Private School Guidelines and Application

Please follow the steps below when applying to private schools. We require that you
complete all private school applications electronically unless an electronic option does not

Contact EACH teacher and guidance counselor from whom you need a recommendation,
request a recommendation, and advise them of the process particular to your school. CMS
staff will not complete paper recommendation forms unless it is the only option.
We recommend you familiarize yourself with the electronic application process for your
school, as they vary. Some electronic applications require teacher email addresses then
collect the recommendations themselves. Others request that teachers log on to a
website to complete the recommendation. Most systems allow you to monitor the status
of submitted recommendation forms as part of your online application. The CMS Guidance
Department will not keep track of your application status, forms, or any other part of the

Submit a signed, written release of records form AND a 1
0x13 stamped ($2.00) envelope for each school to which you are applying to Valerie Young, Guidance
Secretary, Peabody Building.

Here is a copy of the release form  CMS Private School Release of Records or is often included with the
private school’s application materials. These can be handed into the guidance
office or mailed to CMS, Sanborn Building, 835 Old Marlboro Rd., Concord, MA 01742

The envelope(s) will be used to mail transcripts and MCAS reports to the schools.


We encourage you to complete these two steps as early as possible in December.
Even if you are not sure of all the schools to which your child may apply, requesting
recommendations and submitting the signed release form will start the process. Please do
so according to the application schedule:

  • By December 1 for a January 2 deadline
  • By December 11 for a January 15 deadline
    *most common
  • By January 6 for a February 3 deadline

Thank you in advance for respecting the time and consideration it takes for teachers to
reflect upon your child and write a thoughtful recommendation by giving them appropriate
lead time. Please call Mary Jo Scheid, Guidance Secretary, with any questions.
978-341-2490 x 6102

The CMS Guidance Department