Applying to Kindergarten at Town.

Your Kindergarten application checklist.

We're so pleased you are interested in Kindergarten at Town! Below are the steps to apply, and we are standing by to answer questions any time! 

Please note that Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by September 1 of the school year to which they are applying.

  • Applicants for 2021-22 must have a date of birth between 9/1/2015 and 8/31/2016.

1. Application.

Our online application for 2021-2022 is now live, and you may inquire now to be added to our applying families newsletters.

Contact us with any questions. 


2. Parent conversation.

Once you have completed your application, you may schedule your parent conversation through your application portal. If you met with Debbie Ashe this spring for a parent conversation, we consider this portion of your process complete! You are welcome to schedule a follow-up check-in at any time. 

3. Community connections.

As part of our virtual admissions process for 2021-22, we are designing new, optional ways to get to know our school and community. Though we love our home on East 76th Street, we have been reminded through this pandemic that a Town education is about so much more than a building; our community of past and present families, our incredible teachers, and our dedicated staff make our school a wonderful place to grow and learn. Our community connections will include videos with many Town voices sharing their perspectives on our school, as well as opportunities for live conversations with parents, students, academic leaders, and more. Check out our calendar and events page for details! 

4. Getting to know your child.

Our developmentally appropriate, brief meeting with your child to gauge school readiness is designed based on our faculty’s expertise around how children interact most successfully in a virtual setting. For Kindergarten, this will be a brief Zoom call with a member of our Admissions team that is play/conversation based. We will communicate with families in advance of the session, and we will send each student a box of special supplies just for the virtual visit, to help students look forward to the call and feel as comfortable as possible. We believe in full transparency, and parents are welcome to observe this meeting. We will also work to know your child through multiple lenses including examples of their artwork, stories, or building projects, and insights from the people who know them best: teacher recommendations and parent reflections. Included in your parent application portal, you will see options to upload photos, or even a short video, to show us your child in action. Please don't hesitate to ask us questions any time. 

5. Teacher recommendations from your current school (from this year and last year).

Please download the Teacher Recommendation Form and submit it to your child's current teacher, and to their 2019-20 teacher, if possible. The school should email the completed form directly to us at by January 8, 2021.

Our stance on testing during a pandemic: Town will not require or accept standardized testing/assessments for students of any age during this Admissions season. We understand that all families are experiencing unique stresses during this time. We also believe that consistently equitable testing circumstances are not possible during the continuing COVID-19 outbreak. We look forward to learning about our applicants from their families and their teachers, as well as through direct engagement with the students through age-appropriate virtual meetings.

Notification and Reply Dates

The Town School follows the ISAAGNY notification and reply dates for the 2021-2022 School Year (for applications and files completed by January 8, 2021).

  • Families will be notified (by email) of their admissions decision on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
  • Parent replies are due no later than noon on Thursday, February  11, 2021.
Sibling and Legacy early notificaiton option for Kindergarten and 1st grade
  • Families will be notified (by email) of their admissions decision not before Wednesday, December 9, 2020 and not later than Monday, January 11, 2021.
  • Parent replies are due no later than noon on Friday, January 15, 2021.


Don't hesitate to reach out any time

Our application for 2021-22 is now live.


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