How to Apply


Thank you for your interest in Washington Episcopal School! The application process is designed to assist you and the Admissions Committee in making the best placement decision for your child. The information below will provide a good overview of what will be required. During any part of the admission process, feel free to contact Director of Admission and Financial Aid Kim Bair (kbair@w-e-s.org) and Associate Director of Admission Nick Lellenberg (nlellenberg@w-e-s.org) as they are always here to help. 

2018-2019 Admission Deadlines

  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 22, 2018
    NOTE: Please contact the Office of Admission if you would like to submit an application for the 2017-2018 school year. There are a few openings in select grades.  

  • Financial Aid Application Due to SSS by NAIS
    Thursday, February 1, 2018
     
  • Notification of Acceptance & Financial Aid Award
    Friday, March 2, 2018

  • New Family Enrollment Decision & Contract Due
    Monday, March 19, 2018

Step One: Visit

Come see the WES campus in action. It is important to see if WES is the right fit for your child and your family. Open Houses and private tours are among the many great ways to visit WES! On these occasions, you will see the campus, meet the faculty and students, and experience a typical day at WES. It will also give you the opportunity to ask the questions that are most important to your family.

Email admissions@w-e-s.org to schedule your visit today!

Step Two: Meet With Us

A parent interview is required and is most often conducted in conjunction with a private tour of WES. The interview gives the WES admissions team the chance to learn more about your child and your family. This is the time to share with the admissions team your child's learning style, personality, interests, hobbies, and educational background. The best way to prepare for the parent interview is to bring a list of your aspirations for your child's education. At the end of the interview, both you and the Office of Admission should have a good idea if WES a potential fit for your child. 

Not sure what to ask during the Parent Interview? Click HERE for a list of questions to help you dig a little deeper and get the information that will truly help you compare one school to another. 

Step Three: Apply Online

Once you decide that WES is a good fit for your family and that you would like to be considered for admission, submit the application with a photo of your child and the application fee. The application takes about 10 minutes to complete, and you may start and save the application as needed before submitting it. Families with financial needs may request, in writing, a reduction of the application fee. 

Once you complete the application there are a few additional steps that are required and based on the age of your child. Click on the link below that matches the grade your child will be applying to in order to learn more about these steps. Once you finish the online application, you will be prompted to complete the additional requirements as appropriate. Please give yourself a week to two weeks to complete the additional steps. 

Applying to Nursery (age 3) or Transition (age 4)

  • Required: Must be age 3 by September 1 and potty trained.

  • Recommendation: Give the Independent School Confidential Recommendation form to your child's current teacher. Please select the form for Applicants to Nursery - Grade 1.

  • Visit: Participate in a playgroup with other applicants. Playgroups are scheduled throughout January, and involve social and academic assessments.

Click HERE for a printable Checklist!

Applying to Kindergarten (age 5)

  • RecommendationGive the Independent School Confidential Recommendation form to your child's current teacher. Please select the form for Applicants to Nursery - Grade 1.

  • Testing OPTIONAL: The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV). Scores are valid and usable for 18 months. Please let us know if you would like to have testing done at WES or if you need assistance finding a tester.

  • Visit: Spend a morning with the current Transition class. The visit will be arranged once you have submitted an application.

Click HERE for a printable Checklist!

Applying to Grade 1

  • Recommendation: Give the Independent School Confidential Recommendation form to your child's current teacher. Please select the form for Applicants to Nursery - Grade 1

  • Testing: The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) is required for all applicants to Grade 1. Scores are valid and usable for 18 months. Please let us know if you would like to have testing done at WES or if you need assistance finding a tester.

  • Visit: Applicants to Grade 1 are required to spend a day visiting with their peers in Kindergarten. The visit will be arranged once you have submitted an application.

Click HERE for a printable Checklist!

Applying to Grades 2 - 8

  • RecommendationGive the Independent School Confidential Recommendation form to your child's current teacher. Please select the form for Applicants to Grades 2 - 8.

  • Testing: The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) is required for all applicants to Grades 2 - 5. Applicants to Grades 6-8 may take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
    • To register for the ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org and enter 090329 to ensure that WES receives your child's scores.
    • To register for the SSAT, please visit www.ssat.org and enter 8035 to ensure that WES receives your child's scores. 

  • Transcript: Please submit this form to your child's current school to request a transcript. 

  • Visit: Applicants to Grades 2-8 are required to spend a day visiting with their peers in their current grade. The visit will be arranged once you have submitted an application.

Click HERE for a printable Checklist!

Applying for Financial Aid Information

If your family wishes to be considered for financial aid, please file a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) with School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS) by Thursday, February 1, 2018. Please also send to SSS the following required documents:  A complete copy of your 2016 federal income tax return (with 2016 W2s  and all schedules included). Please confirm with the Office of Admission and Financial Aid that your SSS application was filed by the deadline. The PFS needs only be completed once; you may request that it be sent to all prospective schools. 

Printable Admission Checklists

Select the checklist that reflects the grade your child is applying for (not currently in)—it is a one-pager that has all the application information you need to know in an easy-to-print format.


Helpful Hints to Applying

Do 

  • Be yourself
    We want to get to know the real you. WES has a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes and embraces a range of students and families.
  • Ask questions
    Talk with our admissions team, administrators, faculty, students, and families. It will give you the confidence that you have the full picture of WES.
  • Visit, visit, visit
    Join us for an Open House, take a private tour, attend a Chapel, see a game, view a play, and more. Our doors are always open.

Don't

  • Give a partial portrait of your child
    If your child has special needs please let the Office of Admission know. WES has a support team comprised of the school nurse, counselor, learning specialist, and chaplain who can help assess if WES can meet those needs. WES is always happy to make referrals if there is a school that would be a better fit.
  • Get stressed
    The Office of Admissions is here to help you. Freely email or call with questions or concerns.
  • Wait to invest in your child's education
    Twenty-three percent of WES families receive financial aid. The online financial aid application takes about 30 minutes to complete and can make a huge difference in WES's affordability. Grants range from a few thousand dollars to nearly full aid.

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