Admissions

How to Apply

Welcome to Bank Street School for Children Admissions. We look forward to partnering with you and your family to ensure your admissions experience is a positive one. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our admissions team throughout the process. For everyone’s health and safety at this time, we are conducting all admissions events, child visits, parent interviews, and school tours virtually.

Admissions for all grade levels (Nursery – Grade 8) begins in the fall of the year prior to enrollment. Applications for the 2021-22 school year will be accepted beginning on August 20, 2020. Our deadline to receive your application is December 1, 2020. Your child must be the age of the grade they are entering by September 1 of the entering year.

We encourage you to apply early so that we can schedule your virtual child visit, parent interview, and school tour at times that work best for your family.

We are available to support you and your family at each step of the admissions process and we encourage you to reach out at any time with questions at 212-875-4433 or sfcadmissions@bankstreet.edu.

Application Process

  1. Fill out and submit your application
  2. Attend a Virtual Open House
  3. Select the grade level your child will enter in the 2021–22 school year below to learn about virtual appointments and other required forms you will need to submit with your application

Request an Application Register for a Virtual Open House

  • 3/4s (Nursery)

    Submit Your Application
    Once you submit your application, a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule your child’s virtual visit and parent interview.

    Child Visit
    A member of our Admissions team will conduct a virtual visit with your child and one parent for a 20- to 30-minute play session.

    Parent Tour & Interview

    • Parents are invited to a virtual tour of our building, which will feature our bright, spacious classrooms, world-class children’s library, art studio/woodshop, and regulation size gym. A member of the Admissions team will be available to answer questions from parents.
    • A member of the Admissions team will conduct a parent interview to get to know your family, understand what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    Confidential School Report
    If your child attends an early childhood program, the Confidential School Report (pdf) must be completed by your child’s teacher and emailed to sfcadmissions@bankstreet.edu. The Permission to Release Student Information (pdf) form is to be completed by the parent and submitted along with the Confidential School Report form to the student’s teacher. The deadline for Bank Street to receive the report from the sending school is January 8, 2021.

    Financial Aid
    There is no financial aid available for the 3/4s. Only families with children entering the 4/5s or above may apply for financial aid.

    ISAAGNY Dates
    Bank Street follows the notification and reply dates set out by the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

    • Notification Mailing: Thursday, February 25, 2021
    • Parents Reply Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 by 12:00 PM
  • 4/5s (Pre-Kindergarten)

    Submit Your Application
    Once you submit your application, a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule your virtual child visit and parent interview.

    Child Visit
    This 30-minute virtual visit is play-based and will be conducted with a member of the Admissions team. Your child will engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request. A few days prior to the visit, you will receive a short video with an introduction by the Admissions team member who will be interacting with your child during the visit. The objective here is for the child to become familiar and feel safe with our interviewer. You will also receive guidelines for the visit a few days prior to your scheduled date.

    We recommend the visit takes place in a location where the child feels comfortable and likes to engage in play. We also ask that the child have favorite materials and toys on hand for the visit. These materials can be, but are not limited to:

    • Puzzles
    • Pencil and paper
    • Building materials
    • Baby dolls
    • Figurines, etc.

    Parent Tour & Interview

    • Parents are invited to a virtual tour of our building, which will feature our bright and spacious classrooms, our world-class children’s library, art studio/woodshop, and regulation size gym. A member of the Admissions team will be available to answer your questions.
    • The parent interview will help a member of our Admissions team get to know your family, understand what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    Confidential School Report
    If your child attends an early childhood program, the Confidential School Report (pdf) must be completed by your child’s teacher and emailed to sfcadmissions@bankstreet.edu. The Permission to Release Student Information (pdf) form is to be completed by the parent and submitted along with the Confidential School Report form to the student’s teacher. The deadline for Bank Street to receive the report from the sending school is January 8, 2021.

    Standardized Admissions Testing
    Formal admissions testing is not required for applicants applying for the 4/5s.

    Financial Aid
    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on your admissions application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Financial Aid applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available on November 1 and must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY Dates
    Bank Street follows the notification and reply dates set out by the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

    • Notification Mailing: Thursday, February 25, 2021
    • Parents Reply Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 by 12:00 PM
  • 5/6s (Kindergarten)

    Submit Your Application
    Once you submit your application, a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule your virtual child visit and parent interview.

    Child Visit
    This 30-minute virtual visit is play-based and will be conducted with a member of the Admissions team. Your child will engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request. A few days prior to the visit, you will receive a short video with an introduction by the Admissions team member who will be interacting with your child during the visit. The objective here is for the child to become familiar and feel safe with our interviewer. You will also receive guidelines for the visit a few days prior to your scheduled date.

    We recommend the visit takes place in a location where the child feels comfortable and likes to engage in play. We also ask that the child have favorite materials and toys on hand for the visit. These materials can be, but not limited to:

    • Puzzles
    • Pencil and paper
    • Building materials
    • Baby dolls
    • Figurines, etc.
    • Books
    • Cars and trucks

    Parent Tour & Interview

    • Parents are invited to a virtual tour of our building, which will feature our spacious classrooms, our world-class children’s library, art studio/woodshop, and regulation size gym. A member of the Admissions team will be available to answer questions from parents.
    • A member of the Admissions team will conduct a parent interview to get to know your family, understand what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    Confidential School Report
    If your child attends an early childhood program, the Confidential School Report (pdf) must be completed by your child’s teacher and emailed to sfcadmissions@bankstreet.edu. The Permission to Release Student Information (pdf) form is to be completed by the parent and submitted along with the Confidential School Report form to the student’s teacher. The deadline for Bank Street to receive the report from the sending school is January 8, 2021.

    Standardized Admissions Testing
    Formal admissions testing is not required for applicants applying for the 5/6s. 

    Financial Aid
    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on your admissions application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Financial Aid applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available on November 1 and must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY Dates
    Bank Street follows the notification and reply dates set out by the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

    • Notification Mailing: Thursday, February 4, 2021
    • Parents Reply Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 by 12:00 PM
  • 6/7s (Grade 1)

    Submit Your Application
    Once you submit your application, a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule your virtual child visit and parent interview.

    Child Visit
    This 30-minute virtual visit is play-based and will be conducted with a member of the Admissions team. Your child will engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request. A few days prior to the visit, you will receive a short video with an introduction by the Admissions team member who will be interacting with your child during the visit. The objective here is for the child to become familiar and feel safe with our interviewer. You will also receive guidelines for the visit a few days prior to your scheduled date.

    We recommend the visit takes place in a location where the child feels comfortable and likes to engage in play. We also ask that the child have favorite materials and toys on hand for the visit. These materials can be, but not limited to:

    • Puzzles
    • Pencil and paper
    • Building materials
    • Baby dolls
    • Figurines, etc.
    • Books
    • Cars and trucks

    Parent Tour & Interview

    • Parents are invited to a virtual tour of our building, which will feature our bright and spacious classrooms, our world-class children’s library, art studio/woodshop, and regulation size gym. A member of the Admissions team will be available to answer your questions.
    • The parent interview will help a member of our Admissions team get to know your family, understand what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    Confidential School Report
    The Confidential School Report (pdf) must be completed by your child’s teacher and emailed to sfcadmissions@bankstreet.edu. The Permission to Release Student Information (pdf) form is to be completed by the parent and submitted along with the Confidential School Report form to the student’s teacher. The deadline for Bank Street to receive the report from the sending school is January 8, 2021.

    Standardized Admissions Testing
    Formal admissions testing is not required for applicants applying for the 6/7s.

    Financial Aid
    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on your admissions application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Financial Aid applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available on November 1 and must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY Dates
    Bank Street follows the notification and reply dates set out by the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

    • Notification Mailing: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    • Parents Reply Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 by 12:00 PM
  • 7/8s – 9/10s (Grades 2 – 4)

    Submit Your Application
    Once you submit your application, a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule your virtual child visit and parent interview. 

    Child Visit
    This 45-minute virtual visit will include an interview and academic skills assessments and will be conducted by our Middle School division head or a member of our Admissions team. You will receive guidelines for the visit a few days prior to your scheduled date. We recommend the visit takes place in a location in your home where your child can sit at a desk.

    Parent Tour & Interview

    • Parents are invited to a virtual tour of our building, which will feature our spacious classrooms, our world-class children’s library, art studio/woodshop, and regulation size gym. A member of the Admissions team will be available to answer questions from parents.
    • A member of the Admissions team will conduct a parent interview to get to know your family, understand what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    Required School Documents

    • Copy of your child’s school report from last year and the most recent school report for the current year
    • Corrected written school assignment from a current class

    Confidential School Report

    Each of the following Confidential School Reports must be completed by your child’s teachers and emailed to sfcadmissions@bankstreet.edu:

    The Permission to Release Student Information (pdf) form is to be completed by the parent and submitted along with the Confidential School Report form to the student’s teacher. The deadline for Bank Street to receive the report from the sending school is January 8, 2021.

    Financial Aid
    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on your admissions application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Financial Aid applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available on November 1 and must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY dates
    Bank Street follows the notification and reply dates set out by the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

    • Notification Mailing: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    • Parents Reply Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, by 12:00 PM
  • 10/11s – 13/14s (Grades 5 – 8)

    Submit Your Application
    Once you submit your application, a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule your virtual child visit and parent interview.

    Student Visit
    Virtual visits are scheduled for approximately 45 minutes on a school day which will include an interview with the Upper School Division Head. Your child will be assessed in reading comprehension and math.

    Parent Tour & Interview

    • Parents are invited to a virtual tour of our building, which will feature our bright and spacious classrooms, our world-class children’s library, art studio/woodshop, and regulation size gym. A member of the Admissions team will be available to answer your questions.
    • The parent interview will help a member of our Admissions team get to know your family, understand what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    Required School Documents

    Confidential School Report

    Each of the following Confidential School Reports must be completed by your child’s teachers and emailed to sfcadmissions@bankstreet.edu:

    The Permission to Release Student Information (pdf) form is to be completed by the parent and submitted along with the Confidential School Report form to the student’s teacher. The deadline for Bank Street to receive the report from the sending school is January 8, 2021.

    Standardized Tests
    This year, Bank Street School for Children is not requiring student candidates to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the SSAT. Both exams are optional. If the exam is taken, the results can be submitted to Bank Street.

    Financial Aid
    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on your admissions application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Financial Aid applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available on November 1 and must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY Dates
    Bank Street follows the notification and reply dates set out by the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

    • Notification Mailing: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    • Parents Reply Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021, by 12:00 PM

About the Application

After the application deadline has passed, we will continue to accept applications but interview spots may be limited. We encourage you to submit your application and $75 processing fee early to have the most flexibility in scheduling your other admissions appointments. Admissions decisions are sent in February. Please check the grade level above for specific dates.
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At Bank Street, our approach to admissions is family-centered. Our admissions team is available to answer your questions and guide you through the application process. We look forward to meeting you and your family.
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