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.

International Student School Experience

Because we understand curriculum as an expansive enterprise, we believe students must have the chance to experience the wider world beyond the classroom. Over the years, our Country Day Abroad program has established relationships with partner schools throughout the world including St. Jean de Passy in Paris, France, Cedar House in Cape Town, South Africa, Colegios Peterson in Mexico City, and Enforex in Salamanca, Spain.

Metairie Park Country Day is pleased to accept applications from international students at all grade levels, from elementary, middle, and high school. We welcome families and students from across the globe to be embraced by our warm community and to graduate from Country Day fully prepared for success in an American university or anywhere their lives will take them.   

Presently we have students on our campus from Nigeria, China, Vietnam, Spain and Norway to name a few. 

Requirements for admission include (may vary by grade level): 
 
  • Completion of our school's online application
  • Completion of our school's Record Release Form which will allow us to contact each applicant's school for records
  • Report cards and/or transcripts
  • Standardized test scores
  • Completion of the school's teacher recommendation forms
  • Required testing which varies by grade level for applicants to Pre-K through Grade 12.
  • Completion of school’s writing sample and virtual interview for applicants to Grades 6 -12
 
Applicant families must provide the School with the email address of an English-speaking school administrator to facilitate the records collection process of the applicant at his/her international school.

English proficiency is required of all international student applicants seeking admission into Grades 6-12.

Cambridge Network

Metairie Park Country Day School has a partnership with The Cambridge Network in Boston. Applicants from China need to contact the Cambridge Network directly at admissions@thecambridgenetwork.com to complete The Cambridge Network's application, which can be used to apply to a variety of American schools. Current academic reports, teacher recommendations, and Skype interviews are all part of the application process.

Although ESL services are provided to our Chinese-speaking (Cambridge Network) students, the School can recommend private tutors to be hired by international families to assist students with the English language.

Student Exchange and Visitor Program

Country Day is recognized by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) as a SEVIS approved school with the ability to issue I-20 forms. An I-20 form from Country Day will allow prospective international students to obtain a United States F-1 Student Visa.

Cambridge Network Opportunities

We are pleased that the majority of Country Day's international students come to live in New Orleans as a family unit. For Chinese students who wish to enroll at Country Day without the accompaniment of a family member, arrangements can be made through The Cambridge Network. Other international students not affiliated with The Cambridge Network may inquire about homestay opportunities here.

Contact our Admission Office today and learn more about the opportunities that await international students at Country Day.

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    Mrs. Cecilia Leon-Drago 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Associate Director of Admission & Director of Financial Aid
    (504) 849-3101
    Loyola University, New Orleans - BA
    University of New Orleans - M Ed
    1998
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.

Notice of Non-DiscriminationBased on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CAREs Act, the School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school-administered student and employee programs and activities.  Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed Mike McGuire, Athletic Director (Title IX), mike_mcguire@mpcds.com, 504-849-3190, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Jen Sciortino, Director of Academic Excellence (Section 504), jen_sciortino@mpcds.com, 504-838-3304, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Bonnie LaGraize, Chief Financial Officer (Title IX and Section 504), bonnie_lagraize@mpcds.com, 504-849-3106, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005, or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA.  Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.

This notice will remain in effect until the School has satisfied and paid off the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.