Upper School

Upper School Admissions Process

Our All-Girls Middle and High School Admissions Process

At Oak Knoll, the admissions process for our all-girls middle school and high school is competitive yet personal. We encourage all students interested in grades 7-12 to attend an open house before applying to get a sense of our school's mission and culture. This will help you decide if a Holy Child education is a good fit. The admissions team is here to help you answer any questions you may have throughout the application process. We look forward to getting to know you!

Grades 7 and 9 are the entry grades for the middle school and high school.

*Enrollment opportunities for grades 8 and 10 are based on attrition. Please contact the Upper School Admissions Office to discuss openings.

Steps to Apply

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  • 1. Online Application

    The first step of the admissions process is to complete an online application and submit the non-refundable $50 fee. 
    • We encourage you to submit your application promptly, as school visits occur after the application is received. School visits are limited and tend to fill up quickly.
  • 2. School Visit, Student and Parent Conference

    Once we receive your submitted application, a member of the admissions team will reach out to schedule a school visit.

    Applicants are required to spend a day with a student in the grade in which you are applying. You will attend class with your host student and will meet with the Admissions Office at some point during the day. We offer a 30-minute parent conference the day of the school visit.
    • Students applying to grades 7 and 8 will visit from 7:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Students applying to grade 9 will visit from 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
    The health form is required for the visit. If possible, please bring the required essay.

    *Visiting days fill up quickly and MUST be completed prior to the admissions deadline date.
  • 3. Required Essay

    *In assisting Oak Knoll in getting to know you, please bring the essay with you on the day of your school visit.

    Please write a complete essay on one of the following topics:
    • Recall briefly a past experience or activity that has given you the most personal satisfaction and has taught you something about yourself.
    • Name a person whom you respect and explain why you admire him or her.
    • If you could change one thing about your school/town/activities, what would it be and why?
    The essay should not exceed one page typed.
  • 4. Teacher Recommendations

    Two recommendations are required for each applicant:
    We offer, but do not require, an optional recommendation.

    *All recommendations must be received prior to the deadline date.
  • 5. Transcripts & Test Scores

    Complete the Release of Records Form and forward it to your school office. Your school will then forward your transcript and standardized test scores directly to the Oak Knoll Admissions Office.
    • Transcripts must include grades from at least one marking period from the current academic year and grades from two years prior, along with attendance records and a grading key.
    *Transcripts must be received prior to the deadline date.
  • 6. ISEE Testing

    Applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) test. Oak Knoll is a "closed" ISEE test site and will not appear on the New Jersey school list. Oak Knoll only tests applicants applying to Oak Knoll.

    How To Register

    Online: Visit www.iseetest.org. Student Registration - Register for ISEE
    School Member Code: 311430. This will be used to have ISEE scores reported to Oak Knoll.
    Invitation Code: For those taking the test at Oak Knoll, please call admissions at 908-522-8109 or email marie.arlen@oakknoll.org for the code.

    Testing Dates
    • November 19, 2016 (registration deadline: October 29)
    • December 17, 2016 (registration deadline: November 26)

    * Students applying to the early notification deadline must register for the November test so scores arrive by the deadline.

    • Registration closes three weeks before the test date. Please register early to reserve the date you need as seating is limited.
    • ISEE testing may be taken outside of Oak Knoll. Please refer to www.iseetest.org for other test locations and dates.
    • Oak Knoll does not accept the SSAT.
    *ISEE scores must be received prior to the deadline date.

Important Dates

Applications for the 2017-18 school year will be available September 1, 2016.

We welcome you to attend one of our Open Houses.
  • October 1 – Open House
  • October 29 – ISEE Registration Deadline
  • November 5 – Open House
  • November 19 – ISEE Test
  • November 26 – ISEE Registration Deadline
  • December 7 – Early Application Deadline
  • December 7 – US Tours
  • December 17 – ISEE Test
  • January 27 – Regular Application Deadline 

Application Deadlines

The December 7, 2016 Early Application Process Deadline is only for applicants whose school search is solely focused on Catholic schools, which notify earlier than other schools.

The January 27, 2017 Regular Application Process Deadline is for all applicants who may be applying to a broad range of schools that may include independent, public, Catholic and magnet schools.

*Applications received after the January deadline date will be considered on a rolling basis, only if spaces become available.

In order for an application process to be considered complete and the student to be considered for entrance, ALL of the following materials must be received prior to the deadline:

Middle and High School Admissions

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Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.


44 Blackburn Road
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 522-8100

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