Application and General Program Questions

Is Summer School right for me?

The Summer School seeks motivated students who are interested in learning and participating in an academic enrichment program. ACCESS EXETER is for students who have completed grades 7 or 8. UPPER SCHOOL is for those students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. We urge parents not to encourage their children to apply to Summer School unless the students themselves are strongly motivated to do so. A student who enrolls reluctantly is unlikely to have a happy or productive experience.


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What is included in the Summer School tuition?

The charge for ACCESS EXETER boarding students includes tuition, room and board, the required excursion fee, and a medical insurance policy. The charge for ACCESS EXETER day students covers tuition, meals, the required excursion fee, and a medical insurance policy.

The charge for UPPER SCHOOL boarding students includes tuition, room and board, and a medical insurance policy. The per course charge for UPPER SCHOOL day students covers tuition, meals, and a medical insurance policy.

The following are not included in the tuition and require additional fees: Travel, books, spending money, the SAT, ACT, or SSAT Preparation courses, the Seacoast United Soccer Club program, private music lessons, and optional off-campus excursions.


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Is there an application deadline?

The Summer School has a rolling admissions policy. This means that we accept qualified applicants until our program is full. We begin reviewing completed applications in December, and typically mail first acceptances in December. However, there is a financial aid deadline. Students applying for financial aid must have all Summer School application and financial aid materials completed and received by March 1st.
Use the Application Checklist to ensure that you have submitted all of the required application pieces. The Summer School Admissions Committee will not consider an application until all required materials have been received.


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How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid the Parents' Confidential Financial Questionnaire along with copies of 2012 or 2013 IRS 1040 forms and supporting W-2 and/or 1099 forms must be completed by all parents/guardians who are financially responsible for the applicant and submitted to the Summer School Office along with your completed application requirements. All of this information must be received by March 1st.  Financial aid is awarded according to demonstrated need. Financial aid applicants should request the Parents' Confidential Financial Questionnaire when they request the catalog or by emailing the Summer School Office. Use the Application Checklist to ensure that you have submitted all of the required application pieces. The Summer School Admissions Committee will not consider an application until all required materials have been received.

Please note:  Students who have received financial aid from the Summer School in the past are not eligible to receive aid a second time. Applying for financial aid places students in a more competitive situation for admissions, we ask that students only apply for financial aid if such aid is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, our limited resources preclude us from offering financial aid to international students.


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Are international students required to submit TOEFL scores?

In order to participate in the UPPER SCHOOL program, all international students must have a high level of English proficiency. Only non-native English speakers, who plan to enroll in an English course for native English speakers (i.e., any course listed under the EWS section in our catalog), must submit a TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL scores are: 600 for the paper-based test, and 100 for the Internet-based test. International students applying to ACCESS EXETER must be fully fluent in English. We do not require TOEFL scores for students applying to ACCESS EXETER.
All non-native speakers of English must submit a recent composition/essay written for an English class with teacher comments and corrections noted.


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Do I have to live on campus in order to attend Summer School?

No. We have many students who attend Summer School as day students. Day students live close to Exeter and travel to and from campus each day. ACCESS EXETER day students choose an academic cluster and are required to participate in sports. UPPER SCHOOL day students may choose one, two, or three courses and are welcome to participate in sports. Day students are affiliated with a dorm, assigned an advisor, and are encouraged to join in the many activities Summer School offers.


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Do I have to attend the full five weeks of Summer School?

Yes. Because our seminar-based classes depend on the contributions of everyone, students are required to attend the full five-week session. All students—both day and boarding—will register on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Students who leave before the official end of Summer School will not receive grades or teachers' comments.


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How should I complete my application if I am homeschooled?

Please complete the Summer School Application for Admission and the required Personal Essay. All of the recommendation forms are required, please see below and make sure that your parent/teacher includes the following information:

English/Humanities and Math/Science Recommendation Forms: It is appropriate for the parent to complete these forms if he/she is the teacher. If the student has a tutor, please have this person complete the appropriate form for the subject taught.

Guidance Counselor/Principal Recommendation Form: Complete this form to the best of your ability, especially Section II Part E. Include the philosophy and/or state laws that guide your approach to homeschooling. Please tell us how long the student has been homeschooled and whether or not there are other students involved in the school. Please provide syllabi, if available, and include a list of texts and resources that have been used last year and this year in the applicant's homeschooling experience.  In order to facilitate our review of completed coursework, please list the last two years of covered subjects in a one-page format similar to a traditional transcript.

Transcripts: Please submit grades for the last year of academic work plus current grades to date. Grades may be in alphabetic, numeric or narrative form. Also include grades for any classes being taken at other academic institutions.


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If I am applying to Phillips Exeter Academy's fall term, do I have to
complete all of the Summer School application materials?

If you have already submitted your application for Exeter's fall term, we can obtain copies of your recommendations and transcripts from the Admissions office. The following items are specific to Summer School and are required: UPPER SCHOOL or ACCESS EXETER Application for Admission, the appropriate application fee, and your Personal Essay, (please use the Personal Essay Form). If you are applying to the Leadership Program, the Leadership Recommendation is required. Non-native speakers of English must also submit a graded English paper and UPPER SCHOOL applicants who plan to enroll in an English course for native English speakers (i.e., any course listed under the EWS section in our catalog), must submit a TOEFL.

The financial aid requirements for the regular school year and the Summer School are different. If you are applying for financial aid from the Summer School you need to submit the Parents' Confidential Financial Questionnaire, 2012 or 2013 IRS 1040 Forms and supporting W-2 and/or 1099 Forms. The financial aid deadline for Summer School is March 1st and all application materials must received by this date.


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