Applying to Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1

We are so pleased that you are considering The Agnes Irwin School for your daughter! Below, you'll find the process for applying to PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grade 1.

Step 1: Parent Visit

As part of the application, parents of applicants in the Lower School are required to complete a parent interview at any time throughout the process. This conversation will give you an opportunity to learn more about our curriculum, ask questions and tell us more about your daughter. Additionally, we encourage you to arrange a private tour or join us for any one of our admission events. The campus tour can either be separate or followed by your parent interview with an Admission Director. 

You may arrange an individual parent interview or tour by emailing Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach Megan McHugh or call her at 610-801-1204.

Step 2: Online Application

Applying online is easy! Click here to begin an online application. The process includes completing the new student application and submitting the corresponding $50 application fee. 

If you are unable to complete the application online, please email our Admission Office at or call 610-801-1202 to request a paper application. 

Please note that applicants seeking tuition assistance must indicate their intention to apply for tuition assistance on the admission application and with their Admission Director.

Step 3: Student Assessment

Student Assessments are designed to provide an informative and comfortable introduction to our school and our teachers, while engaging the girls in activities. Assessments will be performed by the classroom teacher. 

Step 4: Testing

Testing is required for all applicants.

  • PreK, K, and Grade 1 applicants will have an assessment with our school psychologist.

Step 5: Teacher Recommendation

Recommendations and records from your daughter’s current school are an important part of the application process.

PreK, K, and Grade 1 applicants should submit the Teacher Recommendation Form (available on the Forms & Downloads page) to your daughter’s current homeroom teacher after November 1, 2023. The recommendation will be sent directly to Agnes Irwin, and its contents will be kept confidential. By signing the form, you accept the confidentiality agreement. 

You will also need to sign the Request for the Release of Information Form (available on the Forms & Downloads page) to give to your daughter's school, which will allow them to send a current report card and a transcript for 2022-23, if applicable.

Tuition Assistance

Agnes Irwin is committed to making its educational opportunities available to bright, motivated and talented girls regardless of their family's ability to pay. Applicants seeking tuition assistance must indicate their intention of applying for tuition assistance on the admission application. All tuition assistance applications must be submitted by the deadline in order to receive full consideration for tuition assistance.

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Click the button below to provide your contact information to our Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach Megan McHugh.  

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Our Admission team is here to see you through the application process.

Please feel free to email Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach Megan McHugh or call her at 610-801-1204 with any questions you may have.