THE EMERALD EXPERIENCE
The Admissions Committee considers many factors when evaluating an applicant. The purpose of the admissions process is to ensure Emerald Mountain School admits students and families who will support the mission of the school. Further, the school evaluates each applicant on how they will benefit from and contribute positively to the community within our school.
Emerald Mountain School intentionally seeks students and families with diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents. Ultimately, Emerald seeks curious and kind students who love learning.
Our process begins with a meeting with our Director of Admissions and a tour of our school. Parents are then invited to return to our school to visit classes and ask follow-up questions, while prospective students can spend time in classrooms and getting to know our teachers.
For Kindergarten admissions, applicants must be 5 years old by September 1. Applicants will be invited in for an assessment in January.
We ask parents of students entering grades 1—7 to schedule a time for shadow visits and student assessments.
HOW TO APPLY
Once you’ve had a tour and interview, we’d love to meet your child. We’ll be in touch to schedule this visit.
Please note that January 15 is the priority deadline for Kindergarten admissions. The priority deadline for Grades 1 through 8 is February 15. Applications submitted after February 15 will be considered on a case-by- case basis.
Applications are accepted throughout the year with decisions made on a rolling basis. We are committed to socio-economic diversity, and tuition assistance is available to families demonstrating financial need.
THE EXTRAORDINARY EMERALD MOUNTAIN SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
IS MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN YOU THINK
We have good news—attending Emerald Mountain School is likely more affordable than you think! At Emerald, we are committed to making our exceptional K-8 programming attainable for a broad spectrum of families. We want curious, kind, and interesting students regardless of their families’ income levels. We strongly believe that having students from a diverse socioeconomic population benefits all students.
Please note that Emerald Mountain School’s admission and tuition determination processes are separate.
School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools that assists independent schools in making financial need determinations. Based on the financial information you provide on the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS), SSS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. Please note that the SSS figure is only a recommendation. To make our award decisions, we use the SSS figures as a baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total financial aid budget, our school’s policies and priorities, the needs of our entire applicant pool, and the time of year, we may ask a family to contribute more to tuition than what is estimated on the SSS Family Report. As part of our process, we always consider applications from current families first, before we award Tuition Assistance to new families, so timely completion of the paperwork is essential to the application process.
All EMS families applying for Flexible Tuition must submit paperwork through the School and Student Services (SSS); families complete a confidential online questionnaire and submit tax information and supporting documentation to substantiate their financial need. Once SSS receives all this information, it generates a report for the family and EMS stating a level of support for each child in a tuition-paying institution. A grant determination is made by the EMS Tuition Assistance Committee. All information is strictly confidential.
In order to be considered for tuition assistance, the family must simultaneously complete both the admissions process and the SSS application. Applying for tuition assistance has no bearing upon the Admissions Committee’s deliberation and assessment of an applicant’s potential as an Emerald Mountain School student. The Tuition Assistance Committee looks at a family’s need and determines what funding the school can provide the family. When the school’s Flexible Tuition budget cannot support a family’s need, the student is placed on a Tuition Assistance waitlist. Any family that receives tuition assistance is required to complete an application with SSS each year.
Emerald Mountain School depends heavily on the support of our alumni and friends. As the school calls upon its extended family for support in providing tuition assistance, it is our expectation that families applying for tuition assistance will pursue assistance through their extended family or other scholarship funding (through employers, community organizations, etc.) and make reasonable sacrifices to finance the education of their children. Emerald Mountain School recognizes that families have the freedom to make choices regarding their financial status; however, it is our expectation that parents are working. Exceptions to this policy are if a parent is at home caring for a non-school age child, a child with a disability or illness, parent or grandparent, or other special circumstances.
INTERESTED IN FLEXIBLE TUITION?
PARENT FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Application process opens NOVEMBER 1; parents may begin completing the online form (PFS-button below). Emerald Mountain School employs the services of SSS (School and Student Services), an online financial assistance application program sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.
SUBMIT FEDERAL TAX FORMS
JANUARY 1 – Final deadline to complete on-line (PFS) application. APRIL 1 – Deadline to submit documentation, including W-2’s and current tax returns, to SSS. If there are extenuating circumstances that make meeting this deadline difficult, please contact Kristen Heard.
Flexible Tuition applications for families applying for admission to EMS must be completed, including W-2s and current tax returns as soon as possible in the application process but no later than FEBRUARY 15.