Admissions Process

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Admissions Checklist

Application for Admission

Conserve School utilizes an online application system. After creating an account, you can access the application as many times as you want, and all of your data will be saved automatically. Conserve School accepts applications during the school year prior to the semester for which you are applying (e.g., applications for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters are accepted beginning September 1, 2016).

Ethics Pledge

Conserve School students and staff live, learn, work, and play in an intentional, residential community. Healthy community is built, in part, on the commitment of each person to live ethically, and in a way which engenders the trust of others. As such, applicants are asked to demonstrate a record of positive, appropriate behavior at school, at home, and in other aspects of their lives. Applicants with a history of significant or repeated misbehavior, including use of illegal substances, will be be considered inappropriate for admission to Conserve School.

In consideration of these expectations, applicants are asked to sign an ethics pledge that asserts that they:

  • Currently abstain from tobacco, alcohol, and other illicit drugs, and pledge to continue to do so through the period of their enrollment at Conserve School.
  • Pledge to live by the values of the Conserve Code: compassion, honesty, justice, respect, and responsibility.
  • Pledge to communicate their whereabouts as required by Conserve School.
  • Pledge to refrain from actions that would endanger themselves or others.


As part of the application process you will be asked to provide the name and contact information of two adults willing to serve as a reference for you. One should be a teacher from the current or previous school year, and another should be an adult (not a relative) who knows you well (this person may also be a teacher). They will be given access to an online recommendation form, which will be submitted directly to Conserve School. (Homeschooled students should provide the names and email addresses of two adults [not relatives] who know you well, at least one of whom can attest to your academic abilities.)

School Report

Please arrange with an official at your school (typically your counselor, the registrar, or an administrator) to complete and send this form to Conserve School. As part of the online application process, a parent will need to electronically sign in the appropriate place on the first page of the form which, when electronically submitted, will automatically be emailed to the designated official at your current school. The school official will receive an email asking them to complete and return the form to us with a copy of your transcript, current grades, and most recent standardized test scores. (This form is not required for homeschooled students, unless you were enrolled in a traditional school program during the previous school year. Homeschooled students, though, should submit scores from a standardized test. Click here for more information about standardized testing options for homeschoolers. In addition, we ask homeschooled students to submit either a high school transcript, or a description of the topics that have been studied in the past two years.)

Graded Essay

Applicants are asked to submit a copy of a graded paper or essay from a high school English or history class. (Homeschooled students should submit an essay, paper, or other work that reflects your critical writing skills.)

Standardized Test Scores

All students, including home-schooled students, must submit their most recent standardized test scores. Click here for more information regarding testing for home-schooled students.

Other Information


Admission decisions are made on a rolling (as received) basis. As such, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible (applications are accepted on September 1st of each year until positions are filled). Once we reach our capacity we will no longer accept students, regardless of admission deadlines.

Both semesters typically fill by late winter or early spring (March or April). We will stop processing applications for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters on July 1, 2017, even in the (unlikely) event that open spaces remain in either semester.

Admissions Process Timeline

As soon as all of your application materials are received, we will contact you to discuss the next steps in the admission process. You may then expect an admission decision within several weeks of the receipt of your final application submission. No students are accepted prior to October 1st, once the application process begins.

International Students

Conserve School will consider applications from students who are citizens of countries other than the United States. International students who do not also hold U.S. citizenship must possess a valid I-20 through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, and arrange with their current U.S. school to transfer the I-20 to Conserve School at the appropriate time. Conserve School cannot accommodate international students who do not already hold a valid I-20 from another U.S. School.

In addition to Conserve School's standard admission requirements, applicants who are not native English speakers must submit their scores from the TOEFL test. Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate a TOEFL score of 110 or higher.

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