How to Apply

We are thrilled that you are applying to Cheshire Academy!


Below you will find a helpful outline of the steps necessary to complete your application. Applications open annually on Oct.1, and although we offer rolling admissions, our priority deadline is Feb. 1. Please contact the Admission Office for late or mid-year availability.

Application Steps

1. Inquire

We’d love to hear from you. Submit an inquiry form so that we can get a dialogue started and introduce you to what Cheshire Academy has to offer.

2. Apply

Applications open annually on October 1st . In order to apply to Cheshire Academy, please complete and submit SSAT’s Standard Application Online (SAO). Within the SAO portal, all applicants are required to submit a student profile, transcripts, three recommendations, a parent statement and a few short essays. A graded writing sample is optional but encouraged. If you’re applying for grade 9 or 10, please provide transcripts for the current and previous school years. If you are applying for grade 11, 12, or PG, transcripts for all years completed at the high school level will be needed.

3. Testing (optional)

Submitting standardized testing is optional at Cheshire Academy. Applications with or without standardized test scores will be evaluated equally. However, for students whose first language is not English, a test of English language proficiency will be required. For more information on testing, please see guidance below:


Students in the U.S

For 9th grade and 10th grade applicants, you may register to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) through the SSAT website or by phone (609-683-4440). Be sure to list Cheshire Academy as the school to which you are applying. We will also accept the ISEE for 9th grade and 10th-grade applicants in lieu of the SSAT. If you choose not to take the SSAT or ISEE, you may also submit results from State or County mandated testing from the past two years.


For 11th grade, 12th grade and PG applicants, you may submit results from the PSAT, SAT, ACT or State or County mandated testing from the past two years.


International Students

For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a recent test of English aptitude. The most common test our applicants take is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which can be done at a testing center or, temporarily for those in countries with public health concerns, via TOEFL’s Special Home Edition test. Visit the ETS website or call 609-771-7100 for more information. Cheshire Academy’s TOEFL code is 8672. Alternatively, we also accept the IELTS and Cambridge English Exam. If there are special circumstances which make these three options impossible, please reach out to us for approval to submit an online English text like Duolingo or Pearson.

4. Interview and campus tour

For the 2021-22 school year, we welcome you to schedule either an on-campus tour and interview OR a Zoom interview. On campus tours are offered Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. and require an appointment.  Zoom interviews are offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. All families who visit in person will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit, regardless of vaccination status. On-campus tours are inclusive of most buildings, but not the dormitories.  All Cheshire Academy safety protocols are subject to change based on state and local regulations.

How to Prepare for Your Interview

While we call it an “interview,” we think of it as more of a casual conversation. We use this time to get to know each student as an individual. We generally ask questions about the student’s interests, goals, and experiences. Following a conversation with a prospective student, each parent will also have time for questions with an Admission Officer.

Although there are no standard questions, if you would like to prepare for the interview, we encourage you to think deeply about the following topics:

Do you have a subject, hobby, or interest? If so, why do you enjoy that activity? Is there a skill or subject area that you want to get better at? Try to think about specific things you’re excited to learn. For example, instead of just getting better at history, perhaps you want to learn more about the airplanes used in World War I because you are also interested in engineering.

Key Dates

Deadline for Admission Application and Financial Aid Application. (Contact the Admission Office if you need additional time. We will be flexible and supportive in any way we can throughout the process, as we don’t want any student to miss the opportunity to attend CA in the fall due to application issues.)


Oct. 1: Application and financial aid application become available.
Feb. 1: Deadline for Admission Application and Financial Aid Application. 
(Contact the Admission Office if you need additional time. We will be flexible and supportive in any way we can throughout the process, as we don’t want any student to miss the opportunity to attend CA in the fall due to application issues.)
March 10: Applicants notified of CA admission and financial aid decisions. 
April 10: Enrollment decision deadline for accepted students.


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