Grades 1-4 Process

Thank you for your interest in University School’s lower school! There is no fee to apply to University School; please take a look at the following application requirements for grades 1-4. Feel free to email Tamara Whitner or call her at 216.371.6807 if you have any questions.

The following steps are part of the application process. You can login to your MYUS account to start your admission journey!

You can access the application form in your admission checklist. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Parent Visit
We’re happy to begin offering tours of our campus during the school day this October—you’ll be able to see our classes in action!  However, if a weekday afternoon or Saturday works better for your schedule, we’ll be happy to meet you at one of those times as well. Please reach out to Mrs. Tamara Whitner directly to schedule a time. We look forward to meeting you, learning about your son, and answering your questions! 

Teacher Evaluation
Please click “start” next to this item in your online checklist. You can enter your son’s current teacher’s email address as well as a brief note to him/her requesting they fill out the evaluation form. The teacher will send the form directly back to us.

Personal Recommendation Form
Please click “start” next to this item in your online checklist and then enter the name and email address of someone who knows your son well, is not a member of your family, and preferably (although not required) has worked with him in a group setting (sports team, youth group, etc.). The person you’ve chosen will send the form directly back to us.

Student Screening
You have the option of bringing your son on the same day you tour the school, at which time we will administer a brief achievement test. Or if you would prefer, your initial visit can be just for you, and we can schedule your son’s screening for a different day. Screenings will be offered beginning in October; sign-ups will begin in mid-September.

Group Evaluation 
Group Evaluations will be scheduled for all grade 1-4 applicants on Saturdays. The sessions will consist of socially-distanced activity stations with different teachers. All appropriate COVID 19 safety protocols will be in effect.

School Transcripts
Please click on the word “Transcripts” at the bottom of your checklist to access a downloadable pdf. Fill out and sign the pdf and send it to your son’s current school; they will then send us his transcripts. 

The Financial Aid Office at University School aligns with the mission of the school. We hope to provide students an opportunity for an amazing educational experience that may otherwise not be obtainable. Our goal is that no worthy, mission appropriate student be deterred due to financial limitations.
Financial assistance at University School is based on need. Apply online at   

Contact Christina Townsend Hartz with any questions regarding our affordability program.

Director of Admission Junior K - 4

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    Mrs. Tamara Whitner 


Important Dates

January 30, 2023:  Financial Aid application for new students K-12 due

January 30, 2023: Admission Applications due for Junior K-12

February 10, 2023: Decision Day for Junior K-12

March 1, 2023: Rolling admission begins (individual applicants will be reviewed once a file is complete)

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved.