Admission

Admission Requirements

Applying to Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans

We are happy you are interested in Metairie Park Country Day School. Our admission staff strives to make your application process both informative and enjoyable. We work collaboratively with all families in order to provide a full understanding of our School and educational philosophy. So that you may truly appreciate the strength of our community and student life, Country Day encourages you to take a campus tour online, then call the admission office to schedule your own tour of our campus.

Ready to learn more about Metairie Park Country Day School?

Step 1: Complete an inquiry form or online application.

Step 2: Schedule a tour.

Step 3: Attend one of our Open House events.
Once we receive your child's application online, we will send you a letter detailing the admission requirements for his or her particular grade level.  We encourage you to click on the appropriate link below to familiarize yourself with these requirements as fulfilling them in a timely manner is important for first round admission decisions. If you have any questions, please contact the Admission Office. We look forward to hearing from you.

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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  • Applying to Pre-K through Grade 5

    Once you have submitted an application, the following will need to be completed before your child's file is ready for review by our Admission Committee:

    • A signed Records Release Form:  Using this form, the admission office will request a confidential teacher recommendation form from your child's current school as well as transcript and any standardized testing your child may have had. You can access the Records Release Form through CD Connect and sign it electronically once your application has been processed, or you can download it from the Admission Downloads area on this page and submit it. For applications to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, a member of our admission staff will visit your child's preschool as well in order to observe your child "in action" in an environment that is both familiar and secure to your child. 
    • Required Testing: Parents are required to schedule testing with an independent psychologist of their choice (a list of local psychologists can be found in the Admission Downloads area on this page). The psychologist will administer the appropriate Wecshler Intelligence Scale to your child and also schedule a time with you to review the results. At that time, you will sign a waiver allowing the tester to release your child's results to the schools of your choice. Following are test requirements by grade:

    Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants take the WPPSI-IV, the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - 4th revision.
     
    Grades 1-4 applicants take the WISC-V, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - 5th revision.
     
    Grades 2-4 applicants take the WISC-V as well as an achievement test. The Stanford Achievement Test is administered at Country Day in January each year. Please call the Admission Office to discuss this requirement and schedule testing if your child does not have this testing at his or her school this fall.

    Grade 5 - The Independent School Entrance Exam will be administered for applicants to Grade 5 in December and January. Once these dates are scheduled, you can follow the instructions in the ISEE Test Registration Instructions letter in the sidebar and register to take it at Country Day. There is a $120 fee associated with this testing, and that price increases if you do not register at least three weeks in advance of the testing date.

    • Current school records: For applicants to Grades K-5, we will require your child's current school records after their first semester. These are obtained by Country Day's Admission Office using your signed Records Release Form.
    • A campus visit: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants are invited to participate in a "playdate" with other applicants to the same grade. While your child interacts with these children and enjoys age appropriate tasks supervised by our faculty and staff, parents are invited to meet for an informative session with teachers and administrators. These playdates are scheduled for about an hour, and you will be invited to attend on a specific date in January or February.  Applicants for Grades 1-5 are invited to spend time in the classroom with our students. Applicants for Grades 1, 2 and 3 typically join us from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., and applicants for Grades 4 and 5 join us from 8:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., which includes lunch.
  • Applying to Grades 6-12

    Once you have submitted an application, the following will need to be completed before your child's file is ready for review by our Admission Committee:

    • A signed Records Release Form: Please submit a signed Records Release Form so that the Admission Office can request your child's records from the last three school years. The Admission Office will also request that your child's math and English teachers complete the ISAS Confidential Teacher Recommendation forms. You can access the Records Release Form in CD Connect and sign it electronically once your application has been processed, or you can download it from the Admission Downloads area on this page. 
    • Required Testing: Standardized testing for all applicants is required. Acceptable standardized tests include the SSAT, ERB, or Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).  For more information about this testing, please contact the admission office. The ISEE will be administered at Country Day in December and January. Once these dates are scheduled, you can follow the instructions in the ISEE Test Registration Instructions letter in the sidebar. There is a $120 fee associated with this testing, and that price increases if you do not register at least three weeks in advance of the testing date.
    • Tour and Visit: Parents and students are encouraged to schedule a family tour, and students are invited to observe classes in their current and prospective grade levels. Please call the admission office to schedule your tour and visit.
  • Scheduling Tours & Visits

    Personal tours and student classroom visits are available during the school year. Please call Amy White at (504) 849-3105 to schedule tours and visits for grades Pre-K through 5, or call Cecilia Leon-Drago at (504) 849-3101 to schedule tours and visits for grades 6 through 12.
I was blown away by how much care and attention we were given during the admission process.

--Parent

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300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.

Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national, or ethnic origin.