidate Profile, you should complete the Remote Interview Request Form.  We will be in touch with you shortly after you have submitted the request.

    Please be advised that applicants who have been studying in a school for the past two years where English is NOT the primary language of instruction must submit Duolingo, TOEFL, or IELTS results.  You may report the scores of English proficiency testing in the Remote Interview Request Form or submit the scores through the supplemental materials section of your Application Portal.

    If you need to reschedule an appointment, please call the admission office (978 448-7510).

    Video Introductions
    You can help us get to know you by submitting a video introduction of yourself.  We prefer video introductions that are simple statements of your interests and aspirations rather than a presentation that is extensively rehearsed or edited.  Its length should not exceed five minutes.  It is perfectly acceptable to send us a "selfie-style" video recorded on a phone! A video introduction can serve as an alternative to an interview.

    Please click here to share your video introduction.
  • 3. Standardized Tests

    Groton School requires applicants to submit standardized test results.  For entry in 2021 and 2022, this requirement was suspended because of health concerns at testing sites.  Standardized test results are one of many factors that help admission offices determine whether or not a school is a good fit for an applicant.  Transcripts, recommendations, test results, and the Candidate Statement are all important in assessing an application.  

    Without test results, great applicants may be overlooked.  When admission counselors are unfamiliar with an applicant's school, test results help to contextualize an application.  Testing helps us fulfill one of our primary objectives: enrolling a diverse and talented student body.   Some see standardized testing as a barrier preventing access to a great education.  We see testing as a means to overcome barriers such as incomplete recommendations and grade inflation.  Standardized testing helps applicants from many different backgrounds become students at Groton School.

    Through the years, the majority of admitted applicants have submitted test scores that are quite strong, but this is certainly not true for everyone.  Test scores are evaluated with consideration of each applicant's educational background.  They are only one of many factors considered in an application to Groton.

    The Enrollment Management Association provides schools with fee waivers for the SSAT.  Groton issues fee waivers to applicants who complete a Candidate Profile, and request a fee waiver via email (addressed to  Household income for the previous year should be stated in the request.  If the income meets the criteria described by the Enrollment Management Association (ttps://, a fee waiver will be offered.  The number of waivers provided to each school is limited.  

    The SSAT is the exam we prefer, but you may take the ISEE. For more information on testing dates and sites, visit and Be sure to list Groton's code when you register for the SSAT (3598) or for the ISEE (220930). We can only accept scores directly from the testing services. The November or December test dates are preferable; the January date is acceptable. Students applying for 2nd Form (8th grade) may take the middle or upper level SSAT. Students applying for Fifth Form (11th grade) may submit test results from the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

    English Proficiency
    If English is not your native language, and you have not been studying in a school where English is the primary language of instruction for the past two years, you should also take an English language proficiency test. We accept results from Duolingo test, TOEFL iBT, and IELTS. International students admitted to Groton tend to score above: 100 on the TOEFL iBT, 7.5 on the IELTS, and 125 on the Duolingo English Test.

    Groton Testing Codes:  Please use these codes to have the score reports sent directly to Groton. 
    SSAT - 3598
    ISEE -  220930
    TOEFL - 8224
  • 4. Recommendations

    Groton applicants use the Gateway to Prep Schools online application for recommendation forms. To access the Gateway recommendation system you must submit the Candidate Profile. Completing recommendations online through the Gateway system is a simple and secure process for you and your teachers. Your first step is to ask people if they will recommend you. If they agree, ask them for their email addresses. You will then enter those addresses in the recommendation section of the Gateway application so your recommenders will receive the forms via email. We advise recommenders to print copies of their recommendations before submission.

    Recommendation forms will be available in October.
  • 5. Complete the Application

    To complete an application, you must submit all forms to the Admission Office by January 15, 2024. Groton uses the Gateway To Prep Schools, an online application system. With the exception of applications submitted through community-based organizations, applications to Groton must be submitted electronically through the Gateway application system. Samples of these forms can be found below. You can access the Gateway platform and all the forms here.
    • Candidate Profile - should be submitted to initiate the application process.
    • Candidate Statement
    • Parent Statement
    • Principal/Counselor Recommendation
    • Current Academic Year Grade Report and Previous Grades  - No application can be considered complete without a transcript that includes grades from the first marking period of the current school year and grades from the past two school years.
    • Current English Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    • Personal Recommendation - The Special Interest Recommendation may be used in place of, or in addition to, the Personal Recommendation.
    • Special Interest Recommendation - The Personal Recommendation may be used in place of, or in addition to, the Special Interest Recommendation.
    • Graded Writing Sample - We prefer non-fiction papers written during the current school year. Papers should be written in English.
    • Test Score Report
    • Multimedia and Additional Documents (voluntary) - You may provide links to athletic or musical performances, artwork, or any other supplemental information through your Application Portal. We do not accept original artwork, CDs, or DVDs. Do not delay the submission of your Candidate Profile because you are waiting for multimedia to be prepared. In the Additional Information section, please indicate that a link will be provided later. You may also upload other documents here.  Please note that we strongly prefer to receive grade reports directly from schools. Please do not email multimedia and additional documents to members of the admission team.
    • Clarity Financial Aid Application - Only for Families Seeking Financial Assistance.  Deadline, January 15, 2024.
    The School reserves the right to request additional information, including complete files from schools attended. 

    If your financial circumstances make it difficult to pay the application fee, please call us at 978-448-7510.
Groton School is proud to partner with organizations such as A Better Chance, Beacon Academy, Prep for Prep, the Wight Foundation, Inspiring Young Minds, and New Jersey SEEDS. Community-based organizations like these target deserving students from low-income backgrounds and guide them through the application process.
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