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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.

How to Spot a Great Teacher

Advice from an Admission Director

As you visit area schools to observe teachers, you may be asking yourself, “What should I look for when evaluating a teacher and school’s faculty?” If you have thought this, know that you are not alone. For many of us, it’s been several …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school, Washington DC Preschools on Monday November 5 at 01:19PM
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When the Start of School is Not Going Well

Advice from an Admission Director

What a joy it is to welcome new and returning students to school. Most students we see at WES are excited to start the year, hop out of the car to give high fives to friends and dash off to class. But as the parent of three now grown children and an admissions …

Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in How to find the right school, Washington DC Preschools, Transitioning to a New School on Tuesday September 11 at 03:29PM
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Transitioning to a New School

Advice from a Director of Admission

Congratulations! You’ve made that big decision and have decided where your child will be going to school next year. Now what? The process of transitioning to a new school can seem like a daunting one as you leave a community in which your family is attached…
Posted by Mrs. Dana Miller in Transitioning to a New School on Saturday September 8 at 04:27PM
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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, 2017 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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Finding the "Best Fit" School for Your Child - A 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). 

 

We have a quick guide and workbook to assist you in this process. Click HERE to receive this FREE guide. 


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