Admissions

Accepted Students

Welcome to the Mount de Sales Academy family!

We wish you the best of luck as you complete your eighth-grade school year and we are looking forward to the fall when you will join with your classmates as the Class of 2024! Here you will find important information for accepted students such as upcoming events, necessary forms, and how to keep in touch.

The Course Selection Packet will be handed out to all incoming freshmen at the Accepted Students Night on Tuesday, February 25. If you are unable to attend, your packet will be mailed to the address listed on your student’s application.

The Sailor Shop will be open during Accepted Students Night 6 - 7 p.m. and 8 - 9 p.m.

Communion Breakfast Canceled

In light of the precautionary guildelines surrounding COVID-19 and the CDC's directive to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States, the Communion Breakfast on March 22 has been canceled. We hope you will join us at next year's Communion Breakfast!

Important Forms: Due March 13

Address your forms/envelopes to the Admissions Office!

  • Email to admissions@mountdesales.org
  • Mail to Mount de Sales Academy – Admissions at 700 Academy Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
  • Drop off at the reception desk

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  • Placement Testing

    Placement Testing –Click here to sign up.

    We offer placement testing in Math, English, Social Science, Science and Foreign Language.

    If your student cannot attend the March 12 or 14 placement test dates, please contact the appropriate department chair (see side bar for contact information).

    Math Placement Test – REQUIRED
    • All incoming freshmen must register to take a Math placement test.
    • All incoming freshmen must give the Math Verification Form to their current math teacher - This form is due by March 13. 
    A note about Math placement:
    To ensure proper math placement we offer three different placement tests:
    Concepts Test: for students who have/are taking Math 8 or Pre-Algebra; or for students who are currently taking Algebra 1 and need more skill acquisition. Determines Algebra 1 placement. Students MAY NOT use a calculator on this test.
    Algebra Testfor students who have/are taking Algebra 1; students scoring consistently well in math. Determines placement for Algebra 1, Integrated Geometry, Geometry or Honors Geometry. Students MAY NOT use a calculator on this test.
    Algebra/Geometry Test: for students who have taken Algebra I and Geometry and consistently score well. Determines if students have enough Algebra 1 and Geometry foundations to move into Honors Algebra II. Calculators allowed
     
    Foreign Language Placement Test-CONDITIONALLY REQUIRED
    This test is used to determine proper placement in the selected foreign language. Students MUST take this placement test if they have more than 1 year of experience in the language for which they are registering OR they have experience speaking/using the language frequently outside of school.
     
    English/Social Science Placement Test
    This writing sample is used to determine both English and Social Science placement into honors. Only students who meet all prerequisites should register to take the English/Social Science placement test. Prerequisites for these honors courses are:
    • Scored at or above the 90th percentile on the most recent standardized test for high school placement in verbal, reading, and/or language skills
    • MDSA Placement Test which shows advanced skills and ability in writing
    • Consistent A average in Language Arts and History courses
     
    Science Placement Test
    This test is used to determine Science placement into honors.  Only students who meet all prerequisites should register to take the Science placement test. Prerequisites for Honors Biology are:
    • Above-average Math and Cognitive scores on HSPT standardized testing
    • MDSA Science Placement Test which shows advanced skills in science analysis 
    • Consistent A average in Science and Language Arts courses
  • Course Selection

    The Mount de Sales curriculum challenges each student at her individual ability in every subject area. Each level (Level 1, Level 2 and Honors) is college-preparatory and thoroughly prepares our students for admission into national four-year colleges and universities. Please view the 2020-2021 Course Catalog here.
  • Stay Connected

    • Please enjoy our publication, View from the Cupola, online or in the mail (new families will begin receiving a mailed copy of the magazine in the fall).
    • Visit our website often and be sure to check out the News & Events sections.
    • Read the weekly Sailor Mail email and the bi-weekly Parents' Club Newsletter. All enrolled families will be included in these electronic mailings using email addresses from the admissions application. New families will begin receiving these messages after Easter Break.
    • Attend the monthly Parents’ Club meetings, held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Bird Room (meeting room across the hall from the school lobby).
    • Like the Mount de Sales Academy Facebook page.
    • Follow us on Twitter @MDSAhighschool.
    • Follow us on Instagram @Mountdesalesacademy.
    • Questions? Call our front desk at 410.744.8498 and the receptionist will direct you to the appropriate party.
    • Visit our Sailor Shop! Click here to view the Sailor Shop hours and information.

Ordering the Mount de Sales Uniform

The Mount de Sales uniform has been proudly worn by our girls for many years. We are excited to see you in yours soon!
 
The spring uniform includes the blue kilt and MDSA polo. The winter uniform includes a grey kilt, white MDSA blouse, and navy MDSA blazer. Each season's uniform also includes tan Sperrys or bucks, a name badge, and a Miraculous Medal. The girls will receive their name badges at the beginning of the year, and their Miraculous Medals will be blessed and given to them at Medal Mass in October.

Please use this guide to learn about ways to order your Mount de Sales uniform.
 
Click here for examples of outfitting a new student’s uniform.

Check out our Uniforms web page for more information.
If you have specific questions, please see the name and contact information below for each department chair.

Math
Sr. Peter Verona
spv@mountdesales.org

Science
Suzanna Ribblett
sribblett@mountdesales.org

English
Helen Hufford
hhufford@mountdesales.org

Social Science
Liz Johnson
ejohnson@mountdesales.org

Foreign Language
Judy Campbell
jcampbell@mountdesales.org

Fine Arts
Eileen Clements
eclements@mountdesales.org

Religion
Sr. Mary Madeline 
smm@mountdesales.org

Physical Education
Kelly Cardall
kcardall@mountdesales.org

Sacred Heart and Guidance
Patrick Martel
pmartel@mountdesales.org

Mount de Sales Academy

Academic Excellence in the Catholic Tradition