Citizen, Scholar, Steward

Early Decision Applications

We encourage families with a strong interest in attending Kentucky Country Day School to consider an Early Decision application. Early Decision applicants receive priority consideration for admission, scholarships, and financial aid. The deadline for Early Decision applications is December 20, 2019.

Early Decision Application

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  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    1. We highly recommend a tour before beginning the admission process.
    2. Complete and submit an admission application to the Admission Office by December 20, 2019, to be considered in the first round of decisions. A $60, non-refundable fee is required for all applications.
    3. Early Decision applicants will receive priority consideration for financial assistance.
    4. Call the KCD Office of Admission to set up your child’s Gesell Developmental Screening. Screenings may be scheduled between September 23, 2019, and January 10, 2020. It is necessary to have an application on file with KCD in order to set up a Gesell Screening.
    5. Give the signed confidential teacher recommendation form (provided by KCD) to your child’s current teacher no earlier than October 25, 2019. Your current teacher will return the form directly to us. The teacher recommendation form must be received by January 10, 2020, to be considered for early admission.
    6. JK/K Classroom Visit Day will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, between 8:30 am and noon.
  • Grades 1–12

    1.  We highly recommend a tour before beginning the admission process.
    2. Complete and submit an admission application to the Admission Office by December 20, 2019, to be considered in the first round of decisions. (To be eligible for financial aid, the admission application must be considered in the first round of decisions.) A $60 fee must accompany all applications. This fee is non-refundable.
    3. Call the Admission Office at 502-814-4315 to set up a required classroom visit day. Students must complete all classroom visits by January 10, 2020, to be considered in the first round of decisions.
    4. Complete admission testing. Applicants for grades 1–3 will test during their classroom visit day. Testing for grades 4–12 will be held on January 11, 2020, at 9:00 am.
    5. Give the signed confidential teacher recommendation form to your child’s current teacher no earlier than October 30, 2019. Your current teacher will send the form directly to us. The teacher recommendation form must be received by January 10, 2020, to be considered in the first round of decisions.
    6. Give the signed transcript request form to your child’s current school no earlier than October 30, 2019. Transcripts must be received by January 10, 2020, to be considered in the first round of decisions.

Admission Criteria

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  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    KCD suggests that students applying to junior kindergarten or kindergarten turn four or five, respectively, prior to June 1 of their year of admittance.

    Applications of children with birthdays later in the respective year may be accepted, but younger applicants must show an appropriate developmental, social, and academic readiness profile in order to be accepted into either level.
    The admission process identifies students who demonstrate the motivation and ability to fulfill our academic and social requirements. The KCD Admission Committee will evaulate all applicants on the following criteria:
    1. Developmental age determined by the KCD Office of Admission
    2. Performance on the CPAA for kindergarten admission
    3. Observations made by faculty and the Admission Committee during the prospective student’s classroom visit
    4. Written, confidential teacher recommendation from current preschool
    5. Compatibility of student and the student’s family with our school mission
    Contribution to the best possible balance in classroom, grade level, and division
    When grade levels approach optimum numbers, preference is given to applicants who are siblings of other KCD students, children of active alumni, and faculty children.
    Students are admitted on a yearly basis; at the midway point of the second trimester, all students in good academic and social standing will be invited to re-enroll for the following school year.
  • Grades 1–12

    All applicants for grades 1–12 will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    1. Previous academic achievement and conduct
    2. Standardized test scores (CPAA for grades 1–3 and ERB: Comprehensive Testing Program 4 for grades 4–12)
    3. Student essay
    4. Observations made by faculty and the Admission Committee during the prospective student’s classroom visit and testing
    5. One written confidential teacher recommendation from the prospective student’s current primary classroom teacher (grades 1–4)
    6. Two written confidential teacher recommendations from the prospective student’s current teachers (mathematics, social studies, science, or English) (grades 6–12);
    7. Community achievements, involvement, awards, and honors
    8. Compatibility of the student and student’s family with KCD’s mission and values
    9. Contribution to the best possible balance in classroom, grade level, and division
    When grade levels approach optimum numbers, preference is given to applicants who are siblings, children of alumni, and children of faculty. KCD’s acceptance of any student is contingent upon the successful completion of the applicant’s current grade. Students are admitted on a yearly basis, and at the midway point of the second trimester, all students who are in good standing both academically and socially will be invited to re-enroll for the following school year. Local, mid-year transfers are discouraged after February.
KCD firmly supports the principle that the admission of students, the employment of staff, the operations of the program, and the governance of the school be open to all who are qualified, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Contact Us

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4100 Springdale Road • Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 423-0440 • Fax (502) 423-0445
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.