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Applying to the Lower School: Pre3 - Grade 5

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  • Application Process: Preschool 3 - Grade 5

    The Admissions Team is always here to help! We welcome an opportunity to connect with you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alice at or (201) 227-3100. 

    Step 1: Create a Ravenna Account
    Visit Ravenna to create an account. Ravenna is our online portal where you can sign up for upcoming events and begin the application process.

    Step 2: Sign up for Virtual Admissions Events
    We will offer many admissions events this Fall such as Virtual Tours and Open Houses to help you better understand our programs and community. Registration will open on Ravenna on August 15th, 2022. 

    Step 3: Submit an Application
    Our application for the 2022-23 Admissions Season (Admission for Fall 2023) will be available on Ravenna on August 15th, 2022. Please complete the following preliminary pieces by December 1st, 2022. 

    Application and Application Fee
    Parent Statement
    Parent Interview
    Student Screening - Preschool 3 to 3rd Grade applicants
    Student Visit- 4th and 5th Grade applicants
    Student Statement -5th Grade applicants  

    Step 4: Sign up for On-Campus Tours and Interview
    Once you have submitted the preliminary application, register for an on-campus tour with a student ambassador and a student and parent interview with an Admissions Officer.

    Step 5: Submit Additional Materials
    Submit the following pieces of the application by January 15th, 2023.
    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

    Step 6: Submit a Financial Aid Application 
    Dwight-Englewood School uses the SSS program for Financial Aid applications. Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 15th, 2023.

    Please Note: Dwight Englewood School offers Financial Aid for families applying to Kindergarten and above. We do not offer financial assistance for Preschool 3 and 4 applicants. 
  • Fall Events

    We offer both virtual and on-campus events to help you get to know D-E. Our virtual events will open for registration on Ravenna starting August 15th, 2022. Once your application is completed, you will be able to register for on-campus tours. 

    Lower School Fall Virtual Events: 

    September 28, 2022
    Open Doors: Lower School Virtual Tour
    September 28, 2022
    Virtual Open House: Our Mission and Process
    October 18, 2022
    Virtual Local Meet & Greet: New York City
    October 20, 2022
    Virtual Local Meet and Greet: Hoboken and Jersey City
    October 26, 2022
    Open Doors: Lower School Virtual Tour
    November 2, 2022
    Virtual Open House: Our Mission and Process
    November 7, 2022
    Virtual Financial Aid Discussion and Q&A
    Virtual Local Meet & Greet: Fort Lee & Cliffside Park
  • 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, 2023 to be considered for our Preschool 3 program.
    Your child must be 4 years old by October 1st, 2023 to be considered for our Preschool 4 program.
    Your child must be 5 years old by October 1st, 2023 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.