The Sage School is a unique learning environment.
We are looking for families who are interested in becoming mindful partners in a many-year journey through raising adolescents into adults. In order to do that, it is best that we get to know each other during the admissions process- so all of us can choose wisely. We love the fact that we live in a small community that is rich with education choices, and we are proud to offer The Sage choice among them. We suggest that applicants come to The Sage School to meet with teachers before applying. If you are applying from afar, we can replicate that experience in a Zoom meeting. After an initial interview and discussion, the applicant may be invited for a classroom visit, during which they spend a full school day engaging with and getting to know teachers, other students, and the Sage rhythm. These classroom visits allow the applicant to experience a day as a Sage student and allow us to get to know the applicant. During the visit, applicants participate in an informal interview with a member of the staff.
There really is no boundary between learning and fun. I want to learn for the rest of my life.-Willa, student
From application to visitation, the admissions process is designed for us to get to know each applicant, and for each applying family to get to know our approach well. We welcome your interest in Sage.
Checklist for Application Process
Request a Call with Chris
The first step in the application process. Schedule your call to chat with Chris to get all of your questions answered.
Come for a Visit
Join us for our annual Open House in January. Join interested families in a casual get-together. Meet our staff, hear from students, and take a tour.
Fill Out an Application
Get started by downloading the application form. We encourage the students applying at The Sage School to print the form and complete each step by hand.
How are admissions decisions made?
From application to visitation, the admissions process is designed for us to get to know each applicant, and for each applying family to get to know our approach well. Your family is applying to be part of a unique educational journey here in the Wood River Valley- in fact, a unique educational experience anywhere. We want to do our best to ensure that all partners in this journey- students, parents or guardians, and faculty- are united in seeing The Sage School as the right choice for the right reasons. One of the things you will notice is that our application process is fairly extensive, requiring interviews, a school visit, writing a set of essays, and getting to know the school as best you can.
What are you looking for in an applicant?
Admissions are made based on the best fit between the student and family and The Sage School. Ultimately, we are looking for families who are interested in pursuing the philosophy that undergirds Sage. From within that broad spectrum, we craft a community of students with diverse interests, skills, and backgrounds.
Are standardized tests required for admissions?
No. We are interested in gathering the ‘best fit’ families, and that means students may perform at a wide variety of levels on standardized tests. We believe in working with the whole student and acknowledge that standardized tests can give us some information about a student, but the scope is not broad enough to fully help us make admissions decisions.
I missed the deadline, will you still accept applications?
Applications are due by March 1st of each year, with admissions decisions made by early April. After the admission deadline passes, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis as spaces allow. Midyear admissions are also possible, as space allows. If a class is full, The Sage School will place accepted applicants into a wait pool. Students will be admitted from the wait pool as space allows and in the order committee determines the best fits for the school. If you missed the deadline, please call the school to see if space is available.