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.

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


Application Process Details

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  • How to Apply: Eighth Graders and 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 Sailor Portal via email once the inquiry is processed. 
    2. Review your assigned checklist. Your checklist will list each item needed to complete your applicant file, including due dates.

    *Inquiry forms may be submitted by the candidate or their parent/guardian, however Sailor Portal access will only be linked to the parent/guardian email addresses after processing. 
  • Seventh Grade and Younger Families

    Families with students in seventh grade or younger (2022-2023 school year), please fill out the inquiry form below. Once your inquiry form is processed you will receive an email with instructions on how to log on to the Sailor Portal. Your Sailor Portal will be updated each year with visit opportunities and other information about MDSA. Once your daughter begins her eighth grade year, your Sailor Portal will be updated with an admissions checklist that includes all items needed to complete your applicant file.
  • Important Dates & Deadlines

    Completed Admissions Checklist: All required items are due Friday, December 16, 2022.

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

    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.

    Decision Notification: Families will receive electronic admissions decisions via both the Sailor 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 wishing to enroll at Mount de Sales must submit their Enrollment Agreement by Friday, March 3, 2023.
  • If the applicant attends an Archdiocese of Baltimore school

    1. Fill out the inquiry form below.

    2. Submit your application by December 16, 2022.

    3. Take the High School Placement Test at your home elementary school in December.
    During online HSPT registration, select Mount de Sales as a school to receive your daughter's HSPT scores (school code #11). Mount de Sales will host the HSPT on December 10, 2022 should your daughter not be able to test at her home school for any reason. Registration will open in early September.

    4. Have transcripts sent to MDSA.
    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. Your daughter's records and principal’s recommendation will then be sent directly to MDSA by her school.
    Resource: Archdiocese of Baltimore Admissions Guidelines page.

    4. Request recommendations.
    The principal referral will be included with the applicant’s records sent from her current school. Only one recommendation from your daughter's principal is required, but you may provide additional letters of recommendations if you would like. All recommendations need to be sent to MDSA directly from the recommender.

    5. Complete scholarship applications by December 16, 2022.
    Click here to consider scholarship opportunities.

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

    7. Schedule Candidate Interview.
    A 30-minute interview with the applicant and at least one parent/guardian will take place in January 2023. MDSA will contact applicant families in December 2022 to schedule. All applicants who have submitted an application by the December 16, 2022 deadline will be interviewed.
  • If the applicant attends an Archdiocese of Washington school

    1. Fill out the inquiry form below.

    2. Submit your application by December 16, 2022.

    3. Take the High School Placement Test.
    Please select Mount de Sales as a school to receive your daughter's HSPT scores during online registration (school code #11). Mount de Sales will host the HSPT on December 10, 2022. Registration will open in early September.

    4. Have transcripts sent to MDSA.
    Parents/guardians should complete the Archdiocese of Washington’s Authorization to Release Records Form by mid-November. Your daughter's records and principal’s recommendation will then be sent directly to MDSA by her school. Mount de Sales accepts the Archdiocese of Washington packet as-is.
    Resource: Archdiocese of Washington High School Application Information web page.

    5. Request recommendations.
    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. Only one recommendation from your daughter's principal is required, but you may provide additional letters of recommendations if you would like. All recommendations need to be sent to MDSA directly from the recommender.

    6. Complete scholarship applications by December 16, 2022.
    Click here to consider scholarship opportunities.

    7. Complete Financial Aid Application (F.A.C.T.S.) by January 6, 2023 (optional).
    Tuition assistance is limited and need-based. Click here to begin a F.A.C.T.S. application.

    8. Schedule Candidate Interview.
    A 30-minute interview with the applicant and at least one parent/guardian will take place in January 2023. MDSA will contact applicant families in December 2022 to schedule. All applicants who have submitted an application by the December 16, 2022 deadline will be interviewed.
  • If the applicant attends a public or a non-Catholic private school

    1. Fill out the inquiry form below.

    2. Submit your application by December 16, 2022.

    3. Take the High School Placement Test.
    Please select Mount de Sales as a school to receive your daughter's HSPT scores during online registration (school code #11). Mount de Sales will host the HSPT on December 10, 2022. Registration will open in early September.

    4. Have transcripts sent to MDSA.
    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.

    5. Request recommendations.
    Two academic recommendations must be submitted directly to MDSA. Forms can be completed by your daughter's current principal or teachers. A link to the form to send to the recommender can be found on your Sailor Portal 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 recommendations are not required but can be submitted if you would like.

    6. Complete scholarship applications by December 16, 2022.
    Click here to consider scholarship opportunities.

    7. Complete Financial Aid Application (F.A.C.T.S.) by January 6, 2023 (optional).
    Tuition assistance is limited and need-based. Click here to begin a F.A.C.T.S. application.

    8. Schedule Candidate Interview.
    A 30-minute interview with the applicant and at least one parent/guardian will take place in January 2023. MDSA will contact applicant families in December 2022 to schedule. All applicants who have submitted an application by the December 16, 2022 deadline will be interviewed.
  • If the applicant is home-schooled

    1. Fill out the inquiry form below.

    2. Submit your application by December 16, 2022.

    3. Take the High School Placement Test.
    Please select Mount de Sales as a school to receive your daughter's HSPT scores during online registration (school code #11). Mount de Sales will host the HSPT on December 10, 2022. Registration will open in early September.

    4. Have transcripts sent to MDSA.
    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.

    5. Request recommendations.
    Two academic recommendations are required. Tutors, co-op teachers, and adults who have worked with the applicant in an academic capacity may submit the recommendation form directly to MDSA. A to the form to send to the recommender can be found on your Sailor Portal admissions checklist. If the recommender prefers to fill out a paper-version of the recommendation, it can be downloaded here: Standard Recommendation Form.

    6. Complete scholarship applications by December 16, 2022.
    Click here to consider scholarship opportunities.

    7. Complete Financial Aid Application (F.A.C.T.S.) by January 6, 2023 (optional).
    Tuition assistance is limited and need-based. Click here to begin a F.A.C.T.S. application.

    8. Schedule Candidate Interview.
    A 30-minute interview with the applicant and at least one parent/guardian will take place in January 2023. MDSA will contact applicant families in December 2022 to schedule. All applicants who have submitted an application by the December 16, 2022 deadline will be interviewed.
  • High School Placement Test (HSPT) Information

    All eighth grade applicants are required to take the HSPT as part of the MDSA application process. Students in Archdiocese of Baltimore schools will take the test in their current school in late November. 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 is currently open.

    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. Applicants who indicate MDSA as their #1 school choice preference will be considered first in MDSA's tuition assistance distribution.

    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.
  • Sacred Heart Program Information

    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
  • Financial Information

    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 provides 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.
*If you have previously accessed the Sailor Portal for another applicant/student in your family, you will not receive an email when your inquiry form is processed. Instead, your account will be updated with the new candidate and when you log in to your Sailor Portal you will be able to toggle between multiple candidates/students in the top left corner.

*Inquiry forms may be submitted by the candidate or their parent/guardian, however Sailor Portal access will only be linked to the parent/guardian email address(es) after processing.

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  • Photo of Mattie Wood

    Mrs. Mattie Wood 

    Director of Admissions
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    Towson University - B.S.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.S.
  • Photo of Jennifer Blake

    Ms. Jennifer Blake 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
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    Mount St. Mary's University - B.A.

Admissions Brochure

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.

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