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Financial Aid FAQs
As Nobles is an academically rigorous institution, we seek evidence of strong academic performance and achievement in school. It is also important that an applicant has pursued interests outside of their academic life to become more well-rounded. We care very deeply that an applicant is eager to join our school and become an active part of our school community; there is no one “mold” of a student that we are looking for. We strive to build a community that represents diversity in the broadest sense.
First and foremost, we want to be certain that an applicant has the academic ability to succeed here. Therefore, a student’s school performance and teachers’ recommendations are of the utmost importance. Beyond that, we rely on all pieces of the application to help us reach a final, informed decision regarding each candidate.
A current Nobles student will lead you on a campus tour, and give you an honest perspective on diverse aspects of the school and community. You and your family will have a chance to learn about life at Nobles, including workload, activities, culture, afternoon program, and what makes the experience here unique. You’ll visit the classrooms, science labs, library, dance studio, theater, athletic center, and more.
If you’re applying to our upper school, you and your family will meet with an admission staff member following your campus tour. The interviewer will speak first with you and your family, then just you, and then separately, your parents. This conversation is as much a time for you and your family to get to know Nobles as it is for us to learn about you. It’s your opportunity to share what’s most important to you, both inside and outside of school.
It works a little differently for middle school applicants. For those applying for grades 7 and 8, you’ll first schedule a date to attend a group activity session (instead of an interview, like the upper school). Sessions run from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on select days. You’re welcome to return for a visit at another time, during the school day, to tour the school with a Nobles middle school student–because of the number of applicants on campus for the group sessions, those campus tours need to be booked on a separate date. That date can be before or after your group session. You and your parents can also meet briefly with an admission officer if you have any questions.
When you interview has absolutely no bearing on how your application is reviewed. Some have the misconception that an interviewer might better recall a candidate who interviewed closer to the application deadline than one who appeared earlier in the process, but that’s untrue. Our interviewers spend countless hours writing comments about each candidate, so that the information is available to application reviewers no matter when the interview took place. Interview slots do fill up quickly. In order to visit when it is most convenient for you, we recommend you schedule early in the season. Parents of applicants will receive an email with information about scheduling an interview online.
Every year we have a number of candidates that are repeat applicants. In the process of admission, we consider the qualifications of the student at the time of their current application. If you have applied to Nobles previously, we consider only the credentials of the current application. Having been a previous applicant doesn’t harm you or help you in our process.
The standardized testing requirements are different depending upon the grade level that you are applying to. If you are applying to either our seventh or eighth grade, we ask that you submit scores from the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination). If you are applying to the ninth, tenth or eleventh grade, we ask that you submit scores from the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). For our admission purposes, these tests should be taken in the fall or winter of the year in which you apply to Nobles. For more information about registering for the tests, please visit the test association websites. For the ISEE visit: ISEE. For the SSAT visit: SSAT. Students applying to the eleventh grade are also given the option to submit scores from the PSAT (Preliminary SAT).
Every application to Nobles is reviewed in its entirety by our application review committees no matter what the submitted test scores happen to be. It is true that we receive a number of applications every year from students with test scores in the top percentile ranges. Even though that is the case, please know that in every accepted class to Nobles there are students with a range of submitted standardized test scores.
We currently have more than 95 different towns represented in our student body. This includes students who reside in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Every year, exact space availability in individual grades changes depending upon the current enrollment at the school. On average, we have fifty spots available to fill for seventh grade, approximately five spaces (though this does vary widely from year to year) in eighth grade, forty spaces in ninth grade, no more than ten spaces available in tenth grade and fewer than five spaces available in eleventh grade. Nobles does not enroll new students into twelfth grade.
Nobles takes pride in finding the right college match for each graduating student.
All students and faculty are expected to adhere to the letter and spirit of the school’s Dress Code.
Click here for a description of the Dress Code, including details of daily standards, special occasions and seasonal exceptions.
No, all awards at Nobles are based on a financial need assessment.
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Nobles expects that a family with children attending other tuition-charging schools will also apply for financial aid at those schools. The Financial Aid Committee at Nobles believes that in general no consideration of financial assistance should be given to students when parents will be paying full charge for siblings at other institutions. Nobles will expect proof of enrollment for other children in tuition-charging schools.
Parents who own their own business or who have a partnership are required to submit copies of their 2015 federal 1065 or 1120 business tax forms along with any K-1 forms.
Yes, Nobles requires that each parent complete a PFS. Both parents are also required to submit additional documentation such as their most recent tax return with all related schedules and W-2 forms. Parents can be assured that all financial information received from one parent will not be shared with the other.
Yes, each student’s need is recalculated annually. Therefore, parents are required to submit a Parent’s Financial Statement and current tax information each year.
No. However, students in the Upper School who receive financial assistance are expected to contribute to their educational expenses from summer earnings. Class I students (12th grade) are asked to contribute $600, Class II (11th grade) $500, Class III (10th grade) $400, and Class IV (9th grade) $300.