Admissions FAQ's

List of 21 frequently asked questions.

  • Why choose DCD?

    Parents who choose DCD understand that the best gift they can give their children is an education that keeps them questioning and searching for answers with the goal to become life-long learners. Scholarship and citizenship go hand in hand as a well-crafted education is composed of a perfectly joined approach to academics, arts, athletics, and community outreach. 
  • What type of student will succeed?

    Students who succeed are highly motivated to achieve, active participants in the classroom, and willing to take academic risks as they strive for success.
  • What is the typical class size?

    The range of class size is 14 to 16 students with additional reading and math teachers in Grades K-5.
  • How are students assessed?

    Assessment is ongoing throughout the year. Class participation, homework, projects, presentations, long-term assignments, informal quizzes, tests, and oral and written assessments are included in the multi-modal approach to assessing academic growth and development. Primary and Lower School parent conferences are scheduled twice a year followed by two written reports. Middle School parent conferences are scheduled in the fall and parents receive narriative reports three times a year in the middle of each term and letter grades in December, March, and June.
  • What is the commitment to community outreach?

    Community outreach is community wide. Student, faculty, and parent involvement is the reason why DCD is a leader among schools in receiving Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) Awards for community service. Middle School students are not required to serve for a required number of hours for graduation. (After all, if it is required, it’s not really community service.) DCD students are involved because they believe in the spirit of giving back.
  • How are parents involved?

    The Parent Association (PA) is a vital part of the community that helps keep the school strong and healthy. Education is a partnership between school and home. Parents have many volunteer opportunities out of the classroom, but within the school.
  • How is technology incorporated in the curriculum?

    DCD is innovated in its approach to technology with the use of iPads, Laptops, Computer Labs, Interactive Boards, and school-wide wireless access for use in academics and arts. The computer is viewed as a tool to complete the assignment and to make imagination come to life.
  • What is the school’s commitment to diversity?

    DCD embraces diversity in all forms. Students may choose to participate in an affinity group for students in Grades 1 through 5. Middle School students address issues involving diversity in weekly advisory meetings as well as the 8th Grade course Facing History and Ourselves.
  • When does the application process begin?

    The admissions process begins in the fall for the following September.
  • What is the admissions process?

    In the fall, parents may begin the process by submitting an Online Inquiry form or by calling the Admissions Office to schedule an individual parent tour. Student Application and $50 application fee is due by January 15 for a March 10 decision. The Release of Records form and AISNE Student Evaluation form must be given to the current school. Students applying to Grades 4-7 need to complete the Student Questionnaire, and students applying to Grades 4-7 need to take the ISEE or SSAT with results sent directly to DCD. Students are scheduled to visit in January and February. Decision letters are mailed March 9 with response due back by April 10. Applications submitted after March 10 will be considered in certain grades to meet the needs of the program.

    Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis to meet the needs of the program. The deadline for financial aid remains February 1.
  • Are the application materials online?

    All application materials are online under Admissions/Admissions Materials.
  • How old does my child need to be to enter Pre-Kindergarten?

    Students entering Pre-Kindergarten must be four years old by September 1.
  • Do you have a sibling policy?

    Sibling preference is given at Pre-Kindergarten only. DCD understands the importance of families finding one school for their children. When possible, qualified siblings will be considered at other grades.
  • What are the entry grades?

     Applications are welcomed for all grades.
  • When are families notified of the decision?

    The common notification date set by New England schools is March 10.
  • What exactly is a wait pool?

    This is an unnumbered group of girls and boys who would be accepted should a space become available between March 10 and the opening day of school.
  • Does DCD offer financial aid?

    Yes. Financial is based on need, not scholarship or merit.
  • How does one apply for financial aid?

    Parents apply by going to and completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Current tax forms and schedules must be submitted to DCD by February 1 to be included in the March 10 decision.
  • How much financial aid does DCD have to offer?

    DCD offers $1,078,884 in financial aid to accepted students who qualify for aid.
  • How many students receive financial aid?

    28% of the student body receives financial aid.
  • Do I need to apply for financial aid every year?

    Yes. The process begins in November.
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