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Applying to the Lower School: Pre3 - Grade 5

Thank you for your interest in Dwight-Englewood School. The application for the 2023-2024 school year closed on December 1st, 2022.

You can still submit an application for the 2023-2024 school year which will be considered for the second round of admissions. Please complete all steps of the application and submit all required documents by April 15th, 2023 to be considered for the second round of admissions. All second round applications will be reviewed for grades in which spots are available in April 2023.

We are not providing tours or interviews for second-round applicants at this time. 

Please contact Alice Rollo at rolloa@d-e.org for Upper and Middle School questions or Lynn Ferrara at ferral@d-e.org for Lower School questions.

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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 rolloa@d-e.org or (201) 227-3102. 

    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: Submit the Preliminary Application (Part 1)
    Please complete the following preliminary pieces by December 1st, 2022. 

    Application Form and Fee
    Parent Statement
    Student Statement (5th grade applicants)

    Step 3: Sign up for a Virtual Parent Interview & On-Campus Student Screening/Class Visit
    Once you have submitted the preliminary application (Part 1), register for a virtual parent interview with an Admissions Officer. You can also register for an on-campus student screening (Preschool 3 to 1st Grade applicants) or classroom visit (4th and 5th Grade applicants).

    Step 4: Submit Additional Materials (Part 2)
    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 5: Submit a Financial Aid Application 
    Dwight-Englewood School uses Clarity for Financial Aid applications. For new families, financial aid applications must be submitted by January 15th, 2023. For current families, financial aid applications must be submitted by December 15th, 2022. 

    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. 
  • 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 rolloa@d-e.org 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
gps: 81 Lincoln Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
201-569-9500 Email: d-e@d-e.org
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.