Applying to Waring

Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Application


The Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to Waring School. Please find detailed instructions on how to begin the process below. Do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions.

**Bus service to Marblehead/Salem and Ipswich/Newburyport is now available.
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Application Details

Waring uses the Standard Application Online (linked on the right). When you create an account, you will be asked for the following:
  • Parent Application and Family Information
  • Student Application Form 
  • Math Teacher Recommendation Form 
  • English or Social Studies Teacher Recommendation Form
  • School Report from Head of School or Guidance Counselor
  • Personal Recommendation (someone who knows you well)
  • Supplemental Form
  • A piece of graded homework or an essay with teacher comments
  • $50.00 Non-refundable Application fee 
Two-Day Visit
All applicants will spend two full school days at Waring. The Admissions Office will contact families to arrange the two-day visit after applications have been processed. During the two-day visit, applicants will shadow a current student and attend classes, interview with a student leader, participate in a humanities discussion, and complete an age-appropriate math test.

  • Music: If you would like Waring to hear you perform, please send a YouTube video link (privately/unlisted is fine), or any sound format (mp3, etc.) in an email to our Performing Arts Department, at, with the subject title "Admissions Music: (Your Name)"
  • Art: Please send digital images by email to Kristin Breiseth, Chair of the Art Department, at with the subject title "Admissions Art: (Your Name)"
  • Homeschooling Requirements: Please see the homeschooling requirements: HERE.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a SSAT score as part of their application. Waring's preferred admission test, should you choose to submit one, is the SSAT. We also encourage you to take the Character Skills Snapshot - please contact the admissions office if you have questions about this questionnaire. 

Admission Committees consisting of faculty members will make the final decisions.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at any time.

Standard Application Online