Evaluate & Assess
All applicants are evaluated in person by Old Orchard. The process varies according to age and grade levels.
Jr. Kindergarten & Kindergarten Small Group Meet & Greet: Applicants are evaluated in small groups and assessed for social and school readiness with a series of exercises that measure a variety of developmental skills. Small group visits are a fun experience and should simply feel like an exciting visit to a new classroom. Candidates who apply after the group evaluations have taken place will be evaluated individually.
Grades 1-8 Visit Days: Applicants visit Old Orchard for two consecutive days with the grade they wish to join. Visit Days offer prospective students a wonderful opportunity to experience the classrooms, students, and teachers. Visitors are paired with buddies who will serve as their host while on campus. During their visit, they will complete math and writing assessments. Visit Days are scheduled in January through early March. If your student wishes to join Old Orchard during the current school year, the evaluation or shadow date will be scheduled as early as possible after a completed application has been submitted.
NOTE: The application, supporting materials, and $100 application fee must be submitted before a Visit Day will be scheduled.