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Admission Process

 
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Applying to Sandia Prep

Because admission to Sandia Prep is competitive, it's best to start the application process early. In fact, the process begins a full year before your child would start their first semester at Sandia Prep.
 
 
 
 
Thank you for your interest in Sandia Prep! Learn more about our school or start an application for the 2021 - 2022 school year below.

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Late Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

If you are interested in applying for the current school year (2020-2021), please be advised that space is extremely limited, and all financial aid has been allocated. Please call our Admission Office at 505.338.3007 or admission@sandiaprep.org for more information.


 
During Sandia Prep's admission process, testing is only one of many factors used to gain a clear picture of applicants.
 
Admission Testing Dates for 2021-2022 Applicants

Tests will be administered virtually on:
  • November 14, 2020
  • January 9, 2021
  • February 6, 2021
 
 
 
How to Prepare for the Admission Test

The admission test for all grade levels consists of a reading comprehension section (45-50 minutes), a math section (30-40 minutes), both multiple-choice, and a writing sample (20 minutes).

Reading Comprehension
The best way to prepare for the reading comprehension is simply to read, read, and read some more! Critical reading, logical thinking, and dynamic writing compose the heart of our English Department’s mission, and strong reading comprehension skills are essential. 

Writing
For the writing sample, students choose one prompt from a selection of several and write for 20 minutes, using proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation to the best of their ability. We’re looking for originality and clarity.

Mathematics
We’re frequently asked, "What material is covered on the mathematics test?" The simple answer is: The concepts being taught in your child's current math curriculum. Because of this, the mathematics department at Sandia Preparatory School suggests that no extra practice or review is necessary before taking our admission test. See below for more detailed information on the math test.

The math portion of the admission test covers material from past, present, and possibly future mathematics studies that your child has been or will be exposed to. A few questions are placed on each test to indicate to us if further investigation, upon acceptance to the school, is required to appropriately place your child within our mathematics curriculum. The format for each test is multiple-choice with a time limit of 30 minutes for the Sixth Grade test and 40 minutes for the Seventh/Eighth grade, Ninth/Tenth grade, and Eleventh/Twelfth-grade tests. Calculators may be used only on the Eleventh/Twelfth-grade test.   

Below is a list of the major topics contained within each math test. They are presented strictly as a guideline for what might appear on the test. The admission test is just one tool that we use to gain some insight into your child's knowledge base, and it is only a piece of the evaluation process for acceptance to Sandia Preparatory School.  

Sixth Grade Admission Math Test for Current Fifth-Grade Students
The basic four operations (+,-, ×,÷) using the following types of numbers:

  • Whole numbers up to three digits  
  • Fractions with like and unlike denominators as well as proper and improper fractions
  • Integers
  • Decimals 
  • Correct use of units 
  • Money problems
  • Finding the average of numbers
  • Place value 
  • Ratios or proportions
  • Understanding simple charts or graphs
  • Finding the greatest common factor and least common multiple  
 

Seventh/Eighth-Grade Admission Math Test for Current Sixth and Seventh-Grade Students
Topics listed in the above guide for our sixth-grade admission test as well as:

  • Basic geometry: types of triangles, right triangle knowledge, area/perimeter, formulas for triangles, squares, and rectangles, area formula for circles, diameter and radius relationship, and Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Exponents
  • Percentages and averages
  • Distributive property
  • Fraction/decimal conversions
  • Finding a value for an expression using substitution
  • Basic concept of probabilities
  • Solving one- and two-step equations
  • Recognizing patterns when dealing with a list of numbers

 

Ninth/Tenth-Grade Admission Math Test for Current Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 Students
Topics listed in the above guide for our seventh/eighth-grade admission test, as well as:

  • Finding and using least common denominators
  • Basic statistical concepts such as reading and interpreting data from charts and graphs, finding means, modes, and medians for a group of numbers
  • Working with inequalities
  • Solving multi-step algebraic equations
  • Reducing algebraic expressions
  • Lines: graphing and equation

 

Eleventh/Twelfth-Grade Admission Math Test for Current Algebra II, Geometry, or Pre-Calculus Students
Topics listed in the above guide for our Ninth/Tenth-Grade admission test, as well as:

  • Pre-algebra/elementary algebra: knowledge of whole numbers, decimals, integers, fractions, linear equations, algebraic equations, and your ability to solve a quadratic equation
  • Intermediate algebra/coordinate geometry: graphing in the coordinate plane, operations with integer exponents, radical and rational expressions, the quadratic formula, linear inequalities in one variable, and systems of two linear equations in two variables.
  • Plane geometry/trigonometry: knowledge of the properties and relations of figures on the geometric plane, right triangle trigonometry, graphing trigonometric functions, and basic trigonometric identities.
 

 
We want to get to know our future students. That's why our admission process includes a student interview. Each prospective student is interviewed by a member of our faculty or staff in a friendly conversation about the student's interests, talents, and experiences. Because of COVID-19, these interviews will take place virtually via Zoom until further notice.

 
Due to COVID-19, Student Visit Days are currently not available. Please contact our Admission Department at admission@sandiaprep.org or 505.338.3007 for more information.
 

 
  • On-campus tour: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health orders, Sandia Prep has temporarily suspended on-campus tours. However, we encourage you to sign up, and we will schedule tours again as soon as we are able. Sign up for an on-campus tour.

  • Self-guided virtual tour: Click on the map or view the videos below to virtually tour our campus.

  • Guided, personalized virtual tour: Please contact our Admission Events Coordinator at rnelson@sandiaprep.org

Questions? Please contact our Admission Office at admission@sandiaprep.org or 505.338.3007.

 

 
Sandia Prep offers tuition assistance for most income levels. In fact, 40% of our current students receive tuition assistance. Investment in elementary, middle, and high school prepares students for a lifetime of academic and career success. Moreover, independent and private schools can provide expertise in securing funding for college when the time comes.

In order to help you determine the cost for your student to attend Sandia Prep, we have provided the following schedule of 2020 - 2021 fees here.


 
Admission Office
Phone: 505.338.3007
Fax: 505.212.0109