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Applying to the Upper School: Grades 9-12

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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) 227-3100. 

    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 Form and Fee
    Parent Statement
    Student Statement Part 1

    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.
    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 Statement Part 2
    Graded Writing Sample

    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.
  • 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. 

    Upper School Fall Virtual Events: 

    Date
    Time
    Event
    September 21, 2022
    9:00-10:00am
    Virtual Upper School Tour
    September 28, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Open House: Our Mission and Process
    October 10, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Open House: Math and Science Curriculum & Activities
    October 13, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Open House: Humanities Curriculum - English, History, Language
    October 18, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Local Meet & Greet: New York City
    October 19, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Open House: Athletics, Arts and Clubs
    October 20, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Local Meet and Greet: Hoboken and Jersey City
    October 27, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Upper School Tour
    November 2, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Open House: Our Mission and Process
    November 7, 2022
    7:00-8:00pm
    Virtual Financial Aid Discussion and Q&A
    November
    TBD
    TBD
    Virtual Local Meet & Greet: Fort Lee & Cliffside Park

  • 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.