Grades 5-8 Process

Thank you for your interest in University School. The following information and time-line will assist you with the free application process. Email Eric Hutchinson or call at 216-371-6808 with any questions.

Available space in the school is limited. We recommend that interested families call as early as possible in the preceding academic year to begin the admission process. If this is your first contact with University School, please complete the online inquiry form.

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 are excited to begin offering tours of our campus during the school day, this October!  This will allow you to feel the spirit inside the school and see the energy exhibited by the students and Faculty.  If it is more convenient for you, we will also offer weekday afternoon or Saturday tours on specific dates. You are encouraged to contact Eric Hutchinson directly to schedule a day and time that works best for you. We look forward to meeting you, and answering your questions. 

Student Visit/Virtual Zoom Meeting
Students will either participate in a zoom meeting with the Director of Admission and current US students, or (if available) student will spend a day with a US student in the same grade. During the day, students will experience classes, meet teachers and coaches, and enjoy a day at US. 

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

Principal or Guidance Counselor Evaluation Letter
Please click “start” next to this item in your online checklist. You should ask the guidance counselor or principal to complete the form and then send it back to us.

Student Questionnaire 
Please click “start” next to this item in your online checklist. This form is to be completed by the candidate, typically following his shadow day or zoom visit with the director of admission.

School Transcripts
Please click on the word “Transcripts” at the bottom of your checklist to access a downloadable pdf.
Complete and sign the pdf,  then send it to the student’s/candidate’s current school; they will in turn send us his transcripts. 

Personal Recommendation (non-family member)
Please request a personal recommendation letter from someone who knows your son well and has worked with him in a group setting (sports team, youth group, etc.). We ask that this person not be a non-family member. The letter can be mailed or emailed to the admission office.

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is available online at home (preferred) and in-person.

November 19, 2022
December 10, 2022
January 21, 2023
March 4, 2023

For further information regarding fees, fee waivers, or to register for in-person testing, go to

For further information about taking the ISEE at home, go to

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 5-8

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    Mr. Eric Hutchinson 


Making the Move to Middle School

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.