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How to Apply

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How to Apply

How to Apply

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Timeline and Process

First-consideration applications are due by January 15, 2021. You’ll need to complete all parts of the application by this date to receive first review for available vacancies.

Middle School and Upper School applicants meeting this deadline will be notified of admissions decisions in early March. Students and families who apply after the first consideration deadline will be notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis.

Complete Pre-Application

A member of the Admissions team will process your Pre-application within one (1) business day and send you a confirmation email with your unique application username.

Submit Pre-application

Complete Application Form

A complete application form* includes the following:

  • Applicant Information
  • Family Information
  • School and Testing Information
  • Parent Statement
  • Student Statement
  • Signature
  • Application Fee ($85)

*Submission of your application form and fee is one step in the applicant file and initiates your applicant record. This record will allow our Admissions team to most effectively assist you throughout the application process. If this fee poses a hardship for your family, please contact the Director of Admission at 919-228-4550.

Optional Video – Upper School Applicants Only

Upper School applicants are encouraged to submit an optional short video, expressing how their talents and background could benefit the Cary Academy community. While not required, video submissions help our Admissions team get to know you. Further instruction can be found within the applicant questionnaire.

Optional – Financial Aid Application

Applicants seeking financial aid must submit a separate, confidential, complete, and accurate online financial aid application through TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) by the financial aid application deadline of January 15, 2021. Applications for financial assistance are accepted after the deadline, however funding is not typically available for late applicants.All aid decisions rest solely with the Cary Academy Financial Aid Committee.
Download our Financial Aid Policies and Guidelines PDF for more information.

Financial Aid Worksheet

Apply for Financial Aid

Schedule Visit and Interview*

We encourage you to schedule your visit and interview day as early as possible. Spaces fill quickly and our Admissions team may be unable to accommodate all requests before the first consideration deadline.

For families outside the Cary, Raleigh, or Durham areas, accommodations can be arranged. Please contact

* Visit and interview days cannot be scheduled until your completed application form has been submitted.

Schedule Testing

All applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Test dates must be scheduled three (3) weeks in advance with the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Testing accommodations are available, but don’t delay – special circumstances must be scheduled four (4) to six (6) weeks in advance.

Applicants must complete the ISEE test on or before the first consideration deadline. While Cary Academy serves as an ISEE test administration site, applicants are welcome to test at various schools in the Triangle area, as well as certified cities in the US and abroad.

Cary Academy ERB
School Code 344646

Cary Academy will accept the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) in lieu of the ISEE.  A copy of the ISEE / SSAT test results must be uploaded with the application.

Testing Dates – Cary Academy


Click here to Schedule Your ISEE Testing

Complete Your Application File
Submit Supporting Documentation

All applicants are required to submit three (3) years of academic transcripts — including the current academic year. Grade reports should be uploaded with the application.

Applicants are also required to submit two (2) confidential recommendation forms from academic teachers. One must be completed by a current teacher, while the other can be completed by a recent teacher within the past two (2) years. No more than one (1) additional, non-academic recommendation can be submitted as well.

Final Documents

Three (3) years of academic transcripts, including the ongoing year

Two (2) confidential recommendation forms from academic teachers

One (1) additional, non-academic recommendation (optional)

How to Re-apply

Out-of-Town Applicants