We are delighted you are interested in Harpeth Hall, and we look forward to meeting your family!

The Harpeth Hall School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal law in admission and educational policies, financial aid programs, and other school administered programs.

The admission process begins below with Inquire and then Apply. Follow the checklist for more information on scheduling visit days and signing up for campus tours and admission events in the Admissions Portal.


Step 1: Inquire Online & Create An Account

(Current families, please proceed to APPLY and use your already created user name and password)
If you are looking at Harpeth Hall for 2020-21 and beyond, please click here.

By providing us with your household information, including name, address, student's grade, year interested in applying, you will be added to our mailing list and receive information about upcoming admission events, invitations, and our monthly electronic newsletter.

Apply and Access Admission Portal

Step 2: Access the Admission Portal

Through the Admission Portal you can access your application, schedule student visits, sign up for campus tours and events, etc. 

Use you user name and password to login. If you forgot your password, still click on the link above, enter your user name, and then "forgot password".


Our application is now open for the 2019-20 admission year and is available through your online account. Click APPLY to create an account.

Our application has two parts. Once Part I is complete, the components of Part II will be visible and/or accessible.

Part I:  Family Information Form, Parent and Guardian Questionnaire, About the Applicant, Applicant Essay, Application Fee

Part II:  Admission Interview, Official Transcript from Current School, English and Math Teacher Recommendations, ISEE test scores

Admission Interview: You may schedule an interview in your admission portal after completing Part I of the online application. Harpeth Hall offers interviews on select dates and times beginning in November and lasting through early February. The interview consists of a conversation between the student and a member of the Harpeth Hall admission team followed by a conversation between the parent(s)/guardian(s) and a member of the admission team. Out-of-town applicants are welcome to interview via Skype in lieu of an on-campus interview.

Official School Transcript Release Form and English and Math Teacher Recommendations: Links to these forms will be available on December 1, 2018 and after Part I of the application is complete. Transcripts can be faxed to 615-647-0724, emailed to, or mailed to the Harpeth Hall, c/o the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Your student’s official transcript and teacher recommendations are due on or before Friday, January 25, 2019.

Scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
Register online to take the ISEE exam in December or January at and be sure to have your student’s scores sent to Harpeth Hall. Our school code is 431670. Harpeth Hall strongly discourages any test prep prior to taking the ISEE.


When should I apply?

The admission application process begins the year before a student would like to enter Harpeth Hall. If you are looking to begin at Harpeth Hall in the fall of 2019, your process begins in September of 2018, and your application is due on or before January 7, 2019.


How do I begin the process?

Inquiring online is the best way to begin the admission process at Harpeth Hall. This ensures we have your current contact information and allows you to receive communication from the Admission Office. Inquire here.

What is Admission Preview Day?

Join us on Sunday, November 4 for Admission Preview Day for prospective students and their families. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., and the program begins at 2:00 p.m. This is a great way to tour the campus as a family and to hear about our programs from students and faculty. During your student-led tour, you might take advantage of time to visit with faculty and coaches or perhaps hear more about various student co-curricular activities, Winterim, S.E.E.K., College Counseling, or our service learning program. Admission Preview Day is your day to have one-on-one conversations in areas where you have specific interests and learn about Harpeth Hall as a family. Visitors will hear from the Head of School and meet the Division Directors, faculty, coaches, and students.

How important are teacher recommendation letters?

The required current math and current English teacher recommendation letters are very helpful to the Admission Committee as it seeks to build a cohesive and diverse group of girls each year. However, teacher recommendations are only one part of an applicant’s file. The committee takes into account all pieces of an admission file to assess if a student will be well-served by Harpeth Hall.


Recommendations are to be completed by the current math and current English teachers either electronically using the link provided in the admission portal or printed, completed, sealed and returned directly to Harpeth Hall on or before January 25, 2019.

Please contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 615-346-0126 if your school does not provide teacher recommendations.

Additional letters of recommendation are not necessary.


How important is the ISEE?

Standardized test scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) are helpful to the Admission Committee as it seeks to build a cohesive and diverse group of girls. However, test scores are only one part of an applicant’s file. The Committee takes into account all pieces of an admission file to assess if a student will be well-served by Harpeth Hall. ISEE scores are due on or before January 25, 2019. Harpeth Hall discourages any test prep prior to taking the ISEE.

Should my daughter apply to more than one school?

Each year the Admission Office receives more applications than there are spaces available, so we strongly encourage prospective families to apply to more than one school.

What kinds of admission decisions are made?

Applicants with a complete file are admitted, placed on the wait list, or denied. Students initially placed on the wait list have the option to remain on the wait list until a space becomes available or decline a place on the wait list. Should a space becomes available, the Admission Committee considers all of the students who have chosen to remain on the wait list.

What is your enrollment?

For the 2018-19 school year, there are 700 total students, 300 in the middle school and 400 in the upper school.

What is the laptop program?

In 2000, Harpeth Hall became the first school in Middle Tennessee to initiate a laptop program. The school has a state of the art wireless network, innovative classroom tools, and a variety of software to support this program. Students use school owned laptops and pay a technology fee each year. Harpeth Hall provides need-based financial aid for technology fees.

What is tuition and financial aid?

Middle school tuition is $27,850, and upper school tuition is $28,900. Financial aid is available. Seventeen percent of Harpeth Hall students receive need-based financial aid. For more information on tuition and fees, financial aid and tuition payment plans, visit the Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Important Dates

January 7, 2019:
Part I: Application and Financial Aid Deadline

January 25, 2019:
Part II: Supporting Documents Deadline

March 2, 2019:
Admission Decision and Financial Aid Notification

Leisa Byars McSpadden talks about the amazing experience her daughter, Lauryn, class of 2016, had at Harpeth Hall.