How to Apply

List of 8 items.

  • 1. Complete Part I of the online application.

  • 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 admission interview.

    Boarding applicants should contact the Office of Admission to arrange both a parent and a student interview.
  • 6. Return teacher evaluations.

    If applying online, enter the teacher's email addresses when prompted and The Office of Admission will send the evaluations directly to the teachers. If using a hardcopy application, sign the evaluation forms and then give them to the applicant's current English and Math teachers. Ask that the forms be completed and returned directly to the Office of Admission.
  • 7. Return Principal or Head of School Evaluation Form.

    After signing the evaluation form, give it to the applicant's current Principal or Head of School. Ask that the form be completed and returned directly to the Office of Admission.
  • 8. Submit Official Transcript.

    Give the Transcript Release Form to an official at the applicant's current school. The registrar then submits the student's transcript directly to Hockaday. The official transcript should be returned by January 29, 2016.
  • 9. Schedule a visit to Hockaday.

    Call the Office of Admission to schedule a visit to Hockaday. Prospective Residence students are welcome to spend the night at Hockaday and attend classes the following day.  Please contact Molly Averitt at or 214-360-6522 to schedule a student visit.
  • 10. 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 an Overnight Boarder Visit

Overnight Boarder Visit Thursday, Jan. 19 - Friday, Jan. 20
On Thursday evening we will have a family dinner followed by a program and students will spend the night in the Boarding Department. Friday, January 20, will be filled with various programs and activities for parents while students visit classes for the day. Both parent and student interviews will be conducted at various times throughout the day on Friday, and your 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 a the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) on Saturday, January 21. If you would like for your daughter to test at this time, please visit to register.

I’m sure you are wondering what to pack! Bedding and towels will be provided; please bring toiletries, pajamas, and a change of comfortable clothes. 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, 2017 to all applicants who have completed their applications by January 27, 2017.
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