How to Apply

List of 5 items.

  • Complete the Online Application

    We are no longer accepting pre-kindergarten or kindergarten applications for the 2023-2024 school year. 

    Application Available September 1, 2023
    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 parent interview) 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

    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 $300* registration fee. 
    PK-K OBSERVATION: Once your daughter’s application is submitted, please schedule (in the parent portal) a Developmental Age Observation. This observation will take place in person at The Hockaday School on a Saturday between December – February. This observation has both a group and a one-on-one component.

    *Testing fee assistance available for those who qualify.
  • Submit School Records Form to your Daughter's Registrar

    After you have submitted the online 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 Information Form on the online application. Hockaday will use this information to send an online confidential Teacher Evaluation to your daughter's current teacher. Teacher Evaluations should be received by January 26, 2024.
  • Admission Decision

    Admission decision notifications will be emailed on March 8, 2024, to all applicants who have completed their applications by January 26, 2024.
Please note that students applying for Prekindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year must be four years old by September 1, 2024.  Notifications of the admission decision will be emailed on March 8, 2024, to those applicants who have met all deadlines. 
The Hockaday School admits qualified students of any race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The Hockaday School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its educational, admissions, financial aid, athletic, and other policies and programs.
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