Apply to Lower School (K-4)

At Maret, our stimulating lower school classroom environment, rich in interactive resources and guided by teachers who are highly trained, enthusiastic, and supportive, provides the ideal setting for young minds to flourish.

Create an Account

  • First things first, create a Ravenna account by clicking on the orange button below to keep track of admission events and deadlines.
  • This is also the place where you will schedule a campus tour, interview, and check on the progress of your application.

Campus Tour

  • K-3rd: For parents/guardians only in small groups (10-12 people total).
  • 4th grade: Applicant children are welcome on the 4th grade tour.
  • Offered daily in the morning.
  • Approximate duration: 60-90 minutes.
  • Tours are optional and not required to submit an application.
  • You may also attend our Open House on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 12 noon - 2 p.m.

Parent/Guardian Interview

  • For parents/guardians and offered on a first come-first served basis.
  • Strongly encouraged for families applying to Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grades.
  • Applicants do not have to apply before interviewing. However, all interviews must be scheduled by the application deadline January 7, 2020 by 5pm.
  • Approximately a 30-minute conversation with the Director of Admission.
  • Multiple time slots throughout the day.
  • For out-of-town applicants, virtual interviews can be conducted via BlueJeans - an online platform - which can be arranged with the Admission Office.

Applicant Visit

  • REQUIRED for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade applicants.
  • Parents/guardians can schedule online after applying.
  • Visits occur in January and February during the school day.
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade visits last two hours, and 4th grade visits last 2 1/2 hours.
  • During a two-hour morning or afternoon visit, children will have an opportunity to participate in both independent and group activities with other children applying to the same grade level. In addition to spending time with other applicants, your child will meet Maret teachers and admission personnel. We will read a story, share a snack, work, and play.


  • REQUIRED for all applicants.
  • WPPSI-IV for children under 6 years old.
  • WISC-V for children 6 and older
  • For referrals, please click HERE.

Teacher Recommendations

  • One recommendation REQUIRED from current homeroom teacher.
  • Parents and guardians can send the recommendation form link directly to the teacher through Ravenna.


  • Current grades/report card REQUIRED.
  • Prior year report card or transcript also required (if applicable).
  • We understand that this may not be applicable for Kindergarten and 1st-grade applicants.

Why Maret?


Our youngest students ease into the world of learning, self-awareness, and friendship in the comfort of the stand-alone Kindergarten Cottage. Kindergarten typically has 20 students working with two full time teachers.

At a Glance

  • Approximately 130 students, grades K-4
  • First, second, and third grades each have two sections of 12-14 students
  • Fourth grade has two sections of approximately 18 students
  • The school day runs from 8am - 2:50pm with early dismissal at 1:20pm on Wednesdays
  • Our After School Program (with over 15 different club activities) runs daily until 6pm
  • Spanish instruction begins in Kindergarten
  • Lunch served daily with a mix of Kindergarten through fourth graders at each community lunch table

Lower School Classes

  • Science (2x week), half-class
  • Spanish (4x week in fourth grade; 3x week all other grades), half-class kindergarten and fourth grade
  • Art (2x week), half-class kindergarten and fourth grade
  • Music (2x week), half-class
  • Physical Education (4x week)
  • Library (1x week), half-class kindergarten and fourth grade
  • Technology (1x week), half-class fourth grade
  • Wellness Classes (1x week)

New Students

New student enrollment varies each year, but here is a typical profile:

  • Kindergarten: 20 new students
  • First Grade: 5 - 7 new students
  • Second Grade: new students enrolled only if space becomes available
  • Third Grade: new students enrolled only if space becomes available
  • Fourth Grade: 10 - 13 students

Applying FAQs

What is the age requirement for Kindergarten?

Students must be five years old by September 1 of their kindergarten year. This is a strict guideline.

When are applications due?

  • Applications are due January 7, 2020 by 5:00pm.
  • Teacher recommendations, testing reports, and all other supplemental materials must be received by January 17, 2020 by 5:00 pm.

Does Maret require applicants to visit the school?

Maret strongly encourages all families to tour our campus before applying. Tours are optional and can be scheduled online through Ravenna. Families are welcome to attend the annual Open House in December. Students applying to kindergarten, first and fourth grades are asked to come in for an applicant visit in January or February.

May my child accompany me on my tour of Maret?

Lower School tours for families looking at kindergarten through third grade are for parents and guardians. Students applying to fourth grade are welcome to accompany their parents/guardians on the fourth grade tours.

When do Lower School applicants visit Maret?

  • Families are able to schedule visits for Kindergarten, first, and fourth grade applicants once they have submitted their applications. You may schedule the visit using your Ravenna account.
  • Kindergarten visits take place on Wednesday afternoons in January and February.
  • Visits for all other grades will occur early in February.
  • We will notify parents with available dates and times for visits.

May my child apply for a non-expansion year?

Maret accepts applications to all grades. The Admission Office will collect teacher recommendations, grades, and testing. However, students will be asked to visit only if there will be an opening in the grade to which you hope to apply.

When do I hear if my child has been accepted at Maret?

Maret notifies families of our admission decision by email in early March.