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Applying to the Lower School: Pre3 - Grade 5

Welcome to the 2021-2022 admissions season. If you are interested in applying for fall  2022, please click the events tab below to learn more.  Our application will be available online on August 23rd. 

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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 help you 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
    Parent Interview
    Student Screening
    Student Interview- 4th and 5th Grade applicants
    Student Statement -5th Grade applicants  

    Step 4: 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

    Virtual 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 V. 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 register at

    Wednesday, October 6th
    Wednesday, October 13th
    Wednesday, November 3rd
    Wednesday, November 13th
    Virtual Local Meet and Greets
    Dwight-Englewood School enrolls talented, motivated, and responsible students from more than 80 towns in Bergen, Hudson, Rockland counties, and New York City. These regional events allow interested families the opportunity to learn what it means to be part of the D-E community from your region.  Prospective families will have the chance to hear from local faculty, parents, and students about their D-E experience. Please register at

    Hoboken and Jersey City: Tuesday, October 12th
    Ridgewood and Franklin Lakes: Thursday, October 14th
    New York City: Monday, October 18th

    Virtual Financial Aid Q&A
    Applicants and their families have the opportunity to hear Pat Boig, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, answer questions and speak about Dwight-Englewood School's Financial Aid policies and processes. Please register at

    Monday, November 8th
  • FAQs

    What is the age cutoff entering Dwight-Englewood for Preschool 3, Preschool 4, and Kindergarten? 
    Your child must be 3 years old by October 1st, 2022 to be considered for our Preschool 3 program.
    Your child must be 4 years old by October 1st, 2022 to be considered for our Preschool 4 program.
    Your child must be 5 years old by October 1st, 2022 to be considered for our Kindergarten program.

    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 attend an Open Doors Event.

    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. We will require students applying to the 4th and 5th grades to have a short 10-minute interview with the Admissions Director.  We require all applicants to participate in a student screening.

    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.
Mailing Address: 315 East Palisade Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631
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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.