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Applying to the Lower School: Pre3 - Grade 5

Our 2020-2021 application season is now closed.  If you are interested in applying for fall 2022, please check back in mid-August for an updated list of events and process details. 

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  • Application Process: Preschool 3 - Grade 5

    Step 1: Visit Ravenna-Hub to fill out an inquiry form to join our mailing list. We will be able to update you with upcoming events and important dates.

    Step 2: We will offer many admissions events this fall to better understand our programs and community. Registration will open by the end of August. 

    Step 3: Our application will be available on Ravenna by the end of August. By December 1st, please complete the following:

    Application and Application Fee
    Parent Statement
    Student Statement -for 5th grade only 

    Step 4: Once you have submitted the application, please register for a virtual Open Doors, a campus tour with Helen Jerome, Director of Lower School Admissions, and a parent interview with an Admissions Officer.

    Step 5: Register for a class visit.

    Register for a student screening - applicable to preschool 3, Preschool 4, or Kindergarten.

    Register for a student visit - applicable to 4th and 5th grades

    We will call you to arrange a student visit when a spot becomes available- applicable to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade

    Step 6: Submit the following pieces of the application by January 15th

    Teacher Recommendation
    Counselor/Principal Recommendation
    School Transcript - most current and the prior 2 years-if applicable
    Standardized Testing Scores (ISEE or SSAT)-5th grade only
  • Events

    Open Doors
    This is an opportunity for interested parents to virtually visit our campus and learn about our programs and community. Parents are invited to hear from Dr. Rodney De Jarnett, Head of School and Helen Jerome, Director of Lower School Admissions.  As well, there will be a question and answer session with Preeti Fibiger, our Lower School Principal.  Open Doors are a valuable way to learn more about our Lower School. Please revisit our website in September to find dates and registration details. We look forward to seeing you.
    Campus Tours
    Once an application is submitted, you will have an opportunity to come to campus and take a tour with Helen Jerome, Director of Lower School. These tours will be limited to 10-15 families.  The tour will be 45 minutes. Please revisit our website in August to find dates and registration details. We look forward to seeing you.

    Local Meet and Greets
    Dwight-Englewood School enrolls classes of talented, motivated, and responsible students from more than 80 towns in Bergen, Hudson and Rockland counties, as well as New York City. These regional events give interested families an opportunity to learn what it means to be part of the D-E community from your region. You will have the chance to hear from local faculty, parents, and students about their D-E experience. 

    Financial Aid Information Session
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Informational Session at D-E
  • FAQs

    What is the age cutoff entering Dwight-Englewood for Preschool 3, Preschool 4, and Kindergarten? 
    The student must be 3 years old by October 1st to begin the Preschool 3 program.  The student must be 4 years old by October 1st to begin the Preschool 4 program. The student must be 5 years old by October 1st to enter Kindergarten. 

    How important is the ISEE? -5th Grade only 
    We do require standardized test scores at this time to help us evaluate applicants in the process standardized scores are a part of the file and are used in just that capacity: a piece of the puzzle in getting to know each student. We offer the ISEE on campus for those students applying to D-E. Please contact Alice Rollo at if you are interested. 

    Are campus visits and attendance at Open Doors required? 
    We strongly encourage parents to visit and/or attend an Open Doors and take a Campus Tour.  Although it is not required, parents who visit are given a first-hand opportunity to see our classes, teachers, and students.

    Does Dwight-Englewood require an interview as part of the application process?
    Yes. All families applying to the Lower School are required to have an individual parent interview.  Once you submit the application and $75.00 application fee, please visit Ravenna to register for your parent interview. The students do not have one-to-one interviews.  We require the students to come in for a screening or class visit depending on the age and grade applying to.

    Are siblings and legacy applicants given priority in the admissions process? 
    We value our longstanding relationships with sibling and alumni families but do not offer Early Action as an option. We cannot guarantee admission to students based on a prior association with D-E; sibling and legacy candidates undergo the same Admissions Committee review as all other D-E applicants.  

    How are decisions made? 
    Dwight-Englewood uses a comprehensive admissions process in which every application receives a full evaluation and all parts of the application are considered.
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Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.