Admissions at Francis Parker
Francis Parker is a secular Preschool 2s – 12th grade Independent School dedicated to critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, where students learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Francis Parker’s environment fosters joy, kindness, and belonging so students can become who they were meant to be and contribute to a more just and equitable world.
The High School campus in downtown Louisville allows a thriving metropolitan city to serve as an additional aspect of the education that helps foster independence and self-reliance, while the rural, 64-acre Preschool – 8th grade campus in Goshen allows younger students room to grow and explore as they experience the beauty of the outdoors.
Francis Parker admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at the School.
The application deadline for the 2023-24 school year is December 16, 2022. Admissions decisions are made by a committee of faculty and staff members. Students submitting complete applications by December 16 will be notified of decisions by February 3, 2023. Applications received after December 16 will be evaluated in a timely manner as space remains available in each grade level.
To connect with a member of our Admissions team please submit an inquiry form.
Create an account and submit your Online Application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.
All applicants entering 1st – 12th grade are required to submit progress reports/transcripts and standardized testing for the current and previous school years.
Applicants entering 5 – 12th grade should submit a handwritten Application Supplement after they have visited Francis Parker.
All required materials can either be added to your online application in the upload section, or they may be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.
Teacher recommendations are required for all applicants entering JK – 12th grade, and for preschool applicants currently enrolled in a preschool or childcare program. Two teacher recommendations from core subject teachers are required for 2nd – 12th grade applicants, and one recommendation is required for JK – 1st grade applicants. The applicant family provides the name and email address(es) for the teachers in their application, and the recommendation forms are emailed directly to them and collected online.
Applicants entering 2nd – 12th grade are required to complete a Shadow Day as a part of their admissions process. Students will spend a full school day in their current or rising grade level, and also complete an informal assessment (2nd – 5th) or complete an admissions interview (6th – 12th). Applicants entering JK – 1st are required to participate in an upcoming Classroom Try-On. Applicants entering the Preschool 3s or 4s will participate in a classroom visit with the Preschool Director. All visits, including campus tours should be scheduled with the Office of Admissions at email@example.com.
The Priority Deadline for prospective students to complete the FACTS Application for Financial Aid is December 16, 2022. Families who have met the Priority Deadline will be notified by February 3, 2023 with award details.