How to Apply

Campus in Fall

We are thrilled you are considering applying to The MacDuffie School. As we have responded to the current COVID pandemic, we have made some changes for the 2020-2021 application cycle (to welcome students for the 2021-2022 academic year) that are intended to ensure fairness, access, and greater convenience for applicants and their families.

Admissions Timeline

Zoom Coffee Information sessions
Fridays (September 11- November 20)
8 a.m.- 9 a.m. email for Zoom link
Virtual Open Houses
  • November 11, 2020 6:00 -7:00  p.m.
  • January 20, 2021 6:00 -7:00  p.m.
  • January 21, 2021 12:00- 1:00 p.m.
  • January 27, 2021 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • April 14, 2021 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Remote tour and Zoom interview email to schedule
Mid Year Application Deadline December 1st
Mid Year Application Decision Notification Mid-December
First Round Application Deadline February 1st
Financial Aid Application Deadline February 1st
Application Decisions Notification March 10th

Request More Information

If you’d like more information, please Request More Information and the Admissions Office will contact you.

General Application Information

We require students to apply online as it simplifies submission and provides a tool for tracking the status of their application. This can be done through the  SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO). A non-refundable fee of $75 must be submitted with the application. If you have any difficulties with the application process, please contact our Admissions Office at

The first round application deadline for fall admissions is February 1st.  We also accept students for mid-year entry.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis for any student who applies after March 10. We encourage late applicants to call us directly regarding the availability of space for the coming academic year.


The interview is a very important part of the admissions process. Interviews are scheduled once the online application form and fee have been submitted. Students and their families should plan approximately two hours for the campus tour and interview. In situations where visiting is not possible, Skype interviews may be conducted by the Admissions Office.

Please contact our Admissions Office to schedule a visit at: (413) 255 -0000 or

Required Application Checklist

A completed admissions file consists of the following parts:

a.)   Interview

b.)   Formal Online Application and Essays

c.)   Parents’ Statement

d.)   Official Academic Transcript from the current school year and two prior school years (Translated if you are applying as an International Student)

e.)   English Teacher Recommendation

f.)    Math Teacher Recommendation

g.)   School Recommendation

h.)   Personal Recommendation

Testing Requirements

For students applying for the 2021-2022 school year, testing will be optional. Should a family decide to submit testing results, full evaluations and score reports are preferred.

Domestic Applicants should submit Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) scores.  Please include The MacDuffie School’s code (4762) when you register for the test.  If you have not taken the SSAT, please contact Admissions.

International Applicants must submit some form of standardized English testing.  The list of accepted forms of testing includes: SSAT, TOEFL, TOEFL JR, IELTS, ELTiS, and Duolingo English Test (DET).  

If you are taking the TOEFL or TOEFL JR, please include The MacDuffie School Code (8821) when you register for the test. 

Academic Support
If a student has had educational and/or psychological testing, please include a copy of that evaluation with your application.