Admission

Admission Requirements

Country Day's admission process for the 2021-2022 school year has been updated, and we will continue to follow best practices for on-campus visits and tours based on guidance from our local health partners in order to ensure the safety and health of our community. 

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 2021-2022 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 through Grade 4: 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.
     
    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 may vary depending on the latest COVID protocols. The admission office will contact you to schedule these visits at the appropriate time. 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.erblearn.org/families/isee-registration (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.  This year we plan to offer on-campus tours and student spend-a-days where students visit classes and can complete their required interview and writing sample. 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 online information sessions are available during the admission season. You will be able schedule a tour or visit through the candidate's checklist once you have inquired or applied online. You can also call (504) 849-3110 to schedule tours for grades Pre-K through 5, or call (504) 849-3120 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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