The Admissions Process

We encourage families considering enrollment at Arts & Ideas to attend an open house, especially if they are unfamiliar with our model of education. Students may enroll at any time during the school year, subject to availability.

Due to our flexible enrollment schedule, our waitlist is always fluctuating. Please contact us for more information about current enrollment opportunities.

Step 1: Research

It is essential that you familiarize yourself with our educational approach before you come to an interview. We recommend starting with our virtual open house followed by a close reading of our website, and its links. If, after looking through our site, you would like to learn more, please email us, and we can send you some additional links, and perhaps answer some preliminary questions.

Step 2: Schedule an interview

The interview is a chance for us to get to know you and your family, and for you to get to know us and ask us questions about the school. You will get a tour of the space, and since interviews take place during the school day, you will get to see the school "in action." Interviews typically last about an hour, but we are happy to take as much time as you need to make sure all questions are answered. Email, at, is the preferred way to schedule an interview, but you are also welcome to schedule via phone at 410-426-0001.

Step 3: Visiting week

Once the interview has been completed, the next step towards enrollment is the visiting week—where the student, who wishes to enroll, attends school for 5 full days (typically Monday-Friday). At the end of the visiting week, there is a follow up meeting. The Admissions Clerks will meet with your family to debrief—answer any new questions, talk about surprises or expectations that were met or not met, and to discuss if full enrollment is a good next step. There is a $180 visiting week fee per child.

Step 4: Enrollment

The final step is the signing of the enrollment contract, only after the visiting week and the follow up meeting have been conducted. The enrollment contract is for the entire school year, or for the remaining duration if enrolled during the school year. In order to build a stable environment at the school and a successful experience for each student, it is important that each family trusts the process of self-initiated learning and commits to the long-term process of community building.

Arts & Ideas Sudbury School admits students of any race, gender, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual preferences, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.