Admissions Process

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The MKA Admissions Committee selects students who are likely to find success in our challenging, college-preparatory curriculum. We consider each candidate separately from all others, looking closely at individual strengths and merits.

The Admissions Committee seeks evidence of a student's academic achievement and personal integrity through a review of objective and subjective data gathered from the student's current school and from the admissions process. We also look favorably upon an applicant's involvement in the arts, athletics and community service.

MKA welcomes candidates of all ethnic origins and religious and racial backgrounds and, in compliance with law, does not discriminate in any of its practices.

Important Dates for the 2018-2019 school yearEarly NotificationRegular Notification
Application DeadlineFriday, 12/15Friday, 12/15
Supplemental Materials DeadlineFriday, 12/15Wednesday, 1/31
Notification DateFriday, 1/12Monday, 2/26
Enroll-By DateFriday, 3/16Friday, 3/16

Step A: Learn more about MKA

Our community is eager to welcome you to campus for one of our many admissions events.

Click here for Primary School events.

Click here for Middle School events.

Click here for Upper School events.

Please click here to request an Admissions viewbook.

Step B: Submit your application

For applicants to Pre-K- grade 12, MKA’s application is available online here. For your convenience for grades 6-12, we also accept the Standard Application online (SAO). This is helpful if you are applying to multiple schools and prefer a paperless process. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is December 15th, 2017.

Step C: Send us your school reports

  • Pre-K and kindergarten: Candidates may include school reports or the equivalent if their current school issues them. As many schools and programs for this age group do not, this is not required.
  • Grades 1-8: Applicants should give the Transcript Request Form to the principal's office of the current school. Transcripts must show at least the last academic year and the first grading period of the current year.

  • Grades 9-12: MKA requires final report cards/transcripts and any standardized testing from the previous two years along with a report card/transcript for the current year, which should include grades from at least one marking period. These documents can be sent electronically using the SAO or you can download a hard copy of the Transcript Request Form.

Step D: Send us teacher recommendations

Parents are responsible for giving teachers a blank copy of the teacher recommendation. Teachers may scan and email, fax or mail these back to our office. Please see the links below to download and print the forms.

Please note that applicants using the Standard Application Online (SAO) should submit their Math and English teacher recommendations electronically using the SAO. For applicant to grades 9-12, the additional teacher recommendation on the SAO should be completed by the applicant's current History, Science, or World Language teacher.

Pre-K -1 Teacher Recommendation

Grades 2-3 teacher recommendation

Grades 4-5 teacher recommendation (one each from math and English)

Grades 6-8 teacher recommendation (one each from math and English)

Grades 9-12 math recommendation

Grades 9-12 English recommendation

Grades 9-12 additional teacher recommendation (from history, science or foreign language) *This is a required recommendation and should be a one-page letter sent via email to admissions@mka.org


Step E: Complete an entrance test

  • Pre-K-grade 2: Candidates will visit MKA for a screening appointment
  • Grades 3-4: Applicants for grades 3 and 4 take the CTP 4.

  • Grades 5-12: Candidates are asked to take the ISEE or SSAT. Candidates for grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to submit PSAT scores, but the SSAT or ISEE is acceptable. Complete testing details are on the ISEE website and SSAT website.

Step F: Complete an applicant questionnaire (grades 4-12 only)

Step G: Attend a family visit

Candidates and their families will visit the campus to which they are applying. Parents will have a conference with a member of the Admissions Team and students will visit at least one classroom (two in Upper School). Family visits in Middle or Upper School also include a tour, while those in the Upper School include a conference with a member of the Upper School Admissions Committee.

Primary School visits include a parent conference, class visit, and 1 on 1 assesment.

Step H: Await the decision

MKA notifies families of admissions decisions in mid- January (early notification) and late- February (regular notification). We look forward to getting to know you, working with you throughout the process, and helping you make the decision that is best for your family.

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