Application Process


Application Process

For Eighth-Graders

The best thing you can do for your applicant is complete her file in a timely manner. The Admissions Committee will not review a student’s file until it is complete.

A complete applicant file contains the application, $50 fee, HSPT score, middle school records, recommendation(s), and completion of the interview.

• Candidates and their parents must understand and be fully committed to supporting the mission and vision of Mount de Sales Academy.
• Candidates must be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing at their previous institution, with no outstanding financial obligations.

As soon as you are able to provide any of the following, please do so. Any items mailed or faxed should be directed to the attention of the Admissions Office, except documentation to apply to the Sacred Heart Program. Those items should be directed to Mary Jo Puglisi.

Due by December 15, 2017. Apply online or submit the PDF application by mail or email. Remember to save the PDF on your computer before populating the fields!
Click here to apply online.
Click here to access the PDF application.

$50 Fee
Due by December 15, 2017 and required in order for your application to be processed.
Online applicants can pay by card on page 2 of the application.
Checks can be made out to Mount de Sales Academy and mailed to the school.

High School Placement Test (HSPT)

All eighth-grade applicants are required to take the HSPT on either December 2 or December 9, 2017. Mount de Sales is one of the testing locations for the December 9 HSPT.

Click here to register for the HSPT

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.

  • The test may only be taken once.
  • ​The cost is $40. ​
  • Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the test begins at 9 a.m.
  • Students who seek to test at Mount de Sales with accommodations: The deadline to submit accommodation documentation is November 17. Contact: Director of Academic Services Mary Jo Puglisi ().

Click here for the HSPT FAQs by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.


Transcripts for grades 6, 7, and 8 thus far should include: Grades, attendance records, behavioral records, standardized test scores (e.g., Stanford, Iowa or California tests for private/homeschool and PARCC scores for public school), and results of any academic, psychological, and emotional/ behavioral testing.

  • If the applicant is enrolled in an Archdiocese of Baltimore school: The parent/guardian will request that records be sent to the high schools of choice when registering for the HSPT online. The check box under the HSPT Register Student button 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. The current school should have an Archdiocese Release of Records Form if the applicant did not register online for the HSPT. Resource: Archdiocese of Baltimore Admissions Guidelines page.
  • If the applicant is not enrolled in an Archdiocese of Baltimore school: The Mount de Sales Request for Records Form must be submitted to the applicant’s current school. The school will send transcripts directly to Mount de Sales.
  • If the applicant is homeschooled: The home educator must provide a list of courses, textbooks, and progress for grades 6, 7, and 8 thus far. For students who do not earn numerical or letter grades, the home educator should provide a summary of the student’s progress for each class in each year. Homeschool students in bona fide homeschool programs or co-ops (e.g., Calvert, Seton, Kolbe) must submit the Mount de Sales Request for Records Form to that organization, which should send files directly to Mount de Sales. Students homeschooling through local school district approval should submit the Request for Records Form to the approving body, which should provide Mount de Sales with documents showing the students' academic progress in middle school.


  • If the applicant is enrolled in an Archdiocese of Baltimore school: The principal referral will be included with the applicant’s records sent from her current school. See above for record request procedures.
  • If the applicant is not enrolled in an Archdiocese of Baltimore school: Recommendation forms from two teachers at her current school should be submitted by mail, email or fax. For homeschooled students, adults who work with the applicant in an instructional capacity may complete her recommendation forms. Click here for the Standard Recommendation Form.

Letters of recommendation are optional. All recommendations are confidential and should be sent from the recommender directly to Mount de Sales.

A 30-minute interview with the applicant and at least one parent/guardian will take place in January 2018. The Admissions Office will contact applicant families in December 2017 to schedule. All applicants will be interviewed.

Other Considerations
We encourage families to consider the following. If you are applying for any of the following, please adhere to the appropriate deadlines.

  • Sacred Heart Program: Students interested in applying to the Sacred Heart Program must submit all necessary documentation directly to Director of Academic Services Mary Jo Puglisi ( or 410.744.8498 ext. 267). Click here for program information and documentation guidelines.
  • Scholarships: Academic scholarships require no application and are based on the HSPT. To apply for a special interest scholarship, please visit the Scholarships page for details and instructions. Students will be considered for scholarships for which they apply if the required materials are submitted by the deadlines listed.
  • Tuition Assistance: Mount de Sales Academy has limited tuition assistance for families in financial need. To apply for tuition assistance, the application and necessary supporting documentation are due to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by January 5, 2018.  Please note: Families should upload their 2017 W-2 forms when they are available in 2018. Click here to access tuition assistance application information.

Admissions Decision Notifications
Per the Archdiocese of Baltimore Admissions Guidelines, Mount de Sales will mail decision notifications on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and will email decision notifications on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The hard-copy mailing will include scholarship and tuition assistance notifications. The registration deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.

Registration of Eighth-Graders Accepted to Mount de Sales
Mount de Sales follows the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s registration deadline of Friday, March 2, 2018. Students may enroll prior to March 2 but are not obligated to enroll before March 2.

For more information, please see the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Admissions Guidelines.

Admissions Contact Information

Emily Ko '07
Director of Admissions
410.744.8498 ext. 270

Robyn Levy '06
Assistant Director of Admissions
410.744.8498 ext. 276

Admissions Office Email

Mount de Sales Fax (please notate Admissions on your fax)

Admissions Policy

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.

When applying, applicants “understand and acknowledge that receiving the application does not constitute a commitment by Mount de sales Academy, and that Mount de Sale Academy may deny admission if they determine that enrollment of the Applicant in the Academy would not be appropriate.”

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.