Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the application for admission due?

Applications for Junior Kindergarten through 4th Grade are due January 15th, 2018.

Applications for 5th Grade through 7th grade are due February 1st, 2018.

All decisions are mailed and emailed to families on March 10th, 2018.


Q: How many openings are available each year?

We welcome families to apply for admission to any grade, even if it is not an official entry point. Major entry points, in which we regularly add new students, are Junior Kindergarten (approximately 20 openings), Senior Kindergarten (approximately 4 openings), 4th Grade (approximately 8-10 openings), and 6th Grade (approximately 10-14 openings).

Q: Is there a birthday cut off date for Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten?

Yes. Students entering Junior Kindergarten must be four years old by September 1st of the entry year, and Senior Kindergarten students must be five years old by September 1st of the entry year.

Q: Is there a sibling policy?

Meadowbrook makes sibling admissions a priority because we consider ourselves to be a family school, and many of our families have two, three and even four children here. However, because of our intentionally small environment and limited spaces, sibling admissions are reviewed carefully on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What is the application process like if I do not live locally?

We welcome families moving to the area from out of town or from abroad! We are happy to make individual arrangements so you can visit campus and have your child go through the admissions screening process. We encourage families from outside of the Boston area to contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible, so that we can accommodate your travel plans.

Q: Can I apply my child to 8th Grade?

No, unfortunately we do not accept applications for 8th grade.

Q: What time does the school day begin and end?

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. for all students. Dismissal time varies by grade:

Junior Kindergarten: 12:30 p.m. (M-Th) and 1:00 p.m. (F)

Senior Kindergarten through 5th Grade: 3:10 p.m. (M-Th) and 1:00 p.m. (F)

Middle School: 4:20 p.m. (M-F) (This is the time when afternoon sports conclude. Times may vary based on game schedules)

Occasionally, there are all-school dismissals on Fridays at 1:00 p.m., which are noted on the school calendar.


Q: Does Meadowbrook provide bus transportation to and from school?

We currently offer school vans to and from Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roxbury Crossing and Brighton. Click here to see the current route schedule. The exact routes are subject to change and may vary from year to year based on the location of the student riders. For questions about our round trip service or to discuss the possibility of a morning only or afternoon only ride, please contact Laurie Geromini (lgeromini@meadowbrook-ma.org).

Weston residents can sign up to take the town bus to and from Meadowbrook every day. Sign-up information is sent in the summer by our school secretary.

We help new and returning families set up carpools. We can provide zipcode lists upon request to help you set up a carpool for your child.


Q: Does Meadowbrook offer an after-school program?

Yes. When the school day ends, children in grades Junior Kindergarten through 5th have the opportunity to play and learn in a relaxed, dynamic environment. Parents can also supplement the general After School Program with more than a dozen enrichment classes (LEGOs, cooking, karate, etc.), just to keep things interesting! Our After School Program team makes it a point to give kids a balance of structured time and free play.

The After School Program also offers a complimentary middle school study hall on Monday through Thursday at 4:20-5:45 p.m. Most middle school parents find they do not need this service on Fridays because it's a game day.

Visit our After School Program page or email Barbara Campbell, our Director of After School, at bcampbell@meadowbrook-ma.org for more information.


Q: How are students grouped by performance?

Students are grouped by performance in both math and English starting in 1st grade. Classroom performance, teacher recommendations, and ERB scores are all taken into account when deciding which group a child should be placed in. The faculty monitors students carefully regardless of group and will recommend a change if it makes sense for the student. By grouping students by performance, we make sure that students are working at the right level for them as individuals.

Q: How are computers and technology incorporated into the curriculum?

Technology is thoughtfully built into our curriculum. All students begin to use computers (Macs and PCs) in Junior Kindergarten. Junior Kindergarteners through 1st graders incorporate tools such as Bee-Bots, a basic robotics program that allows children to develop fundamental programming skills, and 2nd and 3rd graders expand their programming abilities with Terrapin’s Logo language. Fourth and 5th grade students use Lego Mindstorms NXT. In middle school, students have their own computer for work in and out of the classroom. Technology is stepped up even further with music and video production offerings and a number of arts electives that make use of Meadowbrook’s excellent recording studio and computer labs.

Q: Tell me about the physical education and athletics program.

Physical education is a requirement for students in grades Junior Kindergarten through 5th. Our P.E. program incorporates fun and sportsmanship into each grade's classes. Lower school students also have recess daily.

Athletic choice begins in our middle school, where students are required to participate in Meadowbrook sports each season. Students have a wide range of sports to choose from, including soccer, basketball, lacrosse, softball, baseball, squash, cross-country running, track and field, tennis, fitness, and rock-climbing, among others. Middle schoolers have a practice or game every weekday, and also have recess daily.


Q: Are snack and lunch provided?

Yes. Meadowbrook contracts with Flik Dining Services to serve snack and lunch for our students in grades SK-8th every day. Flik creates menus that emphasize whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and well-balanced meals. There is a wide choice of foods, including a salad bar, sandwich bar, hot lunch and vegetarian options. For food safety and logistical reasons, students are not allowed to bring their snack or lunch from home.

Q: Where do Meadowbrook students go after eighth grade?

Our placement process offers both parents and students a comprehensive, personalized experience, with the goal of finding the right fit between student and secondary school. Meadowbrook’s process begins in 7th grade with meetings between the Director of Placement and each family. A team of Meadowbrook faculty, including our Head of School, Head of the Middle School, 8th Grade Dean, and the student’s advisor, support you and your child throughout the process.


Q: How can I be involved as a parent at Meadowbrook?

You can volunteer as little or as much as you want to, and as your schedule allows. Meadowbrook fosters a close community, so parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed! Volunteering opportunities range from helping in the classroom to coordinating the annual parent Gala, and more than 90 percent of parents volunteer in some way.


Steps to Apply

There are six easy steps to complete the admissions process at Meadowbrook!

1. Fill Out an Inquiry Form
Click here to fill out the form.
2. Have Your Calendar Ready!
Someone from our admissions team will contact you within 24 hours to set up a parent tour and interview.

3. Come Visit Meadowbrook
Join us on campus for a tour and an interview with one of our Admissions Team members. We look forward to meeting you!

4. Group and Individual Screenings
Bring your child in for their group and individual screenings. See guidelines for grade specific information.

5. Submit an Application
Complete all of the required fields on our application and submit it to Meadowbrook. Click here to complete the application.

6. Send In Required Documents
Check the grade specific guidelines for a list of required supporting documents.

Decisions

Admissions decisions are mailed and sent electronically on March 10, 2018. Commitment decisions are due by April 10, 2018.

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