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Admissions Process

Exploring Drew

Welcome to Drew!

We hope as you explore our website you gain a real appreciation for Drew's vibrant learning community. This is a school that values your unique talents, skills, and interests and provides an exceptional environment for you to stretch yourself, connect, learn, and grow.  This is what high school should be. 

The opportunity to guide families through the admissions process and highlight the transformational experience and outstanding education at Drew is a distinct honor. We know and believe in teenagers, and we harness that knowledge to challenge you to fulfill your individual potential and become the best version of yourself. We talk a lot about finding your voice and making an impact here at Drew -- and we believe that process truly begins with the admissions journey. 

We are looking forward to partnering with you every step of the way!

Go Dragons! 

Joanna Lovett '06
Director of Admissions

Andrea Richerson
Associate Director of Admissions

Andrew Heath
Outreach Associate

Interview Options at Drew

This year Drew is offering three ways to complete your student interview. Interviews allow the admissions team and committee to get to know who you are as a person and learner. Please keep in mind that your candidacy for Drew will not be advantaged or disadvantaged based on which option you select. We believe these are all great options to get to know you and we can’t wait! 

Please fill out the following short form, so we know which interview option you are interested in. Once we receive your completed form, someone will follow up with more information about your interview choice. Below are the interview options. If you choose not to interview, it will not affect your chances of acceptance. Please keep in mind that you can submit the video interview in addition to one of the other interview options if you wish. Please reach out if you have any other questions. 


The Admissions Team

Option 1: 5-minute one-way video interview. 

One-way video interviews allow you to record yourself answering questions in your own time using a device of your choice: phone, tablet, laptop, etc for up to 5 minutes.  We will provide you with a list of prompts/questions for you to answer as if you were on Drew’s campus sitting down with one of us. This should not be scripted, produced with music and/or graphics, and should not be perfect! We simply want to get to know the real you. 

Using this link, upload your 5-minute videos to Dropbox and the admissions team will add your submission to Ravenna. You can also submit a video interview in addition to one of the other interview options. Here is a list of questions to help guide your video

Option 2: 20 minute 1:1 Zoom interview with a member of the Drew community. 

1:1 interviews are conducted via Zoom. There is no need to prepare anything in advance. We want to get to know you and will do our best to do so using a series of questions. These 1:1 interviews are meant to be more like conversations. Please note that this option will require you to participate with your camera and microphone on. 

We will reach out to you with more details and how to sign up.

Option 3: 20-minute experiential group interview on January 10, 2021 1:00-1:30pm

The experiential group interview led by our Director of Experiential Education, Dr. David Fitzgerald,  will allow us to get to know you in multiple ways through observation as you navigate a challenge or task with a small group of your peers. The purpose of this experience is not to see who is able to outperform the other or to demonstrate mastery but instead to see how you interact, collaborate, problem-solve, and learn. There is no need to prepare anything in advance. Please note that this option will require you to participate with your camera and microphone on.

Please sign up for this interview option through Ravenna. A zoom link and instructions will be provided before the event.

Recent Updates

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), all in-person visits and admissions events will be conducted virtually for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. We’ve redesigned our admissions process to provide you with an abundance of virtual offerings to discover Drew safely from a distance. To receive the latest announcements and event registration information please make sure to inquire via Ravenna.

Please note that Drew will not consider standardized tests such as the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT as a part of our applicant review process for the 2020-2021 admissions season.  Read more about this decision here If you wish to submit any supplemental materials other than test scores that would you feel would help us understand you better as an applicant please submit those materials by email

Steps to Explore Drew

Create a Student Profile

Using Ravenna, create a student profile. Once you have created a Ravenna account, search for "Drew School" in the directory and select "Apply" to view all steps, requirements, and events. 

Attend an Information Session

Hear from Director of Admissions, Joanna Lovett and Head of School, David Frankenberg as they introduce you to the admissions process and Drew School!

Attend a Beyond the Classroom Event

At Drew we go beyond. We believe that in order for learning and true understanding to make the biggest impact it must be relevant, connected, and extend beyond the classroom. Join us to hear big impact stories of Drew students followed by an opportunity to meet the experts who bring learning to life every day in interactive breakout sessions. 

Meet David and the Deans

Learn more about our Mission and Vision with our Head of School, David Frankenberg, and the Deans during one of these Parent/Guardian only events. 

Attend a Virtual Student Visit

Experience what it is like to be a part of Drew’s dynamic community of learners by attending a virtual school visit including tour, student showcases, and live q+a with students. 

Attend a Drew Hangout

Get the inside scoop from the Drew community through an abundance of live panel events.

Application Process

Complete and submit an application

Both the Student and Parent/Guardian Applications are due by January 7, 2021. Applications are submitted through Ravenna. A $90 application fee is due with the submission. Some application fee waivers will be available upon request.

Submit recommendation forms

Drew requires a recommendation from your current math teacher, English teacher, and principal or counselor. Please follow the instructions on Ravenna for accessing and submitting all forms. In Ravenna, you will need to provide the email addresses of your recommendation writers so they receive the forms directly from Ravenna with instructions.

Submit your transcript

Complete and sign the Transcript Release Form and submit it to your current school. Complete transcripts (last year and first semester of the current year) can be scanned and uploaded to Ravenna or sent to Drew along with the Transcript Release form by January 7, 2021.

Apply for Financial Aid, if applicable

See the Financial Aid page of the Drew website for complete information about Drew’s Financial Aid program. Financial Aid applications must received by January 7, 2021. 

Admissions Timeline

Information Sessions (all)
- September 10, 2020 - 4:30-5:30pm
- September 15, 2020 - 4:30-5:30pm

Information Session in Spanish (Spanish speakers)
- September 30, 2020 - 4:30-5:30pm

Meet David and the Deans (parent/guardians)
- October 6, 2020 - 9:15-10:15am
- November 18, 2020 - 9:15-10:15am
-  December 8, 2020 - 9:15-10:15am
- January 6, 2020 - 9:15-10:15am

Beyond the Classroom Series (all)
- October 25, 2020 - 10am-12pm
- November 10, 2020 - 5pm-7pm
- December 6, 2020 - 2pm-4pm

Virtual Student Visits (students)
- October  7, 2020 - 4pm-5pm
- October 14, 2020 - 4pm-5pm
- October 27, 2020 - 4pm-5pm
- November 3, 2020 - 4pm-5pm
- November 19, 2020 - 4pm-5pm
- December 15, 2020 - 4pm-5pm
- January 7, 2021 - 4pm-5pm
- January 19, 2021 - 4pm-5pm

Drew Hangouts
- Admissions Intern Edition - November 4, 2020 - 4:30pm-5pm
- Student Athlete Edition - November 11, 2020 - 4:30pm-5pm
- Music Program Edition - January 5, 2021 - 5:00pm-5:30pm
- Theatre Program Edition - January 7, 2021 - 5:00pm-5:30pm
- Visual Arts Program Edition - January 7, 2021 - 5:30pm-6:00pm

JANUARY 7, 2021
Parent/Guardian + Student Applications due
Financial Aid Application due

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Non-Discrimination Policy: The Drew School welcomes to its community students of any race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The School applies all legal,non-discrimination standards in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletic and other school-administered programs and activities.