Admissions

Application Process

Mission Statement

Mount de Sales Academy forms young women in the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales and in fidelity to the Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church through a college preparatory education that nurtures the whole person.  Anchored in faith, the community of Mount de Sales Academy is committed to academic excellence, lifelong learning, moral responsibility, service to others, and the dignity of the human person.


Application Process Details

List of 8 items.

  • How to Apply

    Current eighth graders (2021-2022 school year) and interested transfer students:
    1. Submit the inquiry form below on this page. Your inquiry will be processed in 24-48 business hours. You will receive instructions on how to access your online admissions account via email once the inquiry is processed. 
    2. Log on to your account.  
    3. Review your assigned checklist. Your checklist will list each item needed to complete your applicant file.

    The Admissions Committee will not review a student’s file until it is complete. Please check your account frequently for updates.

    *Families with students in seventh grade or younger (2021-2022 school year), please click here to be added to our mailing list. We will keep you updated on the latest MDSA news, including events and visit opportunities.
  • Important Dates & Deadlines

    High School Placement Test: Mount de Sales will host the HSPT for eighth graders on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Preregistration is required and will open in September 2022.

    Completed Admissions Checklist: All required items are due Friday, December 16, 2022 (the online application and $50 application fee, High School Placement Test (HSPT) scores, official middle school transcripts, standardized testing scores, recommendation letter(s), and completion of an admissions interview with the applicant and at least one parent/guardian).

    Financial Aid Application (F.A.C.T.S.) Deadline (optional):
    The F.A.C.T.S. application is due Friday, January 6, 2023. Tuition assistance is limited and need-based. Click here to begin a F.A.C.T.S. application.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: Scholarship applications are due Friday, December 16, 2022. Click here to consider scholarship opportunities.

    Decision Notification: Families will receive electronic admissions decisions via both the online admissions portal and email on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 4 p.m. All applicants will also receive copies of their decisions via USPS.

    Registration / Enrollment Letter Deadline: Accepted students must turn in their Letter of Intent on Friday, March 3, 2023.
  • High School Placement Test (HSPT)

    All eighth grade applicants are required to take the HSPT.

    Students in Archdiocese of Baltimore schools should follow the directives of their current school on when they will take their HSPT. 

    Students in any other schools should prepare to test at a Baltimore-area Catholic high school who is hosting the test.

    Mount de Sales Academy will host the HSPT on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Preregistration is required and will open in early September.. 

    All applicants with complete files will be considered for admission, regardless of where an applicant took the HSPT or their numerical listing of school choice preferences. 

    The deadline to submit accommodation documentation is Friday, November 18, 2022. If you wish to test at Mount de Sales with accommodations, please contact both admissions@mountdesales.org & Patrick Martel (Director of Sacred Heart Program) at pmartel@mountdesales.org. Please be sure when registering that your testing site offers your necessary accommodations.
  • Academic Transcripts

    Transcripts for grades 6, 7, and 8 up to the current date should include grades, attendance records, behavioral records, standardized test scores (Stanford, Iowa, California, or PARCC), and results of any academic, psychological, and emotional/ behavioral testing. November is a good time to request records, and current schools typically send them to Mount de Sales in December.

    If the applicant is enrolled in an Archdiocese of Baltimore school: During online HSPT registration, the parent/guardian will be prompted to request that records be sent to the high schools chosen to receive HSPT scores. The chosen high schools will receive transcripts and the principal's recommendation directly from the student’s current school.

    If the applicant is not enrolled in an Archdiocese of Baltimore school: During HSPT sign-in, the parent/guardian will be required to sign an authorization for the release of records.

    Resource: Archdiocese of Baltimore Admissions Guidelines page.

    If the applicant is enrolled in an Archdiocese of Washington school: The parent/guardian should complete the Archdiocese of Washington’s Authorization to Release Records Form by mid-November. The middle schools will send the records and principal’s recommendation directly to high schools chosen by the family to receive the student’s HSPT scores. Mount de Sales accepts the Archdiocese of Washington packet as is.

    Resource: Archdiocese of Washington High School Application Information web page.

    If the applicant is enrolled in public or a non-Catholic private 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 home-schooled: The home educator must provide a list of courses, textbooks, and progress for grades 6, 7, and 8 up to the current date. 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. Students home-schooled through a program that issues transcripts 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 Mount de Sales Request for Records form to the approving body, which should provide Mount de Sales with documents showing the students' academic progress in middle school.
  • Recommendation(s)

    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. Please make sure to include Mount de Sales on the release of records form sent to your family at the beginning of your daughter's eighth grade year.

    If the applicant is enrolled in an Archdiocese of Washington school: The principal referral will be included with the applicants  records sent from her current school. Please make sure to include Mount de Sales on the release of records form sent to your family at the beginning of your daughter's eighth grade year.

    If the applicant is enrolled in a public or non-Catholic private school: One recommendation form from your daughter's principal or a current teacher should be submitted directly to the Admissions Office. The link to the form to send to the recommender can be found on your online admissions checklist. If the recommender prefers to fill out a paper-version of the recommendation, it can be downloaded here: Standard Recommendation Form.

    If the applicant is home-schooled: One recommendation form is required. Tutors, co-op teachers, and adults who have worked with the applicant in an instructional capacity may submit the recommendation form directly to the Admissions Office. The link to the form to send to the recommender can be found on your online admissions checklist. If the recommender prefers to fill out a paper-version of the recommendation, it can be downloaded here: Standard Recommendation Form.

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

    A 30-minute interview with the applicant and at least one parent/guardian will take place in January 2023. The Admissions Office will contact applicant families in December 2022 to schedule. All applicants who have a complete file by the December 16, 2022 deadline will be interviewed.
  • Other Considerations

    We encourage families to consider the below programs and opportunities. If you are applying for any of the following, please adhere to the appropriate deadlines and contacts.

    Sacred Heart Program: Students applying to the Sacred Heart Program must submit all necessary documentation requested. For any questions about the program, please contact our Director of Sacred Heart, Patrick Martel at  or 410.744.8498 ext. 267Click 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 web 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 Friday, January 6, 2023. Families should upload their 2022 W-2 forms when they are available in early January 2023 in order to complete the application. Click here to access tuition assistance application information.
  • Connect with MDSA Families

    Whether you are going through the high school application process for the first time (or second or third!), have zero or limited prior experience with a private or Catholic school or are new to the Baltimore area, you are not alone!

    The Mount de Sales Admissions team is happy to connect prospective families with current Sailor families so they can share their experiences of the school and answer any questions you have.

    Please reach out to Mrs. Wood '04 (mwood@mountdesales.org or 410-744-8498 x270) to request a connection based on your family's specific background and questions. 
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 families consider high schools, we encourage them to explore all options and apply to multiple schools. Click here for the Archdiocese of Baltimore 2021-2022 High School Guide.

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.

Sacred Heart Program

The Sacred Heart Program at Mount de Sales Academy is a four-year program that provides accommodations and academic support based on the individual needs of each of its students. Applicants interested in the Sacred Heart Program must indicate their intention to apply for the program on their applications and will be required to submit appropriate documentation.

For more information about the Sacred Heart Program, please contact:

Patrick Martel
Director of the Sacred Heart Program 
410.744.8498 ext. 267
pmartel@mountdesales.org

Contact Admissions

Mattie Wood '04
Director of Admissions
410.744.8498 ext. 270
mwood@mountdesales.org

Jen Blake '15
Assistant Director of Admissions
410.744.8498 ext. 276
jblake@mountdesales.org

Admissions Office Email
admissions@mountdesales.org

Admissions Brochure 2021-2022

Mount de Sales Academy

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