Admissions

FAQs

What is the application deadline? When will Admissions notify me of acceptance?
 
The early application deadline is December 16. The standard application deadline is January 31. After these two deadlines, admission is rolling throughout the year until the start of the School year in August. Prospective can still apply after January 31.  

Early applicants will be notified on January 13, and standard applicants will be notified on March 10. After these two notification dates, the Admissions Office works to notify applicants as soon as possible. 
 
Do I need to submit all parts of my application at the same time?
 
No. We encourage prospective families to complete the first two steps in the application process as soon as possible. The first step is to complete the inquiry form. The second step is to submit the student profile and pay the application fee. The other steps can be completed at a later date. You can find the complete process here.

What is the Admissions Office looking for when evaluating applications? What pieces are weighted the most in the application process?

When reviewing applications of potential students, we look at the application as a whole—taking into account the quality of testing, teacher recommendations, transcripts, and in-person interview.
 
Which standardized test does SBS require?
 
Applicants to Grades 7-10 should take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). When registering for the SSAT please include the code for SBS (7510). Please note that the SSAT typically requires registration to be completed three weeks in advance of the test date so please plan accordingly.
 
Applicants to Grade 11 and 12 should submit a PSAT, PreACT, ACT, or SAT score report. Please note that applicants entering 11th grade do have the option of taking the SSAT and we will accept those scores if the PSAT, ACT, or SAT are not available.     

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS? What are your requirements for international applicants? 
 
All applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to take an English language proficiency test. Our office prefers the TOEFL exam. When registering, please use the following code (8083) in order to send us the applicant's scores directly. Please note that our office does not accept TOEFL's MyBest Score

If the TOEFL is not available, international applicants can consider one of the following exams: IELTS, Cambridge, ELTiS, and Duolingo.

Even if the applicant has studied in the United States for several years or is currently attending an international school with an American or British curriculum, the student may still need to take a test. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@sbs.org for further questions.


Is an admission interview required? Are parents/guardians required to be present?

Admission interviews are required, however both parents/guardians are not required to be present for the interview.

Can students apply as both a day and a boarding student?

No. Students must pick one or the other. Five-day boarding is another option, which allows students to go home on weekends.  

Does SBS do interviews during the summer and major school breaks?

Yes. Please make sure to call 631-751-1800 x1 or email the Admissions Office at admissions@sbs.org to set up an interview during those times.

What should applicants wear to the interview?

While SBS does have a dress code, we do encourage applicants to
wear what they feel most comfortable in.

How do students interview if they are unable to visit campus?

The Admissions Office offers interviews via Skype and Zoom. When scheduling the interview, please have your Skype ID ready. If you do not have a Skype ID, the interview will be conducted via Zoom.

How will admissions decisions be communicated?

The Admissions Office will send an email to parents with the acceptance letter and instructions for accessing the parent portal.

Are admissions decisions affected by applying for financial aid?

Applying for financial aid will impact the admissions decision. Unfortunately SBS is not need-blind, which means that the Admissions Office will need to consider the family’s ability to pay before making the final decision on an application.

Do I have to repay the financial aid award?

No. The financial aid award is essentially a tuition discount and does not require repayment.

How is financial aid eligibility determined? How much financial aid can I expect to receive?

SBS does not award merit scholarships—only need based financial aid. These decisions are made based on a family’s demonstrated need and determined on a case-by-case basis. Every family has a different set of circumstances where the amount of aid granted can provide substantial relief. These factors include the number of children attending tuition-charging schools, assets, liabilities, investments, and the size of the family.

Domestic families apply for financial aid using TADS.

If our child is offered admission with a financial aid grant in year one, can we expect to receive a similar grant in future years?

Yes. As long as a family’s finances do not change significantly from one year to another, the family can expect to pay roughly the same percentage of tuition each year that their child is enrolled at SBS.

Do I need to apply for financial aid each year? 

Yes. Families that are interested in receiving financial aid must submit a financial aid application whether they are new to SBS or a returning family. The reason is that a family’s finances can change from year to year. 

Can international students apply for financial aid?

Yes. International students can receive financial aid; however, the vast majority of financial aid is allocated to domestic students. Families should complete the International Student Financial Aid Application Form. In addition, the Admissions Office does require proof of income by way of bank statements, tax documents, pay stubs, etc.

What is the application process for home-schooled applicants or applicants coming from non-traditional schools?

The process will be similar to the process for students attending traditional schools. The one major exception is that recommendations will be completed by online teachers or homes-school teachers (i.e. parents). We strongly encourage that at least one recommendation come from an adult that is not the applicant’s parent.

What are the tuition, room, board, and fees?

Updated information on tuition and fees can be found here.

Can I visit classes or spend a night in the dormitories?

Potential students are encouraged to schedule a Class Visit Day where they can attend a full day of classes and have lunch on campus. Students who have already applied may also schedule their in-person interview that day.

However, we are unable to accommodate overnight stays.

How can I request a meeting with a coach?

When scheduling your campus visit, please notify the admissions staff of your request and we will do our best to arrange a meeting. If the coach’s schedule permits, they will meet prospective families in the Admission’s Office. If the coach is unavailable, we will try to have our athletic director attend instead.

Do I have to be a Christian to attend SBS?

No. While SBS is a distinctly Christian institution, and aspects of our faith is integrated into the students' daily lives (ex: weekly mandatory chapel), students are allowed to maintain their own personal beliefs. But our hope is that students will develop their own vision of who God is and who He is calling them to become.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Our dress code requires academic dress during the school day. During the fall and winter students are also required to wear blazers. Additional dress code information will be given upon acceptance.

Are there any costs that tuition doesn’t cover?

Yes. Books, missions trips, specific athletics, extracurricular school trips, health insurance for international students, school blazer, etc.  
 
What medical services do you have on campus to treat students who might be sick or injured?

When school is in session, the health center is open and staffed with a Registered Nurse  Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Our on call registered nurse is available for any health concerns that arise when the health center is closed.
 
What are the athletic requirements at your school?

Every student enrolled must participate in two of our three athletic seasons, but only one has to be a physical sport. The other can be an extracurricular—such as chess, robotics, theatre, mock trial, managing a sport, etc.


The Stony Brook School

1 Chapman Parkway, Stony Brook, NY 11790 | 631-751-1800
A Christian, co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for 7-12th grade students