Admissions & Aid

Application Process

How to Apply

We are honored by your interest in Episcopal High School. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.

The following steps will guide you through the application process. Please note that as part of our sustainability initiative, we encourage all applicants to apply online. Please do not hesitate to call us at 703-933-4062 with any questions.

Click through each of the tabs below for complete information on how to apply, or click one of the links in the sidebar to go directly to an application.

Application Process and Deadlines

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  • Requirements

    Episcopal High School welcomes motivated and talented boys and girls of good character who will be entering 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. (We do not admit post-graduates or one-year seniors)
    For a candidate to be considered for admission to Episcopal, the following are required:
      1. Formal application:  Episcopal uses both the SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO) and the Gateway to Prep Schools online application, both of which include a candidate profile with non-refundable $60 application fee ($120 for international applicants), student questionnaire with personal essay, parent questionnaire, and a health and medical information form.
      2. Transcript Report (access online through SSAT or Gateway to Prep Schools)
      3. Recommendations (access online through SSAT or Gateway to Prep Schools) from:
        • Current counselor
        • Current English teacher
        • Current mathematics teacher
        • Special Interest or Personal Recommendation (optional)
      4. personal interview with an EHS Admissions officer (see interview tab)
      5. See the testing tab for updates to our standardized testing policy for the 2020-21 admissions cycle.
      Applicants will have the ability to check the status of their formal application as well as receipt of the school report and teacher recommendations through the Gateway to Prep Schools web site or the SSAT web site, and the Admissions Office will send an email directly to families once all the above requirements have been met.

      Please note: All applicants must demonstrate a strong command of the English language verified by our standardized testing requirement. While we welcome applications from students from all over the world, we do not have an English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

      Episcopal High School does not discriminate in its admissions, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or in access to or treatment in any other School-administered program on the basis of religion, race, color, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or any other protected category in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.
    • Application

      Families are encouraged to apply to Episcopal online using either the Gateway to Prep Schools application or the SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO). Each of these online applications includes a candidate profile, student statement, parent statement, and a health and medical form. Additional required forms are the transcript report and recommendations from the principal or counselor, the current English teacher, and the current math teacher. If your classes this fall are virtual, we encourage you to request an additional recommendation from one of your previous year teachers in addition to the current math and English teacher recommendations. Personal and special interest recommendations are optional. All forms should be submitted by our January 15 deadline.

      Episcopal High School does not discriminate in its admissions, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or in access to or treatment in any other School-administered program on the basis of religion, race, color, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or any other protected category in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.
    • Interview

      Admissions Interview 
      A personal interview with an Admissions Officer is an essential aspect of Episcopal's admissions application. During the interview, students will have the opportunity to share information about their current school, academic and extra-curricular interests, and their desire to attend boarding school. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to speak with the Admissions Officer as well.

      While our application deadline is January 15, as long as all other requirements are met, applicants may interview through the end of January.

      Episcopal High School does not discriminate in its admissions, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or in access to or treatment in any other School-administered program on the basis of religion, race, color, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or any other protected category in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.
    • Testing

       
      Episcopal High School understands that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact students across the United States and world. For some students, access to standardized testing for the 2020-2021 application season will be a significant challenge. Therefore, we have made the decision to allow students to apply to Episcopal during the 2020-2021 admission cycle without needing to submit standardized test scores. If you do not submit test scores, we will instead require an additional recommendation from a current teacher of your choosing. Those who do not submit test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the selection process, as we will continue to evaluate each application using a holistic approach that considers students’ achievements and successes in relation to their individual opportunities and challenges. 

      We will continue to accept the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, and ACT for students who wish to submit scores to be included as an additional item in their file. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Admission Office with any questions.

      International Applicants 
      Please note: Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the TOEFL (iBT), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test. Episcopal's school code for the TOEFL is 8144. Please visit the international application information section of our website for more details about submitting an application as an international student. If the applicant attends an international school or a junior boarding school in the United States, the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test may be waived. Please reach out to our office if you have concerns about your ability to complete standardized testing.

      For more information about registering for these tests, visit the websites below.


      Episcopal High School does not discriminate in its admissions, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or in access to or treatment in any other School-administered program on the basis of religion, race, color, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or any other protected category in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

    Key Application Dates

    Completed applications are due January 15, and families are notified of the admissions decision on March 10. Students whose applications are received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space allows.