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

You may begin the application process by completing an application online. 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.

New Families: To access the online Admissions Portal and begin your application, you must have a username and password. If you do not yet have a username and password, please complete our online inquiry form.

After submitting your form, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your Admissions Portal account. Please make a note of your username and password so that you can return to the portal in the future to complete additional steps in the admissions process or review your status.

Current EA Families: To submit an application for another child, visit the online Admissions Portal and login using the same login information you use to access the EA Veracross Parent Portal. Then, select the child you wish to apply for from the dropdown selection.

Step 2: Meet with an Admission Officer

Please be sure to contact our office to schedule a parent 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.

Often, parents choose to schedule their parent visit on the same day as their student visit (see Step 3).

Our team looks forward to meeting with your family.

Lower School Families: We will provide a tour of our Lower School and help to answer any questions about the admission process.

Middle and Upper School Families: During the meeting, we will discuss your educational goals for your child, learn more about his/her interests, and answer any questions. We are also happy to arrange a quick tour of campus led by a member of our student Key Club.

Step 3: Schedule Your 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. Student visits are scheduled via the Admissions Portal.

Later applicants should contact the Admission Office to make arrangements.

Lower School: Applicants for 2nd through 5th grades will accompany a current EA student through their typical school day. PreK, K, and 1st grade applicants will attend a group playdate with other applicants.

Middle and Upper School: A current Episcopal student will welcome your child 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 lunch and other activity breaks.

Step 4: Complete Student Testing

EA will require the ISEE Primary Level test for Lower School applicants for grades 2-4 and the ISEE Lower Level test for Grade 5. Families will need to register for this test at The ISEE Primary may be taken at the following locations on the scheduled dates. You do not have to take the test at the school you are applying to.

  • The Shipley School: Saturday, Oct. 26
  • The Episcopal Academy: Saturday, Nov. 16
  • The Agnes Irwin School: Saturday, Nov. 23
  • The Episcopal Academy: Saturday, Dec. 7
  • The Shipley School: Saturday, Jan. 25

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 17. 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)

Families interested in applying for financial aid are encouraged to start the process in October. All financial aid is based on demonstrated financial need, as determined by the information you provide the School and Student Services (SSS).

  • Submit a Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS) for Academic Year 2020-21.
  • Upload and submit your 2018 1010 Federal Tax Return, including all W2s and appropriate schedules, to SSS.

The deadline for completing the PFS and submitting 2018 tax documents is January 1, 2020.

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.