Applying to Kindergarten

Evaluation of Kindergarten applicants consists of four parts:

  • Application and fee
  • Age-Normed Readiness Assessment
    • The Academy will be using a new, developmentally-appropriate assessment for prospective students applying to kindergarten. The Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) is an engaging, interactive, tablet-based (iPad) evaluation that provides insight into a child’s abilities with regard to reasoning and achievement.  
    • Please take a moment to visit the ERB website. This website provides a comprehensive overview of the assessment as well as a demonstration video.
  • Preschool Recommendation
    • The Preschool Teacher recommendation will be emailed to the child’s preschool and returned directly to Fort Worth Academy. If a child is an applicant to more than one school, the school that is administering the individual assessment is the school of record and will forward a copy of the testing and recommendation to the other applicant schools.
  • Classroom Visit
    •  Applicants will participate in small group activities with our Academy teachers.

Once your application is received, Jennifer Rand, Ph.D., Admission Associate, will contact you to schedule individual testing. 

Deadlines and Decision Dates

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Applying to Grades 1-4

The application process for applicants for grades 1-4 consists of five parts: 

  • Completion of our application and fee of $100
  • Admission Assessment
    • Admission testing via the ISEE assessment
    • Students applying for 1st – 4th grades will register online at the ERB testing website. Students entering first grade will register to take the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners). Students applying for second through fourth grades will take the ISEE (Independent Schools Entrance Exam). The testing fee is $65 for the AABL and $110 for the ISEE and is paid directly to the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) as outlined in the ISEE Online Guide
    • All AABL and ISEE registrations should be submitted by February 10, 2019. The school code for Fort Worth Academy is 447516.
    • Full copies of any outside assessments
  • Teacher Recommendations
    • The teacher recommendation will be sent when the application form is submitted.
  • Classroom Visit
    • Lower School candidates are required to schedule a full-day class visit where the candidate will be paired with a student ambassador for the day.
Once the application is received, Jennifer Rand, Ph.D., Admission Associate, will contact you to schedule the classroom visit. 

Although the general application deadline for Kindergarten-8th grade has passed for the 2018-2019, Fort Worth Academy will continue to accept additional applications on a rolling/space-available basis throughout the year.

Deadlines and Decision Dates

Applying to Grades 5-8

The application process for applicants for grades 5-8 consists of five parts:

  • Completion of our application and fee of $100
  • Admission Assessment
    • Admission testing via the ISEE assessment
    • Students applying for 5th - 8th grades will register online at the ERB testing website. 
    • All ISEE registrations should be submitted by September 12, 2018, or February 1, 2019, respectively. The testing fee is $110 and is paid directly to the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) as outlined in the ISEE Online GuideThe school code for Fort Worth Academy is 447516.
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Records
    •  A copy of the Transcript/Records Release form can be found when completing the online application form and provides official notification to the child’s current school to send an official copy of their current school records with grades through mid-year directly to the Admission Office. 
  • Classroom Visit
    • Middle School candidates are required to schedule a full-day class visit where the candidate will be paired with a student ambassador for the day.
Once the application is received, Jennifer Rand, Ph.D., Admission Associate, will contact you to schedule the classroom visits. 

Although the general application deadline for Kindergarten-8th grade has passed for the 2018-2019, Fort Worth Academy will continue to accept additional applications on a rolling/space-available basis throughout the year.

Deadlines and Decision Dates
Fort Worth Academy cooperates with three other independent schools – All Saints' Episcopal School, Fort Worth Country Day, and Trinity Valley School – in sharing joint admission policies, calendar, testing and notification dates. To be considered for admission at any other school, candidates must also file applications with those schools. Except under special circumstances determined by the test administrators, results are not valid if a test is administered to the student more than once within a given year.

Review the “Fort Worth Consortium Schools Joint Admission Policies

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