Most schools require your child's current math and English teachers to complete a teacher recommendation form. These are fairly detailed evaluations of your child's efforts and abilities in these core subject areas. They take about 15-20 minutes for the teacher to complete. So be thoughtful and considerate of the current teacher's time by giving him these forms to complete well in advance of any deadlines.
You typically will download the teacher recommendation forms. You complete the information at the top of the form, then hand the blank form to your child's teacher. Be sure to include an envelope addressed directly to the school's admissions office. Stamp the envelope before you give it to the teacher. Remind the teacher to submit the recommendation forms as soon as possible, in any event no later than December 31 for mid-January deadlines.
Note: you waive your right to review or even see what the teacher writes in her evaluation. This information is strictly confidential.
From Miss Porter's:
From Shattuck-St. Mary's:
Schools need certified copies of grades and report cards. These are known as transcripts. You will sign a transcript release form which give your current school permission to release this confidential information to the school you designate. Some schools use a separate form for this purpose. Others combine it with the Guidance Counsellor Recommendation form.
From St. Mary's School
- Please ask a school official to send directly to us a transcript through the current marking period of this year.
- Submit updated grades through January.
Once again you need to stay on top of the applications process and all its deadlines. Use the Application Calendar to help you stay organized.