Admissions at Heronfield Academy

Our admissions philosophy & process

The investment in these academic years sets the foundation for the future.

Our admissions process is thoughtfully designed to make a personal connection with your family. Whether applying to a private middle school has been part of your plan or are now just considering this option, we would like to speak to you. Our school’s founding and focus on the middle school years reflect our purpose and commitment to young people’s growth. We would like to share our story and hear yours.

Heronfield Academy attracts students who have a passion for learning, curiosity, and respect for others, students who seek a challenge, and those looking forward to working with teachers. We strive to enroll students who are adventurous learners and who exhibit kindness and compassion, matching our core values.

We encourage applicants to attend an open house or schedule a personal tour. After learning more about Heronfield, we encourage you to meet with the Admissions Director to discuss how Heronfield Academy matches your family’s education goals. The written portion of the application can be completed once you have opened an online portal. A completed admissions file includes a written section by both the applicant and family, current teacher recommendations in Math and English, school transcripts, interview, and an in-house assessment. The completed application is due by January 30, and Admissions Committee decisions will be shared in late February.

We intend to make the process of applying fair and equitable to all applicants and their families. We welcome students of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and we provide financial aid each year to make the Heronfield experience available to as many students as we can.

Want to learn more about us?

We would love to hear from you! We invite you to reach out for further information, visit us at an admissions event, or simply call 603-777-1336.

Admissions Timeline

September / October

Learn more about Heronfield by participating in an Open House, talking to Admissions or attending a coffee hour. Learn More


Open an application portal to guide you through the admissions process. Registration Portal


Begin the financial aid process. More

January 30

Deadline for all application and financial aid materials to be submitted.


Admission Committee decisions communicated to families.

March – June

Late applicants participate in a rolling admissions process based on availability.

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Admissions Q&A

Are interviews required for prospective students?

Yes, all students are required to schedule what we refer to as a tour. At the end of the tour, the student will have an “interview” at the end. It is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your child, and we will be glad to answer any questions that you may have.

What financial aid does Heronfield Academy offer?

We are fortunate to have generous need-based financial assistance.

Heronfield Academy is proud to use the Clarity Application to securely collect your financial aid application and supporting tax documents. Clarity offers a streamlined, mobile-friendly application that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Additionally, Clarity removes the need to upload your wage and tax information by transferring them directly from the IRS. This reduces the amount of information that you will need to enter manually and makes it possible to complete the application quickly and efficiently.

Please click here to complete a financial aid application through Clarity.

Do you require the SSAT?

We do not require the middle school SSAT scores. We conduct an in-house assessment for the admissions process.

What are in-house assessments and when are they?

The In-House assessment is required for admissions to Heronfield Academy. The assessment will measure each student’s math, reading comprehension, and writing skills. The test is designed to take a little less than 2 hours to complete. 

The test dates: 

Saturday, December 16, 2023     9:00-11:00 

Saturday, January 6, 2023    9:00 – 11:00 

Thursday, January 18, 2023    3:30 – 5:30 

Tuesday, January 23, 2023    3:30 – 5:30 

***To sign up for one of the test dates, please email, Shannon Voulgaris, Director of Enrollment at

When does Heronfield Academy send acceptance letters?

Heronfield Academy will notify applicants of its admissions decisions in late February to early March.

Where do students attend high school after graduating from Heronfield Academy?

Heronfield’s students most often step onto their next campuses as confident students who are ready to contribute to their school community.  Heronfield Academy offers a secondary school advising program (HASSA) to ensure a consideration of schools that are best suited to each child and each family. The HASSA team supports and advocates on behalf of each student to assist with each step of the application and the placement process. Our students matriculate to several public and private schools. In the past three years, the schools that have the most students matriculating were Phillips Exeter Academy, Berwick Academy, Portsmouth High School and St. Thomas Aquinas.

How is financial aid determined?

Heronfield Academy is proud to use the Clarity Application to securely collect your financial aid application and supporting tax documents. 

Please click here to complete a financial aid application through Clarity.

Award sizes are determined by the Financial Aid Committee using a standardized calculation derived by Clarity. This calculation considers income, assets, liabilities, family size, and the number of children attending tuition-charging institutions. After allowances for living necessities and taxes, discretionary income is considered available for education on a sliding scale. Families with larger earnings and assets are expected to make greater contributions.

How is financial aid determined in the case of divorce or legal separation?

In cases of divorce or legal separation, Heronfield Academy requires both custodial and non-custodial parents to complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and provide copies of all tax schedules directly to School and Student Service (SSS link). Stepparents’ ability to contribute to a student’s education is also considered.

Do you need to apply for financial aid each year?

Yes, each year a family will need to apply for financial aid by January 30 for the following academic year. 


Does applying for financial aid impact admissions decisions?

Admission decisions and financial aid assessments are made independently. All families who are interested in financial aid are encouraged to apply.

Want More Information?

Would you like to have admissions contact you? Want more information? Want to schedule a tour? Have a question? We courage you to use this form and let us know how we can help.