Lower School Admission Process

Applying to Pre-K/Grade 5

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Lower School Campus Visit

For families who live in the Asheville area, we have set aside some dates for you and your child to visit CDS. If you are relocating or if the dates we have do not work for you, we will work with you to schedule your visit at your convenience.

Applicants to Pre-K and Kindergarten

Our teachers lead small groups of applicants in playful activities in our Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms while their parents engage in conversation nearby with administrators and current CDS parents. This visit lasts about one hour. Parents are welcome to schedule a tour on a date either before or after the children's Play Visit date.  

*Please note that applicants to Pre-K must be four years old, and applicants to Kindergarten must be five years old by September 1 of the year they matriculate.

Applicants to Grades 1-5

While children visit a classroom of their peers, we will meet with parents and offer them a tour of the school. Children’s visits last about two hours for applicants to Grades 1-3 and about three hours for applicants to Grades 4 and 5. Be sure to fill out the online Contact and Emergency Information Form before your child’s visit.

Visits must occur by:
November 15 for a Winter Decision
February 1 for a Spring Decision



Parent Perspective

We ask you to submit a Parent Perspective online as a way for you to reflect on your own education, your child as a learner, and how you imagine your child might thrive here at CDS. If applying for more than one child, feel free to copy/paste anything that applies to your other children. If more than one parent would like to submit a response, feel free to upload as Supplemental Information a word document or PDF to each child’s portal page or email it to us at enrollment@carolinaday.org with your child’s name on the page.


Due: November 15 for a Winter Decision

        February 1 for a Spring Decision


Teacher Questionnaire and Records Release Form

Applicants to Pre-K and Kindergarten

Through the portal, you will be able to invite your child’s teacher to access our Early Educator Questionnaire. The teacher will submit it directly to us online through the portal. On the portal, you will find a Records Release Form to download and give to your school if you would like them to provide your child’s school report for the past year or the year-to-date.

 

Applicants to Grades 1-5

Through the portal, you will be able to invite your child’s teacher to access our Teacher Questionnaire Form. The teacher will submit it directly to us online through the portal. Please download the Records Release Form available on the portal and give it to your school they can provide your child’s official school reports for the prior school year and the year-to-date.

Official transcripts must come directly from the school, and are treated as confidential.

 

Due: November 15 for a Winter Decision

        February 1 for a Spring Decision


Testing


Applicants to Pre-K and Kindergarten

There are no testing requirements for applicants to Pre-K and Kindergarten because IQ-type tests of such young children are not useful in predicting academic achievement even in the short term. (Interested and want to read more? Take a look at “The Search for Intelligent Life in Kindergarten” in Nurture Shock by Po Branson & Ashley Merryman.) Instead, we will get to know your child when they engage with other applying students through play and activities led by our experienced Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.


Applicants to Grades 1-5

Once we have received your application, we will send you a list of licensed educational psychologists in western North Carolina who have agreed to administer the KBIT-2 (a measure of aptitude) and the KTEA-3 brief (a measure of achievement). The psychologist will send the testing results to you and to us.


Relocating families are welcome to have their children evaluated in their current location by a licensed educational psychologist who will then submit the results to us.


Due: November 15 for a Winter Decision

        February 1 for a Spring Decision

*There is an additional fee for the admission testing.
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