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Frequently Asked Questions

What does The Montgomery Academy look for in an applicant?

Admission to The Montgomery Academy is competitive. The Academy’s Admissions Committee seeks to enroll well-rounded students with above-average intelligence that are ambitious, and seek the strong academic and personal character necessary for a life of service and achievement.

Why attend an independent or private school?

Families who send their children to independent private schools cite that they do so because of:  individual attention, limited class sizes, teacher excellence, high academic standards, a focus on the arts, athletics and academics and most importantly: quality.

What kinds of test scores does my child need to have?

Test scores are not the only criteria the Admissions Committee considers when making a decision.  However, most of the Academy’s students perform at above-average levels.  Therefore, the Admissions Committee uses entrance test scores to determine the potential success that a student may have if enrolling at our school.  The Admissions Committee considers test scores, teacher recommendations, current school grades, special talents, and how a child will benefit and add to the school when making a decision.

What is the Academy’s school code for completing the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) registration form?

011897

We are applying out-of-town, how can we arrange to take the admissions test?

There are several options for out-of-town applicants to take the entrance exam.  For an additional fee, we can arrange through Prometric (a subsidary of ETS) for applicants in grades 5-12 to take the ISEE in your hometown, even overseas! 

We can also arrange for a proctor to administer the test, and for Kindergarten applicants help you to locate a licensed educational psychologist who can administer the test in your area.  

Please call the Admissions Office for more information. We do not want your location to hinder your application to The Montgomery Academy and our Admissions Office will make the process as simple as possible for our out-of-town applicants.

What can I do to increase my child’s chances of getting in to The Montgomery Academy?

The best thing you can do is to trust the process, have forms submitted in a timely manner and try not to place undue stress on the applicant.  The admissions process is designed to give the Admissions Committee the best overall picture of your child and to determine the likelihood of their success at The Montgomery Academy. Encourage your child to try hard on the entrance exam, to maintain good grades and good behavior at their current school.

I am interested in shadowing an MA student for a day, is this possible?

Shadowing is possible once a formal application has been initiated.  Please contact the Admissions Office to set up an appointment.  Tours are also available through the Admissions Office.

What is the application fee?

For Kindergarten applicants, the application fee is $40.

Applicants in grades 1-12 have a combined testing and application fee of $95.  If you test out-of-town, please contact the Admissions Office, as the fees may be different.

Pay online through your established InfoSnap account or mail payment to the attention of the Director of Admissions and Marketing, The Montgomery Academy, 3240 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36106

Do you accept new students in the middle of the year?

Occasionally, if there is an opening a mid-year enrollment is possible.  Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

How do I prepare my child for the interview?

The interview is informal, and your child may wear their typical school clothes to the interview.  Tell your child that the interviewers are seeking to learn more about him or her, so prepare them to talk about interests he or she may have. 

We live out-of-town, how can we schedule an interview?

We are able to conduct interviews via SKYPE with applicants who live out-of-town or overseas.

Is The Montgomery Academy only about academics?

We challenge our students to excel academically, but we also believe that it is important for a student to receive a well-rounded education.  Therefore, there are plenty of opportunities for our students to participate in the arts, both visual and performing and in our many athletic teams or in our clubs.

How diverse is The Montgomery Academy?

The Academy experience is inclusive and we have students from different socio-economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.  This diversity adds to the strength of our entire program. For specific diversity numbers, please contact the Admissions Office.

What colleges do Academy graduates attend?

Every year 100% of our graduates attend a four-year college or university.  In 2012, our 56 graduates received over $3.3 million in merit-based scholarship money.  The Class of 2012 was admitted to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation!

Please visit the College Advising link on our website for a thorough look at our matriculation statistics.

Does the Academy have a competitive athletic program?

The Academy has one of the best athletic programs in the state and our athletes have earned 48 team state championships–more than any other public or private school in Montgomery County! We compete as a 2A school in the Alabama High School Athletic Association.  Last year 66% of our students in grades 7-12 participated on an athletic team.  Physical Education is also part of our curriculum through the tenth grade.  Each year several of our teams and individual athletes win state championships.  Please refer to the Athletics section on our website for more detailed information about our athletic program.

Do Academy students have to wear a uniform?

There is a uniform requirement for all students in grades K-12.  Our uniforms are purchased either in the store or online from Buckhead Uniforms (an Atlanta based company with a store in Montgomery) and the dress code policy is stated clearly in our Student Handbook.

Certain uniform approved shirts and sweatshirts may be purchased from our school store: Eagle Exchange.

How do parents get involved at the Academy?

The Academy is a family school and our Parents of the Academy (POA) organization help facilitate volunteer opportunities in our school.  For example, we have over 75 parents and grandparents volunteering in our Lower School library, parents can work the concession stand or gate at athletic events, volunteer for the various carnivals, work with our annual magazine sale, volunteer at our school store, or work with our largest fundraiser: The Eagle Gala.

Will my child have to participate in a lot of extra fundraising?

Our Advancement office works to ensure that parents and children are not constantly being asked to raise money for the school. We encourage parent participation, at any level, in the MA Fund. Other voluntary fundraisers include a POA sponsored magazine drive, a Student Council sponsored gift wrap sale and the POA Eagle Gala, an evening event with food and auction for adults in the MA community.

What charges are not included in tuition?

Uniforms, non-consumable books, field trips, supplies and snacks (snacks are included for grades K-4 only). Students in grades 5-12 may purchase a snack each day.

Are students required to purchase laptops or iPads?

We do not require families to purchase a laptop for classroom use. Technology is a critical part of the overall education and we have five computer labs, two libraries with computers, classroom computers, and SMARTBoards for student use.  The entire school is wireless, and Upper School students may bring their personal laptops or iPads to school. 

Out fifth grade students have access to iPads via classroom carts and all of our 5-12 teachers have iPads for instructional use. In 2013-2014 students will be required to have an iPad 2 or later model. See iPad policy here.

Do siblings and alumni receive preferential treatment in the admissions process?

Although the Academy is a family school and we like to keep our families together, it is not a guarantee that a sibling or a child of alumni will be admitted to the Academy.  Should a child not be admitted that has a connection to the school, that decision will have been carefully made in the child’s best interest and will be compassionately relayed to the parents of that child.

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