How to Apply

We're thrilled that you're considering St. Stephen's Episcopal School and look forward to getting to know your family during the admission process.

Families interested in applying for the 2024-25 academic year should contact the Office of Admission to discuss availability in the boarding and day programs.

The application for the 2025-26 academic year will be available Sept. 15, 2024. 

To submit an application, please create an account with our Finalsite admission application portal. You'll use the portal to submit forms, upload report cards and request recommendations. It also provides a checklist so you can see the status of your application.

You'll need only one SchoolAdmin account to manage the admission process for multiple family members.

Steps to Apply

List of 10 items.

  • Application

    Biographical Information - This form must be completed before starting any other forms. It starts the application process and generates the student file. A credit card payment of the application fee must accompany online submission. The application fee is $100 for U.S. residents and $125 for applicants (or their parents) who reside outside the U.S. An application fee waiver may be requested by sending an email to
  • Student Questionnaire

    To be completed by the student applicant. This form allows the applicant to share with the admission committee their personality and passions. It is to be completed by the student without assistance (other than helping navigate the website) from teachers or parents.
  • Student Essay

    To be completed by the student applicant. Applicants write a 200-600 word essay in response to one of three prompts. It is to be completed by the student without assistance (other than helping navigate the website) from teachers or parents.
  • Recommendations

    Current Math Teacher, Current English Teacher, Personal - You will be asked to submit email addresses for your recommenders who will then receive the form via email. They will receive a link to the recommendation that allows them to complete and submit their form online. The Office of Admission will not request recommendations from your teachers. Once the recommendation is submitted by your teacher you will receive an automated email confirmation.
  • Parent Statement

    The Admission Committee is eager to learn about your child. Please be candid with your responses. We also ask that you upload a recent photo of your student. While not required, it is extremely helpful during the admission process.
  • Report Cards

    Upload copies of the applicant’s final (year-end) report card from last school year and the most recent report card or progress report for the current school year. Official transcripts from the school are not required at this time; copies of report cards sent to the families may be submitted. Uploads must be PDF files and not screenshots or photos of report cards.
  • Standardized Testing

    St. Stephen’s requires applicants to submit standardized testing scores. 
    Standardized test results are one of many factors (current and previous grades, teacher recommendations, interview, writing samples, etc.) that are considered when the admission committee evaluates an application. 
    St. Stephen’s prefers the SSAT and also accepts ISEE admission tests. Testing before or on January 20th will ensure that the scores are accepted for the January 20th priority application deadline. Students applying to grades 11 and 12 may submit PSAT, SAT or ACT scores.
    Both the SSAT and ISEE are offering options at school sites, on a home computer and at Prometric Testing Centers. St. Stephen's is offering on-campus testing for the SSAT on January 6, 2024. SSAT has a helpful web page with instructions for each test format and also offers computer-based practice tests. 
    When registering for the SSAT (, be sure to type St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (Austin, TX) as a score recipient. The SSAT code for St. Stephen's is 6956. The ISEE ( code for St. Stephen’s is 440315. The testing company will then release the scores to St. Stephen’s and they will be marked as received on the application checklist.
    International students - Students who are applying from outside the US and have trouble arranging for testing should contact the Office of Admission to discuss individual circumstances. Students may also submit TOEFL or Duolingo scores (in addition to the required SSAT) to demonstrate English proficiency. The TOEFL code is B078. International students should refer to the International Applicants link on the Admission page of the school website.

  • Campus Visits

    Campus Visits - Campus visits are optional. Applicants may visit campus to attend classes and tour the facilities on designated days. Campus visit details and registration are available here or by calling the Office of Admission at (512) 327-1213 x210. Registration is limited.
  • Interview

    All applicants are required to interview with an admission officer. The interview is for both the applicant and the parent(s) and takes about an hour (30 minutes each). 

    Boarding applicants may be interviewed during their campus visit or via Zoom. Please email to schedule an interview. 

    Prospective day students should schedule an on-campus interview using this link.

    Applicants from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan should refer to this page for more information regarding interviews.
  • Online Application Checklist

    Families can follow the progress of their file through an online checklist. All documents submitted electronically will be posted to the application file and the status can be reviewed through the Finalsite account.

Common Application

We welcome online applications from SSAT's Standard Application (SAO) and Gateway to Prep Schools. Applications are due by January 20. 
Families who use one of these common applications will receive instructions on how to create a Finalsite account in order to monitor the application progress, receive communications from the Office of Admission, access admission decisions and any future enrollment documents. 

Contact Admission

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School 
Office of Admission
6500 St. Stephen’s Drive 
Austin, Texas 78746
(512) 327-1213 x210 
(512) 327-6771 - fax

Important Dates

Applications for admission are accepted year round. The priority admission deadline is January 20. Students who complete files by January 20 get priority consideration for available spaces and we'll notify you of the decision on March 10th.

After January 20, St. Stephen’s considers applications on a rolling basis. When all spaces are filled, qualified candidates are placed on the waiting list if openings occur.
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-1213