Admission

Admission Process

The Admission Office is no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

Admission Timeline

September 12, 2022
2023-2024 Admission Applications Available Online

October 2022 - February 2023
Admission Testing and Class Visits for Grades 3-11

December 2022 - February 2023
Admission Testing and Class Visits for Pre-K3 - Second Grade

February 1, 2023
Admission Application Deadline

March 17, 2023
Admission Decisions Posted on Cougar Campus

Applicant Instructions

The admission process begins by completing an online application.  Logging in to our centralized admissions platform will simplify the process for your family and provide access to Cougar Campus, our information portal. 

Your Cougar Campus account is where you will:
  • Complete and submit your admission application
  • Select a test date
  • Send electronic teacher recommendation forms to your child’s teachers 
  • Upload required admission documents
  • Monitor the progress of your child’s application

List of 5 items.

  • Pre-K3

    • Submit an application with a $100.00 non-refundable application fee
    • Complete the Parent Questionnaire (found on the student's applicant checklist)
    • Email the Pre-K3 Teach Recommendation Form to your child's teacher for completion if your child currently attends daycare/preschool (form accessed on your student's application checklist)
    • Upload the applicant's birth certificate
    • Schedule an assessment with the Admission Office by calling (239) 415-8945 
    Please note: Placement into Pre-K4 the following year will be determined in accordance with age appropriate, developmental readiness. All developmental readiness observations will take place during school hours while the child is in attendance in our Pre-K3 program.
  • Pre-K4 - Kindergarten

    • Submit an application with a $100.00 non-refundable application fee
    • Send the Teacher Recommendation Form to your child’s teacher through his/her online application checklist
    • Complete the Parent Questionnaire
    • Upload the applicant’s birth certificate
    • Schedule an assessment with the Admission Office by calling (239) 415-8945
  • GRADES 1 - 2

    • Submit an application with a $100.00 non-refundable application fee
    • Send the Teacher Recommendation Form to your child’s teacher through his/her online application checklist
    • Upload the student’s:
      • Most recent report card
      • Previous year’s end-of-year report card
      • Birth certificate
    • Schedule a testing appointment with the Admission Office by calling (239) 415-8945
    • A shadow day will be scheduled following the applicant’s admission assessment and once all documents have been submitted
  • Grades 3 - 4

    • Submit an application with a $100.00 non-refundable application fee
    • Select an admission test date on the student’s application checklist
    • Register online for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
    • Send the Teacher Recommendation Form to the applicant’s teacher through his/her online application checklist
    • Upload the student’s:
      • Most recent report card
      • Previous year’s end-of-year report card
      • Most recent standardized test scores
      • Birth certificate
    • Grade 4 applicants complete and upload the Student Questionnaire using black ink
    • A shadow day will be scheduled following the applicant’s admission assessment and once all documents have been submitted
  • Grades 5 - 11

    • Submit an application with a $100.00 non-refundable application fee
    • Select an admission test date on the student’s application checklist
    • Register online for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
    • Send the Teacher Recommendation Form to the applicant’s teacher(s) through his/her online application checklist
    • Upload the student’s:
      • Most recent report card
      • Previous year’s end-of-year report card
      • Most recent standardized test scores
      • Birth certificate
    • Applicant must complete and submit the Student Questionnaire and essay using black ink only for (Questionnaire for Grades 5-6) or (Questionnaire for Grades 7-11)
    • A shadow day will be scheduled following the applicant’s admission assessment and once all documents have been submitted

Our Methods of Evaluation

List of 5 items.

  • Pre-K3

    Candidates for Pre-K3 must be toilet trained and must be three years old prior to September 1. Applicants are evaluated using a norm-referenced early childhood screening tool. Additionally, a visit to the school for a small group “play date” will be scheduled to further observe the child’s developmental and social skills with same-age peers.

    Please note
    : For families wishing to matriculate to Pre-K4 the following year, we take developmental readiness into consideration. If your child is attending our Pre-K3 program, all developmental readiness observations and assessments required for Pre-K4 placement will be completed before February, during school hours while your child is in attendance.
  • Pre-K4

    Candidates for Pre-K4 must be four years old prior to September 1.Applicants are evaluated using a norm-referenced early childhood screening tool. Additionally, a visit to the school for a small group “play date” will be scheduled to further observe the child’s developmental and social skills with same-age peers.
  • Kindergarten

    Candidates must be five years old prior to September 1. Applicants are evaluated using developmental and kindergarten readiness assessments. Additionally, a classroom visit will be scheduled to further observe the child’s cognitive and social skills, as well as readiness for our kindergarten program.
  • Grades 1-2

    Applicants are evaluated in the areas of reading and mathematics using a nationally normed, standardized achievement test. In addition, applicants complete a writing sample. A full-day class visit will be scheduled following completion of the assessment and submission of all required documents.
  • Grades 3-11

    Applicants are evaluated in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and math using the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). A full-day class visit will be scheduled following completion of the assessment and submission of all required documents. 

Once a candidate has been evaluated,

his/her file is forwarded to the Admission Committee. Using the student's past academic achievement, teacher recommendations, performance on the admission assessment, teacher observations during the class visit, and an interview with the Division Director and Director of Admission, the Committee makes a decision.
THE WAIT POOL
If space in a grade is not available, admissible applicants will be notified of wait pool status. Students are not ranked or ordered on a list of available spaces. If a space becomes available, the Admission Committee will review all applicants in the wait pool and make a decision based on the current profile needs of that class.