How to Apply
For Fall 2021 Admissions, we are not using academic data such as test scores and grades as a factor in our admissions process.
We do expect applicants to complete the essay and artifacts described below and submit those files using the link at the bottom of this page. We will be accepting applications until March 1st, 2021.
The application process is NOT first come, first serve.
We are participating in a Diversity in Admissions pilot that reserves 50% of our seats for students who are eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch
At least 21% of our incoming 9th grade seats are reserved for students with IEPs.
Thank you in advance for applying!
Brady Smith, Principal
The Beacon School
Our goal in the High School admissions process is to make sure students are matched with the best school for them. We want to ensure that you are the right fit for Beacon and that Beacon is the right fit for you. In order to do this, we ask all students to submit three artifacts for consideration by our admissions committee. These three artifacts will be the only criteria for admissions this year and each artifact will be evaluated on the rubric that follows. Please do not submit more than the three artifacts requested and make sure you’ve read the instructions carefully before uploading your submissions. These artifacts should be representative of your abilities and strengths and so we ask that you and you alone craft, edit and revise your chosen artifacts. We look forward to getting to know you through your submissions!Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or require any accommodations, clarifications or translation.
Artifact 1 - ESSAY (60%): The Beacon School mission statement outlines our unique beliefs around education and some of the core values of our community. We want to make sure that your vision for your education aligns with our values at Beacon. Read through the components of our mission statement below and answer the following questions in 400 - 500 words. How do you think Beacon would help you grow academically, personally and creatively? Why do you think your unique interests, strengths and passions would be a positive addition to the Beacon community? Be sure to reference specific sections of the mission statement as they relate to you, your learning style and your goals for the future.
“The Beacon School is committed to recruiting a diverse student body and giving teachers, administrators, students, and parents an active role in the governance of the school. In our classrooms, we strive to interweave issues of cultural diversity and equity into the curriculum while helping students to acquire questioning skills and take responsibility for their own learning. This is accomplished through the use of experiential and inquiry-based learning along with an emphasis on the arts and creative expression. Students will further their personal and academic growth out of the classroom through their participation in community service programs and our many extracurricular offerings. Most central to our mission is our use of Performance Based Assessment Tasks in place of state exams that allow students to more accurately demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of course content while honing problem-solving, research, writing and presentation skills.”
Artifacts 2 & 3 - STUDENT WORK (20% each - as Artifact 3 is optional, if only Artifact 2 is submitted, then the Essay is 70% and Artifact 2 is 30%): In these two artifacts we want to give you a chance to put your best foot forward and show us some of your academic and creative strengths.
- Artifact 2: Submit a piece of work that you completed in Middle School and that ideally has feedback from your teacher. We don’t need to see the grade you received, we just want to see your work and, if possible, your teacher’s comments. The artifact should relate to one or more of the subjects or categories listed below and you should write a short explanation of 3-5 sentences to explain why you are submitting this particular piece of work. In this artifact explanation you should address the following guiding questions: What was the context of this assignment and what were you tasked with doing? What does this artifact show us about you as a learner? How does this artifact help us understand your unique academic or creative strengths?
- STEM (Science, Math, Technology) Project
- Humanities (English, Social Studies, etc.) Essay
- Creative Writing Piece
- Artistic Submission (drawing, painting, musical piece, video submission, etc.)
Artifact 3 (optional): You can choose to submit another piece of work completed in Middle School or something completed independently or extracurricularly. You should write a short artifact explanation of 3-5 sentences to explain why you are submitting this particular piece of work. In this artifact explanation you should address the following guiding questions: What does this artifact show us about you as a learner? How does this artifact help us understand your unique academic or creative strengths?