Application Process

Indian Springs School will begin accepting applications for the 2021–2022 school year on September 1, 2020.
In response to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus impacting testing availability, Indian Springs School will not require applicants to submit a standardized test score during the 2020–2021 application season.  
Our test-optional policy will still allow Day and Domestic Boarding applicants to submit a standardized test score to the school, but an application will not be penalized if one is not received. International applicants should contact for more information regarding testing requirements.
Indian Springs School is committed to a holistic review of each student’s application.  Therefore, we will request additional information from applicants who choose not to submit a standardized test score. The additional information may include a writing sample and a math assessment.

Domestic Applications

List of 5 items.

  • 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 a short essay in response to your choice from a list of prompts.
    • 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

    Students applying for grades 8–10 may submit an SSAT score (the ICEE is also acceptable). Students applying for grades 10 or 11 may submit a PSAT, SAT, Pre-ACT, or ACT score.
  • 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

    Once all application materials are received, the Admission Office will schedule a virtual or on-campus interview. The interview is a casual conversation conducted by a member of the Indian Springs faculty or staff. It is your opportunity to highlight your personality, achievements, and interests and to learn more about Indian Springs from a member of our community.

International Applications

List of 4 items.

  • 1. Application (Completed Online)

    International students may submit their application through the Standard Application Online (SAO). This application, a service of the Enrollment Management Association, includes all requisite application materials.
  • 2. Applicant Interview

    Initial interviews for applicants in mainland China will be conducted through Vericant, a short video interview conducted by a trained interviewer. The Admission Office may reach out for an additional interview upon completion of your application.
  • 3. Standardized Testing

    International students entering grades 8–11 for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL. 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). For students who are unable to submit a TOEFL score, the Duolingo English Test is also being accepted. The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is optional. Please check for availability in your home country.
  • 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.
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.