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 2021 and be at least six years old by September 1, 2022.

    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 13, 2021:
  • Observation & Testing

    Observation, ISAAD testing and CATS testing will be separate events. 

    Observation:
    On-campus observation will be held on January 8 and 22, 2022. Once an application is submitted, you will have the opportunity to pick a date and time for your son. 

    Testing:
    The Independent Schools Admission Association of Dallas (ISAAD) has collaborated to offer virtual achievement testing for first grade candidates applying to member schools. Candidates need only register once and should only test one time in January 2022. 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.

    CATS IQ Testing:

    Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS) IQ testing is required for first grade applicants and should be conducted by Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS). Please visit CATS to register. The cost of the test is $300. First grade applicants should take the CATS test prior to Friday, January 14, 2022. 

    Please contact Alicia Alvarez if you do not feel comfortable having your son appear in-person to complete the CATS testing. 
  • Records and Evaluation Forms

    School Records & Teacher Evaluation Form due to St. Mark's by January 14, 2022:
    • Submit the signed Records Release Form to the Registrar at your son's current school; records are due to St. Mark's by January 14, 2022. 
    • Request your son's Current Teacher Evaluation via the online form; the completed form is due to St. Mark's by January 14, 2022.

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 19, 2021:
  • Observation & Testing

    Observation:
    On-campus observation will be held on December 4 and December 11, 2021. Once an application is submitted, you will have the opportunity to pick a date and time for your son. 

    ISEE Primary Testing:

    All applicants to second, third and fourth grades are required to take the ISEE Primary. While St. Mark's is providing virtual ISEE Primary testing opportunities on November 22 and December 18, your son may test on any date and at any time between now and December 20. Please visit ISEE by ERB to register for the ISEE Primary. Your son should only take the ISEE Primary once; you can request the scores be sent to all the schools in which you are applying.

    The ISEE Primary should be taken no later than Monday, December 20. St. Mark's ISEE code is 441805. 

    CATS IQ Testing:

    Fourth Grade Applicants: Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS) IQ testing is required for fourth grade applicants and should be conducted by Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS). Please visit CATS to register. The cost of the test is $300. CATS IQ Testing for 4th grade applicants should be taken prior to Monday, December 13, 2021.

    Please contact Alicia Alvarez if you do not feel comfortable having your son appear in-person to complete the CATS testing. 

    Second and Third Grade Applicants: You may submit additional information about your son that, while not required, will help us learn more about him, and provide additional perspective on his talents and interests. Please be aware that if you choose to include cognitive ability testing (for candidates to grades 2 & 3), that testing must be conducted by Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS). Please visit CATS to register for testing.
  • Records and Evaluation Forms

    School Records & Teacher Evaluation Form due to St. Mark's by December 13, 2021:
    • Submit the signed Records Release Form to the Registrar at your son's current school; records are due to St. Mark's on or before December 13. 
    • Request your son's Current Teacher Evaluation via the online form; completed evaluations are due to St. Mark's on or before December 13. 

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 Deadline

    Submit the following to St. Mark's by January 7, 2022:
    • Application Form submitted online
    • Remarks from Parents 
    • Student Questionnaire
    • Application Fee of $175
  • Records and Evaluation Forms

    School Records & Teacher Evaluation Form due to St. Mark's by January 14, 2022:
    • Submit the signed Records Release Form to the Registrar at your son's current school; records are due to St. Mark's by January 14, 2022.
    • Request your son's current Math and English Teacher evaluations via the online form; evaluations are due to St. Mark's by January 14, 2022. 
  • 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 no later than January 30, 2022.
  • Interview

    Once the initial application is submitted, a virtual student interview can be scheduled through the parent portal. Interviews last approximately one hour. 
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.