Admission Process

A group of students holding Whitfield spirit items

We are thrilled you have decided to apply for admission to Whitfield! Please find the required steps to complete an application listed below. Along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the admission team with questions. We look forward to meeting you and learning more about your family!



While the majority of applications are submitted by the below dates, if space allows, we welcome applications year-round.

Grade Application Deadline Decisions Announced
6 JANUARY 14, 2020 MARCH 13, 2020
7 JANUARY 14, 2020 MARCH 13, 2020
8 JANUARY 14, 2020 MARCH 13, 2020
9 DECEMBER 13, 2019 FEBRUARY 7, 2020
10 JANUARY 14, 2020 MARCH 13, 2020
11 JANUARY 14, 2020 MARCH 13, 2020
12 JANUARY 14, 2020 MARCH 13, 2020




Whitfield uses the Standard Application Online (SAO) for most of the components of the application.

Student Profile, Parent Statement and Student Essays

Students and parents should use SAO to complete these pieces of the application. Please submit these pieces of the application at least five days prior to the family interview.

Student Records

Please request that records from your child’s current school be sent to Whitfield by emailing the request to the appropriate person via SAO.  We request records from the current academic year and the previous two years; reports will include transcripts/report cards, standardized testing, attendance and discipline.

If a school is unable to submit records or recommendations through the SAO, please use the School Record and Transcript Release Form or Teacher Recommendation Form.  Complete the top portion and deliver these forms to your child’s school, along with an envelope addressed to Emily Chrysler, Director of Admission, Whitfield School, 175 South Mason Road, Saint Louis, MO 63141.

Teacher Recommendation

Through the SAO, families can email the request for a recommendation directly to the teacher, who then receives the necessary form. Please make this request of one of your child’s academic subject teachers from the current school year or from last school year.

Personal Reference

We are looking for someone who knows your child well outside of the school environment to share with us about your child’s strengths. Applicants often request personal references from coaches, music teachers, family friends or leaders of religious institutions. Applicants are welcome to use the personal recommendation form provided through the SAO, or ask the reference to submit a letter by email ( or mail (Emily Chrysler, Director of Admission, Whitfield School, 175 South Mason Road, Saint Louis, MO 63141).


The SSAT exam is offered in St. Louis several times each year (SSAT). Please register for the most convenient test date and site for your family and release the results to Whitfield. Whenever possible, applicants for Fall 2020 should take the SSAT by January 4, 2020 (this is especially important for applicants to Grade 9).

Whitfield’s SSAT code is 8196.

Students' test results are one piece of the entire application. The essay is particularly informative as it provides a sample of independent work and a glimpse into your student. While the SSAT has value as a standardized component to the application process, just as important to us are a student's day-to-day work in the classroom, teacher and personal recommendations, the family interview and tour, and report cards. We are happy to talk with you about testing and all other portions of the admission process when you visit for your family interview and tour.

Family Interview

If your family has not already registered for, or attended an Admission Visit Day, we strongly suggest you do so prior to the Family Interview.

The Family Interview, which will include you and your student, will take approximately 45 minutes. Both you and your student will have a chance to talk with one of our admission associates individually.

Our goal during this Interview is to get to know both you and your student. With dynamic classrooms that rely heavily on interpersonal relationships, we are looking for students whom we believe will thrive in our school environment.

At least five days prior to your interview, please submit the Student Profile, Parent Statement and Student Essays portions of the application.

Interviews for Fall 2020 admission began on October 16, 2019. Please schedule your interview by clicking here or contact Michelle Templeton at (314) 415-1259 or

Application Fee

Whitfield’s $50 application fee is payable online through SAO.
Whitfield strives to maintain a student body balanced by gender and diverse in geographic, economic, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. It does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, disability or gender in administering its academic policies, admission policies, athletic policies, financial aid program, or other school activities.


Emily Chrysler

Director of Admission

Emily Chrysler

Director of Admission

"In Admissions we get to watch the transformation of students in a new school community. Whitfield students are happy, and the transition for new students at the start of the year is quick. My greatest joy comes from watching those same students years later walk across the graduation stage—each one unique and each one proud, confident, energized, and prepared."

Lisa Trout

Admission Coordinator

Lisa Trout, admission coordinator

Lisa Trout

Admission Coordinator

"Since joining the Whitfield team in 2018, I've been very impressed by this diverse learning community. Teachers are creative, dedicated and passionate, and students are deeply engaged in academics as well as a variety of extracurricular activities. Coming from over 50 zip codes and representing many cultural, social and economic groups, we create a balanced, kind community dedicated to high academic expectations while maintaining a low stress environment."

Michelle Templeton

Admission Associate & Summer Camps Director

Michelle Templeton

 Admission Associate & Summer Camps Director

"I love being a part of a school that values and emphasizes community. At Whitfield, students, faculty, and staff know and appreciate the trust, respect, and collaboration it takes to build and strengthen a community. Our relationships with each other are what truly makes Whitfield special."
Contact Emily Chrysler, 314-415-1270
Director of Admission