Start your journey here…

Step 1: Submit an application

We have reached our enrollment capacity for the 2020-2021 year, but the application process for the 2021–22 school year has begun! Apply now!

The application fee for 2021–2022 is $75. If this presents a financial hardship, please contact the Admissions Office at 919-383-8800 ext. 130.

The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 school year is January 22, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (919) 383-8800 ext 130 or

Step 2: Send us your Teacher Recommendations(s)

Grades TK & K
One recommendation is required for students applying to Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten.
Download a blank form for TK & K here.

Grades 1-8
Two recommendations are required for students applying to Grades 1 through 8.
Download a blank form for 1st Grade here.
Download a blank form for 2nd-8th Grades here.

Step 3: Send us your transcripts

If you are applying for grades 1-8, please submit the records release form to your current school. Enrollment is contingent upon completion of the previous grade and receipt of final transcripts.

Step 4: Schedule a visit and assessment

Applicants are typically invited to spend either a half day (TK-1) or a full day (2-8) at TDS. However, due to the current situation, visitations have been postponed.

TK – 1st grade applicants will be assessed for academic readiness and social/emotional development. Parents are asked to contact Deb Newlin, Director of Admissions, at (919) 383-8800 ext. 130 to learn more about the process.

5th – 8th grade applicants are asked to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), or the SSAT. These are standardized admissions tests measure verbal and quantitative ability, mathematics skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills.

Notification Dates

Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten
February 26, 2021: Admission decisions shared with families
March 5, 2021: Enrollment contracts and deposits are due

Grades 1-8
March 5, 2021: Admission decisions shared with families
March 19, 2021: Enrollment contracts and deposits are due

These notification dates are used by all schools in the Triangle Independent School Consortium (TISC) and apply to families who met the January 22nd deadline.

What is TISC?

TISC is composed of admission professionals from Triangle area schools. Our Consortium evolved out of the member schools’ desire to work collaboratively in an effort to ease and enhance the admission process for the students, families, and schools involved.

If you have submitted before-deadline applications to more than one of our schools, you will not be required to make a binding commitment or deposit until you have heard an initial admission decision from all of the schools to which you have applied.

If you receive an admission offer that asks for a reply before you will hear from another TISC school, please immediately contact the offering school’s director of admission to request an extension of their reply date. We have agreed to grant such requests so that families will be able to make fully informed decisions.