Lower School

Grade 5

Applying to Grade 5

Though not a natural entry grade, 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 (September through January) and must be received by January 13. Please do not send more than one report.

Applicants to Grade 5 are considered on the following criteria:
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Academic record (mid-year report card)
  • ISEE test results
St. John’s requires a parent meeting for admission at all entry and non-entry points. For Grade 5, parent 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 Grades 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 meetings can be completed over video chat.
Out of town families applying for Grades K and 1 need to be on campus for their individual evaluation. Kindergarten evaluations will be conducted on January 19, 21 and 24, so that travel arrangements can be made. Kindergarten applicants will receive notification in mid-September of your scheduled date and time. Grade 1 evaluations will be conducted December 8 (last names A-K) and 14 (last names L-Z).

Since the WPPSI/WISC must be completed by December 16, out of town families 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.

Grade 5 Admission Calendar for 2023 Entry:

August 5 - Application opens 
December 2 – Application deadline at 4:00 p.m. (Grades 5-11) 
December 10 - ISEE Testing for Grades 5-6, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
January 13 – Mid-year report cards, teacher recommendation due
January 31 – ISEE scores due
March 10 – Admission decision notification

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