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Your interest in the St. David's application for admission indicates your commitment to providing the best possible education for your child.

Be assured that our admission process will provide a thorough and impartial evaluation of your child's application. We encourage you to initiate the application process at your earliest convenience, noting important dates and deadlines.

Follow these steps to ensure that your child’s application is complete and submitted in a timely manner.

Admissions Guidelines

St. David's School seeks students who can contribute to and benefit from the school's college-preparatory program. Students are selected for admission to the school on the basis of academic potential, school achievement, interest in and readiness for the school's programs, willingness to contribute to the school community, and appropriateness of the match between the family and the school. Selection is also based on the completed application, the results of the admissions assessment or testing, teacher evaluations, and previous academic record. St. David’s School best serves those who are prepared and motivated to meet the requirements of a rigorous academic program. St. David's is open to all qualified students and is committed to its admission policy as non-discriminatory on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, nationality or ethnic origin, and to administering its policies and programs accordingly.

Admissions Steps

1. Begin the application process

The first step in applying is to complete an Online Inquiry if you have not already done so. If you have submitted an online inquiry, please check for an existing admission portal account.

Whether you want to simply request information, or choose to apply for admission, this form is the first step. Upon completion of the form we will send you information regarding the application process, as well as upcoming Admissions Events. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus soon!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@sdsw.org or 919-782-3331 for more information, or see the links below for general information regarding the application process and timeline.

2. Schedule a visit to our campus

The best way to "Discover St. David's" is to visit our campus! Families are invited to schedule a visit to tour the campus and experience St. David’s School during the school day. A campus tour is led by a member of the Admissions Office and is a great opportunity for families to see the campus "in action." All tours must be coordinated with the Admissions Office.

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3. Schedule a student visit day

A classroom visit day is required for all students applying to grades 1-12 as part of the application process. A visit day is an opportunity for a student to experience the St. David's School community first-hand. All students are hosted in their current grade, with the exception of 9th grade applicants, who visit with a current 9th grade student. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your child’s classroom visit day.

4. Submit a biographical form

We want to get to know your child and your family! In order to do so, we ask that parents of applicants to grades Pre-K through 4 submit a Parent Questionnaire. Applicants to grades 5 through 12 are asked to complete a Student Questionnaire. Please log in to your admissions portal account to access these forms.

5. Complete admissions assessment or testing

Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 2:

Applicants to Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2 are required to participate in a prescheduled on-campus group assessment and visit with other applicants. Please refer to the Admissions Calendar for pre-scheduled Group Assessment dates and contact the Admissions Office to reserve your child's space.

Grades 3-4:

Students applying for grades 3 and 4 are required to take the Reading Comprehension and Math Achievement portions of the ERB/CTP-4. Please refer to the Admissions Calendar for pre-scheduled Group Assessment dates and contact the Admissions Office to reserve your space.

Grades 5-12:

Students applying for admission into grades 5-12 are required to complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) consists of verbal and quantitative ability tests, mathematics and reading comprehension achievement tests, and an essay that demonstrates a student's writing skills. Visit the ISEE website for additional information or to schedule your child’s ISEE testing.

6. Submit transcripts

Provide the Admissions Office with previous school transcripts or report cards (two most recent years). You may use the form provided to authorize transcripts to be released from your child’s school. Please log into your admissions portal account to access this form.

7. Submit teacher recommendations

Applicants to Pre-Kindergarten through grade 4 are asked to submit a Teacher Evaluation Form completed by their current teacher.

Applicants to grades 5 through 12 are required to submit three Teacher Evaluation Forms completed by the following current teachers: English/Language Arts, Math, and a Community Coach or Activity Leader.

Please log into your admissions portal account to access this form.

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