Understanding Matrix Calculations

The Willow School has a rigorous academic program, with accompanying higher expectations. Acceptance to The Willow School will be determined by the applicant’s total matrix score which is calculated as described below.

The matrix score is a sum of points from GPA (grades 2-12) + Math Assessment (all grades) + Reading Assessment* (all grades) + Arts Interest Form completion (all grades) + Curriculum Meeting/Questionnaire (K-1 only)

*Note that for Kindergarten, the Reading Assessment is Listening Comprehension

Breakdown of the Matrix by Grade Level

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Matrix

Matrix Points

Math Assessment Percentile

Reading Assessment Percentile

Arts Interest Form

Parent Involvement

10

90-99

90-99

3 Points when all questions are answered

4 Points for viewing the Virtual Curriculum Meeting

9

80-89

80-89

8

70-79

70-79

7

60-69

60-69

6

55-59

55-59

5

50-54

50-54

3 Points for completing the Questionnaire/Checklist after viewing the Virtual Meeting

4

40-49

40-49

0

0-39

0-39

For Kindergarten and 1st Grade applicants, the score is composed of the 

  • Math Assessment score (maximum of 10 points)

  • Listening Comprehension score (maximum of 10 points)

  • Arts Interest Form completion - three questions with no wrong answers (3 points for completion)

  • Curriculum meeting with completed questionnaire (7 points) 

Kindergarten and 1st-grade applicants must score 25 out of the 30 points possible to be eligible. 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Applicants

We believe it is important for families to understand our program before making their choice of an education partner. To assist families with their decisions, our curriculum and programs are reviewed at curriculum meetings as part of our admissions process. 

This year our K-1 Curriculum Meeting (4 points) will be held virtually.  During the viewing window, a link will be emailed to parents/guardians for a virtual presentation that will provide detailed information about our Kindergarten and 1st-grade programs.  Families can view the presentation at any time during the weeklong viewing window.  At the end of the presentation, we will include a link to a form that must be completed and submitted in order to get points for attending the meeting.

The Parent Questionnaire/Checklist (3 points), which ensures an understanding of The Willow School's mission, curriculum goals and expectations, must be completed as part of the virtual curriculum meeting and earns three points on the matrix. The questionnaire/checklist does not have right or wrong answers; it is used to verify parental participation and understanding of the Lower School’s education model.

2nd -12th Grade Matrix

Matrix Points

Math Assessment Percentile

Reading Assessment Percentile

Arts Interest Form

GPA

10

90-99

90-99

3 Points when all questions are answered

3.5-4.0

9

80-89

80-89

8

70-79

70-79

3.0-3.49

7

60-69

60-69

2.5-2.99

6

55-59

55-59

2.3-2.49

5

50-54

50-54

2.0-2.29

4

40-49

40-49

0

0-39

0-39

0.0-1.99

For 2nd–12th Grade applicants, the score is composed of 

  • GPA (maximum of 10 points)

  • Math assessment score (maximum of 10 points)

  • Reading assessment score (maximum of 10 points)

  • Arts Interest form - three questions with no wrong answers (3 points for completion)

Second through 12th-grade applicants must score 28 out of the 33 points possible to be eligible.

Second through Twelfth Grade Applicants

The grade point average (GPA) is calculated using only core academic classes. Coursework included in the GPA must be in a regular, honors or gifted classroom, and the grades will be unweighted (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0).

The Arts Interest Form is comprised of three questions with no right or wrong answers. It is designed to help the parent and applicant understand the key components of our programs. Parents of applicants for Kindergarten through 4th grade will receive the questions in an email to complete at home. Applicants for grades 5th through 12th will complete at the time of the in-person assessment. 

Additional Requirements for 10th–12th-grade applicants:

  • Students applying for 10th–12th grade must provide a class schedule or report card to show coursework to be earned during 2022-23.  

  • Students applying to enter the 10th grade must have one high school credit in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics, social studies and science.

  • Students applying to enter the 11th grade must have two high school credits in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics, social studies and science.

  • Students applying to enter the 12th grade must have three high school credits in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics, social studies and science, and two credits in the same world language or one credit in French or Spanish.

State Testing Requirements

  • Students enrolling in 5th and 9th grades must show proof they have passed the State of Louisiana’s placement test (LEAP 2025 grade exams) by June 12, 2023. Non-public students must take the exam in Spring 2023 or prior to the start of school in August 2023.

  • Students applying for 9th–12th grade must provide proof that the student has passed End-of-Course exams.