Frequently Asked Questions

What does 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 kind 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?


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 into 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.

My child is interested in shadowing an MA student for a day, is that 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 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 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 Montgomery Academy's student body?

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.