Admissions Process

Welcoming Your Child

During your first visit to WCFS, parents meet Brian Fahey, Head of School; teachers share grade-level programming and special areas of study. Current families are happy to chat with prospective families. Barbara Rowe, Director of Admissions, helps you learn what to expect for your child’s West Chester Friends School admission experience.

When a completed application is received, your child is welcomed to campus for classroom visiting time and simple assessment. Timing is important. Submitting all paperwork by early December gives time for assessments and visits, which may take up to three weeks to complete. Applications are accepted all year. Space limitations may mean children accepted are assigned Wait List status. Contracts offered must be returned in a timely manner with the required deposit to secure the space.


The Friends Play School For ‘threes’ who are able to enjoy a group of friends, and are ‘diaper free’. Simply choose the schedule you want on the FPS Application Form and you’re all set! Your child is welcome to join you when you tour and enjoy a simple play time in the Friends Play School. As school begins, your child’s teacher arranges a more formal introductory visit time to the classroom with classmates. 

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Children come to campus for about two hours for a fun classroom visit and a simple ‘get-to-know-you’ assessment with Barbara Rowe, Director of Admissions. 

First Grade The child visits for a morning in the classroom, and is assessed. 

Second through Fifth Grade The student visits for one to two full days in their current grade, and is assessed in reading, writing and mathematics.



  1. Report Card –  Most recent and if applicable.
  2. ADVIS Teacher Recommendation – Your child’s teacher sends directly to WCFS.
    ADVIS Recommendation Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten & 1st Grade
    ADVIS Recommendation Grades 2nd through 5th
  3. If applicable, psycho-educational or other evaluations must be submitted.

With the exception of the preference given to the members of the Religious Society of Friends in admissions and financial aid, West Chester Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in admissions, financial aid, employment policies, or educational programs.