How to Apply

List of 7 items.

  • 1. Complete the online application in the parent portal

    Please click here to start the online application. Once the online application and the application fee are submitted, please use the online checklist in the parent portal as a guide to submit the Parent Statement, Student Questionnaire, and a copy of the applicant's birth certificate. Please submit all of these items in the online parent portal by December 12, 2020.
  • 2. Complete testing

    Students can take either the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Visit  to register for the SSAT. Please call 1-800-446-0320 for ISEE information and registration or register online at  For all applicants for whom English is their second language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required in addition to the SSAT or the ISEE.  For Grade 8 only, the TOEFL Junior can be a substitute for the TOEFL.  For more information, please visit
  • 3. Complete the parent and student interview

    Boarding applicants should contact Molly Averitt in the Office of Admission to arrange both a parent and a student interview.
  • 4. Teacher Evaluations and Head of School Evaluations are due Jan. 29, 2021

    After you have submitted the online application, please visit the checklist in the parent portal. Enter email addresses for your daughters' current Math teacher, English teacher and Head of School and the confidential evaluation forms will be sent to the teachers automatically. You may confirm receipt of evaluation forms in the parent portal.
  • 5. Submit Official Transcript Release Form to your daughter's school

    Once you have submitted your daughter's application, please locate the Transcript Release Form in the parent portal checklist or by clicking here and click on 'Edit this Request.' You will have the opportunity to enter the email address of the school administrator who is responsible for grades, transcripts, or progress reports at your daughter's current school. This will allow the school to upload your daughter's transcripts directly to the student application file. This checklist item will be marked complete once the transcripts have been received by Hockaday.  The deadline for the receipt of your child's school records (Fall 2020, 2019-2020, and 2018-2019), if available, is January 29, 2021.
  • 6. Schedule a visit to Hockaday

    Contact the Office of Admission to schedule a visit to Hockaday. Prospective Residence students are welcome to participate in a Boarder Visit Program and attend classes the following day.  Parents are welcome to visit classes, meet with faculty, tour campus, and attend programs during this time, as well.  We have two Boarder Visits available. Thursday, December 10 - Friday, December 11, and Thursday, January 21 - Friday, January 22. Please contact Molly Averitt at or 214-360-6522 to schedule a student visit.
  • 7. Apply using the SAO

    The Standard Application Online (SAO) is a standard online application supported by SSATB (Secondary School Admission Test Board).  The Standard Application Online may be used if applying to more than one participating school.  Click here to use the SAO.

Join us for a Boarding Family Visit

Boarder Visits will be held on December 10-11, 2020 and January 21-22, 2021

On Thursday evening, Hockaday will host a family dinner followed by an informative program. Prospective students are invited to return to campus Friday morning for a School visit and parents will participate in various programs and activities while their daughters visit classes for the day. Both parent and student interviews will be conducted at various times throughout the day on Friday, and the visit will conclude no later than 4:00 p.m. When you arrive, you will be given a personal schedule for the two-day visit.
Hockaday will also be hosting the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) on January 9, and 23, 2021. If you would like for your daughter to test at this time, please visit to register.

You may wish to wear casual school clothes (no jeans) or a current school uniform when you attend classes the next day.

The Hockaday School is an equal opportunity environment. It is our policy not to discriminate, and to comply with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in the School’s admission and education policies, financial aid programs, athletic programs or other administered activities based on race, color, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity or other applicable protected classification.

Boarding Notifications

Admission decision notifications will be emailed on March 10, 2020 to all applicants who completed their applications by January 27, 2020.

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