Under the expert guidance of our Medical Advisory Panel, Emery/Weiner has been successfully and safely educating students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Increased safety measures including boosted fresh-air flow, CDC recommended distancing in classrooms, and universal-masking when recommended by experts continue to facilitate the success of safe in-person learning. Our teachers’ creativity, expertise, and relationships with their students leave our students excited for school each day, and any teaching scenario is driven by the same personal, live, interactive instruction our students and teachers are accustomed to.
We currently are allowing on-campus tours for prospective families whose students will be applying for the 2022-23 academic year, both during the school day and after hours. All visits are by appointment only, and all visitors must wear masks. We are planning to hold in-person Admissions events this fall, including on-campus Open Houses, though we may add virtual events and information sessions by Zoom if necessary. Please contact the Admissions office to schedule a visit.
At this time, we are considering various opportunities for prospective students to spend time on campus during the school day. We will update this section of our website and notify prospective families who have inquired once we know more.
Emery/Weiner’s admissions process is designed to be comprehensive in nature, 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 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.
Our students come from a wide variety of schools – in 2021, 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 approach to religious and spiritual instruction exemplifies vigorous pluralism and embraces respectful disagreement in the classroom. Students are admitted regardless of their religious beliefs or practices.
The priority deadline to submit an online application is December 15, 2021. Applications received by that date will be among the first to be considered for admission. Supplemental materials must be received in January 2022.
Division-based Admissions Committees carefully and thoughtfully review all completed applicant files beginning in late January and continuing throughout the month of February. Our holistic admissions process considers a broad range of factors that speak to the student’s intellect, talent, character, and potential for success. The Committees also work to achieve balance in order to 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 about 1.5 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.
The Emery/Weiner School requires that all students be fully immunized per the Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements, unless there is a specific medical reason that excludes them from being vaccinated. All students claiming a medical exemption must produce a letter from their physician each academic year, stating that the required vaccines would be medically harmful or injurious to the health and well-being of the child. All medical exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The school does not accept exemptions based on conscientious objections. Students must submit immunization records prior to the first day of school.