Admission

Admission Requirements

Country Day's admission requirements and process have been updated and changes have been made to visits, tours and events due to safety and health COVID-19 protocols in place at this time.

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 sign up for an information session and campus tour - either virtual or in-person. Click here to see a slideshow of our beautiful campus and exciting classrooms. 

Ready to learn more about Metairie Park Country Day School?

Step 1: Complete an inquiry form or online application (applicants for the 2020-2021 school year should email admissions@mpcds.com to  check on space availability before completing the form and paying the application fee).

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 by email or fax. For applications to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, a member of our admission staff will visit your child's preschool (if allowed) in order to observe your child "in action" in an environment that is familiar and secure to your child. 
    • Required Testing: Depending on the grade level to which they are applying, the following testing is required.

    Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Applicants will be invited to participate in a developmental assessment to be given at Country Day. The Admission Office will call you to schedule this evaluation.
     
    Grades 1-4: 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 Wecshler Intelligence Scale for Children - 5th Revision (WISC-V) 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. 

    Grades 1-4: Applicants will also be administered a reading, writing and math assessment at Country Day. You will be able to schedule a date and time for this testing through CD Connect once they have been determined. If you child has taken achievement testing at his or her school in the fall, you may be able to waive part of this testing requirement. Please call the Admission Office to discuss this testing to see if it fulfills this requirement. 

    Grade 5: Applicants who do not have current ERB scores will be required to take the  Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). You must register for this test in advance through their website, www.iseetest.org (please see the ISEE testing letter in the sidebar for more details).  This test will be given on several dates at Country Day or you can take it at another location. All sites and dates will be listed on the ISEE website. There is a 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: All applicants will be required to participate in a campus visit. The protocols for these visits are being determined and will likely take place after school hours or on weekends. Some will be in individual or small groups, and virtual options will also be available in some circumstances. Although not required, parent participation in an Open House or online information session is encouraged.
  • 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: Using this form, the admission office will request confidential teacher recommendation forms from your child's current math and English teachers as well as a transcript and standardized testing. 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 by email or fax. 
    • Required Testing: Standardized testing for all applicants is required. Acceptable standardized tests include the SSAT, ERB, or Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The ISEE will be given on several dates at Country Day, or you can take it at another location. All sites and dates will be listed on the ISEE website. You must register for this test in advance through their website, www.iseetest.org (please see the ISEE testing letter in the sidebar for more details).  There is a 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 learn more about Country Day through our online and on-campus opportunities. Online information sessions will be available throughout the admission season and will feature detailed information about academic and extracurricular experiences.  Brief on-campus tours will also be provided on designated afternoons and weekends along with student interviews and writing samples. You will be able to sign up for both online information sessions and on-campus tours through CD Connect from the candidate's checklist after Labor Day.
  • Scheduling Tours & Visits

    On-campus and virtual tours are available during the admission season. Please call Amy White at (504) 849-3105 to schedule tours and for grades Pre-K through 5, or call Cecilia Leon-Drago at (504) 849-3101 to schedule tours 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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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.

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