Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Admissions Office?
- What does Montgomery Academy look for in an applicant?
- Why attend an independent or private school?
- What kind of test scores does my child need to have?
- 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?
- What can I do to increase my child's chances of getting into Montgomery Academy?
- My child is interested in shadowing an MA student for a day, is that possible?
- What is the application fee?
- Do you accept new students in the middle of the year?
- How do I prepare my child for the interview?
- We live out of town, how can we schedule an interview?
- Is Montgomery Academy only about academics?
- How diverse is Montgomery Academy's student body?
- Is my child eligible to compete on an athletic team?
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.
There are several options for out-of-town applicants to take the entrance exam. Arrangement can be made for applicants in grades 2-12 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.
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.
We welcome prospective students to join us for a Shadow Day if they would like to experience "a day in the life at MA!" We invite them to spend the day with a current MA student who shares their interests and attend classes, explore our campus, and enjoy lunch with classmates. To arrange a date for your student to shadow, please contact our Admissions Office.
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.
Please be aware that 8th-12th grade applicants may be ineligible to participate in the athletic program at The Montgomery Academy due to the following Alabama High School Athletic Association Guidelines:
- A new student transferring from another AHSAA Member School in Montgomery will not be eligible the first year.
- A new student must live within the city limits of Montgomery.
- A new student must not receive Financial Aid.
- A new student moving into Montgomery must make a bonafide move with the entire family.
There may be other reasons for ineligibility, so please refer to the information found in the link above for rules on eligibility. If you have any questions or concerns about Alabama High School Athletic Association Eligibility rules, please contact the Director of Admissions.