ESLA requires every applicant to submit test scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). The ISEE is one small part of the overall application, and the ESLA admissions committee reads applications holistically—there are no bottom lines. Test scores can provide valuable information to both students and schools, but we also know there are structural biases in standardized testing. For instance, one of the strongest statistical predictors for success on a standardized test is still family income. This isn’t surprising; students who have more resources to dedicate to test preparation will likely fare better.

With that in mind, ESLA offers free ISEE test prep that is completely open to the public. Students are welcome to attend regardless of whether they intend to apply to ESLA, and preparation for the ISEE can be valuable preparation for standardized testing in general.

The prep course is a six-week intensive that focusses on all sections of the ISEE. Students will arrive at the ESLA schoolhouse at 4:00 p.m. and will spend thirty minutes taking a section of the exam. Then students and instructors will spend the remaining hour and a half going over every problem from the section. Instructors address testing strategies, mathematical concepts, essay writing, and student questions. Students are divided into Lower Level, Middle Level, and Upper Level depending on the grade for which they are applying. Our goal is for everyone to leave the course with strategies that will help them on any standardized test they face in the future.

We recommend that students attend each of the six sessions, though this is not a strict requirement. If you are interested in registering, please fill out the form below. (If you don’t register you certainly will not be turned away, but we’d love to get an idea of numbers before sessions begin.) If you have any further questions, please email our ISEE test prep coordinator, Mike Chaykowsky, at

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2016 Schedule:

  • September 15, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • September 22, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • September 29, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • October 6, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • October 13, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • October 20, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.