Steps to Admissions | Grades 5-12

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  • 1. Get to Know Us

    Because we want you to make the best decision for your child, we ask that at least one parent to come to an admission event. Please go to Inquire to learn more and make a reservation. In addition, as our collaborative model requires a clear understanding and communication between all parties, we request that you review our Reference Manual for Parents and Students where you will find most of our policies and expectations.
  • 2. Apply Online

    Check out class openings for the 2021-22 school year HERE.

    Currently enrolled CDA families may apply for a new student from their
    CDA family loginFamilies who are new to CDA begin by creating a family account and then follow the prompts to create the new student application. 

    Rhetoric school candidates (grades 9 and above) have a brief section to complete. You may save the application in progress and log-in later when your student is available to submit his responses. 

    The non-refundable application fee for students in Grades 5-12 is $225 which is paid online when the application is submitted. This fee does not include admissions testing which is paid by the parents to the test provider (ERB).

    Receive a $100 discount on your child's application fee when you apply on or before APRIL 30th!

  • 3. Submit Required Documents

    Please upload copies of the following items directly to your child's application from your CDA family login created in Step 2:
    • Birth certificate
    • Immunization Records
    • Recent family photo
    • Recent student photo
    • Past two years of school records, including past and current grade reports (grades 5-8) or high school transcript (grades 9+) as well as the results of any past standardized testing

    After you have applied online, your admissions coordinator will email you instructions for requesting the required reference/recommendation forms. These forms are completed by the recommender and submitted directly to CDA:
    • Church Reference Form (one per family)
    • Christian Character Reference Form (for RS applicants only)
    • Principal Recommendation Form
    • Math Teacher Recommendation Form
    • English Teacher Recommendation Form
    • Homeschooled Student Recommendation Form (in lieu of Principal/Teacher Recommendation Forms if currently homeschooling)
  • 4. Complete Admissions Testing

    You will need to register your student for the Independent Schools Entrance Examination (ISEE). This test may be taken at CDA or any test site in the nation. However, please note, CDA does not allow testing with accommodations.

    Regardless of where your child tests, please use our school code (447586) when registering and be certain to select Coram Deo Academy on the final confirmation page. If CDA hasn't been assigned, we will not be able to access results until you contact ERB and request scores be released to us.     

    CDA offers ISEE test sessions on our Collin County, Dallas, and Flower Mound Campuses beginning in December. Registration instructions including test date/location options, registration deadline and a date-specific registration code will be emailed to the applicant's primary parent contact. Please allow a couple of business days after receipt of your child's application, for your admissions coordinator to contact you with this information.
    2020-2021 ISEE Costs

    The $140 ISEE testing fee is paid directly to ERB by the applicant’s family and registration must be made three days prior to the test date; there is no late registration option.
  • 5. Attend your Family Interview

    After your child's file and testing are complete, you will be scheduled for an interview during with the school principal. Both parents must accompany the applicant(s) to the interview which typically lasts 60-90 minutes. Current families applying for a new sibling need only one parent at the interview; however, both are most welcome to attend if desired.
  • 6. Admissions Decisions

    Admissions decisions will be processed beginning in February (or as soon thereafter as the application file is complete). Late applicants will be considered if space is available on a rolling admission basis. To secure a seat for your student, parents must complete an online Enrollment Covenant upon acceptance, select a payment option and set up a Smart Tuition account for billing. The one-time New Student Enrollment Fee will be included in the tuition invoice.
  • 7. Register for Electives

    CDA offers a rich selection of elective classes designed to complement classical learning while providing families the flexibility of building a two, two & a half, or three day per week schedule through 8th grade. Because rhetoric school (high school) students have required science labs and fine arts on Fridays, older students will be on campus two & a half to three days per week. Athletic practices may be held before and after school.

    New students must complete the admissions process and be enrolled in order to register for athletics and fine arts as well as make core selections such as foreign language, AP/dual credit, and science labs.

    Elective tuition is non-refundable after July 31. The complete electives policy, including drop/change fees, may be found here. Please contact your school office/registrar for assistance with electives questions and schedule adjustments.

What’s Next?

After you have been accepted, the following events and information will help you prepare for a successful and smooth transition to Coram Deo Academy.

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  • 1. Events for New Families

    Once enrolled, you will be invited to join campus specific events designed to help new families acclimate to Coram Deo Academy and connect with others in our community. Typically held in late spring or early summer, new and returning families get together to learn how to prepare for the coming school year.
  • 2. Order Books and Uniforms

    Although some curriculum items are distributed in the classroom, the majority of books are purchased by the family. Summer Reading information usually is available in May. The School Year Book List generally is published by mid-summer. Parents of newly enrolled students will receive information on how to access the book list when it is released.

    Parents also are responsible for ordering uniforms before the start of school.
  • 3. Academic Preparation

    In addition to required summer reading, various summer camps may be offered for optional enrichment. If extra math or other academic preparation is needed, this will be discussed in your family interview. 

    Students entering 6th grade and above with no previous Latin exposure are required to participate in Latin Summer Camp prior to the start of school. Choose the date/location which best fits your family's summer schedule:

    Session 1: the week of June 7, hosted at the Flower Mound Campus
    Session 2: the week of June 28, hosted at the Dallas Campus
    Session 3: the week of July 19, hosted at the Collin County Campus

    For more information on Latin Summer Camps, please click here

    If your child has studied Latin, arrangements can be made for a placement test by contacting the school office.
  • 4. Attend Parent Orientation

    Because of the collaborative nature of CDA's model, orientations are mandatory; this ensures the best possible start to our educational partnership. Orientations typically are scheduled the week prior to the first day of school and at least one parent must attend. At the logic and rhetoric school levels (grades 5-12), students often participate as well. Please consult the campus calendar for specific dates/times and watch for email announcements from your school principal.

Admissions Staff

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Barbara Rogers

    Mrs. Barbara Rogers 

    Director of Admissions
    (972) 268-9434
  • Photo of Jan Geist

    Mrs. Jan Geist 

    District Admissions Coordinator
    (972) 691-5648 ext 4830
  • Photo of Joda Crow

    Mrs. Joda Crow 

    Admissions Coordinator - CC
  • Photo of Rhonda Hillner

    Mrs. Rhonda Hillner 

    Admissions Coordinator - Dallas
    (972)-385-6410 ext 3804
  • Photo of Jennifer Musgrove

    Mrs. Jennifer Musgrove 

    FM Admissions Coordinator