Applying to Woodlawn
We realize the importance of finding a school that is the right fit for you and your children. It is a decision that will affect the daily lives of your family and your children's future.
Admission to Woodlawn requires evidence of solid academic ability and sound character. Our admission team not only looks for achievement in schoolwork and extracurricular activities but also for maturity, independence, and a concern for the external world. We look for students who have the ability to understand, use, and appreciate the life-enriching insights and perspectives offered by our unique, integrated approach to learning. We also seek to create a gender-balanced, culturally and socioeconomically diverse student population.
To learn more about our admission process, and to determine if Woodlawn might be a good fit for your child, check out our Admissions Calendar for a list of Open House dates and admission deadlines. Woodlawn is accepting applications for grades K through 12 for the 2012-13 school year.
The first step in applying to Woodlawn is completing an informational packet, which includes a parent questionnaire, teacher recommendation forms, and a transcript release form. Once we receive these forms, along with the transcript from the student's previous school, the admissions team places the applicant under consideration. To request a packet, email us at
or call the school at (704) 895-8653 - please indicate the grade level(s) of your child(ren). You may also download a PDF version of the packet:
Lower School Application (grades K-5)
Middle/Upper School Application (grades 6-12)
A campus visit is required for prospective students and their parents. The first visit includes a tour of our campus, the opportunity to visit classes, and a chance to conference with an administrator. We also require a student visitation day where the student is scheduled to spend the the day (or part of a day) with students in his/her grade level and experience a day at Woodlawn School. During the day, our teachers get a chance to interact with the student in the classroom, and we gauge the level of their achievement in reading, writing, and math.
An academic assessment will be administered on the day of the visit. The test measures academic ability that is developmentally appropriate in reading, writing, and math. For grades K-2, the assessment is presented as a game. If the admissions team and the parent determine that Woodlawn is potentially a good fit, students in grades 2 and above are then scheduled for an aptitude test to be given by our private, independent testing service. The fee for this academic assessment is $75 (rising grades K-2) or $200 (rising grades 3-12).
The admissions team considers all three of these components in making a final decision on an applicant. We are looking for students who can thrive in our academically challenging environment and demonstrate progress toward independent learning. The team also attempts to create classes that promote diversity in gender, race, and ethnic background. See our Admissions Calendar for application and decision deadlines.