Grades 1-4

How to Apply

List of 5 items.

  • Complete the Online Application

    Apply Online
    The online application and the $50 application fee, along with the Parent Statement, and a copy of your daughter's birth certificate must be submitted by December 11, 2023. The full application (including testing, teacher evaluation and school records) must be scheduled or completed by January 26, 2024.

    *Application fee waivers are available for those who qualify, please contact the Office of Admission at for information.
  • Schedule Admission Testing

    GRADE 1
    This is a cognitive abilities assessment that is administered individually by Collaborative Academic Testing Services (CATS). You may register your child at Test results may be shared with other schools where the student is applying. There is $325* registration fee. 

    Register Here
    This is a web-based virtual admission assessment that is being managed by Admission Testing Solutions. This assessment is approved by the Dallas Area Independent School Consortium. Students may test on December 9, 2023, January 13 or 27 or February 3, 2024. The testing fee is $175* and is due at the time of registration.

    All first-grade applicants will be asked to visit Hockaday for a First Grade Observation with one of our Lower School teachers on either Saturday, January 6, or January 20, 2024. Once your daughter’s application is submitted, please select the observation date in the parent portal.

    GRADES 2-4
    All applicants will be required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) in person at Hockaday or at another ISAAD school in Dallas. The ISEE will be offered at Hockaday on Saturday, January 6 or 20, 2024. Once your daughter’s application has been submitted, please select the testing date in the parent portal. The test registration code for the ISEE will populate in the parent portal. You will use this code to register online for the ISEE at There is a registration fee.*
    *Testing fee assistance available for those who qualify.
  • Submit School Records Release Form to Current School

    Once you have submitted your daughter's application, please locate the School Records Release Form in the parent portal checklist 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, school records, or progress reports at your daughter’s current school. This will allow the school to upload your daughter‘s school records directly to the student application file. Note: if your child is applying to prekindergarten or kindergarten and the school does not issue school records, the form will allow the official to indicate that. This checklist item will be marked complete once the records have been received by Hockaday. The deadline for the receipt of your child’s school records(Fall 2023, 2022-2023, and 2021-2022), if available, is January 26, 2024.
  • Return Teacher Evaluations by January 26, 2024

    Please provide your daughter's current teacher's name and email address on the Teacher Evaluation request form in the checklist in the parent portal. Hockaday will send an online confidential Teacher Evaluation to your daughter's current teacher. You may confirm receipt of the Evaluation in the checklist.
  • Admission Decision

    Admission decision notifications will be emailed on March 8, 2024, to all applicants who have completed their applications by January 26, 2024.
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