Middle School

Applying to Grades 6-8

Grade 6 is a natural entry point when approximately fifty places are offered.

A parent meeting is required for all applicant parents who do not have a child currently enrolled or a recent graduate of the School. A member of the Admission Office staff will contact you to schedule your parent meeting.

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 14. Please do not send more than one report.

Though Grades 7 and 8 are not natural entry points, one to two openings may occur at each grade level through attrition. At the end of the selection process, a small wait pool is created for each grade in the event an opening occurs.

Applicants to Grades 6-8 are considered on the following criteria:
  • Teacher recommendations (math and English)
  • Academic record (mid-year report card and previous year's report card)
  • ISEE test results
  • Grade 6 individual interview
  • Writing sample/Applicant Questionnaire
  • Extracurricular recommendation (optional)

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 video chat.
Out of town families applying for Grades K and 1 need to be on campus for their individual evaluation. Grade 1 applicants will receive notification in early November of your scheduled date and time. Individual evaluations will be conducted during the last two weeks in January, so that travel arrangements can be made. Since the WPPSI/WISC must be completed by December 17, 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.

Admission Calendar for 2022 Entry:

August 6 - Application opens
September 19 - Middle School Open House (current applicants only), 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
September – January
 - Candidate interviews for grades 6-12 (application must be submitted prior to scheduling the interview)
November 13 - ISEE Testing for Grades 5-6 (current applicants only), 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
December 3 - Application deadline at 4:00 p.m. (Grades 5-12) 
December 11 - ISEE Testing for Grades 7-12 SJS Applicants Only, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
January 14 - Teacher recommendations, Applicant Questionnaire, Administrator's Recommendation, mid-year report card and previous year's report card, ISEE results due
March 11 - Admission decision notification

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