SSAT and Admission Decisions

We ask that applicants take the SSAT once and submit the results to Whitfield (#8196). Candidates for Fall 2019 admission should take the SSAT no later than January 5, 2019.

Who is the Admission Committee?  Whitfield's Admission Committee is composed of experienced teachers and administrators who solely and exclusively determine admission decisions, based on a wide range of considerations. 

How does the Admission Committee make decisions?  How does Whitfield look at your child's SSAT results?  The primary questions we ask ourselves with each applicant are the following: Is this a bright child who is willing to work hard and who will thrive in our classrooms?  Are these parents who will be our partners in their child's learning? Submission of an application does not guarantee admission.

Students' test results are one piece of the entire application.  The essay is particularly informative because it allows a level of independent work and a glimpse into your student.  More important to us are a student's day-to-day work in the classroom, teacher and personal recommendations, the family interview and tour, and report cards.  We couple the SSAT results with any previous testing students have completed and lay that against students' daily work to give us the most complete picture of our applicants' academic strengths.  We are happy to talk with you about testing and all other portions of the admission process when you visit for your family interview and tour. 

The SSAT is offered multiple times each year in St. Louis; we encourage you to choose the most convenient test date and site.  

Please visit SSAT's website for specific registration information and additional test dates and sites.

Whitfield strives to create a school community that reflects the diversity of the St. Louis metropolitan area.  The school seeks to maintain a student body balanced by gender and diverse in geographic, economic, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, disability or gender in administering its academic policies, admission policies, athletic policies, financial aid program, or other school activities.

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