Dear Prospective Parents and Students,
Welcome to the Dominican Academy Admissions page! I'm so glad you're here, and that you've chosen to consider D.A. for high school. It is a sincere pleasure for me to have this opportunity not only to get to know you and your family, but to share my experience of D.A. with you. In light of the current health crisis facing our country and our world, I would like to share some key updates regarding the application process for the D.A. Class of 2025.
Now more than ever, Dominican Academy remains committed to a holistic application process that considers far more than grades and standardized test scores. A “D.A. Girl” is far more than a diligent student: she is compassionate, she is curious, she is collaborative, and she uses her unique gifts and talents to make our school better than it was when she first arrived. These traits play a large part in selecting students who will find happiness and success here at D.A. and further our mission of, “Searching for Truth through Study, working to create a caring Community, reaching out to others by Preaching and Just Actions, and enfolding our lives in Prayer.”
As you navigate the admissions process, please find comfort in the fact that the D.A. Admissions Committee fully supports the pedagogical and administrative decisions your child’s school has made or will make to serve its students during this time of crisis. We fully understand that your child’s school may have transitioned to pass/fail, standards-based rubrics, or other alternative means of assessment in lieu of traditional numerical grades. Our practice will be to review whatever information a school chooses to report a student’s progress. We understand and support the tough decisions that schools have made and will have to make in the months ahead, and will be flexible and fair in our review of any and all materials. We want to lessen the burdens on you and your child’s school, not increase them.
We know this summer and the year ahead will look and feel very different. You may not be able to participate in our summer enrichment programs or to visit the school in a traditional way. It is likely that you will experience disruptions in your co-curricular, athletic, and extracurricular activities. You are not alone. Know that D.A. will make every effort to support you through the application process as we all navigate this challenging time.Above all, know that we are committed to the safety and well-being of all members of our community--students, faculty and staff, parents and guardians, and you--our prospective students and families. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you and your family can safely learn about Dominican Academy and make an informed high school decision. Whether it’s through a live Q&A, virtual tour, or connecting with a current student, you will experience the unique warmth of the D.A. community and get the information you need!
We are keeping you and your loved ones in our prayers. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or would like additional information. It is an honor and a privilege for me to welcome girls into the Dominican Academy family and share the same experience that I—and so many others—have cherished and will continue to cherish in the years to come.
I look forward to speaking further and working with you in the future!
Madeleine B. Metzler, '07
Director of Admissions and Strategic Marketing