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The Elementary School Admission Directors (ESAD) and the Consortium of Secondary School Admission Directors (CSSAD) share a common mission, assisting families in their exploration of independent school education. They do so by following the best practices of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); by establishing and adhering to ethical, consistent policies and procedures, most notably, their common decision notification and response dates. These organizations are also committed to sharing resources and expertise in a collegial manner to support the recruitment and enrollment of students. Click here to learn more about the value of an independent school education.
ESAD (Elementary School Admission Directors) serves parents of students entering grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6, although many members offer preschool and/or pre-kindergarten programs.
CSSAD (Consortium of Secondary School Admission Directors) serves parents of students entering grades 6-12, although many members offer both Elementary and Secondary education.
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Open Houses are valuable opportunities to visit the school campus and get a comprehensive overview of school culture, curriculum and unique programs.
All CSSAD member schools request ISEE scores as part of the overall admissions process. Each admission committee looks at many items in conjunction with the ISEE scores, including the application, current school records, teacher/administrative recommendations, and the interview. All components of the admissions process help the school and family determine the best school match for each student. Practice tests are available at the ISEE website free of charge. CSSAD does not recommend or endorse private test preparation for this exam.