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

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.

We are excited to support you through every step of applying to be a founding student here at Whittle. To begin to explore Whittle Schools & Studios:


Discovering Whittle

• Attend an Information Event

Following your attendance at an information event, the application process will proceed in two stages.


Introducing Yourself

• Submit our Basic Application through our application vendor, Ravenna.

• Upload Academic Record - School Report Card or Transcript


Getting to Know Each Other

• Review Whittle School & Studios Information

• Complete additional application steps:

• A Conversation

• Assessment

• Teacher Recommendation(s)

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 student and parent(s)/guardian(s)

  • Upload Academic Record

    This could include a School Report Card or Transcript

  • Additional Steps

    Supplemental Information including Student and Parent Written Responses (grade level specific) and Boarding Questionnaire (if applicable)

  • Share Your World

    Applicants have an opportunity to share with us 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 admission 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 admission 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)

    We will ask you to share with us contact information for teachers who are best able to speak to your student’s performance. They will then receive an evaluation form that they can submit on behalf of your student.

  • Assessment

    Creating an ideal match between an applicant and Whittle School & Studios is an important part of the admission 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:

    - Preschool through Grade 1: GDO-R (Gesell Developmental Observation - Revised)

    - Grade 2 & Grade 3: Whittle Assessment

    - Grade 4: ISEE Primary 4 (Independent School Entrance Exam)

    - Grade 5 through Grade 10: ISEE or SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test)

  • Emily Reynolds
    Emily Reynolds
    Director of Admissions, D.C. 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 & Studios, Emily lived with her family in Warsaw, Poland, and Vienna, Austria.

      • Admission Team Members
      • Matthew Drake
        Matthew Drake
        Associate Director of Admissions


        Matt has garnered 15+ years of experience in independent schools, including at the Fessenden School in Massachusetts, Greenwich Country Day, St. Anne's-Belfield, and most recently at the Episcopal High School. He is an alumnus of the Groton School and the University of Virginia.

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      •  Vincent Travaglione
        Vincent Travaglione
        Director of Enrollment


        Vincent, a native New Yorker, earned his B.A. from Villanova University and his M.S.Ed. in higher-education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Vincent served for 13 years at La Jolla Country Day School as director of college guidance and director of admission, as well as the founding director of admission at the International School of Asia, Karuizawa, one of the United World Colleges campuses.

      • Sara Teichman
        Associate Director of Admission


        Sara, a graduate of Union College and The George Washington University and has a decade of experience in international admissions, recruitment, and immersive education. Sara served as Assistant Director of Admission at George Washington University, and most recently as Associate Vice President for Immersive Experiences at Hillel International, overseeing thousands of students participating on international immersive experiences each year.

      • Harrison Hart
        Associate Director of Global Boarding


        Originally from Baltimore, Harrison attended Phillips Academy, Andover, and then graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in English. He has studied in Jordan as a Junior Fellow at King's Academy and volunteered in Mumbai, India.

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      • Katarina Slobodova
        Assistant Director of Admission


        Katarina grew up in Slovakia and Germany, studied in the United States, and worked in China. In addition to her trilingual upbringing (Slovak, German, English), she has also learned Chinese. She has an M.A. in international education from Columbia University.

      • Admission Team Members
      • Greyson Mann
        Assistant Director of Admission


        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 speaks fluent Mandarin and previously served as a presidential appointee in the Department of Education.

      • Megan Sagurton
        Assistant Director of Admission


        Megan is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and Emory University. She taught in China before returning to the D.C. area to work in international student admission, placing Chinese students at U.S. private schools throughout the east coast.

      • Rachel Mieszczanski
        Assistant Director of Admission


        Rachel earned her B.A. from Connecticut College, where she double majored in Psychology and Dance, and a M.S.Ed in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Sarah Lawrence College. She is inspired by Whittle School & Studios' emphasis on individually honoring each child as an intellectual, inquisitive and courageous learner with their own special gift to contribute to the world.