How to Apply


Academy at the Lakes seeks to admit students and families who are aligned with our school’s Mission & Core Values, and who will engage in the AATL community.


Academy at the Lakes’ applicant requirements include:

 
1. Review our Dates & Deadlines page.

2. Schedule a campus tour by contacting the Admissions office by email or by phone. You may also register for a tour online.

3. Complete the Online Application.

4. Submit the $75.00 Application Fee.

5. Sign and give the Teacher Recommendation & Release of Student Records Form to your child’s current school. The school will mail this confidential recommendation directly to Academy at the Lakes.

6. Ensure that Academy at the Lakes has received two years of transcripts from your child’s current or most recent school(s).

7. Visit Day:

Lower Division: Candidates entering PreK3 participate in a group screening session in the spring. Candidates entering junior and senior kindergarten spend a morning on campus. Candidates entering first through fourth grade spend an entire school day shadowing one of our student ambassadors.

Middle and Upper Division: Candidates applying for grades five through twelve are required to spend time on campus visiting classes, interacting with students, and interviewing with the Division Director.


Related Reading: What to Expect on a Visit Day


8. Testing:

Lower Division: Candidates entering junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten need to arrange a developmental screening with the Admissions Office. Screenings are usually scheduled during their Visit Day. Candidates entering grades 1-4 will have a math and language arts assessment administered during their Visit Day.

Middle Division: Assessment for candidates entering 5th and 6th grade will be completed on their Visit Day. Candidates entering 7th and 8th grade must take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Register for this test online at www.ssat.org and enter our school code: 1057. There is a fee for this test that is payable to SSAT. Students should bring an Admission Ticket issued by SSAT to the exam which is given on the McCormick Campus on select Saturday mornings. Please consult SSAT for the test calendar

Upper Division: Candidates entering 9th through 12th grade must take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Register for this test online at www.ssat.org and enter our school code: 1057. There is a fee for this test that is payable to SSAT. Students should bring an Admission Ticket issued by SSAT to the exam which is given on the McCormick Campus on select Saturday mornings. Please consult SSAT for the test calendar. If your child has taken the PSATs, we will accept those scores in lieu of the SSAT.

ADMISSION CONSIDERATIONS

Academy at the Lakes seeks to admit students and families who are aligned with our school’s Mission & Core Values, and who will engage in the AATL community.

Admission is based on selective criteria including: the student’s visit day; prior academic record; teacher recommendation; development readiness; and standardized assessments. The admission committee will also consider evidence of the applicant’s potential for success in a college-preparatory program.