Apply to MLCA


Apply To MLCA

Welcome! We are thrilled about your interest in our school and eager to meet you and your child(ren). Our doors are open; we invite you to come in and discover MLCA.

The MLCA community comprises a rich variety of ethnic, national, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as religious and political beliefs. What brings us all together is the desire to impart to children knowledge and love of some of the deepest, most exciting dimensions of Western culture.

A typical MLCA family is described by some or all of the following:

  • Loves serious literature and/or poetry and spends quality time together reading favorite books
  • Is excited about the depth and beauty of Mathematics and/or the achievements of Science
  • Values ancient and/or modern languages as keys to the treasure troves of other cultures
  • Identifies as history buffs and believes that a good education allows children to travel far and wide across different historical epochs
  • Worries that the standard school curriculum does not offer sufficient academic challenge
  • Values an academic environment that introduces children to Art Studio, Music Theory, and Theatre.
  • Is concerned about children over-relying on electronics for academics and socialization
  • Is seeking a wholesome, academically rigorous environment where children come to know and love the Good, the Beautiful, and the True

As of October 1, we are accepting applications for admission to the Lower and Upper Schools for fall 2024. Please contact us at to schedule a tour or to begin the application process.

Now enrolling! Apply today for full day Kindergarten

Schedule an in-person tour or Zoom in to learn more about Main Line Classical Academy!

Our admissions process is flexible with in-person and/or virtual options, days and evenings available. We look forward to sharing more about our school with you.

The Application Process


Fill out inquiry form and plan a tour

To schedule a meeting/tour with our Admission Director, you must first fill out the Inquiry Form. Our Admissions Director will contact you via email to set up the meeting. Both parents will meet with our Admissions Director and administration. We look forward to learning more about your child and helping you get to know about MLCA during this meeting. Parents will acquire a deep understanding of our vision, curriculum scope and sequence, and school culture. Questions are encouraged!


Submit application

There is a $60 application fee accepted via check or cash. Mail a hard copy of the admissions application form into the school or email PDFs to Once submitted, parents formally begin the application process.


Student Visit

A one-on-one visit will be arranged for your child to:

  • Visit with a member of our Admissions Staff
  • Meet with the Math and English teachers to ascertain academic fit

Admissions testing

All applicants in Grades 2 and above are asked to submit IQ testing (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children or WISC-V) results to MLCA. MLCA may require further testing from any applicant. Here is a list of testing professionals in our area.


Final interview

Parents meet with Head Of School, Dr. Asya Sigelman and Principal Frank Chilbert in a virtual meeting. Parents should come with any further questions they have about the school and should set aside about 45 minutes of time.


Financial aid (if applicable)

Please contact for more information.


Confirm enrollment

If you have been offered admission, please confirm your enrollment by sending your signed enrollment agreement and initial tuition deposit to Main Line Classical Academy by March 18th, 2022.


MLCA families enrolling a sibling

  1. Fill out the current families application form for that new student. Please submit the $60 fee to the school.
  1. Contact to schedule a meeting about your child.

  2. Once the decision is given, you will then be able to enroll all siblings during the January re-enrollment.

Main Line Classical Academy 2023-24 Tuition

Grade Tuition Supplies and
Technology Fee
Books Fee
K $25,315 $600 $350
1 $27,125 $600 $350
2 $28,485 $600 $425
3 $28,485 $600 $425
4 $29,900 $600 $550
5 $30,975 $600 $550
6 $30,975 $600 $550
7 $33,365 $600 $700
8 $33,365 $600 $700
9 $33,365 $600 $700
10 $33,365 $600 $700
*A discount of $600 is available if tuition is paid in full by 6/1/2023.

Finanical Aid

Financial aid is available at MLCA for need-based families. Our full day kindergarten program for 2023-2024, is $25,315 and ranges to $30,975 for Lower School. Upper School starts at $33,365. Additional lessons, and clubs are also available as add-on experiences to the MLCA base tuition.

Financial aid will be available for eligible families, both existing and new. Parents wishing to apply will be asked to fill out an application form and to furnish documentation of need, including tax returns. Please contact us at for more information.

Financial Aid Deadline for All Families: Friday February 21st, 2024

When To Apply?

Re-Enrolling Families New Families

December 12th 2023:
Sibling application deadline.

February 2nd, 2024:
New Application deadline.

January 5th 2024:
Admission Decisions for Siblings.

February 16th, 2024:
New Applicant Admission Decisions.

February 9th 2024:
Admission Decisions for Siblings.

February 21st, 2024:
New Applicant Enrollment deadline.

February 21st, 2024:
Re-enrollment closes.

MLCA welcomes transfer students in all grades and spaces that are interested in our learning model and our educational philosophy. Whether your a first grade family or a fifth, we know the decision to seek a different schooling model is not easy, and we are here to support you through that journey.

Because of the variation of school experiences, admissions for 1st-3rd involves a little outside preparation to enter the school and students do best in proactive transfers to begin unpacking the rigorous content.

In 4th and beyond, we have tracks and support methods to create an easier onboarding experience; however, there may be initial catch up work required as well as remediation built into the day to support curricular mastery. Please note that the language requirement of French is waived from 5th on if this does not support the learner’s predilections, and the student will be enrolled in a 1:1 “Classical Core Canon’ during the language block to help ameliorate gaps and holes in curriculum, as well as showcase key anchor texts for a Classical education. For students interested in both French and Latin, a student may choose to take part in Introductory French elective to begin to gain content understanding.

Strong and committed learners can and will find a home at Main Line Classical Academy, and we are committed to supporting your journey forward through our curriculum.


Main Line Classical Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, marital status, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, in carrying on its educational activities or in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

The John Winthrop Merit Scholarship for the MLCA High School

MLCA is excited to unveil a new merit-based scholarship aimed at bringing our transformative Upper School program to some of the brightest, most intellectually motivated students eager to join us on a journey of the intellect across epochs and continents.

The John Winthrop Merit Scholarship is a $1.2 million commitment to funding full tuition and fees for up to 10 new ninth-graders per year, selected based on merit, in each of the cohorts entering high school in the 2024-25 and 2025-26 academic years.  Each student who is selected will be awarded a full four-year scholarship for the entirety of high school (9th-12th grades), subject to maintaining a minimum GPA and adhering to the MLCA student code of conduct. 

Please click here for a more detailed description.  The application deadline is January 31st.  Please contact admissions at for more information and to explore scholarship eligibility.