Admissions Process

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The application process should be started by February (see details below).

Application Form & Parent Questionnaire

To start the admission application process, just click HERE to create an account in Ravenna, our application platform. You’ll enter background information for your family profile and then move forward with the online application form.

The application form should be submitted, with the application fee, by February 1. Applications are accepted after February 1 and students continue to be admitted into grades in which space remains throughout the spring, summer, and during the school year.

Once the application form, with the application fee, is submitted, parents submit a questionnaire in Ravenna about their child.


Supporting Documents

Once the application form has been submitted, parents delegate recommendation and school records request forms through Ravenna to the appropriate people. Applicants to middle and upper schools also submit an applicant statement. All materials are submitted to MVS through Ravenna and the contents of recommendations are kept strictly confidential.

The academic recommendation form is sent to all teacher references. For applicants through grade 5, this form is sent to the applicant’s current classroom teacher. For applicants in grades 6-12, the form is sent to the applicant’s current English and math teachers. Additional academic recommendations are welcome but not required.

The school administrator or guidance counselor recommendation form is sent to the applicant’s principal or counselor and that individual is asked to share their impressions of the applicant.

The school records request form is sent to the office at the current school, which then submits their records directly to MVS through Ravenna.

The personal recommendation form is sent to someone who knows the applicant in a non-academic setting. This could be a coach, music instructor, family friend, religious leader, etc. Personal recommendations are requested for upper school applicants and are optional for younger students.

The applicant statement invites applicants to the middle and upper schools to describe themselves independently with honesty, creativity, and clarity.


Student Visit

Applicants to prekindergarten grades (typically ages 3-4) visit campus in small groups on Saturday morning, February 24, 2024.

Applicants to kindergarten visit campus in small groups on Saturday morning, February 10, 2024.

Prekindergarten and kindergarten applicants unable to attend the group visits come to campus individually on a school morning or video chat remotely with EC and admissions staff.

Applicants to grades 1-5 conduct a video chat with the lower school director and admissions staff and may also be invited to visit campus on a school day.

Applicants to grades 6-12 visit MVS individually for a school morning or full day, or video chat remotely with admissions and division staff if an in person visit is not feasible.

Applicants may be asked to engage with MVS staff for additional assessment in addition to the above steps.


Early childhood school applicants (prekindergarten and kindergarten) should be 3, 4, or 5 years old, depending on the grade, by the first day of school in mid-August, and students must be toilet-trained by the first day of school. Applicants with birthdays between mid-August and September 30 will be considered and may be accepted if ready academically, socially, emotionally, and developmentally.


Admission Decision

Admission decisions are issued by the end of March for applicants with completed application files by early March, including all supporting documents and the applicant visit.

Early decisions may be issued for applicants to grades 1-12 who have completed the application process before March, for grades in which space is known to be available.

Later decisions are given as applications are completed.

Decisions include accept, waitpool, and deny.

The value of an MVS education is priceless. The returns are lifelong. Our challenging academics and Immersion Method philosophy provide an education that is unparalleled in the Dayton area. At MVS, we stand for personal excellence, experiential learning, intellectual curiosity, leadership development, individuality, and community.

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