Clapham School’s admissions process is a key part of fulfilling the school’s vision to equip young men and woman to intentionally serve Christ by cultivating his goodness, truth, and beauty in the world. We appreciate your interest in the school and invite you to learn more about Clapham School. We would welcome an opportunity to arrange a tour of the school and schedule a time for you to observe in a classroom. You can find more information at our Visit Us page. If you have additional questions, please call the school office at (630) 547-5125 or fill out a Request Information form.
The Admissions Committee is responsible for all admissions decisions. It handles each family’s application with confidentiality and careful consideration. One of the goals of the admissions process is to help ensure that Clapham School is the right place for your child and your family. We want this to be a place where each student’s abilities, personality, knowledge, and love for God can grow and be used for God’s glory.
To apply, please proceed through the following steps:
Step One: Submit an Application
Submit an Online Application, along with a $150 nonrefundable application fee. The application fee is per student applicant. Please note that children being enrolled in Explorers I should be four years old on or before September 1 and children being enrolled in Explorers II should be five years old on or before September 1.
Step Two: Provide Records
For students entering Class One and above, parents must provide report cards for the current year and the previous year, as well as the latest achievement test scores (IOWA, Stanford, or ERB). If needed, Clapham School will request from the parent a signed Records Release form to obtain these and other records from a student’s current or former school.
Step Three: Testing and Observation
It is the desire of the Admissions Committee to help ensure a student’s success at Clapham School. Placement testing and observation provide the committee with additional information to help determine the most appropriate entry point for each child. Once a completed application is received, Clapham School will contact the parents to schedule a time for student testing/observation at the school.Applicants for Class Five and above must also provide test results from the online Educational Records Bureau’s Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The test results must be recent (within the last year) and received before a Parent Interview can be scheduled with the Admissions Committee. Students may be registered for the ISEE at www.erbtest.org. When registering please request that the scores be sent to Clapham School.
Step Four: Interview
Once all requested school records and testing results have been received and reviewed, both parents will be called to schedule a parent interview with some or all of the members of the Admissions Committee. In advance of the interview, parents must read the Parent Handbook, which includes Clapham School’s Mission Statement, Statement of Faith, and Vision.The Parent Interview will provide parents with an opportunity to express their Christian faith; their understanding of the school’s philosophy and pedagogy; their alignment with the school’s religious beliefs and school policies and procedures; and to express any concerns or questions they may have from studying the Parent Handbook.During the interview, parents will also receive feedback on student records and testing, and have an opportunity to discuss with the committee some or all of the answers they provided on the Online Application for Admission.
Step Five: Admissions Committee Decision
The Admissions Committee will meet to consider whether to extend an offer of admission to an applicant. A letter will be sent from the Admissions Committee to notify the family of a decision by March 10, April 10, or June 10, depending on when the student application process is completed. Applications received after June 1 will be considered on a space available basis.
Step Six: Online Enrollment
Acceptance letters will include instructions for completing an Online Enrollment Packet. The packet should be submitted within two weeks of the acceptance letter date. A nonrefundable first tuition installment of $500 will be required to complete the enrollment process.
Our Non-Discrimination Policy
Clapham School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students at the school. Clapham School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship programs or other school programs.