Admissions Q&A

Q: How many students are at OES?
OES has approximately 860 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The average grade level size in Lower School is 54, Middle School is 68, and Upper School is 78. The average classroom in Lower and Middle School has 18 students. The average class in the Upper School has 14-18 students.

Q: How many openings do you expect? 
Each year OES enrolls approximately 100 new students. Every year we have 18 openings for Pre-Kindergarten, 30 openings for Kindergarten, 13 openings in 6th grade, and about 25 for 9th grade. Openings in other grades are dependent upon re-enrollment of current students.

Q: How old does a child need to be to apply to OES?
Children need to be 4 years old by September 1 to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten. They must be 5 years old by September 1 to be eligible for Kindergarten.

Q: Does OES have a boarding program?
Yes, approximately 60 students live on campus.

Q: Does OES have programs for international students? Do you issue I-20's? 
Yes. We have a boarding program in the Upper School for grades 9-12. About half of our international boarding students take part in our English as a Second Language classes. OES is able to issue I-20's to students who qualify. Please contact Helen Mallette, the Upper School Admissions Associate additional information.

Q: Do you have after-school programs for students? 
We have an Extension Program for Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade that runs until 6:00 p.m.

Q: Does OES have team sports? 
Yes. Team sports at OES operate on a no-cut policy. Beginning in 6th grade, there is a team for every level of experience and skill—competitive varsity teams for experienced players as well as teams for beginners trying a sport for the first time. See the table below for sports offered at OES.

Lower School students can participate in sports-related after school enrichment classes.

Sports Offered in Grades 6-12

Sport
Gender
Grades
Season
Soccer
boys/girls
6-12
fall
Cross Country
boys/girls
6-12
fall
Volleyball
girls
6-12
fall
Basketball
boys/girls
6-12
winter
Skiing/Snowboarding
boys/girls
9-12
winter
Tennis
boys/girls
6-12
spring
Track
boys/girls
6-12
spring
Golf
boys/girls
9-12
spring
Lacrosse
boys/girls
6-12
spring
Fencing
boys/girls
6-12
all year

 

Q: Do you have a bus system? 
We have a bus system that picks up and drops off students at centralized neighborhood locations. The fee for this service is based upon the location and the number of students at the drop off point. Please visit the transportation page for more information.

Q: Does OES serve lunch?
OES serves lunch to all students each school day, including our half-day Pre-Kindergarten students. The cost of lunch is included in the tuition. Lunch usually includes salad, soup, sandwich, international, vegetarian and regular hot lunch options.

Q: Do you have programs for students with learning differences or special needs? 
OES does not have separate programs for special needs students, but the individualized attention and small class size can be beneficial to many students who have minor learning differences.

Q: Does OES offer any programs for students with behavioral problems? 
No. OES is a college preparatory school with a rigorous academic curriculum. We do not have programs for students with discipline, behavioral, or drug and alcohol related problems.

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