Admission Process

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Submit Application

Submit the online application.

Upper School applications are still welcome although we have wait pools for most grade levels of the 2024-25 school year. Please reach out to the Admission Office at 314-995-7367 or to inquire about space and availability. The main steps of the Admission Process are outlined below.

To apply, visit the MICDS Admission Portal. From there, you’ll be able to complete the Standard Application Online (SAO), schedule appointments, and track the progress of your application. For step-by-step instructions, here is our SAO ‘How-To’ Guide to walk you through the application site. 

For 9th grade, admission decisions were shared on February 2, 2024, and family enrollment decisions were due by Friday, February 23, 2024.  For 10th-12th grades, admission decisions were shared on March 8, 2024, and family enrollment decisions were due by Friday, March 29, 2024. After the first-round deadlines, MICDS practices rolling admissions based on availability by grade level. 

Please note: The fee for domestic student applications is $40, and the fee for international student applications is $150.

A complete application includes:

  • Online application including parent, student, supplemental sections, and application fee
  • Official transcript and school records, including any standardized testing results, from the applicant’s current school
  • Teacher recommendation from a current core subject teacher, using the form on the Standard Application Online (SAO) application
  • Results of Admission Testing, taken using either the SSAT or the ISEE, by January 15, 2024, for students applying to 9th grade, and February 25, 2024, for students applying to 10th-12th grades.
  • Family interview
  • International applicants should include a graded writing sample from this academic year and a recent TOEFL score, which should be sent to MICDS from ETS. Our TOEFL school code is B730.
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Schedule Interview

Interview with a member of our Faculty/Admission team.

We look forward to having a conversation with each applicant and parent/ to get to know you better and to help you understand more about MICDS. We must have your application (parent, student, and supplement) submitted at least three days prior to your interview.

Interviews began in mid-November. Please contact the Admission Office at 314-995-7367 to schedule your interview.

Schedule Testing

Complete admission testing.

MICDS requires all applicants to Grades 5-12 to complete either the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) as part of the application process. Both tests are excellent options, and we do not have a preference for either test. 

Learn about and register for the SSAT here. If in-person testing dates have passed, please utilize the SSAT’s At Home option. You must register at least three weeks in advance of your preferred testing date.  To have your scores sent to MICDS, please select MICDS as a score recipient when registering using the school code 4906. The cost of the SSAT varies by test and fee waivers are available for families applying for tuition assistance.

Learn about and register for the ISEE here. The ISEE is offered locally as well as with an At Home option. The cost of the ISEE varies by test and fee waivers are available for families applying for tuition assistance.

Please note that MICDS requests that admission test results for 9th-grade applicants be received no later than January 5, 2024, and no later than February 5, 2024, for all other applicants.

Apply for Tuition Assistance

Applying for tuition assistance is optional. This is a separate application and is submitted at the same time as the admissions application.

If you choose to apply for need-based tuition assistance, please see the following steps and deadlines:

MICDS requires each family applying for tuition assistance to place a confidential online application through Clarity by completing the Tuition Assistance Application and submitting supporting 2021 and 2022 tax documentation. It is extremely important to submit the tuition assistance application on time, as there are budgetary limits to the available funds. Do not wait until a child is accepted to apply for aid. Please visit Tuition and Affordability Web Page or read our Affording MICDS Brochure for more information on how to apply.

First Round tuition assistance application deadlines:

  • November 20, 2023 – The filing deadline for all current students.
  • December 8, 2023 – The filing deadline for new 9th-grade applicants.
  • January 31, 2024 – The filing deadline for new applications for all other grade levels.

Adhering to the submission deadlines is essential for first-round admission consideration. Beyond first-round admission decisions, the tuition assistance application is due with the submission of the admissions application. The availability of tuition assistance may be limited.

Decisions and notification:

Applying for tuition assistance does not affect the admission decision. The admission decision is a separate process from the tuition assistance determination and is led by a separate committee. The Committee on Tuition Assistance deliberations are confidential and address only factors affecting the assessment of financial need. Prospective families can expect a tuition assistance decision at the same time as their admission decision.

Apply for Tuition Assistance

Contact the Admissions Office

Call us at 314-995-7367