Upper School

Applying to Grades 9-12

Grade 9 is a natural entry point when approximately 55 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 or SSAT score report. The report must come from a test date during the current admission cycle (September through January) and must be received by January 29. Please do not send more than one report.

Though Grades 10 through 12 are not natural entry points, one to three 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 9-12 are considered on the following criteria:
  • Teacher recommendations (math and English)
  • Extracurricular recommendation
  • Academic record (mid-year report card and previous year's report card)
  • ISEE or SSAT Test results
  • Admission Interview
  • Writing sample/Applicant Questionnaire

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 1, 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 2021 Entry:

August 6 - Application opens
October 1 -
Upper School Virtual Admission Information Session
September – January
 - Candidate and parent interviews. (Application must be submitted prior to scheduling the interview.)
December 4 - Application deadline at 4:00 p.m. (Grades 5-12) 
December 12 - ISEE Testing for Grades 7-12 SJS Applicants Only, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
January 8
 - Teacher and extracurricular recommendations, Applicant Questionnaire, Administrator's Recommendation, mid-year report card and previous year's report card due
January 29 - ISEE or SSAT test scores due to St. John's
March 12 - Admission decision notification

*Due to Covid-19 and our commitment to keep families and children healthy and safe, St. John’s fall Open House events will be virtual. Please continue to check our Visit St. John's page for the most up to date information.

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