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Applying to the Upper School: Grades 9-12

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

    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. Please complete the following preliminary pieces by December 1st, 2021

    Application Form and Fee
    Parent Statement
    Student Statement Part 1

    Step 4: Once you have submitted the preliminary application, register for an on-campus or virtual tour with a student ambassador and a student and parent interview with an admissions officer.

    Step 5: Submit the following pieces of the application by January 15th, 2022.

    Grades from Fall 2021
    Transcript of grades from prior three years
    Standardized Testing Scores (ISEE or SSAT)
    English Teacher Recommendation
    Math Teacher Recommendation
    Counselor/Principal Recommendation
    Student Statement Part 2
    EMA Character Sketch
    Graded Writing Sample
  • Events

    Virtual Open House: Philosophy and Process
    Dwight-Englewood School will host two Virtual Open Houses this fall.  Attending the Open House is a great way to learn about the wide range of academics and activities D-E offers while delving into our philosophy. Families will hear first from Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett, our Head of School, and then hear from Joe Algrant, Assistant Head of School for Program and Upper School Principal.  Please register at

    Wednesday, September 29th
    Tuesday, November 3rd

    Virtual Deep Dives
    The Admissions Office invites you to attend one or all of the following Deep Dive events focusing on our school's various aspects. Students and faculty will dive deep into the topic of the evening sharing their experiences and answering any questions you may have. Please register at

    Tuesday, October 19th - Math and Sciences
    Wednesday, October 20th - Humanities
    Monday, October 25th - Performing Arts
    Wednesday, October 27th - Athletics
    Monday, November 1st - Clubs and Activities

    Virtual Campus Tours
    This is an opportunity for inquiring families to virtually visit our campus and learn about our programs and community before they decide to apply. All applicants will have the opportunity to visit our campus for an on-campus tour led by one of our student ambassadors once you have submitted your application. Please register at

    Thursday, September 23rd 
    Thursday, October 21st 

    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

    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

    How many students do you accept in the 9th Grade?
    We accept about 40-45 new students in the 9th grade to create a complete class of 130 students. 

    Do you accept students in grades 10, 11, AND 12?
    We do accept students in the 10th and 11th grades, however, it is solely based on grade attrition. We do not accept students for the 12th grade. 

    How important is the ISEE?
    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 open houses required?
    We strongly encourage students to register for our battery of admissions events in the fall. Although it is not required, families who attend these events learn in greater depth about our classes, teachers, students, and campus. You can register for a virtual tour prior to submitting your application or wait for an on-campus or virtual tour with a student tour guide once you have applied. 

    Does Dwight-Englewood require an interview as part of the application process?
    Yes. Each applicant to the Middle and Upper School is required to have an individual interview.  This year all interviews will be conducted virtually. Once you submit the application and $75.00 application fee, please visit Ravenna to register for your interview. At this time you can also sign up for an on-campus or virtual tour with a student tour guide. 

    What does Dwight-Englewood look for in a prospective student?
    We are looking for kind and community-minded students of demonstrated motivation and ability who will contribute to the D-E community beyond just the classroom. Like many independent private schools, D-E looks for students whose academic records show potential for success in our rigorous program. In addition, we look for students who have a passion for learning and/or perhaps have demonstrated leadership skills or a commitment to helping others. Essays, teacher recommendations, and co-curricular activities give us a better picture of the whole student. There is no exact science to the admissions process, therefore we seek to admit the most intellectually prepared, diverse, and talented students as possible.  

    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.  

    What is the tuition at Dwight-Englewood School? Is Financial Aid available? 
    Tuition varies by division.  Yes, need-based financial aid is available. In addition, there are payment plan options that have been quite helpful to our families as they manage the tuition costs. Please click here for more information about tuition and financial aid information. We ask that families seeking financial aid submit a financial aid application through SSS by January 15.

    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.