Private School Application Process Guidelines

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 exist.

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 process.

Submit a signed, written release of records form AND a 10x13 stamped ($2.00) envelope for each school to which you are applying to Liz Doyle, Guidance Secretary, Peabody Building.

●       A copy of the release form can be found on the following page, online at, 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/PARCC 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 1 deadline

-           By December 15 for a January 15 deadline *most common

-           By January 2 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 Liz Doyle, Guidance Secretary, with any questions.  978-341-2490 x 5102