How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in attending Sycamore. If you are ready to start your child's application for admission, we are eager to help you do so. A complete application will include the items listed below. Click on each item to see a more complete description of that given item.
Submit an online Application for Admission to Sycamore School. If you wish to apply for the 2024-2025 school year, the application deadline is February 1, 2024. If you wish to apply for the current 2023-2024 school year, you can do so, and we will make admission decisions on a rolling basis if space is available in the child's grade.
Application and Testing/Screening Fees
|Grades||Application Fee||Intelligence Testing/Screening Fees|
|Preschool||$100||Preschool screening included in the application fee|
|Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade||$100||Fee paid directly to the testing psychologist ($500 if using one of Sycamore's testing psychologists)|
The application portal includes a checklist item that allows you to upload a copy of your child's birth certificate.
The application checklist requires you to upload copies of our child's most recent report card and achievement test results (e.g. NWEA), if applicable. If your child does not have one or both of these, please email the Enrollment Management Office to explain this so that any applicable item(s) can be waived by the Enrollment Management staff.
The application checklist includes a teacher recommendation. To request this recommendation, click "start" next to that checklist item, and follow the instructions to submit the name and email address of a current or very recent teacher. If your child does not have a teacher and thus you cannot request such a recommendation, please email the Enrollment Management Office to explain this so that this item can be waived if appropriate.
Preschool applicants will be scheduled to complete the Early Screening Profiles instrument, published by Pearson, once an application is submitted. This is administered at Sycamore School by Sycamore staff. The cost of this screening is included in the non-refundable $100 application fee.
Applicants for Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade must complete individual intelligence (IQ) testing. These results must be submitted by the application deadline, when applicable. Evaluations are administered by a licensed clinical psychologist at the family's expense, and payment for this service is made directly to the examiner. Sycamore has two preferred testing psychologists, Dr. Joelle Larsen and Dr. Jared Outcalt. Both come highly recommended and have experience working with gifted children. Additionally, if you obtain testing through Dr. Larsen or Dr. Outcalt, and if your child is offered admission and enrolls at Sycamore, the cost of the testing is credited toward your first student tuition bill for that child. The current testing fee for Sycamore's two preferred testing psychologists is $500. Contact either of them directly to schedule an appointment for testing:
Dr. Joelle Larsen
Dr. Jared Outcalt
The Admissions Committee will complete an initial review of all applications for admission. If an applicant for Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade appears to be a good fit for Sycamore, the final required step in the process is the student spending a day here at Sycamore in the current grade level.
This shadow visit allows Sycamore teachers to observe the student's engagement academically, socially, and otherwise. This visit also provides an excellent opportunity for the student to experience a day in the life of a Sycamore student.
The Enrollment Management Office will communicate with families regarding this shadow visit following the initial review by the Admissions Committee. Ideally, this visit will happen prior to the application deadline. As such, we encourage families to submit the application and to complete the other required items, including IQ testing, in advance of the application deadline whenever possible.
Applying for the Current School Year
Even though the 2023-2024 school year has begun, you can still apply for admission. We are now operating on a rolling admission basis, meaning that we will accept applications and will make admissions decisions as applications are submitted.
If you have any questions about applying for admission to Sycamore School, please contact the Enrollment Management Office at email@example.com or 317-202-2544.
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