Welcome to the Washington Episcopal School Admission Blog

The purpose of this blog is to provide relevant and timely information to prospective families about the admission process, student life, and financial aid.  Some postings will provide general tips and advice; others will provide more specific  information about the admission process at Washington Episcopal School.

Most of the posts will be written by Kim Bair (Director of Admission & Financial Aid) and Dana Miller (Director of Marketing & Communications), but periodically, we may invite contributions from more specific subject specialists. 

Thank you for visiting, and please feel free to send us your questions and comments by emailing kbair@w-e-s.org and/or dmiller@w-e-s.org.

What Your Child Should Say After A School Visit

Advice from a Director of Admission

One of the most important parts of any child’s application to a school is their visit day. The school visit presents a wonderful opportunity for your child to get a true view of what their experience at a school could look like. Often times, a school that …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school on Tuesday January 24 at 01:36PM
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What To Look For During A School Tour and Parent Interview

Advice from a Director of Admission

As a prospective parent, you will be able to gain the greatest insight into a school’s community and dynamic while on your school tour. An open house is a wonderful way to see a school and make several connections, but also be aware that the school is truly…

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school on Saturday November 5, 2016 at 02:25PM
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Creating A Calendar Of School Open Houses

Advice from a Director of Admission

We know how you are feeling. You’ve met as a family and identified several schools you are interested in visiting and possibly applying to, but you still don’t feel as though you know enough about any of them to make an educated decision. You start …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school, Preschool, Open House Schedule on Wednesday October 12, 2016
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Applying to a Religiously Affiliated School


Advice from a Director of Admission

I saw an interesting post the other day on a message board about a family applying to a catholic parish school (they wondered if they would be accepted to the school if they were not catholic). This got me thinking about why families look at religious schools in …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school on Tuesday May 12, 2015
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Is it too late?

Advice from a Director of Admission

In early spring we begin to receive calls from families that have determined that their current school situation is not working for their child and/or their family due to a wide variety of factors that include a desire for improved classroom instruction or …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school, Washington DC Preschools on Thursday April 2, 2015
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Paying for an Independent School Education

Advice from a Director of Admission

Paying for an independent school education can be challenging. Tuition, books, and activities fees are just the start of a family’s cost estimate. When looking at schools, ask the Director of Admission for all the fees associated for a specific grade &ndash…

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in Paying for an Independent School on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 04:18PM
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Don't be Bashful

Advice from an Admission Director

We recently hosted an informational coffee with the President of CriLu Educational Services Rosalia Miller for families interested in learning about the admission process to independent schools. She gave a key piece of advice that I would like to pass onto the…

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school, Preschool, Washington DC Preschools on Monday September 22, 2014
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Open House Game Plan

Advice from an Admission Director

As we prepare for our upcoming fall Admission Open Houses, I am reminded of how overwhelming the admission process sometimes can be. Below is a helpful guide to getting the most out of an Open House.

First, go online to your preferred schools’ websites and …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school, Washington DC Preschools on Thursday August 14, 2014 at 09:37AM
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Please Don't Have A Meltdown!

Advice from an Admission Director

I get asked all the time 1) what parents should do if their child has a less-than-perfect admission visit and 2) what percentage of the decision-making process is based on that one visit alone. Parents of young children are most frequently wracked with anxiety that…

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school on Monday July 7, 2014
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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten in an Independent School?

Advice from an Admission Director

As the end of preschool looms, many parents – especially those of children with late-summer birthdays – wonder if their child is ready for Kindergarten or better served by the “gift” of another year in pre-K. Most independent schools in …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in Kindergarten Readiness on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at 04:02PM
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Finding the "Best Fit" School 
Parent Guide and Workbook

Navigating the admission process can, at times, be overwhelming. Let us help you find a "best fit" school(s). What does "best fit" mean?  A “best fit” school is one that your child likes or loves, where your child’s academic record and acumen fall well within the school's average range, and the school’s tuition is within your budget (or the school offers financial aid to bridge the gap). 

 

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