Admission Timeline

Every school is unique, just as every child and family is unique. We invite families to contact us to learn as much as they can about Episcopal, our mission, our educational philosophy, our focus on faith, our stellar athletics programs, and our community. We want you to make sure we are the best fit for your child and family even before you decide to apply.

The following provides a snapshot of our admission process, along with call-outs to the optimal month or time of year for each step in the process. An application is not complete and ready for review until all of the following steps are completed and materials have been received by the Admission Office.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 484-424-1444 or

The Episcopal Academy does not discriminate in admission policies or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, financial status, or familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Step 1: Submit Your Application

The admission process begins when an application is received by the admission office.

Apply by mailing in a completed hard copy application or by completing an application online. If you apply by mail (downloadable applications below), we will create an online account for you and send you a login and temporary password so that you can check the status of your application. A $50 application fee should be sent with your application.

While we highly encourage families to apply as early as possible in the fall, we will accept applications for the main admission season through early December. Applications received after this time are reviewed on a rolling basis. Every year candidates are accepted in the rolling admission season. We encourage you to apply.

PreK-5 Application

6-12 Application

Step 2: Meet with an Admission Officer

Please be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our Admissions Officers. This meeting is a great way for us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us.

During the meeting, we will discuss your educational goals for your child, learn more about his/her interests, and answer any questions. For Middle and Upper School students, we sometimes invite one of our coaches to join us, or coordinate a meet-and-greet with some of our coaches during your visit. Your family will then receive a quick tour of campus, which is often led by a member of our student Key Club. For Lower School families, we will provide a tour of our Lower School and help to answer any questions about the admission process.

Our team looks forward to meeting with your family.

Step 3: Student Visit

The Student Visit is a required step in the admission process. This visit is the most effective way for your child to truly experience a “day in the life” at Episcopal. For Middle and Upper School, a current Episcopal student will welcome your son or daughter to campus and invite him or her to accompany the student through their typical school day. Your child will sit in on classes, meet the student’s classmates and teachers, accompany the student during study hall and other activity breaks, and lunch. Applicants for 2nd through 5th grades will follow a similar format. During the fall, PreK, K, and 1st grade applicants will attend a group playdate with other applicants.

Later applicants should contact the Admission Office to make arrangements.

Step 4: Complete Student Testing

EA will administer the ISEE Primary Level test for Lower School applicants for grades 2-4 on the day of their student visit. Families will need to register for this test at prior to their child’s visit. Applicants for grade 5 should schedule an ISEE Lower Level test at a convenient time and place. While EA administers the ISEE Lower Level test on campus a few times a year, a variety of times and locations are available.

For students entering Middle and Upper School (grades 6-12), we request that you schedule for your student to complete a standardized admission test. These tests include the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

Testing dates, locations and registration details are posted on each site. We typically administer each test a few times throughout the year, along with other independent schools in our area.

Step 5: Request Information from Current School

Teacher recommendations, along with report cards or transcripts, are valuable tools that help our admission committee learn a little more about your child’s academic history and accomplishments. We ask families to email the following applicable forms to current teachers or administrators through the admission portal any time after November 1.

PreK – Grade 5: Teacher Report Form (PreK-1) (Grades 2-5)

Grades 6 – 12: Math Recommendation Form and English/Language Arts Recommendation Form. Optional: Personal Recommendation Form.

Grades 2 – 12: Report Card/Transcript Release Form (Grades 2-5) (Grades 6-12)

Step 6: Finalize All Admission Activities

For the main admission season, we request that families help us ensure all application and admission activities are completed by December 15. This allows our team to ensure admission decisions can be finalized and communicated to applicants in January. Applications completed after January 10 are typically reviewed on a rolling basis.

To ensure all activities are complete and that we have received all forms and transcripts from your current school, log into your online admission portal account or contact our office.

Step 7: Await Application Decision

Admission decisions will be communicated by the end of January to applicants who have completed the admission process by December 15. For applicants who have completed the process in the Main Admission season, decisions will be communicated on January 11. If there were delays in completing admission activities, the decision may be slightly delayed. Subsequent admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, as space permits.

Step 8: Submit Financial Aid Application (if applicable)

For families interested in applying for financial aid, we request completed applications and financial statements by January 10. Please complete the following steps to apply for financial aid:

  • Submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) form to Schools and Student Services by NAIS by January 10.
  • Submit a copy of your most recent 1040 Federal Tax Return, including all W2s and appropriate schedules, to Episcopal’s Director of Financial Aid by February 10.

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process.

Step 9: Confirm Plans to Enroll

If you have been offered admission, please confirm your enrollment by sending your signed enrollment agreement and initial tuition deposit to The Episcopal Academy by March 1.