Admission FAQ

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What are the application deadlines?

    The priority admission deadline for all applications is January 25. Students completing the application process by the priority deadline will receive notification of an admission decision by March 10. After the priority deadline, applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling admission basis until all classes are full.
  • Q: What is required to have a complete Application for Admission?

    A comprehensive list of application requirements is found online and in The Guide to the St. Stephens’ Experience. The quick answer is the Application (this biographical form must be completed before any other forms are started), Student Questionnaire & Essay, Parent Statement, Current Math Teacher Recommendation, Current English Teacher Recommendation, Personal Recommendation, Previous and Current Grades, results from ISEE or SSAT testing, and interview.
  • Q: What does St. Stephen's look for in an applicant?

    That is a tough question. The Admission Committee isn’t looking for something – they are looking at everything. As a college-preparatory school with a well-developed curriculum, we look for students who have been achieving academically in their current schools. But also important are students who are curious – about their studies and their passions. The committee, comprised of admission officers and faculty, review all completed files and, in addition to previous grades, scores on the ISEE or SSAT, teacher and personal recommendations, student essays and parent statements; a student's special interests and talents are discussed as we truly seek students who will share those with the school community. We also take into consideration the impressions gained through the student's campus and class visit and interview.
  • Q: Which standardized test does St. Stephen's require?

    All applicants are required to submit results from either the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). Testing before or on January 25 will ensure that the scores are accepted for the January 25 priority application deadline. The testing company will release the scores to St. Stephen’s and will then be marked as received on the application checklist. Testing dates are limited - visit the websites early to register.
    SSAT ( or 1-609-683-4440). The SSAT is the preferred test and will be administered at St. Stephen’s on December 7 and December 14, 2019 and January 4 and January 18, 2020. International students should take the SSAT at one of the worldwide testing centers. The SSAT code number for St. Stephen’s is 6956. International students - In addition to SSAT scores, students may submit SLEP or TOEFL scores to demonstrate English proficiency. SLEP and TOEFL scores will not be accepted in lieu of SSAT scores. International students should refer to the International Admission link on the Admission page of the school website.
    ISEE ( or 1-800-446-0320). The ISEE is administered at locations in Austin, the state, and nationally. The ISEE code number for St. Stephen’s is 440315.
  • Q: Do I need to submit all parts of my application at the same time?

    No. The application is available at All of the online application forms may be started, saved and then submitted at a later date. 
    The admission system is powered by SchoolAdmin and will generate a family portal (using one email address and password) that can accommodate the admission process for multiple family members.
    Online forms are available for the Application, Student Questionnaire & Essay, and Parent Statement. Through the online checklist families will request the math, English and personal recommendation forms be emailed to the recommenders. Additional upload features for previous year report card, current report card and student photo are also available. Families should request that the scores from the ISEE or SSAT exam should be sent directly to the Admission Office.
    An electronic checklist will allow families to check the status of each required item.
  • Q: Am I required to submit the Application for Admission electronically?

    Yes. We have been using an electronic applicaton since 2010. The Application (biographical form), Student Questonnaire & Essay, Parent Statement and all recommendations must be submitted electronically. Copies of previous and current year report cards will be uploaded via the admission portal.
  • Q: When and how are admission decisions communicated?

    For students applying by the January 25 priority deadline, admission decisions are sent to the primary email account for the Application on March 10. 
  • Q: Do you have a Class Visit program?

    Students are encouraged to attend a class visit day ( where they will attend 2 classes with current students and have lunch in the Dining Hall. On that day, parents will meet administrators and teachers and have a tour of the campus. Parents are not allowed to attend classes on regular school days but those attending the fall Open House for Admission will be able to sit in on mock mini-classes that are a great example of the classroom environment at St. Stephen’s.
  • Q: Does St. Stephen's offer financial assistance?

    Each year, St. Stephen’s offers almost $2 million in need-based financial aid. A separate financial aid application must be submitted each year by January 25. To receive information about financial aid, visit the financial aid section of the website and check the appropriate box on the admission application.
  • Q: Are admission decisions affected by applying for financial assistance?

    No. The admission and financial aid decisions are made separately and all admission decisions are made without regard for financial need.
  • Q: How much financial aid can I expect to receive?

    Many factors go into making financial aid awards and each award is individualized based upon the financial situation for each family. St. Stephen's financial aid is designed to supplement family resources to allow qualified students to enroll who would not have been able to do so without the school’s assistance.
  • Q: Must I repay the financial aid award?

    No. A financial aid award is used to offset the cost of a student's education.
  • Q: Does St. Stephen's give scholarships?

    St. Stephen's offers merit scholarships to students applying to the boarding program. Criteria for the Brewster Scholarship, the MLK Scholarship, and the ISAS/SAES Scholarship can be found on the Tuition and Financial Assistance web page. All other financial assistance is need-based.

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