Admission into The Neighborhood Academy is a thorough, comprehensive process. Every step of the process is highly personal, with staff members maintaining consistent contact to answer questions, guide prospective students, and help families access all of the programs and services we provide.
Male students - Applications are accepted in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Most slots are available in 6th grade.
Female students - Applications are accepted in grades 9 and 10. Most slots are available in 9th grade.
The Admissions Process:
Step 1. Attend an Admissions Open House (All applicants)
These sessions are an opportunity for prospective families to learn about The Neighborhood Academy, tour the school, and meet some of our faculty and staff.
Step 2. Attend a Testing Session (All applicants)
The Neighborhood Academy uses a self-designed test to obtain an accurate picture of a prospective student’s academic standing.
Admissions Testing is conducted exactly one week after the Open House you choose to attend. Please note: the Open Houses begin at 11AM and Testing begins at 10AM.
Step 3. Supply Records (All applicants)
Prior to the family interview, prospective students must bring all of their academic, attendance, health and discipline records with them to the test. The student’s household Federal Income Tax Return will also be needed at this time. Students will not be permitted to take the test unless their records are in hand.
Step 4. Schedule a Family Interview (All applicants)
All prospective applicants will have personal interviews with a member of The Academy’s Admissions Committee. The interviews are an opportunity for the Admissions Committee to learn about each applicant individually.
Step 5. Summer Academy (Grades 9-10 only)
The Summer Academy is a five week academic experience for our applicants in grades 9 and 10 that includes standardized testing, math, language arts, religion & philosophy, and history. The Neighborhood Academy will notify prospective applicants as to their status and acceptance to Summer Academy.
Step 6. Final Notification
Upon completion of Summer Academy (grades 9 & 10) or by April 1st (grades 6 through 8), notification of acceptance to The Neighborhood Academy will be sent. Families will have 10 days to inform The Academy of their decision. Acceptance is based on ability, performance, and demonstrated behavior at Summer Academy.
Request Application Information
To learn more about the admissions process and to request materials, please contact Shannon Prentiss, Director of Admissions, at (412) 362-2006.