Upper School Applications

The major entry point for new students entering the Upper School is ninth grade. Each year 35 - 40 new students are added to the rising freshman class. Fewer spaces are available for tenth and eleventh grades. In these grades three to five students are typically added.

Application and non-refundable fee ($55)

The online application must be submitted no later than December 1, 2017.


Please take the Transcript Release Form to your child’s school and request transcripts to be sent after the first term of the current year. Transcripts must be received no later than January 15, 2018.


Two teacher recommendations are required. We prefer one from your child’s current English teacher and one from your child’s current math teacher. Please submit the Common Referral Forms to the current school after the first term. They must be received no later than January 15, 2018.

Interview and Day Visit

An interview is required of all applicants. If your child is spending the day with us, the interview will be scheduled for that day. Parent interviews are not required, but are encouraged. Once we receive your ­application, an admissions officer will contact you to arrange a date and time or you may schedule these appointments online.

Day visits in Upper School are optional. They are non-evaluative and are simply an opportunity for the applicant to experience McDonogh on a first-hand basis. All visits to grades 9–12 must be completed by
January 15, 2018
. Students are hosted in their current grade except ninth grade applicants who will visit with ninth grade.

Please note that the application must be received before a student may schedule a day visit . All interviews and day visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and the later an application is received, the less flexible scheduling can be.


Applicants should complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) by
January 15, 2018.
These tests do not have to be taken at McDonogh and may be taken at any school offering the test. However, you must request on the registration form that the results be forwarded to McDonogh School. Our school code for the ISEE is 210750 and for the SSAT is 4757. You may register online at www.iseetest.org or www.ssat.org. Registration closes three weeks prior to the testing date, and many test sites will fill up so please register early.

Please note - We encourage students to take the test in November or December as winter weather can cause test cancellations.

Optional Essay - Grades 7 through 12

For students applying to Grades 7 through 12, an optional essay is due by January 15, 2018 . Students can access the essay prompts by signing into their admissions profile page and clicking on the student essay link. There they may choose one of four prompts and respond in 200 - 400 words.

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