Admission FAQ

We are sure your family has many questions as you begin the admissions process at The Episcopal Academy. You are welcome to contact an admissions officer at any time to address specific areas of interest, or feel free to browse some of the most frequently asked questions below.

What is the current enrollment?

Our enrollment is 1,268 students, with approximately 540 students in the Upper School, 280 in the Middle School, and 440 in the Lower School.

How many openings are there each year?

Prekindergarten: 36
Kindergarten: 30
1st Grade: 8
2nd-4th Grades: based on attrition
5th Grade: 10
6th Grade: about 20
7th and 8th Grades: based on attrition
9th Grade: about 40
10th - 11th Grades: based on attrition

How are admissions pieces "weighed?"

All admissions decisions are made by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators.

Lower School: The student's EA visit day/playdate and current teacher recommendation help us get to know your child's personal qualities. ISEE testing and report cards (2nd-5th grade) give us insight into academic strengths and areas of growth.

Middle and Upper School: All five pieces of the application (transcript, recommendations, standardized testing, student visit, and community impact) are important. While the strength of the transcript is of primary importance, recommendations and testing help us understand a child's readiness for our academic program. The student visit enables us to get to know the student in a more holistic way.

How important are extracurricular activities?

An academic "fit" between the student and The Episcopal Academy is the most important aspect of admission. Beyond that, any contribution the Middle or Upper School student can make to the school in terms of artistic or musical ability, athletic talent, or other specific and developed interests are appreciated and taken into appropriate consideration. Outside interests or activities are not factors considered for Lower School applicants.

What does EA look for in an applicant?

For all grade levels, academic fit is the most important. A willingness to participate in a variety of community activities is also important. Many of our applicants are qualified to meet with success at EA but admission is very competitive and we receive more applications than there are spaces available. Our goal is to admit students with skills and abilities that will help create a talented class with diverse interests and backgrounds.

What is the age of entry for Lower School?

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Age Guidelines:

The decision regarding the appropriate age to start school can be complex. Many factors determine a child’s readiness: emotional/social maturity, fine/gross motor development, cognitive ability, and of course, chronological age. We ask parents to include us, as professionals, in this important decision prior to submitting an application, which might fall outside of our age guidelines. We are happy to guide you with this readiness decision. An individual parent and student visit play an important role in this process.

As educators, we discourage parents from giving their child an extra year before starting school without a valid reason to do so. Being too old for one’s class can be as difficult for a child as being too young. We expect children to be 4 years old by September 1 to start Pre-K, and similarly, 5 years old by September 1 to begin Kindergarten. Ideally, we aim for the grade level to stretch no more than one year from the oldest child to youngest, with that September 1 date as the key factor. We believe this is best for children’s development and instructional planning.

With that said, every child is special and unique. We remain open to discussing individual cases and are here to lend our expertise in the effort to best place your child for success, not only as he/she begins school but as the student progresses through school.

Does EA favor siblings and/or children of alumni in admission?

We take note of children who are siblings and/or children of alumni. In a situation where there is one space in a grade, and two equally qualified applicants, the offer would likely go to the child who had a family connection to EA.

However, there are times when admission is denied for the benefit of the child. There are also situations where all qualified "connected" children cannot be offered admission because of lack of space in a grade. We cannot offer admission solely to siblings or alumni children; new families must be given consideration as well. All EA families, at one time or another, were themselves "new" families.

What is EA's percentage of students of color?

28% of our students are students of color.

What effect will applying for financial aid have on my child's application?

None. The Admission Committees do not know who is applying for financial aid.

Does EA offer scholarships?

There is a limited amount of need-based financial aid available for current families and new families. Any student, at any grade level, is welcome to apply for financial aid. In the Upper School there are some designated grants given to a few 9th graders who display a very well-rounded application consisting of strong academic ability and talents which will contribute to and enhance the school. These awards are all need-based.