Admission

Application Process

Admission Dates

We will begin accepting applications for the 2023–2024 school year on September 1, 2022.

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  • Day Students

    January 24, 2023: Admission application deadline
    January 24, 2023: Financial aid application deadline
    February 10, 2023: Admission notifications
    March 10, 2023: Enrollment contracts deadline
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  • Boarding Students

    January 31, 2023: Admission applications deadline
    January 31, 2023: Financial aid application deadline
    March 1, 2023: Admission notifications
    April 10, 2023: Enrollment contracts deadline
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Domestic Applications

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  • 1. Application (Completed Online)

    • Submit general applicant information through SchoolAdmin, our admission and enrollment platform.
    • Once your application is processed, you will receive a checklist email with your next steps, including the parent and student statements.
    • The parent statement is an opportunity to outline your vision for your child’s education.
    • The student statement is an opportunity for students to write about their extracurricular interests and passions.
    • A $75 USD application fee must be submitted with the application.
  • 2. Teacher Recommendations (Completed Online)

    • In addition to your application, you will need to have two current teacher recommendation forms sent to Indian Springs. Math and English recommendations are required. A third recommendation is optional. These recommendation forms are sent to your teachers via SchoolAdmin.
  • 3. Standardized Testing

    • Standardized testing is highly recommended but not required. Applicants will not be penalized in any way if they choose not to submit a standardized test, though we may request additional information including a writing sample and math assessment. We are committed to a holistic review of every student's application.
    • All applicants may submit the SSAT, the ISEE, or an at-home version of either test.
    • Applicants for grades 9-11 may also submit the ACT, SAT, PSAT, or Pre-ACT.
    • Applicants for whom English is their second language must submit either the TOEFL, IELTs, or Duolingo. We will accept the TOEFL iBT or the TOEFL PBT.
  • 4. Transcript

    • For the school to properly review a candidate's application, we must have the latest official transcript from the candidate's current school. We prefer to see the student's mid-year grades. Most schools require parental permission to release an official transcript to Indian Springs. The parental permission form is available in your SchoolAdmin application checklist.
  • 5. Applicant Interview

    • At any time during the application process, students may reach out to our admission team to schedule a virtual or in-person interview.  
    • The interview is a casual conversation conducted by a member of the Indian Springs faculty or staff. It is an opportunity for prospective students to highlight their personality, achievements, and interests and learn more about Indian Springs from a member of our community.

International Applications

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  • 1. Application (Completed Online)

    • International students may submit their application through SchoolAdmin, our admission and enrollment platform, or the Standard Application Online (SAO). This application, a service of the Enrollment Management Association, includes all required application materials.
  • 2. Applicant Interview

    • At any time during the application process, students may reach out to our admission team to schedule a virtual or in-person interview.  
    • The interview is a casual conversation conducted by a member of the Indian Springs faculty or staff. It is an opportunity for prospective students to highlight their personality, achievements, and interests and learn more about Indian Springs from a member of our community.
  • 3. Standardized Testing

    • International applicants for whom English is a second language must take and submit the results from an English proficiency test. We will accept the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo. There are two formats for the TOEFL test. The format you take depends on the location of your test center. Most test-takers take the Internet-based Test (IBT). Test centers that do not have Internet access offer the Paper-based Test (PBT). We will accept either the IBT or the PBT.
    • Standardized testing is highly recommended but not required. Applicants will not be penalized in any way if they choose not to submit a standardized test, though we may request additional information including a writing sample and math assessment. We are committed to a holistic review of every student's application.
    • All applicants may submit the SSAT, the ISEE, or an at-home version of either test.
    • Applicants for grades 9-11 may also submit the ACT, SAT, PSAT, or Pre-ACT.
  • 4. VISA Information I-20 Form

    • Every non-U.S. citizen needs this form in order to apply for the F1 student visa, which allows you to attend Indian Springs School. The I-20 Form is issued once a student has enrolled. Your student visa will apply to the entire academic year (August-May). In addition, you need this form whenever you travel, both within the U.S. borders and especially when you leave the U.S. This form and your visa are your legal documents from the U.S. Immigration Department. For more information about studying in the United States, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q. When should my child apply for admission to Indian Springs?

    We begin accepting applications on September 1. All prospective families are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible this fall. With a highly selective admission process and only a limited number of spots available, starting the application process early is recommended. Priority will be given to students who meet the application deadline. 


  • Q. What does Indian Springs look for in applicants?

    Indian Springs looks for academic achievment and promise, as shown by a student's transcripts, test scores, and teacher recommendations. We also pay close attention to personal qualities, which we measure through motivation, character, extracurricular interests, and the willingness to make an impact on the Springs community.
  • Q. How competitive is the applicant pool?

    Each year the Admission Office receives several hundred applications for a limited number of places. All applicants are encouraged to finish their applications in a timely manner.

Staff

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    Taylor Docking 

    Director of Enrollment Management
    205.332.0561
  • Photo of Mike Rowlett

    Mike Rowlett 

    Assistant Director of Admission for Boarding Enrollment
    205.332.0601
  • Photo of Mandy Griffin

    Mandy Griffin 

    Admission Assistant
    205.306.2100
Indian Springs School, an independent school recognized nationally as a leader in boarding and day education for grades 8-12, serves a talented and diverse student body and offers admission to qualified students regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Located in Indian Springs, Ala., just south of Birmingham, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

Inclusion is one of Indian Springs’ Core Values, and the school strives to provide a safe and supportive environment that will help students succeed academically and socially. To that end, the school promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment or bullying based on gender identity or expression that impacts a student’s experience at the school (whether the bullying or harassment takes place on or off campus), including cyber-bullying through the use of electronic technology. Particularly with respect to transgender and gender-nonconforming students, the school will work closely with students and their families to strive to honor students’ wishes with respect to use of school facilities, the accuracy of student records, use of preferred name and pronouns, and privacy, in accordance with applicable law, and to the extent that the school’s campus facilities reasonably permit.