Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I begin the application process?
A. You may contact the Director of Admissions/Counselor, Natalie King, by email at , or phone 601-910-5990 to request information or set up a tour. Tours are given Monday through Friday by appointment. You may also fill out an interest form or download an application, both of which can be found in the Enrollment section on our Admissions page. We will follow up with you once we receive your information. You may submit the application in person, by fax (601-910-5992) or by mail. We open enrollment for the new school year to our current families in January. Enrollment is then open to new families in February. If you apply before that time, you will be placed on a waiting list pending action by the Admissions Committee.
Q. When should I apply?
A. We recommend that you apply as early as possible in the fall of the year prior to the desired entry date. With an application on file, the Admissions office will send you information as needed regarding the Admissions process. Limited availability necessitates early application.
Q. What is the birthday cutoff for students entering the Preschool and first grade programs?
A. CCA has a September 1 cutoff for students entering our kindergarten and first grade programs. In other words, a student must be 4, 5, or 6 on or before September 1 to enter the appropriate grade.
Q. What is the average class size at CCA?
A. We are committed to small classes, with a student to teacher ratio of 12 to 1 in preschool and kindergarten, 18 to 1 in elementary grades, and 20 to 1 in secondary grades.
Q. What do I need to do to prepare my child for the Admissions entrance test?
A. The entrance tests are achievement test based on material that your child has covered during the regular school year. Consequently, there is no need to make any additional preparatory efforts. Make sure the student has had a good night's sleep and a nourishing breakfast. The biggest factor in making their day successful is to reduce the stress level, so please do not over-emphasize the importance of the test.
Q. After my child completes the Admissions test, when will I be informed about acceptance?
A. CCA will normally inform the prospective student within 7 to 10 days of the testing date.
Q. Does CCA offer financial assistance?
A. Yes, on a limited basis. Please inquire with the Director of Admissions.
Q. Do CCA students wear uniforms?
A. Yes, all CCA students wear uniforms. Detailed information is included in the School Uniforms page of our website
Q. Why attend an independent school?
A. There are approximately 2,000 independent schools across the U.S. providing high quality individualized attention to more than 700,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Independent schools value education for the whole child, offering learning experiences that reach beyond core academic areas, and the freedom to promote creative thinking and introduce students to more challenging and exciting subjects.