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The Application Process

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  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    1. Submit a completed application to the Admissions Office. A $50, non-refundable fee ($75 for paper applications) must accompany all applications. To be eligible for financial aid, the admissions application should be considered in the first round of decisions.
    2. Contact Square One to set up your child’s Gesell Developmental Screening. There is a $75 Gesell screening fee due to Square One at the time of testing. You must have an application on file with KCD in order to set up a Gesell Screening.
    3. Give the signed, confidential teacher recommendation form to your child’s current teacher. Your current school will send the form directly to us via fax at 502-814-4381 or by mail.
    4. Call the Admissions Office to set up a required visit day for your student, who may complete the appropriate admission testing at that time.
    5. KCD strongly recommends a personal or group tour prior to beginning the admissions process.
  • Grades 1–12

    1. Submit a completed application to the Admissions Office. A $50, non-refundable fee ($75 for paper applications) must accompany all applications. To be eligible for financial aid, the admissions application should be considered in the first round of decisions.
    2. Contact the Admissions Office to set up a required classroom visit day.
    3. Complete proper admissions testing. Please refer to the Admissions Calendar for test dates. We prefer the CPAA (grades 1–3) or ERB: Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (Grades 4–12).
    4. Give the signed, confidential teacher recommendation form to your child’s current teacher. Your current school will send the form directly to us via fax at 502-814-4381 or by mail. Applicants for grades 5–12 should submit two teacher recommendations, preferably in math and English.
    5. Give the signed transcript request form to your child’s current school.
    6. KCD strongly recommends a personal or group tour prior to beginning the admissions process.

Admissions Criteria

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  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    We recommend that students applying to junior kindergarten or kindergarten turn four or five, respectively, before June 1 of the year they are admitted. Applications of children with birthdays between June 1 and August 31 of the respective years may be accepted, but younger applicants must demonstrate appropriate developmental, social, and academic readiness in order to be accepted into the higher level. Keep in mind that the youngest applicants are rarely accepted at the JK level.
    All applicants for JK and K will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    1. Developmental age determined by The Gesell Developmental Screening administered by Square One
    2. Observations made by faculty and the Admissions Committee during the prospective student’s classroom visit
    3. Performance on the CPAA
    4. Written confidential teacher recommendation from current preschool
    5. Compatibility of the student and student’s family with KCD’s mission and values
    6. 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 faculty children, active alumni children, and siblings. 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.
  • 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 Admissions 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 5–12);
    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 faculty children, active alumni children, and siblings. 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.

find the right fit

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.
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.