New Families

So your daughter is officially a Baldwin girl!  What's next?

People To Know:

New Family Checklist:

List of 10 items.

  • Medical Forms

    All Medical Forms MUST be filled out and submitted by August 1. 

    Physical Examination and Immunization Form →

    All students must have a complete physical examination and immunization form on file. Please print and bring to your daughter's physician; please return to the school nurse.

    Dental Form →

    Students in Grades K, 3 and 7 must have a Dental Form on file. Please print this PDF provided by Lower Merion School District and have it completed by your family dentist; please return to the school nurse.

    Additional Forms
    To be assigned in the summer:
    • Emergency Contact
    • Permission to Treat
    • Administer OTC Medication
    • Athletics Participation
    • Permission to Photograph
    Communications will be sent when these forms are made available in the Parent Portal.

    Questions regarding the required information? 
    Contact School Nurse Doreen Jones
  • School Uniforms

    How to Order a School Uniform:

    Option 1:  Electronic Form (Will start accepting orders in May)

    Option 2:  Schedule An Appointment

    Please contact the School store at for more information.
  • 1-1 MacBook Program (Grades 4-12)

    The 1-1 MacBook Program will continue for the 2020-21 school year for students in Grades 4 - 12, and we ask that MacBooks be updated to at least OS X 10.12 Sierra for the upcoming year.
    Most families provide their own MacBooks. If you are looking to purchase a new MacBook, please know that any MacBook Apple currently sells (in fact, any made in the last 8 years) meets the requirements of the 1-1 MacBook Program, as long as the operating system is up to date (OS updates are free in the App Store application). New MacBooks are often available for $1,000 or so at stores like Best Buy, especially near big sale dates, like Labor Day. Apple usually offers a mid-summer “back to school” sale with financing options and a bonus (lately, it’s been free Beats headphones), and often has good prices on refurbished MacBooks with full Apple warranties. The website keeps a list of the latest good Apple deals. If your Baldwin student will be bringing a new MacBook next year, please bring the laptop to the Technology Group before the start of classes, so her MacBook can be connected to Baldwin's wireless network.
    You may choose to have the school issue a MacBook to your daughter. For the 2020-21 academic year, the fee will once again be $325. Rented laptops must be returned at the end of the school year, and can be picked up before the start of school in the fall. Please sign up at this link as soon as possible. Laptops will be available during the academic/athletics pre-season. Please review the laptop agreement and suggestions for responsible computer use. (If you are providing your student’s laptop, you do not need to sign up.)
    If you have more questions about the program itself, please contact Jeff Goldader. Appointments can also be made by contacting the Technology Team.
  • Transportation

    School Bus

    Many families are pleased to discover that their local school district will provide busing services for their daughters. Below is a list of school districts and their requirements.

    Colonial (Kindergarten and up)
    Great Valley (5 years old by September 1)
    Haverford (5 years old by September 1)
    Lower Merion (Kindergarten and up)
    Marple Newton (Grade I and up)
    Methacton (Kindergarten and up)
    Norristown (Kindergarten to Grade 4)
    Philadelphia (Grades I through 8)
    Radnor (Kindergarten and up)
    Rosetree/Media (Kindergarten and up)
    Southeast Delco (Kindergarten and up)
    Springfield (Grade I and up)
    Tredyffrin/Easttown (Kindergarten and up)
    Upper Darby (Kindergarten and up)
    Upper Merion (5 years old by September 1)
    Wallingford/Swarthmore (Kindergarten and up):
    William Penn (Kindergarten and up)
    Wissahickon (Kindergarten and up)

    Private Van Service

    The Baldwin School facilitates a convenient and safe door-to-door private van service for our Lower School families from Center City, Philadelphia. Pick-up and drop-off times are coordinated with the school schedule.
    Enrolled families may contact Amelia Fogarino with Precious Cargo, the private van company, at (215) 480-0800 (or for more information.

    Public Transportation

    The Baldwin School is conveniently located just one block from SEPTA’s Bryn Mawr train station, with service from Paoli-Thorndale through Philadelphia.  Baldwin can also be reached by SEPTA Bus 105, providing service from 69th Street Station in Upper Darby to Ardmore and Paoli.  The bus stops at the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue, a three block walk to the Baldwin campus.  Find schedules at
  • Placement Testing

    For students enrolled after July 24, 2020.

    All students who are new to Baldwin’s Middle and Upper Schools are required to take placement tests. Please contact Director of Middle and Upper School Enrollment Claire Bunting.
  • Summer Reading/Assignments

    Required summer work (Grades 5 - 12) and suggested reading and math work (Pre-K - 4) is available on the Parent Portal. Please check your child's grade so your student will have continuity over the summer and stay engaged in the learning process.
  • Ordering Books

    You will receive course information during your meeting with your daughter's Division Director. Textbook purchasing information is available in the Parent Portal. The course information will list textbooks for each class with some suggestions for places to purchase each book.
  • Private Music Lessons

    The Baldwin Conservatory

    The Baldwin Conservatory offers weekly private instruction on piano, voice, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, guitar, ukelele, banjo and harp. These lessons are given before, during and after the school day. Participation in a recital is encouraged. 

    Questions?  Contact Oxana Harlamova
  • MyKidsSpending

    Accounts will be set up at the end of summer. This is the account your student will use to purchase lunch, items from School Store, etc. 
  • Tuition Payments

    Baldwin partners with Smart Tuition, a third-party vendor to support our tuition payment system. 

    For questions about Smart Tuition, please contact our Senior Staff Accountant, Teresa DeFruscio.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: When is the first day of School?

    The first day of school is September 8th.
  • Q:
    Are there travel restrictions going into effect or will there be mandatory quarantine periods after travel?

    We are currently monitoring state and other public health guidance as regards travel restrictions and will adhere to local mandates, as applicable.
  • Q: How will social disancing be handled on campus?

    Students will be “cohorted” on a grade-by-grade basis with classes spread out over campus, including in the Residence. Each grade will learn in a specific area on campus – i.e., all classes on a specific floor within a larger building – and will move largely within that area during the day, unless going outdoors or to another designated area for that cohort.

    Each grade will also have a designated entrance and exit point, to access their classroom areas.
  • Q: Will the cafteria be open for purchasing lunch?

    The dining hall will not be open for lunch. Accordingly, we ask that students plan to bring their own lunch and snacks each day or make use of a boxed lunch option that will be available for purchase from our dining service provider. Lunch will be eaten in their classroom(s) or outdoors,
    within their assigned grade cohorts.
  • Q:
    What will the policy be for masks and how will it be adjusted for the different age students?

    Wearing of masks will be part of our reopening plan, but the details are still under review to
    determine when and under what circumstances will masks be required for students, in age-
    appropriate ways and in accordance with the latest state mandates and guidance from public
    health officials. The Back-to-School Task Force is also considering face shields as an alternative
    to masks. More details will be forthcoming in future updates. In the interim, we ask that parents
    use summer months to begin acclimating their daughters to the use of masks, as feasible.