Applying to W+H

The Wardlaw + Hartridge School values candidates who can thrive in curriculum designed for their age. Early childhood applicants will grow with our hands-on experiential learning. Candidates applying to our lower, middle, and upper school should have a strong desire to achieve in the classroom and be committed to learning and developing their extracurricular interests and activities. We enroll students from a wide range of socioeconomic, geographic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

Admission Process

1. Apply online (Domestic fee $75, International fee $150)

Wardlaw+Hartridge also accepts the EMA (The Enrollment Management Association) SAO (Standard Online Application) online application. 

2. Download the Records Release Form and the Confidential School Report. Sign and forward each of these to the applicant’s Principal, Head of School, Counselor or authorized officer.

3. Teacher Evaluation Forms
Candidates applying to JK through grade 12 should use the link on the application to notify their teacher(s) by e-mail.  If the applicant (grades 6-12) has one teacher for both math and English, please have that teacher fill out  both recommendation forms.

4. Admission Screening

PreK - Grade 5

All applicants will be assessed on the day of their school  visit.

Grades 6-12

All applicants must take either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) or the SSAT, which is preferred, and submit the results to the Admission Office.   Wardlaw + Hartridge will administer this exam on:

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

All test dates have a sign-in time of 8:15 a.m.

To learn about additional test dates and locations, please visit
Wardlaw-Hartridge School code: 311230

Wardlaw+Hartridge also accepts the SSAT. To learn more about the SSAT exam click here. W+H will accept the SAO application in lieu of our own online application. School Code: 8026

5. Day Visit and Interview

All applicants will visit school and have a Wardlaw + Hartridge experience. We will arrange the visits once your online application has been submitted and processed.

Early Childhood

           PreK and JK applicants will attend a Getting To Know You session. Call Admission Office to arrange a session. 

   K applicants will visit in the morning (8:30 - 11:30 am).

Lower School

Applicants for Grades 1- 5 will visit for a full day and their assessment will take place on that day. Lunch will be provided and visitors should wear sneakers.

Middle and Upper School

Middle and Upper School candidates will be paired with a current student for the day visit. Lunch will be provided. The interview and shadow day will be arranged by the Admission Office once the online application has been received.

6. Parent/Guardian Meeting

Wardlaw + Hartridge requires that the parent(s)/guardian(s) of all applicants meet with a member of the Admission Team. These meetings allow the Admission Committee to gain a better understanding of the family and the candidate. This meeting will take place on the day of your child's visit.

7. Request for Financial Aid

To apply for Financial Aid go to our financial aid page for instructions. TADS charges a $35 application fee.

If you have any questions during the process, you may reach TADS at 800-477-8237, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. central. You may also reach them through email at

8. Notification

Wardlaw + Hartridge has a February 1 priority deadline. Once all application materials, testing, and supporting documents have been submitted and the day visit has been completed an admission decision will be mailed. Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a rolling admission basis.

9. Applying After June

When applying after June, you must go directly to your child's school and secure the requested materials for admission. Families considering starting the admission process after the school year ends should request a letter of recommendation from the current English and Math teachers before school closes. Please request that a copy of the transcript be placed in a sealed envelope, that can be mailed, scanned, fax, or brought directly to the Admission Office.

The Wardlaw-Hartridge School
1295 Inman Ave,
Edison, NJ 08820
(908) 754-1882
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