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Admission Process


Information Sessions: We invite parents to Experience St. Matthew’s at one of our Information Sessions (students applying to Grades 5-8 are also encouraged to attend). These mornings are designed to familiarize families with the School. Learn more about the philosophy and program from the Head of School and division principals.

Campus Tours: We invite all parents applying to St. Matthew’s for the first time to tour our campus. Join us on a small group tour, especially geared for the division to which you are applying. Tours are for parents only, please.

  

Early Childhood (Preschool & Pre-K)

For Preschool, students must turn 3 prior to August 1, 2020.

For Pre-K, students must turn 4 prior to August 1, 2020.

 

A requirement of the Early Childhood admission process is an observation of your child in a group setting. All Preschool applicants will attend one of several scheduled Preschool Playgroups during January. Pre-K applicants will attend a Playgroup on January 31, from 9:15-9:45 a.m. During a Playgroup, your child will join other applicants in the classroom setting with our Preschool teachers.

 

In addition to the Information Session and Campus Tour, we invite all parents of Preschool-Grade 4 applicants to come in for a Parent Interview with the Director of Enrollment. Interviews will be scheduled once the Application for Admission has been submitted.

 

Early Childhood Admission Checklist

Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 4)

For Kindergarten, students must turn 5 prior to August 1, 2020.

 

We ask that Kindergarten applicants come to St. Matthew’s on one of two designated afternoons for a readiness assessment. The two dates scheduled are February 8 and 13, 2019. The afternoon visit is designed to be a fun experience for children, and they will have time to explore games and activities in a preschool setting.

 

Applicants to Grades 1-4 are required to attend a morning assessment session on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. This time will be spent in a classroom and playground setting and will allow teachers to get to know the students individually on a social and academic level. The morning is designed to replicate typical daily classroom activities.

 

In addition to the Information Session and Campus Tour, we invite all parents of Preschool-Grade 4 applicants to come in for a Parent Interview with the Director of Enrollment. Interviews will be scheduled once the Application for Admission has been submitted.

 

Kindergarten-Grade 4 Admission Checklist

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Applicants to Grades 5-8 and their parents are required to interview with Carinne Barker, Director of Enrollment. You will be able to schedule your interview once you have submitted the Application for Admission.

 

Applicants to Grades 5-8 are also required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), prior to February 16, 2019. Please visit the ISEE website to register for a testing date. Your child may take the test at any of the school testing sites listed online. A schedule of all test dates and locations, as well as registration, can be found at www.iseetest.org. St. Matthew’s is offering the test on Saturday, December 1, 2018. When registering, please use the St. Matthew’s school code: 054075.

 

Grades 5-8 Admission Checklist

 

St. Matthew’s welcomes applications from qualified students at all grade levels. There are, however, several key entry points which include Preschool, and Grades 5-7. While openings at other grades are unpredictable and based on attrition, interested families are encouraged to apply.