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Application Process

How to Apply to Boarding School & Day School at West Nottingham Academy

Whether you’re ready to apply to WNA or just have questions about applying to boarding school, our admissions team is excited you’re here. The boarding school application process can seem complex; therefore, we’ve created a roadmap to explain our process and answer all your questions about the application. If you experience any questions or challenges throughout the admissions process, please do not hesitate to reach out. For a timely response from a team member, email admissions@wna.org .

Follow These Steps to Apply to Our Maryland Boarding School:

  1. Step 1: Inquire With Our Admissions Team
  2. Step 2: Complete the SAO Application
  3. Step 3: Tell Us More About Yourself
  4. Step 4: Visit Our Campus

Applying for Boarding School as an International Student?

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Step 1. Inquire With Our Admissions Team

Please fill out our simple, online inquiry form to begin the boarding school application process. The form will only to a few moments to fill out and then you will quickly hear from a member of the admissions team.

Fill Out An Online Inquiry

Step 2. Complete Your Application

The boarding school application process begins by completing the SAO, a service that allows applicants to member schools fill out one application that can be sent to hundreds of different schools. The SAO simplifies applying to boarding school; it offers a seamless way to manage forms, recommendations, essays, transcripts, and more. We highly recommend our applicants utilize the SAO when applying to WNA, but we do offer our own application form as well.
If you have any questions about SAO or how to apply to boarding school, don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions office today or learn more about the SAO process here.

Begin Your Application Online

Step 3. Tell Us More About Yourself

After completing the application form, you can log back into your admission portal to complete and upload the following items:

Students applying to the Chesapeake Learning Center should upload or email any psychoeducational testing that has been done. Please contact the Admission Office for more information.

Step 4. Visit Our Campus

If you still have questions about WNA or applying to boarding school, we hope you consider scheduling a time to visit our unique and picaresque campus for a guided tour and conversation with our Admissions Team. Just a few miles from the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, our campus stuns with beautiful architecture amidst the rolling countryside of northeastern Maryland.
Campus visits last about an hour and half and COVID-19 protocols are in place. To learn more and schedule an appointment, click the button below.

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Important Application Dates

Applications, including all supporting application materials, are due to the Admission Office by late February. Decisions will be sent via email to students and families by mid-March 2021.

Applications for financial aid are due annually by late January. Financial aid awards will be sent along with admission decisions by mid-March.

Applications for admission and financial aid received after the above-noted deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis. Please contact the Admission Office to initiate the process or with any questions.

How to Apply to Boarding School as an International Student

International students should plan to submit a DuoLingo (preferred), TOEFL, SSAT (our school code is 8146), iTEP, IELTS score report. One type of English proficiency exam is required as part of the boarding school application process.

The Duolingo English Test can be taken online at any time. It is a fast and inexpensive alternative to other options – it takes approximately 45 minutes and costs $49. The exam uses computer-adaptive technology, meaning that the questions will automatically adapt to each test taker’s ability. The test generates a different set of questions for every session and  integrates a video interview and writing sample. The exam requires a supported browser and your computer’s self-facing camera and microphone. The testing session is recorded and verified by a Duolingo proctor and the results are available within 48 hours.

Meet Our Admissions Team

It’s always helpful putting a face to a name. At WNA, we want to be as supportive as we can throughout your admissions process. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions team about the boarding school application process. Thank you for choosing to explore a West Nottingham Education.

Read below to get to know our Admissions Team.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Boarding School Application Process

+ When should I begin my application?

You may begin your application as soon as you have filled out our inquiry form. After you have completed our online questionnaire, you will receive an email with a link to our Admission Portal and your user name. Our application is available on our Admission Portal.

+ When should my current school send my transcript?

After your first quarter grades, request that your school send your official transcript directly to us using our transcript release form.

+ Who should I ask to write my recommendations?

Our application requires three recommendations: your English teacher, your mathematics teacher, and a personal recommendation from any other teacher, coach, or adult who knows you well.

+ How can I share my special interests with WNA?

Include mention of your special interests during your admissions interview and in your application. We’d love to know more about your academic and athletic interests.

+ What are the application fees?

To learn more about our application fees, click here.

+ When will I hear back regarding the admissions decision?

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and most frequently occur in mid-March.

+ When is my application due?

Applications are due by late February and are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information regarding our rolling application, email our Admissions Team.

+ How do I contact the Admissions Team?

Our Admissions Team is accessible via email or phone. To email our team, email admissions@wna.org. To reach someone by phone, dial (410) 658-5556.

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