How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Cary Academy! Our admissions cycle for the 2019-2020 school year has closed.

We encourage you to look for the application for the 2020-2021 school year in early September 2019.

Our First Consideration Deadline is January 17, 2020

All parts of the application must be completed by this deadline to receive first consideration for available vacancies. Middle School and Upper School applicants meeting this deadline will be notified of admissions decisions on March 6, 2020.

After the First Consideration Deadline, applicants will be notified of decisions on a rolling basis.

Steps 1 - 10 must be completed by January 17, 2020 to receive first consideration.

Step 1

Click on "19 -20 Application" link

Follow the directions and complete all information requested to begin the application process.

Step 2

Complete the Family Information Form

The Family Information Form will provide us with contact information for your family, as well as other demographic information.

Step 3

Submit the Application Fee

The $85 application fee is required with submission of the Family Information Form, and will initiate an applicant record enabling the Admissions Office to assist you with completion of your applicant's application.

Step 4

Complete the Parent Questionnaire

The Parent Questionnaire will afford the opportunity for you to give details about your interests in our program. You will supply insight into your applicant's personality, interests, strengths, and unique talents.

Step 5

Schedule the Applicant Shadow and Interview Day

(Please note the visit and interview cannot be scheduled until the Family Information Form and Application Fee have been submitted.)

All applicants are required to visit classes during the school day and complete an applicant interview on the day of the visit. A current Cary Academy student will host the applicant for the visit, and the interview will be conducted by the Admissions Office. Visits to the middle school typically take place from 7:50 am - 11:30 am, and visits to the upper school are usually scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, or Friday from 7:50 am - 1:30 pm. Lunch is provided for upper school visitors.

We strongly encourage the student visit take place within 2 - 3 weeks of submitting the Family Information Form and Application Fee. The visit must take place prior to the January deadline to meet First Consideration. The Applicant Questionnaire must be submitted three days prior to the applicant's visit to Cary Academy.

We recommend scheduling the shadow day as early as possible as spaces fill quickly and we may not be able to accommodate all requests before our first priority deadline.

For families out of the Cary/Raleigh/Durham area, accommodations for the student visit/interview can be arranged. Please contact a member of the admissions team for further information.

Step 6

Complete the Applicant Questionnaire

All applicants are required to complete the Applicant Questionnaire and encouraged to provide as much in-depth information as possible. The information provided on this form will help us become acquainted with the applicant and assist us in determining how a prospective student can benefit from, and contribute to Cary Academy.

The applicant questionnaire must be submitted three days prior to the scheduled visit and interview day.

Step 7

Schedule Admission Testing

Cary Academy requires all applicants take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The test date must be scheduled with Educational Records Bureau (ERB). The requested test date must be scheduled 3 weeks in advance with ERB. Special testing accommodations are available, but the test date must be scheduled with ERB 4-6 weeks in advance.

To meet Cary Academy's First Consideration Deadline, the applicant must sit for the ISEE test on or before January 18, 2019. Cary Academy is an ISEE test administration site. Other schools in the Triangle area, as well as, in cities throughout the US and abroad serve as ISEE test sites. An applicant to Cary Academy can test at any ISEE test site.

Testing Dates at Cary Academy

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020

Cary Academy ERB
School Code 344646

Test preparation books are available on the ERB website. Each book includes specific background information about the ISEE test and experience, sample questions, a full-length practice test, scoring information, and a section on understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR) that will be received after testing.

Cary Academy will accept the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) in lieu of the ISEE.  A copy of the ISEE/SSAT test results must be uploaded within the application.


Step 8

Submit Transcript of Grades

All applicants are required to submit a current grade report and the previous two years' end-of-year report cards. The grade reports should be uploaded within the application.  If you need to request grade reports from the applicant's school, the transcript request form is available within the application.

Step 9

Submit Recommendations

All applicants are required to submit two confidential recommendation forms from academic teachers. One of the recommendations must be completed by a current teacher, and the other recommendation can be completed by a teacher who worked with the student within the past two academic years.

Step 10

Optional Student Video
(Upper School Applicants Only)

Upper School applicants have the option to submit a short video expressing why they believe their talents and background would be a good addition to the Cary Academy school community. While the video is not required, it is encouraged, as it will enable the admissions committee to become better acquainted with the applicant. Further instruction about the video can be found within the applicant questionnaire.

How to Reapply

Applicants desiring to reapply for admission after submitting a completed application the previous academic year should contact the admissions office. We will provide guidance about the necessary steps to renew the application.

Out of Town Applicants

We look forward to working with families in other areas of the United States and other countries. We understand your circumstances may present some challenges as you go through the admissions process. Please contact the admissions office prior to making application so we can be of assistance to your family.

Cary Academy requires all students reside with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian. We do not have a program for international students and do not issue I-20 visas.



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