Nursery 3 and 4

Joy in learning begins in preschool.

Your Nursery 3 and Nursery 4 application checklist.

We're so pleased you are interested in Nursery 3 or Nursery 4 at Town! Below are the steps to apply, and we are standing by to answer questions any time! 

Please note that Nursery 3 applicants must be three years old and Nursery 4 applicants must be four years old by September 1 of the school year to which they are applying.

  • Nursery 3 applicants for 2021-22 must have a date of birth between 9/1/2017 and 8/31/2018.
  • Nursery 4 applicants for 2021-22 must have a date of birth between 9/1/2016 and 8/31/2017.

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 first community experience will be a short video with many Town voices sharing their perspectives on our school, followed by 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 Nursery 4, 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 to help students feel as comfortable as possible. We believe in full transparency, and parents are welcome to observe this meeting.

For Nursery 3, we will invite your child to be present for part of your parent conversation.

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. More details will be included in your application portal, and please don't hesitate to ask us questions any time.

5. Teacher recommendation from your current school.

If your child currently attends a pre-school program, please download the Teacher Recommendation Form and submit it to your child's current teacher, and to your 2019-20 teacher, if applicable. 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 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). 

Nursery 3 and Nursery 4 
  • Families will be notified (by email) of their admissions decision not before Thursday, February 25, 2021.
  • Parent replies are due no later than noon on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Sibling and legacy early decision option for Nursery 3 and Nursery 4
  • Families will be notified (by email) of their admissions decision not before Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and not later than Friday, January 15, 2021.
  • Parent replies are due no later than noon on Friday, January 22, 2021.


Don't hesitate to reach out any time

Our application for 2021-22 is now live.


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