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Admission Philosophy

ESD’s admission process is designed to admit qualified students who are capable of benefiting from the school’s college preparatory program and making a positive contribution to the school community.  The Office of Admission works to identify, attract and retain a diverse group of students who possess the following characteristics:  intellectual curiosity, willingness to serve others and community, self-motivation and a solid work ethic, admirable character, special talents, and an enthusiasm for involvement in the school’s extra-curricular activities.

Admission Policy for Community Applicants

In the ESD admission process, every effort is made to accommodate qualified applicants who are siblings of currently enrolled students, children of alumni, communicants of SMAA or children of full-time faculty.  However, admission decisions are based primarily upon the composite qualifications of the individual candidate, space available, and gender balancing.

Anticipated Openings for the 2014-15 Academic Year

Please note that the following numbers are based on enrollment and attrition trends from the past five years.  These numbers are subject to change.  Beginners (18), Pre-K (14), Kindergarten (10), Primer (4), 1st grade (12), 2nd grade (3), 3rd grade (3), 4th grade (3), 5th grade (16), 6th grade (5), 7th grade (8), 8th grade (2), 9th grade (30), 10th grade (1), 11th grade (**), 12th grade (**).

** New admission into the junior and senior year at ESD occurs only under unique circumstances.  Please contact the Director of Admission for more information.

Profile for Success

ESD offers a challenging and traditional curriculum and provides a rigorous academic program, preparation designed for students who have the talent and ability to succeed in college.  We also strive to understand and appreciate each student and his/her educational needs. One of our main educational goals is to have the student assume responsibility for learning. While ESD welcomes students with a range of academic abilities, we cannot provide for those students requiring exceptional attention or learning accommodations.

We want students to have a happy, successful experience as they learn and grow into young adults and understand that young people are continually growing, changing, and developing. Characteristics most consistently found in successful ESD students are:

  • Good character
  • Assumption of responsibility
  • Above average aptitude and achievement
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills
  • Independent reading skills
  • Effective time management
  • Self-motivation
  • Well-rounded talents and interests
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Physical and emotional wellness
Students who attend ESD possess a range of gifts and talents. The Office of Admission seeks students who would benefit from and thrive in the educational environment the school offers.

Students with Learning Differences

A student with a mild learning difference will most likely be successful at ESD if:

  • The student demonstrates emotional stability.
  • The student’s intelligence is above average.
  • The student possesses a strong work ethic.
  • The student’s learning difference is managed, medically or therapeutically, in such a way that the student completes assigned work, maintains focus and works independently.
  • The student’s parents accept the diagnosis and support the need for intervention or additional assistance.

In most cases, a student with a severe learning difference or multiple learning differences may not be successful at ESD.  In our experience, students with one or more of the following characteristics may be at risk at ESD:

  • Below average aptitude or achievement
  • Deficiency in written expression
  • Lack of initiative or motivation
  • Multiple learning differences
  • Poor attendance
  • Significant emotional or social difficulties
  • Lack of respect for self, others, and community
  • An undiagnosed or unremediated learning difference

Parents in Partnership with ESD

It is important to the administration and faculty for parents of ESD students to trust our curriculum, program choices, and the professionalism of our employees.  Parents should demonstrate patience and realistic expectations for their child in the learning process.  We seek parents who share our common goal of educating the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, and physically.





Lower School Office of
(Beginner through Grade 4)
4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, TX 75225
Direct phone: 214.353.5738   

Middle and Upper School Office
of Admission
(Grades 5 through 12)
4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, TX  75229
Direct phone: 214.353.5827
Fax: 214.353.5872               
School operator: 214.358.4368

  • Lower School  4344 Colgate Avenue • Dallas, Texas • 75225
  • Middle & Upper School  4100 Merrell Road • Dallas, Texas • 75229
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