Admissions

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in enrollment at Bank Street School for Children. We welcome applications for all grade levels, from Nursery through Grade 8. Our admissions process begins in the fall of the year prior to enrollment, with an application deadline of midnight, December 2.  We can still accept applications after December 2, if interview spots are available.

Our birthdate cut-off is September 1. This means that your child must be the age of the age group/grade that he/she is entering in September. For example, if you are applying for the 3/4s program, your child must be 3 years old by September 1 of the year he/she enters school.

Our admissions team is available to walk you and your family through the necessary steps. All prospective students follow a similar application process, with age-appropriate variations. For example, younger applicants are asked to participate in a playdate/interview, while Upper School prospects are assessed for their academic skills.

Application Process

  • 3/4s (Nursery)

    Fill out the application

    Parent & Child Visit

    One parent accompanies their child in a 40-minute play session in the 3/4s (Nursery) classroom.

    Parent Visit

    After the playdate day, both parents are invited to tour the school and have an interview.

    • Experience firsthand what takes place in a classroom.
    • Visit classrooms in the Lower School (Nursery–Kindergarten), Middle School (Grades 1–4), and Upper School (Grades 5–8).
    • At the interview, we will get to know your family, discuss what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you have about the admissions process.

    If your child attends an early childhood program, please have the Confidential School Report and Permission to Release Student Information forms filled out and returned to Bank Street.

    Confidential School Report (pdf)

    Permission to Release Student Information (pdf)

    Financial Aid

    There is no financial aid available for the 3/4s. Only families entering the school in the 4/5s or above may apply for financial aid.

    ISAAGNY Dates
    Notification Mailing: Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Parents Reply Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 by noon

  • 4/5s (PreKindergarten)

    Fill out the application

    Child Visit

    Your child’s one-hour visit will be during a weekday in a group of four to six applicant children. Visits are play-based. Children engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request.

    • Exploration/play with materials in the room
    • Puzzles
    • Drawing
    • Listening to a story
    • Snack
    • Movement Activity

    Parent Tour

    • Tour the school while your child is in the play visit. Your parent interview will be at a later date.
    • Experience firsthand what takes place in a Bank Street classroom.
    • Visit classrooms in the Lower School (Nursery–Kindergarten), Middle School (Grades 1–4), and Upper School (Grades 5–8)

    Parent Interview

    • Interviews are scheduled as a second visit after the child’s visit and parents’ tour.
    • We encourage both parents (if applicable) to come to the interview.
    • At the interview, we will get to know your family, discuss what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    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 the application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Applications for the 2020-21 school year will be available on November 1. All Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 1.

    If your child attends an early childhood program, please have the Confidential School Report and Permission to Release Student Information forms filled out and returned to Bank Street.

    Confidential School Report (pdf)

    Permission to Release Student Information (pdf)

    ISAAGNY Dates

    Notification Mailing: Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Parents Reply Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020, by noon

  • 5/6s (Kindergarten)

    Fill out the application
    Child Visit

    Your child’s one-hour visit will be during a weekday in a group of four to six applicant children. Visits are play-based. Children engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request:

    • Exploration/play with materials in the room
    • Puzzles
    • Drawing
    • Listening to a story
    • Snack
    • Movement Activity

    Parent Tour

    • Parents tour the school during the child’s visit. Your parent interview will be at a later date.
    • Experience firsthand what takes place in a classroom.
    • Visit classrooms in the Lower School (Nursery – Kindergarten), Middle School (Grades 1-4), and Upper School (Grades 5-8).

    Parent Interview

    • Interviews are scheduled as a second visit after the child’s visit and parents’ classroom observation (tour).
    • We encourage both parents (if applicable) to come to the interview.
    • At the interview, we will get to know your family, discuss what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    If your child attends an early childhood program, please have the Confidential School Report and the Permission to Release Student Information forms completed and returned to Bank Street School for Children.

    Confidential School Report(pdf)

    Permission to Release Student Information (pdf)

    Financial Aid

    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on the application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on November 1. All Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY dates
    Notification Mailing: Friday, February 7, 2020
    Parents Reply Date: Friday, February 14, 2020, by noon

  • 6/7s (Grade 1)

    Fill out the application
    Child Visit

    Your child’s one-hour visit will be during a weekday in a group of four to six applicant children. Visits are play-based. Children engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request:

    • Exploration/play with materials in the room
    • Puzzles
    • Drawing
    • Listening to a story
    • Snack
    • Movement Activity

    Parent Tour

    • Parents tour the school during the child’s visit. Your parent interview will be at a later date.
    • Experience firsthand what takes place in a classroom.
    • Visit classrooms in the Lower School (Nursery – Kindergarten), Middle School (Grades 1-4), and Upper School (Grades 5-8).

    Parent Interview

    • Interviews are scheduled as a second visit after the child’s visit and parents’ classroom observation (tour).
    • We encourage both parents (if applicable) to come to the interview.
    • At the interview, we will get to know your family, discuss what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

    The Confidential School Report and Permission to Release Student Information forms must be completed by your child’s teacher and returned to Bank Street School for Children.

    Confidential School Report (pdf)

    Permission to Release Student Information (pdf)

    Financial Aid

    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on the Admissions application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on November 1. All Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY dates

    Notification Mailing: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    Parents Reply Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, by noon

  • 7/8s – 9/10s (Grades 2 – 4)

    Fill out the application
    Child Visit

    Your child will be invited to spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours at Bank Street. The student will tour the school and be assessed in reading, writing, and math. The student will also spend 30 to 45 minutes visiting a classroom of students in their current grade.

    Formal admissions testing is not required for applicants applying for the 7/8s-9/10s.

    Parent Tour

    • Parents tour the school during the child’s visit. The parent interview is scheduled at a later date.
    • On the tour, experience firsthand what takes place in a classroom on any particular day.
    • Spend time in both the Middle School and Upper School Divisions.

    Parent Interview

    After your tour, on a different day, both parents (if applicable) are invited for an interview with an Admissions team member.

    We will get to know you and you will get to know us. We will discuss what you are looking for in a school, and answer any questions you may have about the educational program, classroom visit, open houses, etc.

    Submit the following to Bank Street School for Children Admissions Office:

    • 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

    The Confidential School Report and Permission to Release Student Information forms must be completed by your child’s teacher and returned to Bank Street School for Children.

    Confidential School Report Form (pdf)

    Permission to Release Student Information (pdf)

    Financial Aid

    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on the application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Applications for the 2020–2021 school year will be available on November 1. All Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY dates
    Notification Mailing: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    Parents Reply Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, by noon

  • 10/11s – 13/14s (Grades 5 – 8)

    Fill out the application
    Student Visit

    • Visits are scheduled for approximately 2 1/2 hours on a school day.
    • Your child will tour the school with a Bank Street student after which they will attend a first-period class.
    • The Upper School Division Head will meet with your child for 20 minutes.
    • Your child will be assessed in reading, writing, and math.

    Parent Visit

    During your child’s visit, you will tour the Upper School and spend time observing various classes. You will meet our Upper School Division Head and be interviewed by our Director of Admissions.

    The Confidential School Report and Permission to Release Student Information forms must be completed by your child’s teacher and returned to Bank Street School for Children.

    Confidential School Report (pdf)

    Permission to Release Student Information (pdf)

    Submit the following to the Bank Street School for Children Admissions Office:

    • 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

    Applicants applying to Grades 5 through 7 (10/11s through 12/13s) are required to take the ISEE or SSAT entrance exams.

    Financial Aid

    If you are planning to apply for Financial Aid, please indicate so on the Admissions application and, complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Applications for the 2019–2020 school year will be available on November 1. All Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 1.

    ISAAGNY dates
    Notification Mailing: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    Parents Reply Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, by noon

    Finally, our favorite part of the admissions process: meeting your child and you! Once you have submitted the application, we will contact you to schedule a day when you and your child can visit us.


About the Application

After the application deadline is 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 visits! Admissions decisions are sent in February. Please check the grade level above for specific dates.
Fill out the Application

SFC admissions team

Contact Admissions

At Bank Street, our approach to admissions is family-centered. We look forward to meeting you and your family. Our admissions team is available to answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Please contact us throughout the process should you have any questions or concerns.
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