TOURING WIS

We invite families considering WIS for the 2019-2020 academic year to visit. Weekly tours, offered mid-September through mid-December, are by appointment only.

Tour scheduling for fall 2019 is now open. CLICK HERE to schedule now.

Primary School Tours

WIS Primary School
Preschool through Grade 5
36th Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (between R Street and Reservoir Road)

Small-Group Tours are offered from mid-September through mid-December. Tours are conducted by a member of the Admissions team. Visits start at 9:00 AM and last roughly 1½ hours; tours are by appointment only and can be scheduled online. Parents are asked to arrange to come without their children. All children will have an opportunity to visit later in the application process.

Parking – Visitors attending a tour are welcome to park on the neighboring streets, zoned for two-hour parking, which should be sufficient for your visit.

The Primary School Open House is on Friday, December 7. Parents who have participated in a Small Group Tour do not need to attend the Open House, which allows us to accommodate more visitors on a single morning and includes both a tour and a general information session. This event is also intended as an introduction to the school for families interested in admission for the year 2019-2020 and beyond. The event begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at 11:00 AM.

On Admissions Visit and Testing Days, should there be snow or the forecast of snow, please call the Admissions Office at (202) 243-1815 for an update.

Middle School Tours

WIS Middle School
Grades 6 through 8
3100 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC
(near Connecticut Ave. in Cleveland Park)

Small-Group Tours are held with the Associate Director of Admissions on Mondays and Tuesdays, mid-September through mid-December. Middle School tours begin at 9:15 AM and are by appointment only; tours can be scheduled online. The campus tours last approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes, and applicants are encouraged to attend with their parents. Upon arrival, families should proceed to the front desk in the Mansion Building at the top of the campus drive.

Parking – Visitors should proceed up the campus drive to the circular parking lot to the right of the Mansion. You may park in any of the visitor parking spaces. If you are unable to find a parking space, please double-park your vehicle and proceed to the front desk in the Mansion and ask for parking assistance.

On Admissions Visit and Testing Days, should there be snow or the forecast of snow, please call the Admissions Office at (202) 243-1815 for an update.

Upper School Tours

WIS Upper School
Grades 9 through 12
3100 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC (near Connecticut Ave. in Cleveland Park)

Small-Group Tours are held with the Associate Director of Admissions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, mid-September through mid-December. Upper School tours begin at 9:15 AM and are by appointment only; tours can be scheduled online. The campus tours last approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes, and applicants are encouraged to attend with their parents. Upon arrival, families should proceed to the front desk in the Mansion Building at the top of the campus drive.

Parking – Visitors should proceed up the campus drive to the circular parking lot to the right of the Mansion. You may park in any of the visitor parking spaces. If you are unable to find a parking space, please double-park your vehicle and proceed to the front desk in the Mansion and ask for parking assistance.

On Admissions Visit and Testing Days, should there be snow or the forecast of snow, please call the Admissions Office at (202) 243-1815 for an update.

Out-of-Town Applicants

WIS has considerable experience with students applying from other international schools as well as from a variety of different systems of education. This experience is used when determining an applicant's grade of entry and when considering what types of adjustments a new student may have to make to bridge differences between their previous school and WIS.

Families should start the application process as soon as they learn they will or might be relocating to Washington, DC. The time needed to complete an application varies, and can take anywhere from two weeks to several months. Factors that affect timing include the time it takes for documents to be sent from previous schools and the scheduling of admissions testing (WIS tests are required of applicants for Grade 1 and above).

Standard Application Deadlines: The standard admissions calendar for WIS is as follows: applications are due by January 5; all other forms, supporting documents and admissions testing must be submitted by February 1. By March 1 decision notification e-mails will be sent to all families who have completed the application process within the established deadlines. Because WIS has strict limitations on space and a cap on enrollment, we strongly encourage all international and out-of-town families to work within the standard admissions deadlines. The Admissions Office will accept and consider late applications from relocating families to fill any remaining available spaces. Click here to review our standard applications procedures.

Late Applications: International and out-of-town applicants who have missed the standard admissions deadlines should immediately contact the Admissions Office at 202.243.1815 about space availability and completing the application process. The Admissions Office will accept and consider late applications from relocating families; however, because space may be limited, even successful applications may not result in placement in the desired grade. Families should actively seek admission to other schools in the event that placement cannot be accommodated.

How to Apply: Our online Admissions Portal will allow you to manage the application process electronically. You will submit an application, schedule appointments, upload reports, and request required documents using the portal. To start the process, CLICK HERE. You will create a parent account, which will allow you to submit and track applications for one or more children.

Application Fees: The application fee is $75 ($50 for re-applicants and $25 for financial aid applicants) and can be paid by Visa, Mastercard, Discover, e-check, or mailed check.

Admissions Testing and Visits: Parents of children applying to Pre-K to Grade 5 should try to secure WPPSI or WISC testing where they reside, in the child's preferred language. WIS Admissions Tests will be sent to the current school to administer on our behalf for applicants Grade 1 and above. More detailed information about testing is available on the checklist panels. Applicant visits (Preschool, Pre-K, and K) and classroom visits (Grades 6-11) are encouraged, but can be waived when it is not possible for the applicant to visit.

Campus Tours: Individual tours can be arranged for those who are visiting the Washington area as they plan their relocation. To arrange for a tour, please contact the Admissions Office at 202.243.1815 or admissions@wis.edu.

Residency Requirement for International Applicants: WIS requires its students to live with their parent (s) or legal guardian. WIS does not assist with student visas.

Expand the panels below for details on applying to WIS, including testing requirements, and to download grade-specific checklists.

PS Checklists

Preschool

CHECKLIST

APPLICANT VISIT

Applicants to Preschool visit in small groups of up to six children. The groups are led by WIS Early Childhood teachers and assistants and include free play, an organized movement activity, and story time. Visits will occur on Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 26. Applicants attend only one Saturday session. Parents may schedule the appointment via the WIS Admissions Portal.

Applicant Visits are required for all Preschool applicants. If the applicant is currently living outside of the Washington area and is unable to attend an Admission Visit, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@wis.edu to schedule an individual appointment.

WPPSI (OPTIONAL)

The WPPSI-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence) can be submitted to supplement the application. The test, which is administered by a psychologist or trained evaluator, requires that a child be at least 2.6 years of age. Because some applicants to Preschool will not be 2.6 years of age by February 1, the submission of a WPPSI report is optional for all Preschool applicants. If you would like to learn more about the WPPSI assessment, click here.

If you would like to review a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WPPSI-IV test, click here. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the test where they reside, in the child’s strongest language.

Pre-Kindergarten

CHECKLIST

WPPSI

The WPPSI-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WPPSI-IV test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the test where they reside, in the child’s strongest language. If you would like to learn more about the WPPSI assessment, click here.

APPLICANT VISIT

Applicants to Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten visit in small groups of up to six children. The groups are led by WIS Early Childhood teachers and assistants and include free play, an organized movement activity, and story time. Visits will occur on Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 26. Applicants attend only one Saturday session. Parents may schedule the appointment via the WIS Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

Applicant Visits are strongly encouraged, but can be waived if it is not possible for the applicant to travel to Washington during the application process.

Kindergarten

CHECKLIST

WPPSI

The WPPSI-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WPPSI-IV test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the test where they reside, in the child’s strongest language. If you would like to learn more about the WPPSI assessment, click here.

APPLICANT VISIT

Applicants to Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten visit in small groups of up to six children. The groups are led by WIS Early Childhood teachers and assistants and include free play, an organized movement activity, and story time. Visits will occur on Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 26. Applicants attend only one Saturday session. Parents may schedule the appointment via the WIS Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

Applicant Visits are strongly encouraged, but can be waived if it is not possible for the applicant to travel to Washington during the application process.

Grade 1

CHECKLIST

WPPSI or WISC

The WPPSI-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WPPSI-IV test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the test where they reside, in the child’s strongest language.

APPLICANT TESTING

Applicants to Grade 1 will have WIS-administered Admissions Testing in English that lasts roughly one half hour. A separate language screening in French or Spanish will also take place for those applicants with prior knowledge of the language. Admissions Testing will occur on Saturday, January 5 and Saturday, January 19, while a language screening for children with knowledge of French or Spanish will take place on Tuesday, February 5. Parents should schedule their child’s testing dates through the Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

For out-of-town applicants, if it is not possible to visit WIS, we will send Admissions Tests to the student’s current school.

Grade 2

CHECKLIST

WISC

The WISC-V test (Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WISC-V test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the WISC-V testing where they reside, in the child’s preferred language.

APPLICANT TESTING

Applicants to Grade 2-5 will have WIS-administered Admissions Testing in English and math. If the applicant is applying to one of the dual-language programs, a language screening in French or Spanish will also need to be scheduled. Admissions Testing will occur on Saturday, January 5 or Saturday, January 19, while a language screening for children with knowledge of French or Spanish will take place on Tuesday, February 5. Parents should schedule their child’s testing dates through the Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

For out-of-town applicants, if it is not possible to visit WIS, we will send Admissions Tests to the student's current school.

Grade 3

CHECKLIST

WISC

The WISC-V test (Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WISC-V test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the WISC-V testing where they reside, in the child’s preferred language.

APPLICANT TESTING

Applicants to Grade 2-5 will have WIS-administered Admissions Testing in English and math. If the applicant is applying to one of the dual-language programs, a language screening in French or Spanish will also need to be scheduled. Admissions Testing will occur on Saturday, January 5 or Saturday, January 19, while a language screening for children with knowledge of French or Spanish will take place on Tuesday, February 5. Parents should schedule their child’s testing dates through the Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

For out-of-town applicants, if it is not possible to visit WIS, we will send Admissions Tests to the student's current school.

Grade 4

CHECKLIST

WISC

The WISC-V test (Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WISC-V test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the WISC-V testing where they reside, in the child’s preferred language.

APPLICANT TESTING

Applicants to Grade 2-5 will have WIS-administered Admissions Testing in English and math. If the applicant is applying to one of the dual-language programs, a language screening in French or Spanish will also need to be scheduled. Admissions Testing will occur on Saturday, January 5 or Saturday, January 19, while a language screening for children with knowledge of French or Spanish will take place on Tuesday, February 5. Parents should schedule their child’s testing dates through the Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

For out-of-town applicants, if it is not possible to visit WIS, we will send Admissions Tests to the student's current school.

Grade 5

CHECKLIST

WISC

The WISC-V test (Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WISC-V test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the WISC-V testing where they reside, in the child’s preferred language.

APPLICANT TESTING

Applicants to Grade 2-5 will have WIS-administered Admissions Testing in English and math. If the applicant is applying to one of the dual-language programs, a language screening in French or Spanish will also need to be scheduled. Admissions Testing will occur on Saturday, January 5 or Saturday, January 19, while a language screening for children with knowledge of French or Spanish will take place on Tuesday, February 5. Parents should schedule their child’s testing dates through the Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

For out-of-town applicants, if it is not possible to visit WIS, we will send Admissions Tests to the student's current school.

Expand the panels below for details on applying to WIS, including testing requirements, and to download grade-specific checklists.

SPECIAL NOTE: Grades 6-12 are fully enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications submitted after June 1, 2018 will be accepted as indications of interest; we will contact families if a space becomes available.

MS/US Checklists

Grade 6

CHECKLIST

APPLICANT TESTING

The admissions testing program in Grade 6 – 11 focuses on tests that have been developed by WIS faculty. We believe that these tests in math, English, and language placement for French or Spanish (except for beginners) more accurately reflect the specific demands of the WIS curriculum. Once the application has been submitted, applicants should register for one of the Saturday morning testing sessions. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS to attend a testing session, then the admissions tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf. While WIS does not require standardized admissions testing for Grades 6 - 11, we do encourage applicants who are taking such tests as the SSAT, PSAT, or ERB to submit the results to WIS as a supplement to their applications.


The testing dates for Middle and Upper School applicants are Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 19.

Grade 7

CHECKLIST

APPLICANT TESTING

The admissions testing program in Grade 6 – 11 focuses on tests that have been developed by WIS faculty. We believe that these tests in math, English, and language placement for French, Spanish, or Chinese (except for beginners) more accurately reflect the specific demands of the WIS curriculum. Once the application has been submitted, applicants should register for one of the Saturday morning testing sessions. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS to attend a testing session, then the admissions tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf. While WIS does not require standardized admissions testing for Grades 6 - 11, we do encourage applicants who are taking such tests as the SSAT, PSAT, or ERB to submit the results to WIS as a supplement to their applications.


The testing dates for Middle and Upper School applicants are Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 19.

Grade 8

CHECKLIST

APPLICANT TESTING

The admissions testing program in Grade 6 – 11 focuses on tests that have been developed by WIS faculty. We believe that these tests in math, English, and language placement for French, Spanish, or Chinese more accurately reflect the specific demands of the WIS curriculum. Once the application has been submitted, applicants should register for one of the Saturday morning testing sessions. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS to attend a testing session, then the admissions tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf. While WIS does not require standardized admissions testing for Grades 6 - 11, we do encourage applicants who are taking such tests as the SSAT, PSAT, or ERB to submit the results to WIS as a supplement to their applications.


The testing dates for Middle and Upper School applicants are Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 19.

Grade 9

CHECKLIST

APPLICANT TESTING

The admissions testing program in Grade 6 – 11 focuses on tests that have been developed by WIS faculty. We believe that these tests in math, English, and language placement for French, Spanish, or Chinese more accurately reflect the specific demands of the WIS curriculum. Once the application has been submitted, applicants should register for one of the Saturday morning testing sessions. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS to attend a testing session, then the admissions tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf. While WIS does not require standardized admissions testing for Grades 6 - 11, we do encourage applicants who are taking such tests as the SSAT, PSAT, or ERB to submit the results to WIS as a supplement to their applications.


The testing dates for Middle and Upper School applicants are Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 19.

Grade 10

CHECKLIST

APPLICANT TESTING

The admissions testing program in Grade 6 – 11 focuses on tests that have been developed by WIS faculty. We believe that these tests in math, English, and language placement for French, Spanish, or Chinese more accurately reflect the specific demands of the WIS curriculum. Once the application has been submitted, applicants should register for one of the Saturday morning testing sessions. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS to attend a testing session, then the admissions tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf. While WIS does not require standardized admissions testing for Grades 6 - 11, we do encourage applicants who are taking such tests as the SSAT, PSAT, or ERB to submit the results to WIS as a supplement to their applications.


The testing dates for Middle and Upper School applicants are Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 19.

Grade 11

CHECKLIST

APPLICANT TESTING

The admissions testing program in Grade 6 – 11 focuses on tests that have been developed by WIS faculty. We believe that these tests in math, English, and language placement for French, Spanish, or Chinese more accurately reflect the specific demands of the WIS curriculum. Once the application has been submitted, applicants should register for one of the Saturday morning testing sessions. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS to attend a testing session, then the admissions tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf. While WIS does not require standardized admissions testing for Grades 6 - 11, we do encourage applicants who are taking such tests as the SSAT, PSAT, or ERB to submit the results to WIS as a supplement to their applications.


The testing dates for Middle and Upper School applicants are Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 19.

Grade 12