The Bay School

Blue Hill, ME

Getting Started

The Director serves as admissions officer and will guide you every step of the way through the process.   Admissions applications are completed and submitted on-line through our TADS system.

The Bay School admissions process is comprised of the following steps:

Meet with the Director

Call the school to set up an appointment with the Director.  This first conversation will include a discussion of the school’s philosophy, structure, and curriculum and a brief tour of the campus. This is our first opportunity to form a picture of your child and family as well as answer any specific questions you may have.  This is an interview for parents or guardians only.  The school will do all it can to provide an interview day and time when you are able to leave your child in someone else’s care.

Complete an Application and School Records Form

Click here to apply at

Clicking on the button above, you'll be guided through the process.  Families not currently enrolled must submit a $25 fee per application.  For students applying to grades 1 through 8, you'll be prompted to complete a School Records Release Form and submit it through TADS.   Once signed and submitted, this will be sent to your child’s current school.  If you would rather wait until after your child’s visit, please let us know.  We do require records before we can consider your child’s application.  Included in the on-line application is an authorization that will enable us to contact your child’s current and former teachers.  We do not administer standardized tests for admissions.

Apply for Financial Aid (optional)

If you are applying for Financial Aid, you'll be prompted in TADS to indicate this and begin that process during the admissions.  Financial aid is available for elementary school applicants and Early Childhood applicants who are attending 5 mornings/3 afternoons of Kindercare or 4 mornings/ 4 afternoons of Kindercare each week.

Financial Aid application forms must be completed online through TADS and submitted by March 15th to be considered for the first round of financial aid grants, with notification made in early May.   We do not guarantee that financial aid funds will be available after this first round of grants.

The Director is available to further discuss how financial aid works at the Bay School.

Schedule a Child Visit Once you have submitted an application, the Director will call you to schedule a day for your child to visit the school.

Early Childhood applicants and their parents will meet with teachers after school hours in a classroom.  Children applying to 1st Grade are asked to come during Circle and Main Lesson through morning snack, from 8 to 10 a.m.  Applicants for grades 2 through 8 are asked to come for a full school day, and are encouraged to participate in all the academic, specialty and outdoor activities.

The visit is as much for your child to form an impression of the school as it is for us to get to know your child.  We have found that a low-key approach is best when preparing your child for the visit. You’ll find that teachers and current students offer a welcoming and fun day for our visitors.

Bay School
P.O. Box 950 • 17 Bay School Drive
Blue Hill, Maine 04614
207.374.2187 •