Admission Process

Steps in the Admission Process

Prospective families are encouraged to first visit the school to determine if it would be a good fit for the student. If the family decides to go forward with the Admission process, the following steps occur:

1) Shadowing visit

The student visits the school for at least one entire day (we recommend two). The student will be shadowing one or two students during the day as they attend classes.  Parents schedule a meeting with our admissions coordinator.

2) Application submitted

If the admissions coordinator, student, and parents decide to move forward with the application, the formal process begins. Parents and student submit the application online (recommended) or contact us if you have any more questions.

3) Faculty review and Interviews
The application, references, and transcripts are reviewed by the admissions coordinator and teaching staff to determine if the school can likely meet the academic needs of the student. If the teachers feel TNS is a good fit for the student an interview is scheduled during the second or third visit with the student. If the teachers do not feel they can meet the student’s needs, the process ends and the family is notified by the Admissions Coordinator.

4) Admission Coordinator and/or Teacher Interview with student and family
The interview provides a chance for the family to ask in-depth questions about being a part of the school. The phases include discussing the Student Agreements at the school in addition to the time with the Admissions Coordinator to go over parent involvement and expectations.  This interview may happen at any time during the visiting process and allows the family to also ask important questions.

What to Bring to the Admission Interview
The Admission Coordinator focuses on students as quality and collaborative workers and on their ability to become active citizens in our school community. Because of this we ask that students bring examples of work that they are proud of or that illustrate activities or subjects they are passionate about. Examples include, but are not limited to, work that showcases academic or artistic work, group projects, sports, community service, travel experience, dance, theater and any other areas the student is passionate about.

What to Expect at the Admission Interview
The Admission interview lasts about 45 minutes and may include members of the student body in addition to a teacher.

Parents are a critical part of our school community. If a student is admitted, parents are asked to sign a contract regarding fundraising and participation in our governance system. We look forward to working with both parents and their children.

5) Next steps upon admission

The family completes the necessary forms — student records, emergency and educational information, tuition contract, etc.

Upon admission there is a three month trial period to see if the school meets the student’s needs, and to assess if the student is meeting the Student Agreements and the family is fulfilling the terms of the Enrollment Contract. After three months the student is either accepted to the school, given an extended trial period, or asked to leave the school.


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