Thank you for your interest in The Friends School of Atlanta. Whether applying for the current school year or next year, the following checklist for applicant families is designed to be user-friendly as well as to move you through a process that allows FSA to get to know you and your child(ren) as well as for you to obtain a deeper appreciation for the values-based education offered by FSA.
STEP ONE: Create a Ravenna Account
The Friends School of Atlanta (FSA) uses an online application system called Ravenna to organize all admissions applications, registration forms and more. If you are applying for 2019-2020 (current school year), go to Ravenna and select the 2018-19 application for FSA. The online application for the 2020-2021 school year will be available beginning October 1, 2019. In the meantime, please create an account within Ravenna to receive notifications about Parent Informational Tours and Open Houses for the current admissions season – all of which take place from October through April.
STEP TWO: Explore The Friends School of Atlanta in Ravenna
Once you have created a family account and a student profile in Ravenna, go to the School Directory to search Atlanta Area schools for The Friends School of Atlanta. Then click the green “Explore” button for each child you are interested in applying to The Friends School of Atlanta. After exploring, you will be able to see all application requirements, steps and deadlines.
If you already have an account in Ravenna–either for another child or from a previous admissions season–please edit your family and child profile to ensure all information is correct and up-to-date. Again, if you are applying for the current school year, please look for the 2018-19 application for FSA.
STEP THREE: Register for a Parent Informational Tour
The best way to determine if The Friends School of Atlanta is the just right school to support your child’s academic and social-emotional journey is to join us for one of our regularly scheduled Parent Informational Tours. These tours, which occur while school is in session, are conducted in small groups and provide in-depth information about the programs and culture of FSA. You will also be able to observe classes in session and speak with some of our student ambassadors. Please note that these tours are for parents/guardians only. There will be other opportunites for your children to visit the school.
Starting on October 1, registration for our Parent Informational Tours for the current admissions season is available online through Ravenna. When searching the School Directory for The Friends School of Atlanta, you will be able to register for Parent Informational Tours under “Upcoming Events.”
STEP FOUR: Complete an Online Application
To submit an application, you will complete the Shared Applicant Information Form (used by many other schools on Ravenna in the Atlanta area), The Friends School of Atlanta’s unique Parent/Guardian Statements and the appropriate Authorization Form(s) before paying the $80 application fee and submitting the application.
All applications must be submitted by the application deadline of February 7, 2020; however, we will be able to better serve applicant families with scheduling observations and processing application requirements the earlier you submit the application.
STEP FIVE: Submit Application for Financial Aid (optional)
For those applying for financial aid, complete the PFS application at https://www.solutionsbysss.com/ and upload required supplementary forms no later than February 7, 2020.
STEP SIX: Submit Supplemental Documentation
Supporting documents include teacher evaluations, transcripts and any documentation as it relates to special services (e.g., Individualized Education Program; 504 plan, psychoeducational report). These documents must be submitted so that we can determine whether FSA has adequate resources to educate your child.
Teacher Evaluation Forms
Find the grade-specific Teacher Evaluation forms and the Principal/Counselor Evaluation form in Ravenna. The teacher evaluation needs to be completed by your child’s current teacher.
Transcript Release Form
All applicants to first – seventh grades should download and print the grade appropriate AAAIS Transcript Release form and submit to your child’s current school. NOTE: Your current school must send the transcript(s) directly to The Friends School of Atlanta Admissions Office.
Special Services Documentation
The Friends School of Atlanta requires copies of educational and/or psychological evaluations performed in a school or private setting. Return all special services forms and documentation to The Friends School of Atlanta by March 1, 2020.
NOTE: The Shared Applicant Information Form, Parent Supplement and Financial Aid assistance application are due February 7, 2020.
STEP SEVEN: Schedule Shadow Visitation Assessments
An applicant shadow visitation assessment is a part of the application process for all grade levels. The visitation assessment requirements vary by application grade. For details on these requirements, please see our application steps in Ravenna. All observations—individual observations, small group observations and school visits—will be directed by The Friends School of Atlanta Admissions Office beginning in January.
Please note: The applicant visitation assessment will be scheduled by the Admissions Office after the Shared Applicant Information Form and the Parent Supplement have been submitted through Ravenna.
STEP EIGHT: Admissions Decisions
As a member of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS), The Friends School of Atlanta has agreed to abide by certain common admissions procedures. Online notifications will be posted in your Ravenna account at 8:00am. on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The deadline for families to accept an offer of enrollment is Thursday, April 16, 2020. Please note that both the admission decision and financial aid award decision will be communicated on April 4, 2020.
All member schools have agreed not to initiate contact with families between April 4 and Aprill 16, to protect applicant families from being pressured by schools. While we will return phone calls and emails initiated by applicant families, this policy does not allow for visits to campus or meetings with representatives of our school during this period. To learn more, follow this link to the AAAIS Principles of Best Practice.