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Admissions Process

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We know that finding just the right school for your child is one of the most IMPORTANT decisions you will make. We know that you have a CHOICE about the educational environment that will meet the needs of your family. We want to assure you that we are creating a place where all will be SAFE, and where we can provide a robust education that is focused on GROWTH and JOY.

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Our admissions staff is eager to tell you more about St. Agnes Academy and St. Dominic School. To learn about the many opportunities for your child, you may complete the Online Inquiry Form or contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@saa-sds.org.

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Schedule a Tour

The best way to learn about our school is to experience our campus. Tours look a little different this year with health and safety protocols in place. We are conducting private tours or Zoom introductions. This helps to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our school community.

To schedule a tour or Zoom introduction, click on an option below.

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Saint Agnes Academy – Saint Dominic School utilizes a “rolling application” policy. This process enables families to apply at any time of year for available open spots.

We encourage you to begin the admissions process by the fall so that you are able to take advantage of all the opportunities we have for you to visit our school and to ensure flexibility in scheduling appointments. Complete the online application form for each child applying to St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School.

SAA-SDS welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

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A world of OPPORTUNITY is awaiting your child. View our Virtual Admissions Experience video to learn more about our unparalleled community. We look forward to meeting you!

During the "Stay At Home Order", learning never stopped. Our teachers and students made a smooth transition to remote learning and remained engaged and connected. Teachers held classes using a modified school-day schedule as students settled into their new learning environments. Visit our Remote Learning page HERE to see how they did it!

Affording St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School

We offer Variable Tuition that matches your family's unique financial situation.

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Admissions Criteria by Grade

Early Childhood

PK2 - JrK
  • On-campus Playdate Assessments are required for all students applying for enrollment in our Early Childhood program. The Admissions Department will contact you to schedule the Playdate for early December. Additionally, completed paperwork is required for any child currently enrolled in a preschool/daycare program. The Admissions Department will provide that paperwork to your child’s current school.
  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated as per the Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Guidelines, and a signed Tennessee Immunization form signed (in two places) by a pediatrician must be submitted to the school. 
  • All applications received by mid-November are considered first-round applicants. Applications received after December 1 will be handled on an individual basis as space permits. Please contact admissions@saa-sds.org for more information.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance mid-February. Applicants after February will be notified individually.

Lower School

Kindergarten - 6th Grade

Kindergarten - 5th Grade Admission

  • Each applicant will take part in an individual on-campus assessment.
  • Transcripts, along with teacher recommendation forms, are required from each applicant’s current school. The Admissions Department will provide the recommendation forms. Please contact Admissions at admissions@saa-sds.org for more information. 
  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated as per the Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Guidelines, and a signed Tennessee Immunization form signed (in two places) by a pediatrician must be submitted to the school.
  • Each applicant will be considered for admission once the on-campus assessment has been completed and all paperwork has been received. Applicants are notified of acceptance mid-February. Applicants after February will be notified individually.

6th Grade Admission

  • Transcripts along with teacher recommendation forms provided by admissions are required from each applicant’s current school.
  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated as per the Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Guidelines, and a signed Tennessee Immunization form signed (in two places) by a pediatrician must be submitted to the school.
  • Applicants for grades 6 and up are required to take the MAP assessment test. However, we will accept ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) scores for consideration. Please click here to register for the ISEE.
  • Each applicant will be considered for admission once all paperwork has been received, and the MAP assessment test has been taken. Applicants are notified of acceptance mid-February. Applicants after February will be notified individually.
  • Please contact Admissions at admissions@saa-sds.org for more information.

Jr. High

7th and 8th Grade
  • Transcripts, along with teacher recommendation forms provided by admissions, are required from each applicant’s current school.
  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated as per the Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Guidelines, and a signed Tennessee Immunization form signed (in two places) by a pediatrician must be submitted to the school.
  • Applicants for our Jr. High are required to take the MAP assessment test. However, we will accept ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) scores for consideration. Please click here to register for the ISEE.
  • Once each applicant's paperwork has been received from the applicant’s current school, and the MAP assessment test has been completed, they are ready for admission consideration. Applicants are notified of acceptance mid-February. Applicants after February will be notified individually.

Upper School

9th - 12th Grade

9th Grade Admission

  • Students who have applied before Christmas break will be in the first round of considerations for admissions. Students applying after Christmas break will be considered as space permits. Students from Parochial schools will take the Pre-ACT 8/9 at their elementary school – make sure your child gives permission to St. Agnes to receive the scores for scholarship potential. Students from Independent and Public schools will need to take the ISEE test, click here to register (High ISEE scores are eligible for scholarships, too.)
  • The St. Agnes Admissions Director will host a placement testing session for students who:
    • Had a sick day which prevented them from taking the Pre-ACT 8/9 or ISEE at their school.
    • Attend a school that does not administer the Pre-ACT 8/9 or ISEE.
  • The Admissions Department will gather needed information from the student’s present school (transcripts/standardized test scores/teacher forms).
  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated as per the Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Guidelines, and a signed Tennessee Immunization form signed (in two places) by a pediatrician must be submitted to the school.
  • Students who submitted applications by Christmas break will receive notification of acceptance in mid-February. All applications after December 16 are reviewed and acceptances are announced as space permits.
  • Freshman course placement is determined by grades from 7th and 8th grade, as well as standardized testing scores, scores of the Pre-ACT 8/9/ISEE, and Junior High teacher input. Upper School department heads determine honors parameters for freshman English, Math and Science based on Junior High grades, Pre-ACT 8/9/ISEE scores, and results from tracking parameters of successful honors students from previous years.
    Students with high scores on the Pre-ACT 8/9 and ISEE are eligible for freshmen scholarships. CLICK HERE
  • The first orientation for incoming 9th graders is Star Tuesday held March 31.

10th and 11th Grade Admission

  • Schedule the ISEE Placement Test here.
  • The Admissions Department will gather needed information from the student’s present school (transcripts/standardized test scores/teacher forms).
  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated as per the Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Guidelines, and a signed Tennessee Immunization form signed (in two places) by a pediatrician must be submitted to the school.
  • Students who submitted applications by Christmas break receive notification of acceptance in mid-February. All applications after December 16th are reviewed and acceptances are announced as space permits.

12th Grade Admission

  • If you are seeking Senior placement, please call the Director of Admission at 901-435-5858.
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