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Applying to the Upper School: Grades 9-12

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

    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 Interest Form

    Step 3: Sign up for an On-Campus Tour and Virtual Interview
    Once you have submitted the preliminary application (Part 1), register for an on-campus tour with a student ambassador and a virtual student and parent interview with an Admissions Officer.

    Step 4: Submit Additional Materials (Part 2)
    Submit the following pieces of the application by January 15th, 2023.
    Grades from Fall 2022
    Transcript of grades from prior three years
    Standardized Testing Scores (ISEE or SSAT)
    English Teacher Recommendation
    Math Teacher Recommendation
    Counselor/Principal Recommendation
    Student Essay
    Graded Writing Sample

    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. 
  • 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 rolloa@d-e.org 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 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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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.