Independent Schools

Application Procedures and Admission Timelines

Independent schools, unlike public schools, are not compelled to admit students throughout the school year. Instead they ask applicant families to adhere to admission time tables and deadlines. Start early! The exploration of independent school options should begin at least a year prior to the date of the planned enrollment of your child. Applicant families should devote time to educating themselves broadly about independent school options during the spring or summer before that year.

Application Requirements for All Children:

  • Completed application

  • Standardized and specialized testing results

  • Teacher recommendations

  • Parent statement

  • Results from formal interview with your child

Application Requirements for Older Children:

  • Student writing sample

  • Student art work/portfolios (optional)

  • Transcript of grades

Admissions Events at New York City Area Independent Schools

Plan to visit open houses and expect to set aside time for the interview and touring process.

Independent School Admissions Timelines

Additional internet resources regarding the application process and timelines: