Our experience in remote learning, along with feedback from students and parents has led to advanced teacher preparedness, increased technology fluency, and transferability of skills and expectations in teaching modality. Our teachers’ creativity, expertise, and relationships with their students leave our students excited for school each day. Whether we are working with a full distance model, a modified on-campus model, or a full on-campus model, any teaching scenario is driven by the same personal, live, interactive instruction our students and teachers are accustomed to. We provide a rigorous curriculum regardless of location, while continuing to support students through regular academic performance review, frequent communication, and the teacher-student relationships that help define “The Emery Difference.”
Our community’s first line of defense against the spread of COVID-19 is one another. Each of us must take seriously this medical and moral responsibility. We have established a clearly defined document summarizing some of the many ways in which we are doing this. To review The Emery/Weiner School Framework for Reopening, click here: www.emeryweiner.org/coronavirus-updates.
Due to the ongoing public health situation, our campus is currently closed to visitors when students are present during the academic day. Please visit our virtual events page for remote opportunities to learn more about our school, including information sessions and virtual Open House events. We are also offering a limited number of on-campus, evening and weekend tours by appointment this season for prospective families applying to EWS. To schedule a visit, sign up on our virtual events page. Please note, all visitors must adhere to our strict campus safety protocols.
Due to the ongoing public health situation, visitors currently are not allowed on campus during the school day. However, we are working to create engaging opportunities for prospective students to “virtually” visit beginning in October 2020. Click here for a summary of shadow opportunities this fall (coming soon).
Emery/Weiner’s admissions process is designed to be comprehensive in nature, and yet tailored to each individual applicant. The Admissions Team works closely with families to develop personal relationships, get to know students as unique individuals, and provide families with important information so they can may make informed decisions. The admissions process includes an application, student and parent interviews, academic transcripts, teacher recommendations, and the Independent Student Entrance Exam (ISEE), or PSAT as an option for prospective 11th graders. New this year, student applicants also have the option to take the “Character Skills Snapshot.”
Our students come from a wide variety of schools – in 2020, more than 50 public and private schools in the Houston area alone. Additionally, several students who relocate to Houston from the US and abroad are admitted to EWS for Middle and Upper School. The result is an engaging and diverse learning environment, one that promotes friendship and teamwork by emphasizing our similarities, while appreciating our differences.
Our philosophy can be summarized in two words: vigorously pluralistic. We embrace the broad spectrum of Judaism, as well as many families who exist outside of it. We encourage a free exchange of ideas and respectful disagreement in the classroom. We admit students regardless of their religious beliefs or practices.
During the Admissions season, all students who are seriously interested in applying or have applied to EWS have the opportunity to spend a full or half day “shadowing” a current student with whom they share common interests and academic strengths. In addition to attending core classes and electives, the prospective student will be interviewed.
The priority deadline to apply is December 18, 2020. Applications received by that date will be among the first to be considered for admission. Supplemental materials must be received by January 15, 2021, with all entrance exam scores received by February 1, 2021.
Once students complete the application and submit required documentation, Admissions Committees meet regularly over several weeks to review all complete files. The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to decision making, considering numerous factors that speak to the student’s intellect, conduct, experiences, and character. The Committee also looks to the overall composition of each class in order to help create an environment that is most conducive to student learning and social development.
It has become common that we receive applications from more qualified candidates than we have space available in our classes. As such, we maintain an active wait pool. The wait pool is not in ranked order, but rather a group of qualified applicants with continued interest in enrolling at EWS. Should an opening in one of our grades occur, the Admissions Committee will evaluate the current characteristics of the class to select the most suitable applicant to advance from the wait pool. The likelihood of movement from the wait pool depends on a host of factors and is better known after the initial enrollment deadline. The wait pool stays active until the first day of the new school year.
EWS is committed to the principle that tuition expenses not be a barrier to enrollment, and students are accepted on a need-blind basis. Currently, EWS provides more than 1.3 million dollars in tuition assistance to more than 35 percent of our student body. To determine need, EWS uses the services of SmartAid.
Tuition includes a healthy, daily lunch and snack, activities, retreats, field trips, clubs, community service projects, school publications, art, yearbook, Parent Association dues, campus security, participation in theatre and athletics, and all spring trips for 6th-11th grades. In addition, EWS invests over $150,000 annually in technology to maintain a state-of-the-art wireless campus. Separate expenses include supplies, parking, books and uniforms, and the senior trip to Israel and Poland.