Applying to First Grade
First Grade is a natural entry point when twenty-two places are offered, usually to eleven boys and for eleven girls. Applicants to First Grade are considered on the following criteria: teacher recommendation, group evaluation with our teachers, and Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) results.
A parent meeting is required for all applicant parents who do not have a child currently enrolled in the School. If you applied your child for our Kindergarten last year, the parent meeting is waived. Parent meetings for First Grade must be completed by January 31st. A member of the Admission Office staff will contact you to schedule your parent meeting.For Parents of First Grade CandidatesI.
We have two limitations regarding age: (1) candidates must be six years old by September 1 of the year they will enter First Grade, and (2) they must not have turned seven before June 1 of the year they will enter First Grade. II.
All candidates for First Grade are considered for admission. III.
All candidates are required to complete individual cognitive abilities testing. St. John's contracts with Collaborative Academic Testing Service (C.A.T.S.) to administer the WPPSI-IV. Please note that we require all applicants to test with C.A.T.S.
Testing from other evaluators will not be considered when evaluating the student's file. This evaluation must be scheduled with C.A.T.S. by November 30
An additional testing fee of $290 is due to C.A.T.S. at the time of registration. A candidate may not test more than once during the admission season (August to January) and may not test at more than one location.
Parents often ask how they should best prepare their child for the WPPSI-IV (or WISC) test. Please approach the test in a relaxed manner and make sure your child is well-rested and well-fed prior to the test. Parents, please be advised that evaluators will report to the schools any indication that the child has been tutored or coached. Since this is an important and valuable metric, any "test prepping" may jeopardize the accuracy of the results and can lead to the disqualification of the school admission application for your child
. Please visit the CATS website
for more information on how best to prepare your child for the test.
The second phase of testing occurs in December and January. Math achievement and school-readiness skills are assessed during the group evaluation.