Frequently Asked Questions
The Admission Office is located across Williams Plaza from the Upper School in the Fuqua Center. Inside the building, you will find the Admission Office adjacent to the Vasser Woolley Library and across from Noonan Technology Center. Visitor parking is reserved in front of the Upper School. Visitors can also park in the Upper School carpool lane during the school day. If you get lost, please do not hesitate to ask anyone on campus or call the Admission Office for assistance.
Our expansion grades are Kindergarten, Grade 5, Grade 6, and Grade 9. New students are admitted in other grades when space becomes available.
The applicant must be five years old by September 1 of the upcoming school year.
Admission decisions are made with the best interests of each child in mind. If your child is turning five in the spring or summer before the upcoming Kindergarten year, we will consider them for admission to Kindergarten. Additionally, if your child has turned six the summer before the upcoming Kindergarten year, you may apply for Kindergarten. The Kindergarten class represents a range of birth dates, from children just turning five to children who have already turned six.
We invite you to take advantage of the many opportunities to visit our campus during the application process. Our annual Lower School and Middle School Open Houses are held in mid-November, while our Upper School Open House is held in January. We offer small group tours for parents interested in all grades. Please schedule your visit through Ravenna. Classroom visitations are available for applicants to Grades 6–12; Middle and Upper School applicant families will receive information and scheduled visitation dates with their online application. Please visit our Admission webpage for more details.
Students applying to Grades 4–12 are welcome to attend Open House with their parents or join their parents for a scheduled tour. Any extracurricular event, such as a football game, a play, or concert, is a great opportunity for applicants of all ages to become familiar with Lovett.
During a scheduled tour, families will visit several classrooms. Classroom visitations are available for students applying to Grades 6–12. During this visit, prospective students visit several Lovett classes.
We want all applicants to feel comfortable when visiting Lovett. In our experience, most students feel comfortable in clothes they would normally wear to school.
What if we are unable to attend our scheduled observation/ interview at our designated time? What if my child gets sick for his/her scheduled time?
The Admission Office does our best to accommodate all families during the scheduled observation/interview times. If you have a conflict, please go into your Ravenna account and reschedule a time more convenient for you. In the unfortunate event that your child is not well for his/her observation/interview, please call the Admission Office and leave a message. You will be able to reschedule through your Ravenna account. We always want to see your children when they are feeling their best and completely understand that illnesses arise. It is always better to try and reschedule than to push through a sick child.
We encourage families to share with your children that their time at Lovett will be similar to their typical school day. During their visit, they will be asked to demonstrate age-appropriate academic and social-emotional skills. All Lower School applicants are observed by current Lovett teachers in a small group setting.
We do our best to match applicants for their individual interview with a Middle or Upper School teacher who shares common interests. While interview questions are provided, essentially we are looking to have a conversation with the applicant to get to know him/her better.
When should I schedule the JATP testing for my child? Is it true that if I wait until later in the year (when he/she is older), he/she will perform better?
The JATP brochure encourages early fall testing because it ensures the availability of a testing time for your child and more flexibility in scheduling. There is no advantage to waiting later in the school year (i.e., January or February) for testing because the norms of the standardized tests used in JATP compare children within a narrow age range. Please submit your testing cards as promptly as you can. Psychologists begin providing testing appointments in October.
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate applications mid-year for immediate enrollment.
Please begin by calling the Admission Office to explain the timeline of your relocation. Each case is handled individually, depending on the nature of the relocation. We take special care to make the application process as smooth as possible for families with this added challenge.
On average, Lovett receives 1,000 applications for approximately 200 openings in Kindergarten through Grade 12. On average, we receive the following number of applications in our expansion grades:
- Kindergarten: 250 applications
- Grade 5: 100 applications
- Grade 6: 225 applications
- Grade 9: 100 applications
Lovett’s student body is geographically diverse. Lovett’s Kindergarten class includes students from about 30 different preschools. Our fifth grade includes students from about 10 different elementary schools. Our sixth grade class includes students from about 30 different elementary schools. Our ninth grade class includes students from 10 different middle schools.
Yes, all Lovett students are required to wear a uniform, with a special uniform for chapel days. Uniforms are available in the Lovett Campus Store and through the Lovett Parent Association’s Recycled Uniform Sales. Lovett believes that school uniforms help avoid fashion fads and reduce a family’s clothing expenditures.
Kindergarten runs from 8:00 am–2:00 pm. Grades 1–5 run from 8:00 am–2:50 pm. Grades 6–8 run from 8:00 am–3:05 pm. Grades 9–12 run from 8:00 am–3:00 pm.
The After School Activities Program (ASAP) at Lovett provides child care for Lower School children until 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday, on days when the Lovett Lower School is in session. Please visit the “After School Activities Program” webpage for more information.
The Afternoon Enrichment Program offers classes and intramurals for both Lower and Middle School students, right after school and right on Lovett’s campus. Please visit the Afternoon Enrichment webpage and the Middle School Intramurals webpage for more information.
Middle School students may be in the Middle School building, at the pond, or in Williams Plaza after school. Middle School students may also be in the Cafe or library until 4:00 p.m.
Lovett is not affiliated with any specific denomination. We honor God in an atmosphere that is rooted in Judeo-Christian beliefs and is further enriched by a variety of religious traditions. Lovett holds regular chapel services as a way for the school to come together as a community and to help our students relate faith to life. These services, which are held once every seven days of the academic rotation, are expressed in a Christian orientation.
Students of color represent 21 percent of Lovett’s student body. Lovett believes that students from various ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, and religious backgrounds enrich learning by contributing multiple perspectives. Current students reside in more than 70 different zip codes and 10 different counties around metro Atlanta.
Lovett participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) program and offers 19 AP courses in the Upper School. These classes are one way for students to build an appropriately rigorous curriculum, distinguish themselves in the college admission process, and challenge themselves with demanding content and skills. Students who do well on the nationally standardized year-end exam may earn college credit. Lovett does not offer an International Baccalaureate program.
Lovett offers need-based financial aid. AAAIS prohibits the use of scholarships for academic, athletic, or artistic merit and talent. For more information on affording a Lovett education, please visit our Financial Aid webpage.
The Admission Office’s primary goal is to get to know each applicant family as thoroughly as possible, and for the applicant family to get to know us. The Admission Office is available to answer all questions via phone, e-mail, or with a personal meeting. Small group tours are also a good opportunity to discuss any personal questions with an admission officer. If there is something that the application does not convey about your child, if you have questions about standardized testing, if you have questions that may be unique to your family, or if any other questions arise during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.