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 31. 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)
  • Test results (OLSAT and ISEE) Note: The OLSAT may only be taken once during the admission cycle (Sept-Jan). The OLSAT is a 72 question aptitude test, and students have 40 minutes to complete. No preparation is allowed for the OLSAT. 

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 2–12 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 Skype.

Out of town families applying for Grades K and 1 need to be on campus for their group evaluation. Those dates are listed on our website far in advance, so you are able to make travel arrangements. Since applicants are required to come to Houston for their group evaluation, we encourage families to schedule their WPPSI appointment with CATS during their visit.

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 2020 Entry:

August 7 - Application opens 
October 6
– Kindergarten - Grade 5 Open House, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Parents only, please.)
November 9 – OLSAT testing (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
December 6 – Application deadline at 4:00 p.m. (Grades 5-12) 
December 7 – OLSAT testing (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 10 – Mid-year report cards, Teacher recommendation are due
January 11 – OLSAT testing (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) and ISEE testing for Grades 5 and 6 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
January 25 – OLSAT testing for Grades 5-12 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 31 – ISEE and OLSAT scores due to St. John's
March 13 – Admission decision notification

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