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 fifteen percent (85% or higher LPR in all sections) on the TACHS, HSPT, or CHSEE Exams, have above average grades (solid B/B+ average and above), and wish to strive for academic excellence in a Catholic, Dominican, college-preparatory environment.

Admission to Dominican Academy is based on the student’s scores in all sections (including achievement and ability) of the TACHS, HSPT, or CHSEE Exams and her 6-8th grade academic records (including both grades and standardized test scores).

1. Register to take the TACHS exam: We strongly encourage all applicants to take the TACHS Exam. Be sure to register by visiting, or by calling 866-618-2247. Registration for the 2019 exam opens August 26, 2019 and closes October 21, 2019. Please click here for additional information about TACHS Registration.

2. List D.A. on your TACHS exam: The 2019 TACHS exam will take place on November 8, 2019 in the Archdiocese of New York and November 9, 2019 in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. Interested students must indicate D.A. as their first or second choice. Our school code is 204. While we give preference to candidates who list D.A. as their first choice, we will consider all first and second choice applicants. Third choice applicants will not be considered for admission. Students from New Jersey or Long Island: We accept HSPT and CHSEE scores, but experience shows us that HSPT and CHSEE scores tend to be lower than TACHS scores. We suggest you take the TACHS if at all possible.

3. Complete the online application and forward transcripts: For students attending a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of New York or the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens: Your current school will help you submit the student’s grades through the TACHS Applicant Record. For students attending a public, private, or non-diocesan school: complete Section A of the Applicant Record which can be found in the TACHS information booklet or on the TACHS 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 the student’s records to Dominican Academy. We suggest you provide your teacher with a stamped addressed envelope. All students: Please be sure to complete our online application by clicking here. All materials should be submitted no later than December 13, 2019. 

4. Submit supplemental materials (optional): Supplemental materials such as personal statements, parent statements, resumes, and recommendations from teachers are often helpful, but not required to be considered for admission. You may submit these materials either electronically to, by fax to 212-744-0375, or by mail clearly marked to the Attention of the Admissions Office until December 13, 2019 for review by our Admissions Committee.

5. Complete the financial aid form (optional): Families interested in the possibility of need-based financial aid must submit a financial aid form electronically through School & Student Services (SSS) no later than January 17, 2020. Only complete applications submitted on time with all required documents will be considered. Click here for more information about tuition, scholarships, and financial aid.

6. Await admissions decisions sent on January 15, 2020: All admissions decisions--including acceptances, rejections, and waitlist--will be sent by land mail on January 15, 2020. Electronic admissions decisions will be released by email on January 15, 2020. Dominican Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, economic situation, creed, or ethnic background. Please contact the Admissions Office if you applied and do not receive an admissions decision at 212-744-0195, ext 131.

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 TACHS, HSPT, CHSEE, COOP, PSAT, SAT, or ACT--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 regarding transferring to Dominican Academy.