Admissions FAQ

What are Galloway students like?

First and foremost, Galloway students are unique individuals. They are bright, open-minded, and eager to learn about the world around them. Our students welcome a challenge and are willing to do the work required to meet that challenge, both alone and in collaboration with their classmates.

When can I visit Galloway?

There are many optional opportunities to visit Galloway. Some are just for parents and some are for students as well. Please check out our schedule of events, including weekday tours, evening events, and our Open House on December 8, 2019. We look forward to meeting you!

Should I bring my student on a weekday campus tour?

Students applying to grade 5 and higher are encouraged to attend tours with their parents.

Can my child shadow a current student?

Students applying to grades 5 and higher are encouraged to accompany their parents on a weekday morning school tour. If an applicant would still like to spend more time on campus, there are scheduled applicant visit days starting at the end of January continuing into February.

Are there any required campus visits for me and my child?

Yes, there are two. All applicants will meet and interact with Galloway teachers in a group setting on a Saturday. Saturday observations are scheduled for February 8 or February 15, 2020. Pre-Kindergarten applicants will attend a Saturday observation one one of three Fridays in January and February. Registration is in Ravenna. 

Parents of applicants to Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade attend a weekday conversation with admissions staff. For families looking at 9th through 11th grades, this conversation is optional. Appointments begin in November and conclude in February, Spots fill quickly, so please sign up early.

What is The Galloway School's relation to the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools?

Galloway is a member of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS), an organization of private schools in the metro Atlanta area committed to following agreed upon principles of good practice, including setting dates for notification of admissions decisions.

How do I apply?

All applications are made online. You will find the application and instructions on the Application Process page.

What is the application deadline?

January 17, 2020 - Reduced-fee application deadline ($85 non-refundable)
January 31, 2020 - Application deadline for all applications ($100 non-refundable)
February 17, 2020 - Financial Aid application deadline 
February 17, 2020 - Deadline for all supporting documents and test scores

Is outside testing required?

  • Pre-Kindergarten: No outside testing
  • Kindergarten - Grade 5: JATP required.
  • Grades 6-12: SSAT required.

    Additionally, if your child has had a psycho educational evaluation or speech and language evaluation, please submit a copy of results to

What if I don't get my application in by the deadline?

Late applications are treated on a case-by-case basis. In general, late applications are considered only after all of the timely applications have been reviewed.

What is the age requirement for entering kindergarten and preschool? Do you have a policy regarding children with summer birthdays?

Children applying to kindergarten should be five-years-old by September 1.

Children with summer birthdays will be considered for grade-level placement on a case-by-case basis, as we understand that each child develops at his or her individual pace.

What if an item is not marked on the checklist but I believe it has been completed and sent?

We make every effort to keep checklists up to date, so please send an email to if you have concerns.

What is the JATP?

The Joint Atlanta Testing Program (JATP) is a consortium of psychologists who perform individual testing for students applying to certain schools in metro Atlanta. The psychologists send the results directly to the schools you choose to receive the information.

If my child had the JATP testing last year, do we have to do it again?

If the testing was within the last 12 months, your child does not need to do it again. Please have the psychologist send the test results directly to Galloway admissions.

How do I register for the SSAT? What is Galloway's SSAT code? What is the latest acceptable national test date to meet Galloway's deadline?

Registration for the SSAT is online. Galloway's school code is 3346. The February 8 standard test date is the latest date for timely delivering of scores. Find out more about SSAT at

Should I request other people write a recommendation letter in addition to the required documents?

We are always happy to learn more about you and your child, but recommendation letters (other than required evaluations) are not necessary.

What is an observation session? What if my child is shy?

All applicants will spend some time in a classroom with other applicants and several teachers. The observation session will closely resemble a mini-class experience, as teachers spend time with each child individually and also engage the children in group activities. All observations are held on two Saturdays in February. Please make sure to register for an observation session in Ravenna after you have completed an application.

Teachers involved in the observations have many years of experience with children and are sensitive to those who need to warm up in a new environment.

What is involved in the parent conversation? Do all parents have conversations? Even current families?

The parent conversation is a 20-25 minute opportunity for you to tell us more about you and your child. We request an interview with at least one parent of each applicant, even those of families with a child already enrolled at Galloway.

What is the application fee?

The application fee is $100 (non-refundable).
For applications received by January 17, 2020, the fee is discounted to $85 (non-refundable).

Can I have my application fee waived?

Please contact the Director of Admissions to discuss your request for a fee waiver.

Am I automatically considered for financial aid?

In order to be considered for financial aid, you must complete a financial aid application. Please direct Financial Aid questions to Galloway's business office.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You will find information about applying for financial aid on the website at Financial Aid.

Can new students entering grades 10-12 play on a Galloway Athletics sports team?

Yes! But the student-athlete must meet the eligibility rules of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA). Please read more here:

Are athletic or academic scholarships available?

All financial aid is need based and not related to special abilities of the applicant.

Are there openings in all grade levels?

There are limited openings at all grade levels, although the largest number of openings are in the entry years - pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 5, 6, and 9.

Do I need to submit a separate application for each child?

Yes, we require a separate application for each child.

Do siblings of current students get priority in admissions?

We give special consideration to siblings of current students, children of alumni, and children of the faculty and staff. However, the student's fit at Galloway is the ultimate deciding factor.

Can my child's current teachers fill out the evaluation forms online?


Does Galloway offer mid-year admission?

It is not the policy of The Galloway School to accept students after the school year has begun.

Do you make admissions exceptions for families relocating from out of town?

We are as flexible as possible with relocating families. Please let us know your schedule well in advance of deadlines so we can make appropriate arrangements.

What is your policy for applicants in the A Better Chance program?

We are delighted to work with applicants coming through the A Better Chance program. We require the completion of the online application for general information and a processing fee of $30 (non-refundable). You do not need to send the teacher evaluations or other documents as they will be included in the file that ABC sends to us. We do, however, need the ABC applicant's SSAT scores to come directly from SSAT. Here is a helpful how-to link on sending applicants' scores to school.

Does Galloway accept international students?

We greatly value the diversity international students bring to the community. Students must be fluent in English as we do not have an ESL program. Because we are a day school, students must have a host family with whom to live and meet all the legal requirements for attending school in the United States.