Middle School - Application Process - McDonogh School

Middle School


The online application must be submitted no later than December 3, 2021.


Please take the Transcript Release Form to your child’s school and request transcripts to be sent after the first term of the current year.  In addition, families should request transcripts from the whole of the previous school year, Transcripts must be received no later than January 15, 2022. Therefore, please have your child's teacher or school email the form to admissions@mcdonogh.org or fax it to 443-544-7030.  


Two teacher recommendations are required. We prefer one from your child’s current English teacher and one from your child’s current math teacher. Please submit the Common Referral Form to all pertinent teachers after the first term. Completed forms must be received by McDonogh no later than January 15, 2022.

Please be aware that the Common Referral Form is confidential and cannot be shared with parents or students. Therefore, please have your child's teacher or school email the form to admissions@mcdonogh.org, fax to 443-544-7030.


Once your child’s application is submitted, you will have the ability to schedule a Virtual Family Meeting and Interview with a member of the Admissions Team.  This meeting typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the number of questions you and your child have and is an opportunity for you to learn more about McDonogh and our LifeReady academic program.   We recommend that you explore our website, particularly our virtual tour, before this virtual meeting.


Applicants should complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or SSAT by January 15, 2022. The ISEE and SSAT may be taken at any school that serves as a test site as well as at a Prometric Test Center location convenient for your family. 

At-home computer-based testing options are also permitted; simply request that the results be forwarded to McDonogh School. Our school code for the ISEE is 210750 and for the SSAT is 4757. You may register on-line at www.iseetest.org or https://www.ssat.org

We encourage students to take the test in November or December as winter weather can cause test cancellations.



For students applying to Grades 5 through 12, an optional essay is due by January 15, 2022. Students can access the essay prompts by signing into their admissions profile page and clicking on the student essay link. There they may choose one of several prompts and respond in 200-400 words.

Additional Student Materials

If your child would like to submit additional materials to help us better understand their passions or talents (for example, a short writing sample, a photo and description of community service work, artwork, or a link to a video of a musical performance), please have them do so. Materials can be submitted via email by January 15, 2022 with the subject line "Additional Materials" to Esther Richardson, Director of Middle School Admissions, at erichardson@mcdonogh.org