Testing Procedure/Shadow Experience


Testing Procedure/Shadow Experience

Testing Procedures

In order to ensure that we can meet the needs of all incoming students, Trident Academy requires testing as part of the application process.  Parents are responsible for arranging for required testing or to have current test results (within three years) sent to Trident Academy.

  • For rising First Graders – Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence or Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children IV.
  • For rising Second Graders through Upper School – Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children IV or Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Cognitive Abilities and Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement III or Wechsler Individual Achievement Test.


Testing required for the admissions process can be administered at a variety of places, at your own discretion. While we have NO direct affiliation with any testing center in particular, we will provide you with a list of qualified evaluators in the Charleston area.  Many are very familiar with Trident Academy’s program.  Please request a copy of the list from the Admissions Office by calling 843-884-3494 or emailing admissions@tridentacademy.com


Shadow Experience

When making application, prospective students are required to attend a two day Shadow Experience.  During the experience your child will attend two full days at Trident Academy and be welcomed as one of the class of which he/she would be a member were he/she presently enrolled. Prospective students have the opportunity to meet their classmates and teachers and experience the culture of Trident Academy.  Teachers will conduct baseline reading and math assessments to identify academic strengths and areas of challenge that will be addressed when the student enters Trident academy.

Your child should bring a lunch and, if visiting Middle or Upper School, a snack. Your child’s clothing for the day should closely approximate the Trident Academy dress code (i.e. collared shirt, non-denim pants/skirt, and shoes appropriate for active engagement in class and recess.  The Admissions Office will contact you to arrange your child’s Shadow Experience.

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