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 3 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: WIS has developed an online Admissions Portal which 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 here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.