Become Part of the Cascadilla Family


Cascadilla School welcomes students who are committed to learning. Students from who may not have reached their true potential before enrolling at Cascadilla discover their talents and interests as they participate in our respectful and active community. Our program is designed to support each student’s individual path (whether it’s mainstream, accelerated, scaled-back, or tailored to accommodate an interruption), building the study skills required for success at college-level study. While the SSAT is not required, we administer our own language placement as soon as students arrive, and monitor students’ language development through regular TOEFL examinations. An admission interview is required for all applicants (in-person for local applicants, via Skype for international ones).

Cascadilla School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other School-administered programs

Admissions FAQs


How do I begin the process of applying?

Complete the School Application form and send it to:

Or you may mail or fax the School Application form and send it to:

Admissions Office
Cascadilla School
116 Summit Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Fax: 607-272-0747

Is a personal interview required to apply to the Cascadilla School?

An admission interview is required for all applicants (in-person for local applicants, via Skype for international ones).

When are applications due?

Since our academic program is based on the semester system with rolling admissions, we accept applications at any time.

Which tests should I take in order to apply to the Cascadilla School?

No tests are required in order to apply for admission, but if you have taken the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test) or the SLEP (Secondary Level English Proficiency Test), you should forward them to the School. If you are not a native speaker of the English language, however, you are required to take local and state proficiency assessments once you have enrolled at the School.

How does Cascadilla select the students it admits?

Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee which is made up of members of the faculty, administration, and alumni.

When will we be notified of our admission decision?

As the Admissions Committee meets weekly, you will be notified within 3 to 4 weeks.

Is there a minimum age for application?

We offer an academic program for all students who are old enough for grades nine through twelve. The minimum age for boarding students is normally fifteen. Younger students may be admitted as boarding students on an individual basis given their level of maturity and ability to live independently from their parents.



What will we do during a visit to the School?

Tour our facilities and meet administrators, teachers, and students

Can we sit in on a class?

Visiting students may attend classes during their visit.

Can my child spend the night in a dorm?

Yes, visiting students are encouraged to take the opportunity to spend the night in a dorm as part of learning about the Cascadilla experience.

Tuition & Costs

What is the cost of attending the Cascadilla School?

Please request a current Tuition & Fees Schedule: Contact us at 607-272-3110 or at

Is financial aid available at the Cascadilla School?

Some financial aid is available based on individual need.

Does the Cascadilla School offer merit scholarships?

The Rowenna Lee White Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to reward academic achievement and encourage college-bound students.