Applying to Wardlaw + Hartridge


"Since I was pushed and encouraged by W+H to pursue goals past the
ordinary, I now have the confidence to achieve so much more."
- Akash Dalal '16



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. We also proudly accept students from right here in Middlesex County, all of New Jersey, and other states and countries. Our Edison campus is easily accessible from areas like Summit, Millburn Township, Cranford, Somerset, Garwood and Bridgewater. Contact us today to learn more about applying to our early education/PreK programs or independent school for the Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle or High School levels.

Applicants can use one of two application methods: the W+H application or the Standard Application Online (SAO) is also accepted. Click below to choose an option: 

W+H Application

W+H Application

 SAO Application


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 Admission Process

Step 1: Apply online

Click here to begin our secure online application process.   Please note, you will also be asked to take further steps to finish your application including download release forms and obtain teacher evaluations. All instructions can be found on the admissions portal page.

Wardlaw+Hartridge School also accepts the Standard Application Online (SAO). To learn more about using the SAO and begin your application, click here.


W+H SSAT Code: 8026 

The domestic application fee is $75; the international fee is $200. 

Step 2: School Records/Teacher Evaluation Forms

All School Records and Teacher Evaluation Form requests can be submitted from the application portal via SchoolAdmin. Parents will see the Checklist of required items.

Click “Manage” in each of the following fields: Current Teacher Recommendation, Confidential School Report and Record Release Form.

Enter the names and email addresses of the appropriate teacher/school official. Teachers and school officials will automatically receive the form they need to complete.

Step 3: Admission screening/assessment

PreK 3: Applicants will be assessed on the day of their school visit.

JK 4- Grade 1:  All applicants must take the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners). This test is administered by the admission staff and can be scheduled during the day visit or at a more convenient time.

Grades 2-5:  All applicants must take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination). This test is administered by the admission staff and can be scheduled during the day visit or at a more convenient time.

Grades 6-12: All applicants must take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination)  or the SSAT, which is preferred, and submit the results to the Admission Office. 

However, you can take the ISEE exam at other locations. To learn about additional test dates and locations, please visit

Wardlaw+Hartridge School code: 311230

To learn more about the SSAT exam, click here. W+H will accept the SAO aplication in lieu of our own online application. The Wardlaw+Hartridge school code is: 8026

Step 4: Visit & interview day

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

  • Early Childhood: PreK (3), JK (4)
    • 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 a.m.).
  • Lower School K-5
    • Applicants for PreK 3 and JK 4 will visit for a half day. Applicants for Grades K-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.
    • Kindergarten applicants will visit in the morning (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Middle 6-8 and Upper School 9-12
    • 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.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Request financial aid

At Wardlaw+Hartridge financial assistance is available for students in Grades K-12 with a maximum award of 50 percent for students in Grades K-5. To apply for Financial Aid go to our financial aid page for instructions.

Please call the Admission Office with additional questions or concerns about tuition or tuition assistance, at (908) 754-1882, Ext. 155. 

Click here to apply at

 TADS charges a $39 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

Step 7: Notification of admission

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 to the applicant.

Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a rolling admission basis.

Step 8: 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, faxed, or brought directly to the Admission Office.
1295 Inman Ave,
Edison, NJ 08820
(908) 754-1882
The Wardlaw + Hartridge School is a top private and college prep school in Edison, New Jersey, which provides an independent, pioneering educational experience at the early childhood, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school levels.
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