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Frequently answered questions.

Virtual Town is Open! 

While our physical school building is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in NYC, the Town team is busy working from home and happy to connect, while teachers and students are engaged with our distance learning model.

We are currently accepting inquiries for 2021-22 and applications on a rolling basis for 2020-21, and we are offering a special "flipped" admissions process in lieu of spring tours. Learn more here, or contact us with questions any time at admissions@TownSchool.org.

We wish you and your families health, safety, and some joyful and peaceful moments together as we are all doing our part to support our community and city through social distancing practices. Contact Town any time at info@townschool.org.

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

Nursery 3, Nursery 4, and Kindergarten are our main entry points for new students and we may have openings in other grades, depending on the year.

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.

Do I need to call the day after Labor Day in order to receive an application to Town?

Our application for 2021-2022 will be live August 19, 2020.

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. Once the Admissions calendar is fully scheduled, applicants requesting an appointment will be placed on a wait list. 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?

Please note that we are currently offering a "flipped" admissions process in lieu of spring tours. Complete our brief inquiry form and then you may choose a time for an informal chat with Admissions Director Debbie Ashe, which may serve as the parent interview portion of your application process. 

There are three appointments required to complete your application to The Town School: a school tour, a parent interview, and a child visit. Families who have applied for Kindergarten will have the opportunity to schedule their appointments online beginning August 19, 2020. Families applying to other grades should contact the Admissions Office to schedule their appointments.

Our parent tours (grandparents are also welcome!) are Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Parent interviews are scheduled periodically throughout the day in half hour increments, and child playgroups are offered in the afternoon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

If you have submitted an application and would like to schedule your appointments, please email us at admissions@townschool.org and include any scheduling requests that you may have. You may also call the Admissions Office at 212-288-6395 to speak with someone about scheduling appointments.

Learn more on our Applying to Town page.

Do you ask for letters of recommendation?

The Town School does not require 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 welcomes applicants from legacy children who are sons/daughters of Town graduates. 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 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.

Do you offer spring tours?

We offer limited spring tours. Contact Admissions for more information.

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.


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