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  • Who is eligible to apply for admission?
    Applicants must be a resident of Massachusetts or New Hampshire Rising 1st graders must be at least 6 years old by September 1, 2024.
  • Is there an application fee?
    There is a $50 fee per submitted application.
  • When is the application deadline?
    Applications for the 2025-2026 school year will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2025.
  • What is the school calendar?
    The school year begins the first week of September. Major holidays closely follow the calendar for Massachusetts public schools. Our school day runs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily.
  • What is the cost of tuition?
    Tuition is $25,000 per year. This includes uniforms, field trips, technology, curriculum and supplies, and healthy snacks.
  • How many students will be accepted?
    Each academic year we enroll a maximum of 30 rising 1st graders.
  • Will there be a waiting list?
    As our student body advances to higher grades each year, we only enroll first graders, and therefore, we do not maintain a waiting list unless your child is currently in kindergarten.
  • Are there rolling admissions?
    We do not provide rolling admissions due to our distinctive school culture and behavioral expectations.
  • Does DAE give special consideration to siblings of current students?
    The school places great importance on cultivating a family-centric culture. Siblings must undergo the same evaluation process as all other applicants to guarantee equity and diversity.
  • Does DAE accept students with different types of learning needs?
    Yes, at DAE, students with a diverse range of academic abilities are considered for admission, including those who are exceptionally gifted and those who have not yet reached their full academic potential. If a student has a documented disability under an Individualized Education Program (IEP), their admission may be subject to the school's available resources to address their specific needs.
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