How to Apply

How to Apply
Our personalized, collaborative application process reflects our approach to education.
How to Apply

Here at Whittle, our admissions philosophy is that anything and everything about a student is relevant; we call this principle “life as application.” In addition to standard application components like grades and transcripts, we encourage students and their families to view the process as an opportunity to share their creativity and passions.

Here’s how to begin the journey towards becoming a student at Whittle School & Studios:

STEP ONE: Discover Whittle

STEP TWO: Introduce Yourself

STEP THREE: Getting to Know Each Other

  • Complete additional application steps:

    • Parent and student written responses

    • Academic record

    • A conversation

    • Assessment/testing

    • Teacher recommendation(s)

    • Share Your World


Please find below a description of the application items.  Applicants are required to apply online through our application vendor, Ravenna.

Basic Application
Introductory information about the student and parent(s)/guardian(s).

Academic Record
This includes a school report card or transcript from the current academic year.

Supplemental Information
This includes student and parent written responses (grade level specific) and boarding questionnaire (if applicable).

Share Your World
Share something that helps us get to know you better, such as: 

  • An image that is special to you
  • A short piece of multimedia
  • A sample of creative writing or graded academic writing

A Conversation
Meeting applicant families is one of the most valuable and collaborative aspects of our admissions process. We believe this experience is more valuable than a traditional interview. It is an opportunity for families to receive support from our team of admissions counselors as we get to learn about one another, and most importantly, about your child's ideas, dreams, and talents. More details about the conversation can be found on our Application FAQ Page.

Teacher Recommendation(s)
Share the contact information for current teachers that are best able to speak to your performance. Teachers will receive an evaluation form that they can submit on your behalf.

Creating an ideal match between an applicant and Whittle School & Studios is an important part of the admissions process. Grade level-appropriate assessments provide an applicant with the opportunity to reveal a readiness for the rigorous Whittle educational program and allow our team to best support new students. The required assessments for the 2019 – 2020 academic year for each grade level are listed below:

  • Pre-school through 1st Grade: GDO-R (Gesell Developmental Observation - Revised)
  • Second & Third Grades: Whittle Assessment
  • Fourth Grade: ISEE Primary 4 (Independent School Entrance Exam)
  • Fifth through 10th Grades: ISEE or SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test)

Please contact the Office of Admission at or 202-417-3615, and we will be happy to answer your questions. 

Admission Team Members

  • Emily Reynolds

    Director of Admissions, DC Campus

    Emily Reynolds is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College, and is a former high school All-American and collegiate swimmer. During her career in private school education, she has served as director of admissions at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s in New York City and more recently at Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia. Before joining Whittle School…

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  • Matthew Drake

    Associate Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Matt joined Whittle School & Studios after 15 years of experience in the independent-school world. Upon graduating from the Groton School, Matt earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia. His career began at the Fessenden School in Massachusetts, where he served as a dorm parent, coach, and teacher. He also spent three years at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut as a teacher,…

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  • James Bishop

    Associate Director of Admission

    James has nearly a decade of experience in international recruitment and university admission, spending significant time meeting students throughout East & Southeast Asia. He has served as Senior Admission Counselor at the University of Virginia, where he received his B.A., and most recently as Senior Assistant Director of Admission at The George Washington University, where he also…

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  • Harrison Hart

    Associate Director of Global Boarding

    A Baltimore native, Harrison joins Whittle School & Studios from Amerigo Education, a leading boarding provider for international students at U.S. high schools. As the third employee at Amerigo, Harrison established business-development and student-recruitment strategies and oversaw the fit-out of the three inaugural campuses. He received his B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, where…

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  • Katarina Slobodova

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Raised in Europe with an American education, Katarina was able to enjoy a trilingual upbringing (Slovak, German, English), which prompted her to pursue a degree in linguistics and cognitive science at Rice University. She went on to complete an M.A. in international education at Columbia University under the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship, focusing on East Asia. After extensive…

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  • Greyson Mann

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Greyson is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and attended Wofford College, where he received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship to teach at YK Pao School in Shanghai. He previously served as a presidential appointee in the Department of Education’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, where he supported the development of a global network of political, education, and religious…

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  • Megan Sagurton

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Megan was born in South Korea and grew up in Northern Virginia, where she attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She graduated from Emory University, where she majored in History, with a focus on East Asia. After spending a year in Hunan, China teaching English, she returned to the DC area to work in international student admission and recruitment. She gained…

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  • Rachel Mieszczanski

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Hailing from New York City, Rachel has over a decade of experience working in New York independent schools. During her tenures at Horace Mann and Ethical Culture Fieldston School, she established expertise in assessing needs of students, designing innovative curricula to advance student development, and leading cross-functional teams. Rachel earned her B.A. from Connecticut College, where she…

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