SSL Certificate
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12
Episcopal School of Dallas
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

THE COLLEGE PLANNING PROCESS

One of the distinctions of an independent school education is the way it is measured. Yes, our students score exceptionally well on tests, including the ERB, AP, SAT, and ACT examinations. Yes, our students are remarkable athletes and brilliant artists. Yes, our students are accepted into colleges and universities of their choosing, including the world's most prestigious and selective. But at ESD, our goal is an even higher outcome. We graduate students uniquely prepared to succeed in the 21st century. Our Founding Tenets of Daily Worship, Community, Ethical Decision Making, and Service provide a strong underpinning of life skills that equip our students and graduates to navigate and succeed in an increasingly complex world. In short, The Episcopal School of Dallas graduate is prepared for a life of purpose.

Lower School

You’ve only just arrived! Are you wondering if you should already be engaged in the college planning process?

We encourage our Lower School families not to worry about college placement tests and the college admission process just yet. There is ample time and expert support for that in future years at ESD. The Lower School years are best spent helping children develop a strong foundation from which to build. Children at this level need to develop curiosity, a thirst for learning, and the academic skills needed to support increasingly advanced inquiry. This is the best type of planning for college that Lower School parents can do.

“Our focus at the Lower School is to help our children get to know themselves and their interests, develop strong academic skills and self-confidence, and begin to figure out how the real world works. Our students also develop a solid spiritual foundation and essential character traits such as grit, resourcefulness and resilience that will prepare them not only for future academic success, but for life. This is developmentally-appropriate college planning in action. These are precious years; let’s use them well,” Chelle Wabrek, Head of Lower School, said.

Middle School

At the Middle School level, students are developing independent critical thinking skills to prepare them for the demands of their ever changing future.

At ESD, our teachers use curriculum to introduce, develop, and master these skills, as well as linking them to the future demands of higher level education. Time management, collaborative thinking, and decision-making with integrity are the foundations that will prepare ESD students for the rest of their academic career.

We encourage families to actively explore and discuss each individual student’s strengths and gifts with their student and their students' Middle School advisor.

Freshman Year

Fall

College Previews - College Fair Program

Winter

Scholarship and Financial Aid Presentation
Dean's Panel Program
Meeting with College Guidance to review Transcripts and GPA Calculation
Presentation with Regional Admission Director

Spring

Parent meeting on Transcripts and GPA calculation
Freshman Naviance and Resume Training

Sophomore Year

Fall

College Previews - College Fair Program
PSAT

Winter

Scholarship and Financial Aid Presentation
Dean's Panel Program

Spring

Sophomore Naviance and Resume Training
Practice ACT given by College Guidance
Sophomore Parent Coffee
Take SAT Subject Tests (if applicable)

Junior Year

September

College Previews - College Fair Program
100+ College Representatives on campus

October

PSAT (counts for National Merit Scholarship Program)

November

College Guidance Kickoff Meeting!
ESDWORX Program applications available

December

Turn in ICP Form (Information on College Planning) before Christmas Break
Sign up to take first SAT and ACT by June

January

Meet with counselor to make a preliminary list of colleges
Scholarship and Financial Aid Presentation
Dean's Panel Program

February

College Guidance Workshop
Consider visiting colleges during Winter Break

March

Try to visit a couple colleges on a weekend or during Spring Break

May/June

SAT subject tests
Register for ESD summer classes "Writing the College Essay" and "One & Done"

Senior Year

August

College Guidance Meeting for Seniors and Parents
Common Application and Apply Texas opens

September

College Previews Fair
Meet with your College Guidance Counselor
Visit with some of the 100+ College Representatives on campus
Teacher Recommendation Forms to teachers, transcripts requested, testing scores sent

October

All Early Decision, Early Action, and Rolling Applications should be completed
Monitor staus of applications and notify counselor of any missing materials

November

All regular decision applications should be completed

December

December 1st scholarship deadline
Early Decision and Early Action notification

January

FAFSA can be started for need-based financial aid

March

Complete FAFSA and College Profile Financial Aid forms

May 1

All admission decisions should be received and your college of choice should be notified and deposit paid

Lower School

4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225
214-353-5818

Middle & Upper School

4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229
214-358-4368

Wolf Run Ranch

located near Anna, Texas

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