The best thing you can do for your daughter is complete her file in a timely manner. The Admissions Committee will not be able to make a decision if a file is not complete. As soon as you are able to provide any of the following, please do so:
- Shadow Days for eighth-graders and transfer prospects take place September-December 2016. Click here to request dates . Shadow days are not required but encouraged, since they give a glimpse of the everyday life of a Mount de Sales student will be available starting September 2016.
High School Placement Test (HSPT): All eighth-grade applicants are required to take the HSPT. The test may only be taken once. The cost is $40. Due to a number of students experiencing illness and other extenuating circumstances, a make-up High School Placement Test will be hosted on Saturday, January 7, at the following locations:
• Calvert Hall (No Accommodations Available)
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the test begins at 9 a.m.
If you already registered online for a test date in December and were unable to attend on the 3rd or 10th, please call your original test center, and they will assist you with changing your registration. If you need accommodations, please contact the school where you will be taking the test. They will let you know if they are able to arrange the appropriate accommodations for your student.
All new registrants can click here to sign up for the make-up date.
Mount de Sales will NOT be administering the HSPT on January 7, 2017.
Please note: Mount de Sales does not require/prefer that applicants take the test at Mount de Sales. Mount de Sales also does not require/prefer that applicants put our school as first choice on the HSPT. All applicants with complete files will be considered for admission.
Click here for the HSPT FAQs by Archdiocese of Baltimore.
- Application: Due by December 14, 2016. Click here to apply online or submit the hard-copy application by mail or email. Remember to save the PDF on your computer before populating the fields!
- $50 Fee: Due by December 14, 2016 and required in order for your application to be processed. Mail payment to Mount de Sales Academy, Attn: Admissions, 700 Academy Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. Online applicants may choose to pay online on page 2 of the application but can opt to mail payment. Hard-copy applicants can call 410.744.8498 ext. 270 or ext. 276 if they prefer to provide credit card information.
Records and Recommendations: Middle school transcripts and recommendation forms are required for all eighth-grade applicants. Transcripts should include (from 6th, 7th and 8th grade thus far) grades, attendance records and standardized test scores (e.g., Stanford, Iowa or California tests for private schools/homeschool and MSA scores for public schools).
NEW this year: Students in Archdiocese of Baltimore schools will request that their school records be sent to high schools of choice by checking the box under the HSPT Register Student button. (The box agreement states, “I authorize the release of my child’s school records.”) The high schools marked on the HSPT registration will receive transcripts and recommendations directly from the student’s current school.
Resource: Archdiocese of Baltimore Admissions Guidelines page.
- Students attending schools outside of the Archdiocese must submit the request for records and two recommendation forms to their schools. The schools will send transcripts and recommendations directly to Mount de Sales.
All homeschool students must provide MDSA a list of courses, textbooks, and grades for 6th, 7th and 8th grade thus far. Two teacher recommendation forms must be completed by academic instructors or other adults with instructional experience with the student. The recommenders should send these forms directly to MDSA.
Homeschool students in bona fide homeschool programs or co-ops (e.g., Calvert, Kolbe, Mother of Divine Grace, St. Thomas Aquinas Tutorial) must submit a request for records to that organization, which should send files directly to MDSA.
Students homeschooling through local school district approval should submit a request for records to the approving body, which should provide MDSA with documents showing the students' academic progress in middle school.
- NEW this year: Students in Archdiocese of Baltimore schools will request that their school records be sent to high schools of choice by checking the box under the HSPT Register Student button. (The box agreement states, “I authorize the release of my child’s school records.”) The high schools marked on the HSPT registration will receive transcripts and recommendations directly from the student’s current school.
Please note: Letters of recommendation are optional. The only required recommendations are two MDSA forms or the one form from an Archdiocese of Baltimore school.
- Interviews: Interviews for applicants for the incoming freshman class are held in January 2017. The Admissions Office will contact all applicants to schedule interviews.
We encourage families to consider the following. While not required, if you are applying for scholarships/tuition assistance, please adhere to the appropriate deadlines.
- Scholarships: Should you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please complete and submit scholarship applications (if applicable) to the Admissions office. Please note: Academic scholarships require no application.
- Tuition Assistance: Families applying for tuition assistance will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by January 6, 2017. Please note: Families should upload their 2016 W-2 forms as soon as they are available in 2017. For the tuition assistance information and application process, click here.
Admissions Decision Notifications
Per the Archdiocese of Baltimore Admissions Guidelines, Mount de Sales will mail decision notifications on Thursday, February 16, 2017 and will email decision notifications on Friday, February 17, 2017. The hard-copy mailing will include scholarship and tuition assistance notifications.
For more information, please see the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Admissions Guidelines.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Emily Ko '07
Director of Admissions
410.744.8498 ext. 270
Robyn Levy '06
Assistant Director of Admissions
410.744.8498 ext. 276
Mount de Sales Academy for Girls does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policy, athletic or other school administered programs.
All acceptances are conditional upon the successful completion of eighth grade. As a condition of acceptance, students may be required to attend and satisfactorily complete remedial summer math and/or reading programs prior to admission. All decisions regarding the acceptance of a student into Mount de Sales Academy are done with the highest emphasis placed on what is in the best interest of the individual girl.