List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q Now that I've submitted my online application, what's the next step?

    You've taken a great first step.  If you haven't toured the school yet, consider a personal tour with the Admissions staff or one of the upcoming events.  We should schedule your child's visit day if they're applying to grades 2-12; there are ideal days to do that - located on the events tab of the Apply tab.  Check your online checklist to see the required items and upload those yourself, get the teacher to submit the teacher recommendation(s) and schedule an ISEE test if your child is applying to grades 5-12.
  • Q What happens on a normal student shadow day?

    For students applying to grades 2-12, we ask that they arrive at school at 8:30 accompanied by a parent or guardian who signs them in to the Admissions Office.  We treat our guests to lunch unless they prefer to bring their own.  Students can wear what they normally wear to school.  Pick-up is usually 2:00.  Students applying to grades 5-12 are interviewed by an administrator during their shadow day and are assigned a student ambassador to shadow. Students applying to grades 2-4 are given an in-office assessment in the Admissions Office.   
  • Q Could I talk with a particular teacher, coach, parent or administrator in the admissions process?

    We in the Admissions Office serve to facilitate your admissions experience.  We want to connect you with other members of our Randolph community so that you are very informed before you make a decision about joining our community.  Many of our events are planned with this very request in mind, however.  Take advantage of them to have the most meaningful conversations!  You can access many real-time events and experiences in social media, especially Facebook and Twitter.

    If you or your child haven't had the conversations you'd like, let us know and we will arrange them for you!
  • Q What do I need to do to prepare my child for the entrance test and visit?

    The entrance tests are achievement based so they cover material that your child has had during the regular school year. There is no need to prepare your child for our assessments.  If your child is taking the ISEE, we do recommend looking at the tutorial which addresses the format of the test.  This is helpful in preventing any surprises on the day of a 3-hour assessment.  It's always a good idea to make sure that they have had a good night's sleep and a nourishing breakfast. The biggest factor in making their visit and test successful is to reduce the stress level, so please do not over-emphasize the importance of the day.
  • Q How many spaces are available in each grade?

    The admissions process at Randolph is quite fluid and at any time, numbers can change.  We are also committed to welcoming students into the student body who can contribute wholeheartedly to the community, allowing us flexibility in class size.  However, an independent school hallmark quality is small class size and we work to keep that in tact, providing the perfect environment in which students can be known, challenged and loved. 
  • Q How many classes are in each grade and what is the average class size?

    There are generally 3-4 sections in each of the Lower School grades.  We grow the student body in the Middle and Upper Schools but keep the average ratio of student to teacher K-12 at 14:1. 
  • Q Does Randolph offer scholarships?

    Randolph has a tuition assistance program that awarded approximately $800,000 to 12% of the student body.  It is a need-based award that does not need to be repaid.  We do not offer merit scholarships.  For more information about the application process, see the tuition assistance tab on the admissions page of the website.
  • Q Is there a discount for multiple children?

    There is no discount for multiple children.  This is a normal practice in the independent school world and considered 'best-practice'.  Truly, it doesn't take any less money to educate a sibling.  In fact, our tuition doesn't even cover the basic cost of educating the one child!  We want for our students the very best experience and most extraordinary opportunities for growth.  We do everything to keep costs at a minimum, but make no apologies about the quality of a Randolph experience. 
  • Q Does my child need to retest every year if he/she remains on the wait list?

    Student information changes from year to year.  It is, therefore, desirable to submit updated assessment information. Students must go through the application process each year of application, although the timing of the ISEE exam will sometimes allow for some flexibility.
  • Q What is Randolph looking for in its students?

    Randolph seeks the very best students and the most supportive families from wide-ranging backgrounds with an eagerness to learn and contribute to our community and programs.  Randolph's mission-driven admission practices are established to foster a student-centered learning environment for developing strong character, moral leadership and courageous habits of heart and mind. 
  • Q Will I need to submit recommendation forms from my child's current teachers or can I have a teacher from a previous school year complete the required recommendation forms?

    We really must have the forms completed by the child's current teacher to provide a more accurate perspective of the child's current performance and readiness. If you would like to have a teacher from a previous year write a supplemental recommendation, you are more than welcome to do so.
  • Q How are admissions decisions made?

    Each division of the school (Lower, Middle and Upper Schools) has an admissions committee with administrators, counselors and admissions officers who review completed files.   There is typically not one factor that affects the decision as we look at a set of circumstances and consider the ability of the student and likelihood of success in our program.  We look for students who are willing and able to do good work and who come from supportive families.  In addition, we consider the timing of the application and the available space in the grade. 

More Information

List of 2 items.

  • Dining services

    Randolph is proud to provide a quality dining program that encourages a sense of community and fosters our core values.
    Randolph is proud to provide a quality dining program that encourages a sense of community and fosters our core values. The Garth Campus has a fully equipped kitchen, which allows for the preparation of hot meals for both campuses. Our Director of Food Services oversees the entire dining program with the goals of providing healthy, balanced meal options and helping students make good choices about what they eat.

    The School asks that no outside food be brought into the cafeteria commons on either campus. This does not apply to brown bag lunches brought from home. Exceptions are made for parents bringing food to eat with their children and for seniors who are allowed to bring in their own meals.
    To make lunchtimes more efficient, the school operates a prepay, cashless system through Meal Pay Plus. Every student is required to have a Meal Pay Plus account. New families will receive their student ID numbers from their division office at the end of July.

    Please use this Quick Reference Guide from MealPayPlus to see step-by-step instructions for setting up an account. You can then use the account to make online payments and check balances.

    The lunch menus can be viewed here.
  • Health & counseling

    Randolph offers a full range of counseling and health education.
    The health and counseling needs of the Randolph community are served by a full-time registered nurse, a full-time licensed counselor and a part-time child and adolescent psychiatrist.

    School clinic
    The School clinic is staffed by a registered nurse during school hours to assist students as needed with illness, minor injuries and necessary medications.

    Counseling services
    The school counselors work with students, parents, teachers and administrators to address students’ academic, emotional, social and behavioral concerns. Contact with counselors may be initiated by staff, parents or students themselves, and may involve individual students or groups.

    College Counseling
    In the Upper School, students receiving academic advising and later college counseling to best plan their course of study. Please visit this page for more information.

    Health education
    The school counselors and school nurse provide a variety of health education classes for Randolph students. These range from lessons in making and keeping friends for younger children, to classes addressing substance abuse, eating disorders, and time and stress management for older students. The staff brings in outside professionals, many of them members of the Randolph community, to assist with specialized topics. Our health curriculum is designed to address topics at the developmentally appropriate time in the lives of our K-12 children.