Admissions

FAQs

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 Rollo at rolloa@d-e.org or (201) 227-3102. 

Admissions FAQs

List of 3 items.

  • General

    When is the application deadline?
    The Preliminary Steps (Part 1) is due on December 1, 2024. All Additional Materials (Part 2) are due on January 15, 2025. 

    What if I miss the application deadline?
    If you miss the initial December 1st deadline, you can submit a second-round application. All second-round applications will be reviewed for grades in which spots are available in the Spring of 2025.

    When are admissions decisions released?
    Lower and Middle School applicants will be notified in early February 2025. Upper School applicants will be notified in mid February 2025.

    How important is the ISEE or SSAT?

    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 tours and virtual admissions events required?
    We strongly encourage families to register for on-campus tours and our admissions events in the Fall. Although they are not required, families who attend these events learn in greater depth about our classes, teachers, students, and campus. 

    Does Dwight-Englewood require an interview as part of the application process?
    Yes. All interviews will be conducted virtually. Once you submit the Preliminary Steps (Part 1), please register for your interview on Ravenna.

    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 new families seeking financial aid submit a financial aid application through Clarity by January 15, 2025. 

    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.
  • Lower School

    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, 2025 to be considered for our Preschool 3 program.
    Your child must be 4 years old by October 1st, 2025 to be considered for our Preschool 4 program.
    Your child must be 5 years old by October 1st, 2025 to be considered for our Kindergarten program.

    When are admissions decisions released?
    Lower School applicants will be notified in early February 2025.
  • Middle & Upper School

    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 around 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. 

    When are admissions decisions released?
    Middle School applicants will be notified in early February 2025. 
    Upper School applicants will be notified in mid Feburary 2025.

    Is the ISEE or SSAT test required?

    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.
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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.