The following items must be completed and submitted as part of the application process:

Application

This should be completed online through TADS.

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Teacher Recommendation(s)

Two recommendations are required for students applying to Grades 1 through 8. One recommendation is required for students applying to Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten. To download the forms, click the grade(s) you are interested in applying for below:

Transcript or School Records

Required for students applying to Grades 1 through 8 only.

Application Fee

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.

Student Visits & Testing

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 must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the SSAT. Both tests offer an at-home option.

Admissions Deadlines

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.

Notification Deadlines*

Families applying for grades TK-K will be notified about admission on February 26, 2021, and on a rolling basis thereafter.
Contract and deposit for grades TK-K due March 5, 2021.

Families applying for grades 1-8 will be notified about admission on or before March 5, 2021, and on a rolling basis thereafter.
Contract and deposit for grades 1-8 due March 19, 2021.

Enrollment is contingent upon completion of the previous grade and receipt of final transcripts.

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