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 recommendations, we encourage students and their families to view the process as an opportunity to share their creativity and passions.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we welcome applications for Pre-K 3 through grade 11.

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

STEP ONE: Discovering Whittle

STEP TWO: Introducing Yourself

  • Complete the Application through Ravenna, including:

    • Basic Application and fee

    • Parent and student written responses

    • Academic record

    • Teacher recommendation(s)

    • Assessment (testing)

    • "Share Your World" supplement

STEP THREE: Getting to Know Each Other

  • Conversation/School Visit: Meeting applicant families is one of the most valuable and collaborative aspects of our admission process, as it is an opportunity for families to receive support from our team as we learn about one another and your child's ideas, dreams, and talents.
    • Early Learning Center and Lower School parents meet with a member of the Admission team; separately, applicants are required to join a playgroup and participate in creative and engaging activities with our teachers.
    • Middle and Upper School students and parents visit together and meet with members of the Admission team.


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

Basic Application
All applicants must submit introductory information and the application fee.

Parent and Student Written Responses
We ask all parents and students (who are applying to the Middle & Upper School) to share their experiences, perspectives, goals, thoughts, and ideas about education, school, life, and the future. We value this thoughtful insight into your family.

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

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

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 each grade level are listed below:

  • Pre-K 3 through Grade 5: no assessment required
  • Grade 6 through Grade 11: ISEE or SSAT
    • Students should register for either test in the fall in order to meet our application deadlines. Our ISEE school code is 571378; our SSAT school code is 8197.
    • If your student has taken the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, it may be used in lieu of the ISEE or SSAT.

Share Your World
We encourage students to share something that helps us get to know them better, beyond what is addressed in other parts of the application, such as:

  • Student resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • An image that is special to your student
  • A short piece of multimedia
  • A sample of creative writing or graded academic writing

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

Admission Team Members

  • Susan Emery

    Co-Head of Admissions, DC Campus

    Dr. Susan Emery brings to Whittle School & Studios over 15 years of international and domestic experience in education, advising, and school administration. She has worked as an English as a Foreign Language classroom teacher, EFL curriculum designer, a teacher educator, textbook correlations specialist, independent educational consultant (IECA), certified educational planner (CEP), and…

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  • Matthew Drake

    Co-Head of Admissions, 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 Lower School Admission, DC Campus

    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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  • Rachel Mieszczanski

    Associate Director of Early Learning Center 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blair Allan

    Global Boarding Associate, DC Campus

    Before starting at Whittle, Blair worked extensively in the international development field focusing on women’s and children’s rights. She was an Associate at Plan International and Chemonics International here in Washington, D.C. supporting USAID education and health policy projects that impacted youth communities. She received both her B.A. and M.P.A at New York University (NYU), majoring in…

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