The First Grade Application Process

List of 4 items.

  • Applicant Guidelines

    All first grade applicants must be in kindergarten or primer in the fall of 2022 and be at least six years old by September 1, 2023.

    Please Note: All applications received after the due date will be accepted and considered on a space-availability basis.
  • Forms to Submit and Deadline

    Submit the following to St. Mark's by December 12, 2022:
    To reduce the cost associated with applying to our school, St. Mark’s will no longer charge application fees. St. Mark’s will also provide testing fee waivers for those who need financial assistance. Please contact Alicia Alvarez for more information. 
  • Observation & Testing

    Candidate Observation, Admission Testing Solutions Achievement Testing (sponsored by the Independent Schools Association of Dallas) and the Collaborative Academic Testing Service cognitive ability assessment are separate events. 

    Observation:
    On-campus observations will be held on January 7 and 21, 2023. Once an application is submitted, you will have the opportunity to select an observation date and time. 

    Testing:
    The Independent Schools Admission Association of Dallas (ISAAD) has collaborated with Admission Testing Solutions to offer virtual achievement testing for first grade candidates applying to participating ISAAD schools. Candidates need only register once and should only test one time in January 2023. The cost of the test is $175. 

    Online ISAAD Test Registration Instructions: 
    1. Go to this registration link.
    2. Click on your preferred date and add to cart.
    3. Cart window will pop up on screen. Click "OK."
    4. Click on the shopping cart in the upper right corner. Then click "Checkout" or "Continue Shopping" if you would like to add an additional child. If checking out, please confirm the test date listed is correct. 
    5. Check out by making an account with an email & password, or if you already have an account, click "Sign In" and enter your email and password. 
    6. Enter your child's first & last name and birthdate and click the box giving permission for the testing session to be recorded for proctoring purposes. 
    7. Select the check box(es) for the school(s) to which you want your child's test scores sent. You can make changes later if necessary. 
    8. Enter your payment information and click "Complete Purchase" or enter a waiver code. Click "Apply" to submit. 
    9. You will then see a screen that says Purchase Complete!
    10. A confirmation email will be sent for each completed registration
    11. For questions, please contact admin@admissiontestingsolutions.com.

    Collaborative Academic Testing Service Cognitive Ability Assessment:

    A cognitive ability assessment is required for first grade applicants. The assessment is conducted by Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS). Please visit CATS to register. The cost of the assessment is $300. First grade applicants should complete the assessment prior to Monday, January 9, 2023. 

    A note from Collaborative Academic Testing Service: As the testing season progresses, CATS will become short on testing slots so that rescheduling is often not possible before application deadlines. Winter weather, illness, and holiday travel all interfere with appointments during Winter months. Applicants' performance on the tests is evaluated relative to other students within a narrow chronological age band, so waiting until later in the school year does not improve one's chance of achieving higher scores.  

    Please contact Alicia Alvarez with questions regarding testing.
  • Records and Evaluation Forms

    School Records & Teacher Evaluation Form due to St. Mark's by January 9, 2023:
    • Submit the signed Records Release Form to the Registrar at your son's current school; records are due to St. Mark's by January 9, 2023. 
    • Request your son's Current Teacher Evaluation via the online form; the completed form is due to St. Mark's by January 9, 2023.

Second - Fourth Grade Application Process

List of 4 items.

  • Applicant Guidelines

    Applications received after the due date will be accepted and considered on a space availability basis.
  • Forms to Submit and Deadline

    Submit the following to St. Mark's by November 18, 2022:
    To reduce the cost associated with applying to our school, St. Mark’s will no longer charge application fees. St. Mark’s will also provide testing fee waivers for those who need financial assistance. Please contact Alicia Alvarez for more information. 
  • Observation & Testing

    Candidate Observation, the Independent School Entrance Exam and the Collaborative Academic Testing Service cognitive ability assessment are separate events. 

    Observation:

    On-campus observations will be held on December 3 and December 10, 2022. Once an application is submitted, you will have the opportunity to select a date and time. 

    Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE):

    All applicants to Second, Third and Fourth grades are required to take the ISEE Primary Exam. Please visit ISEE by ERB to register for the ISEE Primary once; you may request the scores be sent to all the schools in which you are applying.

    The ISEE Primary should be taken prior to Monday, December 19, 2022. The St. Mark's ISEE code is 441805. 

    Collaborative Academic Testing Service Cognitive Ability Assessment:
    A cognitive ability assessment is required for Second, Third and Fourth grade applicants. The assessment is conducted by Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS). Please visit CATS to register. The cost of the assessment is $300. Second, Third and Fourth grade applicants should complete the assessment prior to Monday, December 19, 2022. 

    A note from Collaborative Academic Testing Service: As the testing season progresses, CATS will become short on testing slots so that rescheduling is often not possible before application deadlines. Winter weather, illness, and holiday travel all interfere with appointments during Winter months. Applicants' performance on the tests is evaluated relative to other students within a narrow chronological age band, so waiting until later in the school year does not improve one's chance of achieving higher scores.  

    Please contact Alicia Alvarez with questions regarding testing.
  • Records and Evaluation Forms

    School Records & Teacher Evaluation Form due to St. Mark's by December 12, 2022:
    • Submit the signed Records Release Form to the Registrar at your son's current school; records are due to St. Mark's by December 12, 2022. 
    • Request your son's Current Teacher Evaluation via the online form; the completed form is due to St. Mark's by December 12, 2022. 

Fifth - Eleventh Grade Application Process

List of 5 items.

  • Applicant Guidelines

    All applications received after the due date will be accepted and considered on a space-availability basis.
  • Forms to Submit and Deadlines

    Submit the following to St. Mark's by January 6, 2023:
    Submit the following to St. Mark's by January 9, 2023:
    • Remarks from Parents 
    • Student Questionnaire
    To reduce the cost associated with applying to our school, St. Mark’s will no longer charge application fees. St. Mark’s will also provide testing fee waivers for those who need financial assistance. Please contact Alicia Alvarez for more information. 
  • Records and Evaluation Forms

    St. Mark's must received these completed items prior to January 13, 2023:
    • Submit the signed Records Release Form to the Registrar at your son's current school.
    • Request your son's current Math and English Teacher evaluations via the online form.
  • ISEE Testing

    • The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) for grades 5-11 is available to take either at home or in person. Please note that it is the parent's responsibility to register their son to take the ISEE test at ERB: ISEE. When registering for the exam, please add St. Mark's School of Texas (school code 441805) as a recipient of his scores.
    • Applicants should take the ISEE prior to January 22, 2023.

    Please contact Alicia Alvarez with questions regarding testing.
  • Interview

    Once the initial application is submitted, a student interview can be scheduled through the parent portal. Interviews last approximately thirty minutes.
St. Mark's School of Texas does not discriminate in the administration of its admission an education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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St. Mark’s School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75230

214-346-8000

About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.