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Application Procedure

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Delbarton attracts students of diverse talents, interests and experiences.  This combination is powerful when stduents enter our community, one that stresses "belonging" for each young man.  The job of Delbarton Admissions is to build a dynamic community where young men are empowered to take risks, grow, lead and ultimately achieve inside and beyond the classroom walls. 

This is the Delbarton Experience.

Admission is based on a candidate's overall qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or financial status.  Candidates are considered based on their transcript, teacher recommendations, test results, personal interview and formal application.  Delbarton does not admit postgraduate students or students who are entering 12th grade.

The admission season runs from September to January of a given academic year.  Applicants typically apply in the fall prior to their year of enrollment.  Students usually apply to Delbarton for acceptance into the seventh or ninth grades.  A few transfer openings may be available every year in grades eight, ten and eleven. 

A student’s candidacy for admission will be considered only after he completes, in any given order, the following three steps:

  1. Online applications for 2024-25 are open only for transfer students grades 8, 10 and 11.
  2. School Interview (offered on campus on seven Saturday mornings and during the school day, from early September through early December)
  3. Entrance Exam (on campus on October 28 and December 9, 2023)

Transfer Students

Delbarton School normally accepts a small number of students every year to 8th, 10th and 11th grades. The process is independent of the process for the 7th and 9th grades. Delbarton does not accept into the 12th grade or mid-year applicants to any grade.  Finally, please note that financial aid is often limited for transfer applicants.

If you are interested in applying to transfer into Delbarton School for the 8th, 10th or 11th grades, please note the following:

1) Students apply during the academic year (September to June) prior to the September in which they wish to enroll.

2) The online application is available at by clicking on the “Apply Online” tab.

3) Students should complete Part I and the family questionnaire of the online application and provide the Admissions Office with paper copies of their high school transcripts and any high school standardized test scores.

NOTE: Our office will request official transcripts and letters of recommendation only when we know there will be transfer openings AND that the applicant is determined to be a strong fit for an available opening.

4) At some point between February and June, selected transfer applicants may be invited to continue the application process by spending a day at Delbarton attending classes and interviewing with a member of our Admissions Committee.

5) All transfer applicants and their families are encouraged to attend our Open House or one of our two Entrance Testing Day programs in the fall where they will NOT take the exam but, instead, remain in the Fine Arts Center auditorium to listen to a 90-minute information session about Delbarton.

6) All transfer admission decisions are made by June.


How To Apply

Applications for 7th and 9th grade are closed.  Applications for transfer students for 8th, 10th and 11th grades are still open!