How to Apply

We are pleased that you have shown an interest in Houston Academy for the education of your child.

This checklist will be helpful in guiding you through the admissions process. Please remember it is the responsibility of each applicant’s parent or guardian to ensure that all required information is submitted. The applicant’s file must be complete before it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Please contact Nicole Lisenby, Director of Admissions at if you have any questions concerning admission, tours, financial aid, or contracts at Houston Academy.

Application/Test Fee

Please submit the online application and mail or deliver a $100.00 check made payable to Houston Academy, 901 Buena Vista Drive, Dothan, Alabama 36303. The $100.00 is a non-refundable fee that activates the application and covers the cost of testing. This fee will
carry over to the next year if the applicant is not offered a contract. At the end of that year the application will be considered inactive, and the student will be required to start a new application.

Checklist of Required Academic Records and Documents

Links below provide the checklists of required documents for each grade. This information
should be collected by the parent or guardian to upload as part of the online application for
all applicants. Please note that Houston Academy cannot request documents from your
child’s school for an application.
3P and 4P
1st-4th grade
5th-8th grade
9th-12th grade
 Please note that all Middle and Upper School Applicants are required to complete and upload a Student Profile to the online application.

Academic Reference Forms

  • The applicant should submit the Houston Academy Reference Form (available below) to their current classroom teacher(s) for completion. The parent must fill out and sign the top of each form. Teachers should email references to Nicole Lisenby, Director of Admissions, at or fax them to 334-793-4053. References will not be accepted unless they are sent directly from the teacher who completes the form.

Reference Form, 3P – 4th Grade
– Submit one (Classroom teacher)

Reference Form, 5th – 8th Grade
– Submit three (Counselor, math teacher, English teacher)

Reference Form, 9th-12th Grade
– Submit three (Counselor, math teacher, English teacher)


All 3P and 4P applicants will be given a developmental screening as a part of the admissions process. This screening will be scheduled in February of 2024 after a completed application and application fee have been received by the Director of Admissions. Parents of applicants in 5K – Grade 2 will be contacted by the Director of Admissions in February of 2024 to schedule an individual testing appointment when the completed application and application fee have been received. Students who apply for Grades 3 – 12 will test for admission on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Applicants must successfully complete and pass achievement tests in reading and math and a School Ability Test. Middle and Upper School applicants will also complete a writing assignment. Please see the link below for important dates, application and financial assistance deadlines, and admissions events for the 2024-2024 academic year.

Important Admissions Dates, Deadline, and Events 2023

School Visits

School visits for all prospective students are strongly recommended. These may be scheduled through our student shadow days or our annual “Preschool Playdate” by contacting Nicole Lisenby, Director of Admissions. Parents do not stay for the classroom visit. Students in rising grades 1-12 who are offered enrollment contracts for 2023-2024 will be personally invited to participate in our Schoolwide Shadowing Day in the Spring of 2024.


The Admissions Committee will review and evaluate the application materials and tests of all applicants. Those who meet the criteria for admission will be offered a contract provided openings are available. Priority will be given to qualified siblings and children of alumni. In situations where there are no openings, qualified applicants’ names will be placed in a waiting pool to be considered for the next opening. Admission will be offered to applicants in the waiting pool as openings become available. Openings may occur at any time during the year. Contracts for new applicants will be issued after currently enrolled students have completed the re-enrollment process. Parents will be notified of openings as they become available.