The admissions process is designed to help parents interested in CIS make the best educational decisions for their children. Most families start with a tour of our campus, during which you can see the school, chat with our admissions director, and ask any questions you might have. If you decide to apply, the admissions office will assist you through a sequential process that varies according to applicants’ ages and grades.

Lower School Admission (Grades JK-5th)

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  1. Complete and submit an application and $50 application fee. Apply online or download a PDF application for admission.

  2. Submit the signed transcript request form (supplemental form 1) to the CIS admissions office.

  3. Provide current teacher with the teacher evaluation form (supplemental form 2). The teacher must mail, fax, or email the form directly to CIS - we do not accept teacher evaluations submitted via parents.

  4. Complete a student interview and/or visit. Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants will participate in our JK/K Ready to Roar Day on February 20, 2019. Applicants for grades 1st-5th will schedule an individual interview in conjunction with a half-day visit. Interviews and visits are scheduled through the admissions office.

After all steps of the admissions process have been completed and required documents have been received, the admissions committee will review the material to decide whether the applicant is a good fit for CIS. You will be informed of the committee’s decision by letter or phone in a timely fashion.


Middle and Upper School Admission (Grades 6-12)

1. Complete basic paperwork.

  • Complete an online or paper application.

    • Student can choose to apply online via the Standard Application Online (SAO). You will need to create a parent/student account and can pay the application online.

    • If you choose the paper application, please complete and submit the application for admission with $50 application fee.

  • Submit the signed transcript request form (supplemental form 1) to the CIS admissions office. All applicants should submit this form to the admissions office, whether they are using the SAO or paper application.

  • If using the paper process, provide current Math and English teachers with the teacher evaluation forms. Students applying to 6th-12th grades should give supplemental form 3 to their English teacher and supplemental form 4 to their math teacher. The teachers must mail, fax, or email the form(s) directly to CIS - we do not accept teacher evaluations submitted via parents. Teachers of students using the SAO will receive the evaluation forms directly, by email link.

2. Complete the entrance exam. Students applying for grades 6-12 should register to take the entrance exam through the admissions office. The exam is offered on Saturday, March 9, 2019, and Saturday, April 7, 2019. Both exams are held 8-11 a.m. at CIS. Students applying after the exam dates can schedule an individual date through the admissions office.

3. Complete a student interview and half-day visit. Applicants for grades 6-12 will shadow a current CIS student during a half-day visit to campus. They will also participate in an interview with Middle and Upper School Director Jason Bricker or another school leader. Interviews and visits are scheduled through the admissions office after all paperwork is complete.

After all steps of the admissions process have been completed and required documents have been received, the admissions committee will review the material to decide whether the applicant is a good fit for CIS. You will be informed of the committee’s decision by letter or phone in a timely fashion.

If you have questions, please contact Director of Admissions Kari Dowell at (573) 777-9257 or dowellk@cislions.org.