Class 1 is a natural entry point when 22 places are offered, usually to 11 boys and 11 girls. Applicants to Class 1 are considered on the following criteria: teacher recommendation, group evaluation with our teachers, and Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) results.
A parent/guardian meeting is required for all applicant parents/guardians who do not have a child currently enrolled in the School. If you applied your child for our Kindergarten last year, the parent/guardian meeting is waived. Parent/Guardian meetings for Class 1 must be completed by December 15
. A member of the Admission Office staff will contact you to schedule your parent/guardian meeting.For Parents/Guardians of Class 1 CandidatesI.
We have two limitations regarding age: (1) candidates must be 6 years old by September 1 of the year they will enter Class 1, and (2) they must not have turned 7 before June 1 of the year they will enter Class 1. II.
All candidates for Class 1 are considered for admission. III.
All candidates are required to complete individual cognitive abilities testing. St. John's contracts with Collaborative Academic Testing Service (CATS) to administer the WPPSI-IV. Please note that we require all applicants to test with CATS.
Testing from other evaluators will not be considered when evaluating the student's file. This evaluation must be scheduled with CATS by November 3
An additional testing fee of $325 is due to CATS at the time of registration. A candidate may not test more than once during the admission season (August to December) and may not test at more than one location.
Parents/Guardians often ask how they should best prepare their child for the WPPSI-IV (or WISC) test. Please approach the test in a relaxed manner and make sure your child is well-rested and well-fed prior to the test. Parents/Guardians, please be advised that evaluators will report to the schools any indication that the child has been tutored or coached. Since this is an important and valuable metric, any "test prepping" may jeopardize the accuracy of the results and can lead to the disqualification of the school admission application for your child
. Please visit the CATS website
for more information on how best to prepare your child for the test.
The second phase of testing occurs December 6 (last name A-K) and December 13 (last name L-Z). Math achievement and school-readiness skills are assessed during the SJS evaluation. You will receive an email with your child's scheduled testing date and time.