General Admission FAQ

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What if my family is not Baptist?

    We welcome all families who want their child to experience the kind of education ROBS offers. Our students come from many different religious backgrounds. In fact, it might surprise you to know that this is our current enrollment:

    24% Christian without a specified denomination
    18% Methodist
    14% Episcopalian
    14% Catholic
    11% Baptist
    8% Presbyterian
    8% Unreported
    3% Religions other than Christianity

    If you review our website and other materials and visit the school, we think you’ll be able to get a good sense of whether you and your family will be comfortable here.
  • Q: When should I apply?

    We accept applications as soon as your child is born. For incoming legacy and Preschool students, the final date to submit an application is November 1. However, we encourage you to apply earlier because there are limited openings for the Discovery Parent Interview and the Readiness and Prekindergarten Group Testing, which fill up quickly. For Kindergarten through grade 8, the final date to apply is December 15.

    How many positions become available at each grade level?
    Discovery 30
    Readiness 18
    Prekindergarten 5 – 6
    Kindergarten 40
    Grades 1 – 4* 1 – 5 per grade
    Fifth Grade 12 – 15
    Sixth grade* 8-10
    Seventh grade* 1 – 3
    Eighth grade* 0

    *Positions in grades 1 – 4 and 6 – 8 only become available through attrition.
  • Q: What is your acceptance rate?

    Around 22% to 25% of applicants receive offers to attend ROBS each year. For those students not offered admission, their application can be rolled over to the next year without paying another application fee. We welcome students on the wait list to go through the application process again.
  • Q: Should I apply to more than one school?

    Yes, we think so. There are a number of great options out there, and the most important thing is that you take a good look around and find the best match for your child. Also keep in mind that the best schools typically have limited openings, so the more you explore and apply to, the more potential options you will have.
  • Q: Are legacies given preference?

    Yes. Siblings of existing and former students and children of alumni receive preference if they apply by November 5. However, we do reserve up to 20% of new openings at all levels for non-legacies. Due to limited openings and high demand, legacies are not guaranteed admittance, and some are placed on our waiting list every year. All students, including legacies, must qualify for admission to receive an offer.
  • Q: What other groups are given priority?

    In addition to legacies, children of participating members of River Oaks Baptist Church and children of current faculty and staff receive priority in the admission process. All students, including those in priority categories, must qualify for admission to receive an offer.
  • Q: Do you have a wait list?

    After enrollment offers are made in March, a wait list is generated and students are accepted as spaces become available. In many grades, all spaces fill without going back to the wait list. When school begins in the fall, the wait list is rolled over to the following year and parents are contacted in August about testing. Each admission year is treated independently; however, you do not need to submit an additional application.
  • Q: What if I decline a place at ROBS and decide to reapply?

    If you decline our offer, you must submit a new application to be considered for future admission.
  • Q: How can I prepare my child for testing?

    The only preparation your child will need is a good night’s sleep, a nutritious breakfast, and the simple idea that he or she is about to have a pleasant experience. A couple days in advance, you might casually tell your child that he will get to do some “interesting work” in a classroom with other kids his age. On testing day, arrive at least 10 minutes early so your child can get comfortable. The gathering room has toys in the middle with chairs nearby for parents. Just let your child go and play, while you relax. We then begin with a student parade to the classrooms. The testing consists of age-appropriate activities that are likely already familiar to your child.

    We strongly discourage parents from trying to prepare children for testing. Testing is designed to give both you and us a true picture of your child’s abilities. This is important information for you to have in choosing a school that is a good fit for your child. And it is important to us as we seek to admit students who are ready for our program. Trying to prepare a child for a cognitive test such as the WPPSI/WISC invalidates the results. We believe this so strongly that if the tester believes your child has been prepped for an aptitude test, we will not consider his or her application for at least a year.
  • Q: Does my child need to retest every year if he or she is rolled over on the wait list?

    Yes. Every admission year is independent of prior years, and applying students must go through the entire process. However, you do not need to submit an additional application.
  • Q: What are your typical class sizes?

    Discovery classes have 15 students and three teachers. Readiness classes have 16 students and two teachers. Prekindergarten classes have 18 students and two teachers. Kindergarten classes have approximately 20 students and two teachers. In grades 1 – 8, there are generally 20 students per class.
  • Q: Do you offer after-school care?

    Yes. Discovery students may participate in our Plus program until 2:30 p.m. Students in Readiness through eighth grade may enroll in Prime Time, which is open until 6:00 p.m.

    We also offer a wide array of on-campus activities from outside providers, such as art, dance, music, theater, Tae Kwon Do, sewing, golf, dance, Mad Science, MineCraft, Chinese, and Spanish.
Ambitious academics rooted in abiding Christian values for children age 2 through grade 8

Located in Houston, Texas, River Oaks Baptist School is a private, Christian, co-educational day school for students in preschool, lower school, and middle school. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, Christian character education, competitive athletics, fine and performing arts, and a wide selection of extra-curricular activities.
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