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Admission Process

Application Deadline

2020-2021 Enrollment

Applications are still being accepted for limited spaces for the 2020-2021 school year. Apply now or contact Director of Admission Katharine Durham at or 314.434.5877, ext. 203, for more information.

2021-2022 Enrollment

Applications for 2021-2022 will be accepted beginning September 1, 2020. The priority application is Friday, January 29, 2021. Transcripts and referrals will be requested from applicants’ current schools in January (if applicable).

Sibling applications are due Monday, November 30, 2020.



A goal of Rossman School is to prepare children academically, socially and emotionally to succeed in an independent secondary school. Rossman’s accelerated educational program makes it important to give consideration to each child’s capabilities and challenges. An applicant must have the aptitude to meet the requirements of Rossman’s academic program. Standards for each grade level must be met to ensure a child’s placement. If qualified, siblings and legacies are given preferential placement at the Junior Kindergarten level.

Rossman School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available at the school. Rossman does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance program, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


Steps to Apply

1)  Visit

Schedule a personal tour with our Director of Admission, Katharine Durham.

2)  Submit an Application by January 31, 2020 (Applications received after the deadline will be processed and decisions rendered based on space availability.)

The school must receive the following for each applicant before an admission decision can be made:

3)  Apply for Tuition Assistance

Learn more about tuition assistance here. Although the fifteenth of February is the preferred date for having a completed tuition assistance application on file in the Business Office, applications are accepted throughout the admissions season.

4)  Schedule an Evaluation

The admission evaluation process is designed to ensure thoughtful consideration of each applicant and a comfortable match between a child and his or her family and the school.

Our Junior and Senior Kindergarten evaluations are a combination of an individual Gesell Developmental Observation Assessment and observation of children in small playgroups at Rossman. The Gesell does not measure I.Q. or academic skills. Because the Gesell provides a qualitative evaluation rather than a numerical score, the teachers administrating the assessment have received special training to interpret a child’s responses. Aside from the evaluation day, it is possible that a member of the Admission Committee will visit your preschool to observe your child in the familiar setting of his or her own classroom.

Rossman often has a few openings in the first through sixth grades. Children in these grades are evaluated through a series of grade appropriate tests. First through sixth grade applicants are invited to spend a school day at Rossman.

After submitting your child’s application, contact Director of Admission Katharine Durham at or 314-434-5877, ext. 203, to schedule an evaluation.


Key Admission Dates

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    Open House for Prospective Families
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    Open House for Prospective Families
  • Friday, November 15, 2019   |   9-10 a.m.: 
  • Junior Kindergarten Observation Morning
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    Open House for Prospective Families
  • Monday, December 2, 2019:
    Sibling Applications Due for Fall 2020 Admission
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019   |   9-11:30 a.m.: 
    Winter Wonderland Community Event
  • Monday, December 9 - Friday, December 13, 2019:
    Individual Assessments for Siblings and Legacies Applying for JK
  • January-February 2020: 
    Evaluations for Grade 1 through 6 Applicants (Evaluations are completed during a full day visit to Rossman. Please contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s visit/evaluation.)
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    Open House for Prospective Families
  • Friday, January 31, 2020:
    Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Admission
  • Monday, January 27 - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and Monday, February 3 - Thursday February 6, 2020
    Individual Assessments and Parent Interviews for JK and SK Applicants (Please contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s assessment.)
  • Friday, February 15, 2020:
    Preferred Date for Tuition Assistance Applications
  • Friday, March 13, 2020:
    Admission and Financial Aid Decisions Are Mailed to Families


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