Lower School

Class 5

Applying to Class 5

Though not a natural entry year, one to two openings may occur through attrition. At the end of the selection process, a small wait pool is created in the event an opening occurs.

Please note that while you are able to take the ISEE twice, St. John's will only accept one ISEE score report. The report must come from a test date during the current admission cycle (August through January) and must be received by January 10. Please do not send more than one report.

Applicants to Class 5 are considered on the following criteria:
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Academic record (mid-year report card)
  • ISEE test results
For Class 5, parent/guardian meetings will be scheduled depending upon the availability of spots.

International Families and Out-of-Town Applicants

We look forward to working with families moving to Houston from other areas of the United States and other countries. We understand that the admission process may present some challenges given your circumstances. We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible so that we may assist you with the admission process.
 
Out of town families applying for Classes 2–11 can complete the process without coming to campus. All testing can be done out of state and we can help facilitate. Additionally, interviews and parent/guardian meetings can be completed over video chat.
 
Out of town families applying for Kindergarten and Class 1 need to be on campus for their individual evaluation. Kindergarten evaluations will be conducted on January 16, 23 and 25, so that travel arrangements can be made. Kindergarten applicants will receive notification in mid-September of your scheduled date and time. Class 1 evaluations will be conducted December 4 (last names A-K) and December 11 (last names L-Z). We require out of town families for Kindergarten and Class 1 to have the WPPSI administered by CATS. If you have questions about this, please contact Tahra Peterson at 713-850-4119.

Since the WISC must be completed by December 19, out of town families for Classes 2-4 can schedule testing in their local area.

As a day school, St. John's policy requires that students reside with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian. We do not offer a program for international students and do not issue I-20 visas.

Class 5 Admission Calendar for 2025 Entry:

August 5 - Application opens 
September 22 - Kindergarten - Class 5 Open House 1:30 p.m -3:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. arrival for last name A-K, 2:15 p.m. arrival for last name L-Z) (Parents/Guardians only)
December 6 – Application deadline at 4:00 p.m. (Classes 5-11) 
December 7 - ISEE Testing for Classes 5-6, 8:30 a.m. (You are not required to take the ISEE at St. John's.)
January 10 – Mid-year report cards, teacher recommendation, ISEE scores due
March 7 – Admission decision notification

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