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How to Apply

Application for Admission into 9th Grade

Dominican Academy attracts some of the brightest and most talented young women in the tri-state area. As a result, admission to D.A. is very competitive. The Admissions Committee strongly considers candidates who typically score in the top twenty percent on the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (T.A.C.H.S.), have above average grades, and wish to strive for academic excellence in a Catholic, Dominican, college-preparatory environment.

Admission to Dominican Academy is based on the student’s achievement and ability scores on the T.A.C.H.S. and her grade school academic records (including grades and standardized test scores).
1. Register to take the T.A.C.H.S. exam: Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York or Diocese of Brooklyn will facilitate the process for their students. All other applicants can simply register for the exam online at www.tachsinfo.com, or by calling 866-618-2247.

2. List D.A. on your T.A.C.H.S. exam: The 2016 T.A.C.H.S. exam for admission into the Class of 2021 will take place on November 4, 2016 in the Archdiocese of New York and on November 5, 2016 in the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens. Dominican Academy’s T.A.C.H.S. code is 204. No separate application form is required. We give preference to candidates who list Dominican Academy as their first choice on the T.A.C.H.S. Admit Card. If you are required to list another school as first choice and still wish to be considered for a scholarship, please send a letter of explanation to the attention of Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P., President. Dominican Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, or ethnic origin. Students who live in New Jersey or Long Island: We accept C.O.O.P. scores, but experience shows us that the C.O.O.P. scores tend to be lower than T.A.C.H.S. scores. We suggest you take the T.A.C.H.S. if at all possible. In addition, please make sure your elementary school forwards your grades to us.

3. Forward transcripts: For students attending a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of New York or the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens: Your current school principal, teacher, or counselor will generally submit the student’s grades through T.A.C.H.S. For students attending a public, private, or non-diocesan school: complete Section A of the Applicant Record which can be found in the T.A.C.H.S. information booklet or on the T.A.C.H.S. website. Submit the Applicant Record to the student’s eighth grade principal, teacher, or counselor, who will then complete the remaining three sections and send student’s grades to Dominican Academy. We suggest you provide your teacher with a stamped addressed envelope.

4. Submit Recommendations (Optional): Recommendations from teachers are accepted, but not mandatory. This recommendation should help the Admissions Committee understand what type of a student you are.

5. Complete the Financial Aid Form: Interested families are advised to complete the S.S.S. financial aid form before December 31, 2016. In order to be considered for scholarships (merit or otherwise), a student's family MUST complete the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS).

6. Await Admissions Decisions sent on January 11, 2017: All admissions decisions--including acceptances, rejections, and waitlist--will be sent on January 11, 2017. Please contact the Admissions Office if you applied and do not receive a letter.

Applying for Admission as a Transfer Student

Dominican Academy does accept limited numbers of qualified transfer students into the Sophomore and Junior years. Preference is given to students who have taken Latin. Senior transfers are rarely considered, except in the case of a student moving to New York from outside the area.

A typical transfer student will have excellent grades and show tremendous commitment to academic and co-curricular programs. If a student has not successfully completed credit at her previous school, she is not likely to succeed at Dominican Academy because of our rigorous academic program. There is no entrance exam for transfer students. Scholarships or financial aid are not available for transfer students.

The student must provide transcripts or report cards for her high school and middle school years. Standardized test results--such as the T.A.C.H.S. or C.O.O.P., P.S.A.T., A.C.T., or S.A.T.--are required. A student with suitable grades and her parent(s) will be invited to Dominican Academy for a personal interview. Accepted students must request the final transcript be sent from her previous school.

Please contact Ms. Madeleine Metzler, Director of Admissions, at 212-744-0195, ext. 131, or mmetzler@dominicanacademy.org regarding transferring to Dominican Academy.
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