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Important Information

Main Entry Grades Kindergarten and Grade 9  
To begin the process, applicant families ONLY need to submit the online application with the non-refundable $75 application fee. The remaining supplemental forms should be completed as soon as possible and before January 15. Priority is given to applications completed by January 15.
 
Attrition-based Grades | All grades except Kindergarten and Grade 9
Applicants for attrition-based grades are always encouraged to submit an online application.  No fee is required until an application becomes active. Families also should send a current school report and, if taken, standardized independent school testing (ECAA, ISEE, or SSAT as applicable). Applications will be put on HOLD pending availability, and families will be contacted as openings occur.  All supplemental materials may be completed once an application has been activated. 

Application Deadlines
  • Applications close once all interview slots are filled.  Interview slots for our main entry grades, Kindergarten and Grade 9, fill up early due to demand.
  • All application materials should be submitted by January 15.  In situations where current school reports may not be available until after this date, we will work with families directly.
  • Summer Admissions: Over the summer, unexpected openings may occur, and we encourage interested families to call the Admissions Office about possible openings.
 
Submitting Materials | Friends uses Ravenna Solutions to manage all supplemental admissions materials including Parent and Student Supplements, school records, and teacher recommendations.  After completing the online application, please follow this Ravenna Solutions link to create your student profile, which will allow submission of all required forms. 
 
Scheduling Interviews | Upon receipt of the online application, the Admissions Office will contact families to schedule interviews for grades in which there are openings. Please allow for processing time.
 
Application Follow-up | It is each family’s responsibility to ensure that all application information has been received by Friends Seminary. Families have immediate access to the status of their application through their Ravenna Solutions account. No decision can be made by the Admissions Committee until an application is complete. For students coming to Friends Seminary from other independent schools, all financial obligations from a student’s previous school must be satisfied before that student can enroll at Friends. Please check your status online.
 
Age Policy | Children applying for Kindergarten and Grade 1 must be five-years-old for Kindergarten and six-years-old for Grade 1 by September 1 of the year they begin school.
 
Application Fee Waivers | Application fee waivers are available only for applicants from the following programs: A Better Chance (ABC), Early Steps, TEAK Fellowship, the Albert G. Oliver Program, Prep for Prep, De La Salle Academy, George Jackson Academy, Breakthrough NY and the Boys Club of New York. Please click FEE WAIVER FORM and return to Friends.

Early Notification | An Early Notification Program is available for Kindergarten ONLY. This program applies to children of Members of the Religious Society of Friends, current sibling families, and children of current faculty and staff. Click here to download the EARLY NOTIFICATION FORM.

Important Dates

The 2016-2017 dates are listed below for applications and files completed by January 15, 2017. 
By agreement with the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), decisions on completed applications will be sent according to the ISAAGNY established dates. If grade openings occur after the established notification dates, admissions decisions will be made once the application process is completed.
 
Grade Entering: Kindergarten
Notification Dates (Delivered by e-mail): Friday, February 10
Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Friday, February 17

Grade Entering: Grade 1 - Grade 8
Notification Dates (Delivered by e-mail): Not before Tuesday, February 7
Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Thursday, February 28

Grade Entering: Grade 9 - Grade 11
Notification Dates (Delivered by e-mail): Not before Thursday, February 16
Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Thursday, March 16 by noon (Revisits for admitted applicants end by Friday, March 10)
Friends Seminary, the oldest continuously coeducational school in New York City, serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
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