Applying to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a natural entry point when forty-two places are offered, usually to twenty-one boys and twenty-one girls. Applicants to Kindergarten 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. A parent meeting is optional for current families. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please contact the Admission Office. All parent meetings must be completed by December 15. If you are on our Kindergarten testing list, you will be contacted by a member of the Admission Office staff to schedule your meeting.

For Parents of Kindergarten Candidates

I. We have two limitations regarding age: (1) candidates must be at least five years old before September 1 of the year they will enter Kindergarten, and (2) they must not have turned six before June 1 of the year they will enter Kindergarten.

II.The number of Kindergarten candidates tested each year is limited to approximately 175 for the 42 places available in our Kindergarten class. The list of candidates to be tested is determined as follows:
  • The names of all SJS community candidates are placed on the list of children to be tested. SJS community candidates are defined as children who have a sibling attending or who graduated from St. John's and children of alumni, faculty, and staff.

  • Names of new-family candidates are then added to the list according to the date of application, or at the discretion of the School, until the list contains approximately 175 names. If we are unable to test a candidate, the parents will be notified. It is our hope that families of the children we cannot test for Kindergarten will continue their interest in St. John's for other entry points. We consider all applications for Grades 1 through 12.
III. Children who are among the list of candidates to be evaluated must 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. This evaluation must be scheduled by December 1. Testing from other evaluators will not be considered when evaluating the student's application.

An additional testing fee of $285 is due to C.A.T.S. at the time of registration.  A candidate may not test more than once during the admission season (October through 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.

IV. The second phase of testing occurs in January. School-readiness skills are assessed in a group setting.

Kindergarten Admission calendar for 2018 entry

September 5 - Kindergarten application deadline by 4 p.m.
End of September - The list of applicants to be tested for Kindergarten 2018-2019  entry is determined
October 1  
- Kindergarten - Grade 5 Open House, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Parents only, please.)
October-January - Individual cognitive abilities testing administered by Collaborative Academic Testing 
December 1 - Deadline to contact Collaborative Academic Testing to schedule the WPPSI
December 15 - All parent meetings must be completed
January 19   Individual test results (WPPSI) and teacher recommendation form due
January 16 - Kindergarten Group Testing, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. 
January 20 - Kindergarten Group Testing, Session I 8:30 a.m.; Session II 10:45 a.m.; Session III 1:30 p.m.
January 23 - Kindergarten Group Testing, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
March 9 - Admission decision notification