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?
- How many openings are there each year?
- How are admissions pieces "weighed?"
- How important are extracurricular activities?
- What does EA look for in an applicant?
- What is the age of entry for Lower School?
- Does EA favor siblings and/or children of alumni in admission?
- What is EA's percentage of students of color?
- What effect will applying for financial aid have on my child's application?
- Does EA offer scholarships?
For Middle and Upper School, all five pieces of the application are important (application essay, transcript, recommendations, standardized testing, student visit). 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 more fully round out the academic information.
For Lower School, the student's visit day at EA, psychological testing, and a report from the current school aid us in reaching an admission decision.
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.
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.