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.
Our students come from a wide variety of schools – in 2019, 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.
Individual parent tours are available Monday through Friday during the school day at various times and arranged with the Admissions Team. Prospective parents also may visit during small group tours as indicated on our website. All prospective parents and students are invited to join us for Admissions Open House in the fall. Scheduled dates for the 2020-21 admissions year are as follows:
Upper School Open House - October 30, 2019 7-9 pm
Middle School Open House - November 10, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 pm
All prospective students are strongly encouraged to spend a “shadow day” during regular school hours.
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 January 10, 2020. Applications received by that date will be among the first to be considered for admission. We ask that all documents associated with the application be received by February 1, 2020.
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.