Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I schedule a tour or visit to campus?
- Please call (817) 454-4994 or email admissions staff to set up a campus tour.
- When is the best time to tour?
- Parents enjoy touring campus during the school day to see students in action.
- For parents looking at preschool thru 4th grades, we invite you to an Admissions Coffee and Tour.
- Parents’ work schedules don’t always allow for that opportunity, so we have evening and weekend events for prospective families.
- I just want to receive a copy of your "Admissions Viewbook." How can I get a copy mailed to me?
- By clicking Inquire Online and entering your contact information, the Admissions office will mail a viewbook to you.
- Do parents need to file an application for admission before their child visits for the day?
- Yes, prior to the classroom visit, an application should be submitted by online.
- What time does school begin and end?
- Preschool and Prekindergarten: 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
- Kindergarten: 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM
- Grades 1st thru 4th: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Grades 5th thru 8th: 8:00 AM to 3:40 PM
- Grades 9th thru 12th: 8:40 AM to 3:40 PM
- Will my child fit in at Oakridge?
- Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and welcomed. The application process is designed to determine if Oakridge is a "good fit" for you.
- Is The Oakridge School a diverse community?
- We have students from about 30 cities in Dallas-Fort Worth as well as about 10 foreign countries. Our students represent various racial/ethnic, socio-economic, religious, and national backgrounds. Our diversity is about 35 to 40%.
- From where do new students come?
- Our students come from public and private schools. Each year, students relocate from out of state and abroad.
- The Oakridge School cooperates with the U.S. Department of State to enroll international exchange students.
- Each year about 120 to 140 new students join the Oakridge family.
- Does Oakridge have a bus service?
- Yes. The bus travels each morning and afternoon to 3 locations:
- Duncanville/Desoto/Cedar Hill; and,
- When should I start the application process? Is there an application deadline?
- We suggest you begin the application process in the Fall. The first group test date for admissions testing (grades 1-12) is the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
- March 1st is the recommended application deadline. However, we complete application files and start offering enrollment to new families as early as February. Since space availability is limited, it is best to start the process early.
- What if I have multiple children? Could they all be admitted?
- When a family applies, we assess each student individually.
- What is the age requirement for entering Preschool and subsequent grades?
- A student must be 3 years of age to start preschool.
- Our birthday cutoff date is July 31st; however, the Admissions Committee will consider August birthdays.
- When does Admissions testing begin?
- We offer individual testing for grades 1-12 on weekday mornings, or group testing on designated Saturdays. Call to reserve a spot.
- Students testing on Saturday for grades 5-12 will take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The deadline to register for the ISEE test is 21 days prior to the test date.
- How can I prepare my child for test day?
- Admissions testing is meant to assess the current academic level of your child, so no extra studying is needed for the exam.
- We tested for admission last year. Do we have to re-test for admission this year?
- More than likely, the answer is "yes." Depending on the date and type of achievement testing, this requirement may be waived. Usually, students need to retest, just like we need to receive updated grades and recommendations from the current school year.
- If a subject area teacher other than Math or English knows my student (grades 5-12) better, can one of them complete the letter of recommendation?
- Additional subject area teachers may certainly write recommendation letters or complete the Teacher Recommendation Forms. We are still required to receive recommendations from Math and English teachers (grades 5-12) in order to best assess those crucial subjects.
- Is a student interview required? Is a parent interview required?
- Yes, a parent interview is required for the Early Childhood Center and Lower School (grades 1-4), and a combination parent-child interview is required for Middle School (grades 5-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12).
- When will we find out if we have been accepted for the Fall?
- The Admissions Committee begins making decisions in January and sends out notifications of acceptance starting in February.
- Is there a waitlist?
- Yes, we will begin a waitlist when we have more accepted students than spots to fill. The sooner your application process is completed, the better.
- How are Admissions decisions made?
- The final decision on admission is determined by the Admissions Committee’s evaluation of several factors:
- The application form;
- Previous school transcript(s);
- Completed recommendation form(s);
- Entrance examination results;
- School visit; and,
- The interview.
Overview of International student application requirements:
Although the application process does not require an on-site visit, if arranged it can help ensure the student’s success.
- English-proficiency test for non-native speakers: SLEP (www.ets.org/slep) or TOEFL Junior (http://www.ets.org/toefl_junior/scores_research/comprehensive/descriptions/).
- Achievement testing (www.iseetest.org): To register for ISEE testing at a Prometric center, visit http://erblearn.org/uploads/media_items/prometric-isee-locations-1.original.pdf.
- Official transcripts/grades of the previous 2 years and a current-year progress report.
- Recommendation forms: (1) Principal or Counselor, (2) English teacher, and the (3) math teacher.
- Student guardian: name, address, and telephone number for the student’s guardian who will be hosting the student.
- Birth certificate or passport
- Immunization record
- Financial documentation (bank letter or financial statement) showing that the family can support the student’s cost of attendance for one year (tuition, fees, plus living costs amounting to about $26,000 USD).
- Skype interview with the student and parents (skype name: oakowls).
- If the student is admitted, the family returns the enrollment agreement, a $1,000 international student fee (annually assessed), and a $500 deposit. At this point the school issues the i-20 for the student to make travel plans.
- If I apply for financial aid, does it have a negative impact on my child’s chances for admission?
- Admission is based on your child’s academic quality and overall fit with The Oakridge School. Financial aid is not awarded until after the student is enrolled and you've paid a $50 non-refundable enrollment deposit. This holds a spot for your child pending the outcome of the financial aid process.
- Are any merit scholarships available? What constitutes a complete financial aid application?
- We only offer need-based financial aid. Financial aid applications must be filed by new, and returning families, each year. The information is due in the Business Office by March 1st. A complete financial aid file consists of the full tax return, 1099’s or W2’s, and the parents’ financial statement submitted via www.sss.nais.org/parents.
- How can I be involved as a parent in my child’s school?
- How does Oakridge help new students feel welcome?
- Each new student in grades 5-12 receives a buddy who will meet with them during orientation prior to the first day of school.
- Each new student (grades 1-12) will be placed in an Oakridge Owl Connect family, which meets monthly during the school year. It allows a new student to get to know a faculty member and students from other grade levels.