Junior Kindergarten Process

Thank you for your interest in University School’s Junior Kindergarten program! There is no fee to apply; please review the application requirements below and email Tamara Whitner or contact by phone at 216.371.6807 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!

To begin the application process, create an online account by visiting www.us.edu/apply.  Once you initiate the process, you can review and update the application as many times as you wish before submitting it to us. 

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

Current Educational Setting Visit Permission
Please fill out this form allowing a member of our faculty or the director of admission to visit your son’s school to observe him for a brief time in a place where he feels comfortable. 

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 
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. 

Group Evaluation 
We will hold evaluations for all Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten candidates at US at the end of January. This one-hour session consists of socially-distanced playtime and a rotation of activity stations with different teachers. All appropriate COVID 19 safety protocols will be in effect.


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.