Frequently answered questions.

The virtual Admissions Office is open! 

We are in full back-to-school mode at Town (click here for our current planning) and we are looking forward to meeting and getting to know prospective families online! ​​​Learn more here, or contact us with questions any time at admissions@TownSchool.org.

Are you offering tours this fall?

Town's entire Admissions process will be virtual this year, and we are excited to take this opportunity for new ways to engage with prospective families. Instead of a standard "tour" we will offer several ways to get to know our community (and yes, know our facilities, too), through online resources and live events with students, parents, teachers, alumni/ae and the Head of School. Stay tuned!

Which grades have openings for the 2021-22 school year?

Nursery 3 and Kindergarten are our main entry points for new students, and we are accepting applications for openings in all grades for 2021-22.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office at 212-288-6395 or admissions@townschool.org. We're always happy to chat!

What are the birthday cutoffs for each grade?

Children must be the following ages for 2021-2022 admission:

Nursery 3 applicants must be three years old by September 1, 2021.

Nursery 4 applicants must be four years old by September 1, 2021.

Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by September 1, 2021.

For 1st - 8th grades, we work to establish a developmentally-appropriate birthday range in the grade, and will discuss this with you as part of your admissions process.

When will your 2021-22 application be available?

Our application for 2021-2022 will be live August 19, 2020, and you may schedule your parent and child appointments starting September 8th, after you have completed an application.

Contact us any time with questions. We appreciate your interest in The Town School!

What are your application deadline and notification dates?

Our application deadline for the 2021-22 school year is November 20, 2020.

Interviews are scheduled in the order that applications are received. Applications received after the deadline are processed on a rolling basis.

Notification dates vary by grade during the month of February.

Please refer to our Admissions Calendar page or the ISAAGNY website for specific notification dates.

Can I apply after the deadline?

We recognize that many families may be searching for the perfect school outside of the normal Admissions season, due to relocation or other big life changes. We typically accept applications on a rolling basis, and we are happy to have informal conversations to answer questions and to work with your schedule, especially to facilitate visits from out of town. We are also glad to partner with educational consultants or relocation specialists to help support your process. 

Contact us anytime with questions: admissions@townschool.org.

What appointments are required to complete my application to Town?

There are two appointments required to complete your application to The Town School for 2021-22: a parent conversation and child interaction (both via Zoom). Families who have submitted an application (live on August 19th) will have the opportunity to schedule their appointments online beginning September 8, 2020. Learn more on our Applying to Town page.

Do you ask for letters of recommendation?

The Town School does not require or encourage personal letters of recommendation.

What are your sibling and legacy policies?

The Town School Sibling Policy

The Town School is a community that embraces families and welcomes application from siblings of currently enrolled students and graduates. Sibling applications are given preference but admission is not automatic. While we would like families to be together at Town, we must ensure that every applicant will be successful in our program and is the right fit for the school. We advise sibling applicants to apply to at least three other schools. Sibling applicants are given the option of early notification in the admissions process and must withdraw their applications to other schools if they accept an early decision offer of admission to The Town School.

The Town School Legacy Policy

It is the ultimate compliment for Town School alumni/ae to want their children to experience a Town education. The Town School considers anyone who attended Town eligigle for a legacy application. Legacy applicants are given preference but admission is not automatic. We advise legacy applicants to apply to at least three other schools. Legacy applicants are given the option of early notification in the admissions process for Nusery 3 and Nursery 4, Kindergarten, and 1st grade, and must withdraw their applications to other schools if they accept an early decision offer of admission to The Town School.

Kindergarten sibling and legacy applicants should complete their appointments with The Town School Admissions Office before December 1st if they are interested in the ISAAGNY option of early notification.

What kind of after school programs does Town offer?

Nursery 3 students have the option to sign up for a free extended day program one or more days per week, with the option to stay even later in our Clubhouse program.

Clubhouse is our extended day, mixed-age after school program that we offer Monday to Friday until 6:00 p.m.

There are also a variety of classes and music lessons offered for Nursery 4 - 4th Grade students after school which families may sign up for on a semester basis.

Upper School (grades 5-8) students have many after school options including Town sports teams, the Lego Robotics Team, or our school rock band.

Learn more on our Before and After School Programs page.

Does Town offer Payment Plans or Financial Aid?

We are committed to helping our families afford a Town education. 

Payment Plans are available to divide tuition into up to 10 payments over the course of the year. 

Financial Aid begins at Kindergarten, and our application process is confidential, thoughtful and highly personalized for each family. Learn more on our Financial Aid page.

Where do Town graduates go after they graduate?

Town graduates go on to attend a variety of both independent and selective public schools in the greater New York area. To learn more about where our graduates attend high school, please visit our High School Placement page for information on high school and college destinations.

Recorded live October 19, 2020


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