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The Admission Process

Step 1: Let’s get to know one another.

Contact the Admission Office to schedule a campus tour and attend one or more of our admission events. Our admission team is eager to welcome you to campus so you can experience first hand how we engage, challenge and connect with our students daily.  

Please contact Yolanda Espinoza in the Admission Office at 817.302.3209 or via email yolanda.espinoza@fwcd.com 

Step 2: Submit your application.

Please complete the online application with the application fee. Review the FWCD Parent Partnership in order to complete this process.

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  • Kindergarten

    Early Decision (for current sibling, alumni or faculty children) application deadline  - November 8, 2019.
    New families application deadline - January 15, 2020.
  • Grades 1-12

    Application deadline for all families - February 7, 2020.

Step 3: Complete admission testing and provide supplemental documents.

Kindergarten

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  • Age-normed Readiness Assessment

    FWCD uses a developmentally appropriate assessment for prospective students applying to kindergarten. The Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) is an engaging, interactive, tablet-based (iPad) evaluation that provides insight into a child’s abilities with regard to reasoning and achievement. Take a moment to visit the erblearn.org website for a comprehensive overview of the assessment and to view a demonstration video.

    Kindergarten admission testing is individually administered and scheduled Monday-Friday at 8:30, 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. If you are testing at Fort Worth Country Day, we will contact you to schedule an appointment on our campus with Lucy Biggs, former FWCD Kindergarten teacher and admission representative. While your child is enjoying “good work” with Mrs. Biggs, current kindergarten parent volunteers will visit with you about volunteer opportunities, carpool, school uniforms, field trips and more.
  • Preschool Recommendation

    The Preschool Teacher recommendation will be sent to the child’s preschool and returned directly to FWCD. If applying to more than one school, the school that is administering the individual assessment will share a copy of the testing and recommendation with the other applicant schools.
  • Age Requirement

    Children must be 5 years old by August 31 of the year they will enter Kindergarten.
    If you are considering having your child wait a year before entering kindergarten and he or she will turn 6 before 
    May 1, we recommend that you schedule a visit with our Admission staff.

Grades 1-4

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  • Admission Testing

    Admission testing for grades 1-4 is offered at FWCD on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. We can coordinate testing for out-of-town applicants with their current school.

    Students applying for grades 1-4 will register online at the ERB testing website. Students entering first grade will register to take the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners). Students applying for second through fourth grades will take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).

    All AABL and ISEE registrations must be submitted by January 29, 2020. Need-based fee waivers are available. For more information about fee waivers, please contact Caroline Lamsens, Director of Admission, at 817.302.3213 or caroline.lamsens@fwcd.comWhen registering, you will need to enter our school code 442519.
     
  • Classroom Teacher Recommendation

    Parents will be able to email the Classroom Teacher Recommendation directly to their child’s current teacher through our application provider, Ravenna.  Classroom Teacher Recommendation requests should be sent after November 1, 2019, and are due to the Admission Office by February 14, 2020.
  • Transcript

    Download and print the Transcript Request Form and give to your child's school registrar after January 1, 2020. Transcripts are due to the Admission Office by February 14, 2020.

Grades 5-12

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  • ISEE Testing

    Applicants for grades 5-12 take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). The ISEE online registration guide is included in the admission packet or you may register online via the ISEE website. The testing fee is $125 and is paid directly to the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) as outlined in the ISEE Online Guide. All applicants must register with ERB to take the ISEE no later than three weeks prior to the test date to avoid an additional walk-in fee. Need-based fee waivers are available. For more information regarding this, please contact Caroline Lamsens, Director of Admission, at 817.302.3213 or caroline.lamsens@fwcd.com. When registering, you will need to enter our school code 442519.
     
    Grades 5-12 ISEE test dates for the 2020-21 academic year enrollment are:
    • February 1, 2020 (deadline to register with ISEE is January 11)
    • February 22, 2020 (deadline to register with ISEE is February 1)
  • Student Supplement for Grades 5-8

    Download and print a copy of the Student Supplement for Grades 5-8. The student must complete both parts in his/her own handwriting. You may email the Student Supplement to yolanda.espinoza@fwcd.com.
     
    The Student Supplement is due to the Admission Office by February 14, 2020.
  • Student Supplement for Grades 9-12

    Applicants for grades 9-12 will complete and submit their Student Supplement (Honor Code and Essay) online through our application provider, Ravenna.
     
    The Student Supplement (Honor Code and Essay) is due to the Admission Office by February 14, 2020.
  • Teacher Recommendations

    Parents of applicants for grades 5-12 will be able to email the Math and English Teacher Recommendations directly to their child’s current teacher through our application provider, Ravenna.  Teacher Recommendation requests should be sent after November 1, 2019, and are due to the Admission Office by February 14, 2020.
  • Transcript

    Download and print the Transcript Request Form. This provides official notification to the child’s current school to send an official copy of their current school records with grades through mid-year directly to the Admission Office. Transcripts are due to the Admission Office by February 14, 2020.
     
    All newly enrolled students must also have their final school record sent to FWCD by June 15, 2020.

Step 4: Schedule a classroom visit.

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  • Kindergarten

    Group Observation
    During the 90-minute group observation, applicants will rotate in small groups with our Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers. New parents and first-child alumni parents are asked to remain and participate in an information session.

    The Group Observation dates this year are:
     
    Early Decision Kindergarten Applicants
    Monday, November 11, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, December 3, 1-2:30 p.m.
     
    New Family Kindergarten Applicants
    Saturday, January 11, 9-10:30 a.m.
    Monday, January 27, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Grades 1-4

    Full-day Classroom Visit
    Lower School applicants are required to fulfill a full-day class visit which includes a developmental reading assessment. The Admission Office will contact the applicant’s family to schedule this visit after they receive the application.
  • Grades 5-12

    Classroom Visit
    All applicants for grades 5-12 are required to fulfill a half-day visit in class and an interview with a member of the admission team.  The Admission Office will contact the applicant’s family to schedule this visit after they receive the application.
     
    Applicants for fifth-grade will also meet and visit with the Middle School Division Head. 

    Applicants for ninth-grade have the option to schedule a full-day visit, which includes time to visit both eighth and ninth-grade classes.
     

Step 5: Your admission application checklist and notification dates.

You may log into Ravenna at any time to view the status of the applicant's supplemental documents.

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Step 6: Making your decision.

We are grateful for your interest in Fort Worth Country Day and look forward to working with you and your family as you make this important decision for your child(ren).

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  • Kindergarten Enrollment

    - Early Decision enrollment contracts (for current sibling, alumni or faculty children) are due January 6, 2020.
    - New Family enrollment contracts are due February 21, 2020.
     
  • Grades 1-12 Enrollment

    Enrollment contracts are due by March 20, 2020.

Questions?

For general questions, contact the Admission Office at 817.302.3209 or email yolanda.espinoza@fwcd.com.


Consortium Schools Joint Admission Policies

FWCD cooperates with three other independent schools – All Saints' Episcopal School, Fort Worth Academy and Trinity Valley School – in sharing joint admission policies, calendar, testing and notification dates. To be considered for admission at any other school, candidates must also file applications with those schools. Except under special circumstances determined by the test administrators, results are not valid if a test is administered to the student more than once within a given year.

 
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.