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 or watch the Dean of Schools' video. 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.
Click the APPLY button to begin your child's application. You will be prompted to follow specific instructions based on whether you are a currently enrolled family or your family is new to CDA.
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). Apply on or before April 10th and receive a $100 discount on your child's application fee!
Please upload copies of the following items directly to your child's application from your CDA family login created in Step 2:
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:
Family Pastoral Reference Form
Christian Character Reference Form (for HS 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)
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 onthe 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 and Flower Mound Campus on selected Saturday mornings 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 approximately two business days after receipt of your child's application, for your admissions coordinator to contact you with this information.
2018-2019 ISEE Costs
The $120 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.
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.
Admissions decisions will be processed beginning in mid-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.
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.
After you have been accepted, the following events and information will help you prepare for a successful and smooth transition to Coram Deo Academy.
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.
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 in early July. 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.
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 either date/location according to your family's summer schedule:
Session 1: the week of June 24, hosted at the Flower Mound Campus Sessions 2: the week of July 22 hosted at the Collin County Campus
If your child has studied Latin, arrangements can be made for a placement test by contacting the school office.
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.
As Admission Director for Coram Deo Academy, Barbara Rogers oversees new student admissions for all three campuses and supports reenrollment at the district level. Drawing upon her experience as a homeschooling parent and former college admissions counselor, Barbara has been shepherding new students into the fold of CDA since 2001 and assumed the role of Admission Director in 2006.
The Rogers’ family aspired to homeschool classically and turned to CDA for a stronger foundation when the academy opened its doors in 1999. With first-hand knowledge of the school’s Christian, classical, and collaborative program from the grammar through logic to rhetoric stages of learning, Barbara is passionate about helping families embrace CDA’s model. Her youngest of five graduated from college last May, providing a new vantage point in this parenting journey, and she enthusiastically affirms the investment of time, talent, and treasure is quite worth it!
Barbara received her BA in Drama from the University of Dallas. She has taught Shakespearean drama for CDA and directed an alumni production for UD. Her husband, Greg, keeps their family amused with his music, poetry and exhaustive knowledge of history. Together they enjoy sharing truth, goodness, and beauty with their adult children and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Jan Geist
Collin County Admissions Coordinator & District Admissions Assistant