Application Process

Grades 6-8

Applying to Grades 6-8

Grade 6 is a natural entry point when approximately fifty places are offered.

A parent meeting is required for all applicant parents who do not have a child currently enrolled or a recent graduate of the School. A member of the Admission Office staff will contact you to schedule your parent meeting.

Please note that while you are able to take the ISEE twice,  St. John's will only accept one ISEE score report. The report must come from a test date during the current admission cycle (September through January) and must be received by January 31. Please do not send more than one report.

Though Grades 7 and 8 are not natural entry points, one to two openings may occur at each grade level through attrition. At the end of the selection process, a small wait pool is created for each grade in the event an opening occurs.

Applicants to Grades 6-8 are considered on the following criteria:
  • Teacher recommendations (math and English)
  • Academic record (mid-year report card and previous year's report card)
  • Test results (OLSAT and ISEE) Note: The OLSAT may only be taken once during the admission cycle (Sept-Jan). The OLSAT is a 72 question aptitude test, and students have 40 minutes to complete. No preparation is allowed for the OLSAT.
  • Admission interview
    • Grade 6 individual interview
    • Grade 7-8 group interview; dates listed to the right
  • Writing sample/Applicant Questionnaire
  • Extracurricular recommendation (optional)

Grades 6-8 Admission calendar for 2020 entry:

August 7 - Application opens
 - Candidate interviews for grades 6-12 (application must be submitted prior to scheduling the interview)
September 22 - Grades 6-8 Open House, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Parents and students invited)
November 9 - OLSAT testing (10:00-11:00 a.m.)
December 6 - Application deadline at 4:00 p.m. (Grades 5-12) 
December 7 - OLSAT testing (10:00-11:00 a.m.)
January 8, 14, 15, 21 - Group interview for Grades 7 and 8 (You will be notified of your testing date in December)
January 10 - Teacher recommendations, Applicant Questionnaire, Administrator's Recommendation, mid-year report card and previous year's report card due
January 11 - ISEE testing for Grades 5-6 (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.);OLSAT testing for Grades 5-12 (10:00-11:00 a.m.)
January 25 - ISEE testing for Grades 7-12 (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.);OLSAT testing for Grades 5-12 (10:00-11:00 a.m.)
January 31 - ISEE and OLSAT scores due to St. John's 
March 13 - Admission decision notification

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