Assessments / Testing

Keystone conducts a holistic and in-depth review of each applicant.

This comprehensive evaluation takes into consideration teacher recommendations, school records, standardized test scores, and the classroom visit/interview. Great care is taken to ensure that admitted students are a mission-appropriate fit for the Keystone community. A tour of campus with at least one parent is required as part of the admissions process.

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Student Visits

  • Kindergarten
    Applicants to Kindergarten will participate in an observation/assessment on the school campus. These dates are scheduled at the end of January.
  • First Grade
    Applicants to First Grade will be scheduled for a half-day classroom visit from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. They will participate in an academic assessment at this time.
  • Lower School
    Applicants to Second Grade through Fourth Grade will be scheduled for a full day visit. They will participate in an academic assessment at this time.
  • Middle School
    Middle School applicants will be scheduled for a full day visit and will have an interview with the Head of Middle School during this time.
  • Upper School
    Upper School applicants will be scheduled for a full day visit and will have an interview with the Head of Upper School during this time.

Assessments

  • Grades K-4
    Applicants for Grades K-4 will be required to take a readiness and ability test.
    The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test-Second Edition (KBIT-2) will be the required test if an applicant has not had a more comprehensive evaluation administered by a licensed psychologist or by their current school. The KBIT-2 is a brief, standardized measure of verbal (crystallized) and nonverbal (fluid) intelligence used to assess children, adolescents, and adults ages 4 through 90 years. Administration of the full KBIT-2 battery yields Verbal, Nonverbal, and IQ Composite scores. The three subtests of the KBIT-2 include Verbal Knowledge, Matrices, and Riddles and take approximately 15 to 50 minutes total to administer. Testing contact and location information will be sent out after an application is received.
    Testing results should be sent to Keystone no later than February 1st for priority applications.
  • Grades 5-12
    Applicants for Grades 5-12 will be required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE).This test is offered in over 30 metropolitan areas across the country. The list of testing dates and locations is found on the ISEE Guide available through Keystone School or online at www.iseetest.org. The ISEE may be taken only once within a six-month period.Testing results should be sent to Keystone no later than March 1st for priority applications.