Grades 6-12 Admissions Process
Admission to The Montgomery Academy Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12) is competitive. Therefore, in order to accurately gauge an applicant’s potential for success, applicants are evaluated using four instruments: Admissions Testing, Teacher Evaluations, a Transcript Request Form, and an Interview. Past school grades and standardized-test scores are also considered. Families who are new to the Academy are required to take a campus tour as part of the admissions process.
- Admissions Testing
Each applicant takes the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination). This test is scheduled by the Admissions Office after an application is received and is taken on an on-campus computer. There is also a non-graded essay component to this test. Testing lasts approximately two-and- a-half hours with an allowance for breaks. The ISEE measures verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and math skills.
- Confidential Teacher Evaluations
An applicant’s current English and math teachers assist the Admissions Office in getting to know a candidate by completing the Confidential Teacher Recommendation Forms, which enables the teachers to evaluate the applicant’s cognitive and developmental skills. The Confidential Teacher Recommendation Forms should not be given to the applicant’s teachers until after January 1, 2017. If the applicant has multiple teachers, it is permissible to collect more than one recommendation, but only the recommendations from a current English and math teacher are required.
- Transcript Request Form
An applicant’s parent or guardian must sign the Transcript Request Form and deliver it to the applicant’s current school. The current school will then submit the requested test scores and a copy of the applicant’s transcript to the Admissions Office. Please sign and give the Transcript Request Form to your child's current school after January 1, 2017.
The Admissions Office will schedule interviews with the appropriate Division Director once an application is received. Interviews are informal conversations during which the Division Director can learn about the individual applicant and his or her interests