At Breakwater, all applicants are considered equally and thoroughly. A willing partnership among families, staff, and students is at the foundation of our educational philosophy and is supported throughout the application process. We want to know our applicants, their families, and support networks and make sure that everyone has a clear understanding of the Breakwater approach to learning.

Admissions decisions are determined by a combination of criteria and will be made in the best interests of the prospective student, his or her family, and the School. Breakwater accepts applications on a rolling basis as space allows. 

Breakwater School has three academic divisions, each with its own developmentally appropriate admissions process.  Click on the menu links to the left for information on the application process for Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School divisions. Breakwater’s admissions process adheres to the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) standards for confidentiality and best practice.

Admissions decisions are made in compliance with local, state and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations without regard to race, gender, color, religion, physical or mental disability, ancestry, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or national origin.


The Application Process.


Apply to Early Childhood.

The admissions process is comprised of the following steps:

  1. Parent Tour
  2. Early Childhood Application and Application Fee of $35
  3. Early Childhood Parent Questionnaire Form
  4. Toddler and Preschool Readiness Form
  5. Student Post-Application Visit (Breakwater may request an additional Post-Application Visit)
  6. Student evaluation to be completed by child’s current teacher or caregiver (if applicable)
  7. Conversation between Breakwater and current teacher at sending  school via telephone or school visit (Breakwater may waive this requirement)

Apply to Middle School.

Apply to Elementary.

The admissions process is comprised of the following steps:

  1. Parent Tour
  2. Optional Student Pre-Application Visit
  3. Application and Application Fee of $35 (unless also applying for financial aid)
  4. Parent Questionnaire Form
  5. Student Questionnaire Form (Fifth Grader or Grades 6-8)
  6. Photocopy of current and previous year’s school reports, report cards, and other assessments
  7. Student Evaluation in English to be completed by current teacher
  8. Student Evaluation in Mathematics to be completed by current teacher
  9. Student Post-Application Visit
  10. Conversation between Breakwater and current teacher at sending  school via telephone or school visit (Breakwater may waive this requirement)

The admissions process is comprised of the following steps:

  1. Parent Tour
  2. Optional Student Pre-Application Visit
  3. Application and Application Fee of $35 (unless also applying for financial aid)
  4. Parent Questionnaire Form
  5. Student Questionnaire Form
  6. Photocopy of current and previous year’s school reports, report cards, and other assessments
  7. Student Evaluation to be completed by current teacher
  8. Student Post-Application Visit
  9. Conversation between Breakwater and current teacher at sending  school via telephone or school visit (Breakwater may waive this requirement)

Admissions Decisions.


Upon completion of the steps above, the Admissions Committee will meet to review the applicant’s file. Breakwater has designed an admissions process that is thoughtful and purposeful.  It is in the best interest of both the child and the school to ensure a good fit in the admissions decision.  There are many factors that the Admissions Committee considers when making an admissions decision; available spots, resources, existing classroom dynamics, student profiles and grade level balance that need to be included in the decision. For these reasons, the details of admissions decisions are both confidential and final.  Admissions decisions are made in compliance with local, federal, and state nondiscrimination laws and regulations without regard to race, gender, color, religion, physical or mental disability, ancestry, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or national origin.