"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."

Kindergarten - Grade 4

For 235 years, Friends Seminary has educated for "a world that ought to be." Despite these challenging times, Friends continues to live its mission by creating new ways to build community and to deliver an inspiring academic program.
The coming admissions year will be unlike any other given the uncertainties around the pandemic. To ensure both health and safety while preserving the integrity of our program, our process will be completely virtual for the 2020-2021 academic year. Although the process will be reframed, our program remains uncompromised, individualized and tied to mission. As ever, our goal is to warmly welcome all applicant families as we get to know each family and as they get to know our school. We are excited to share the Friends experience with you!

Application Process

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year open August 24, 2020. 
Kindergarten (key entry grade)
Grades 1-4 (attrition grades).  Since unexpected openings may occur, interested families are always encouraged to submit an application without a fee. Applications will be put on hold and families will be contacted as openings occur.
FIRST STEPS
VIRTUAL TOUR (recommended)
Families are strongly recommended to take a virtual tour of our school which provides a lens into the Friends experience. To explore our interactive campus map and learn more about what we have to offer, click here.
ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATIONS (recommended) 
Parents are invited to a live Zoom session to meet the Head of Lower School, who will provide an overview of our K-4 program, answer parent questions, and help parents envision their children at Friends. Click here to register!
  • We recommend that parents first take the virtual tour before registering for a Roundtable Conversation. 
  • An application is not required to join these conversations. Although these roundtable conversations are optional, we strongly encourage and invite all interested families to attend. 
KINDERGARTEN APPLICATION (required)
  • Application for Admission form (biographical information) and the non-refundable $75 application fee. 
  • The remaining materials (see below) should be submitted as soon as possible and before January 8, 2021.
  • Application Fee Waivers are available to:
    • Families of students in placement programs
    • Families who demonstrate financial need (please contact the Director of Financial Aid and Affordability).
    • Please call the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code at 646.979.5042. 
  • Affordability: If you have questions about affording Friends and applying for financial aid, please click here for more information.
GRADES 1-4 APPLICATION (required)
  • Application for Admission form (biographical information). No fee is required until the application is activated.
  • Parent Supplement form. 
  • Current School Report. 
  • 2019-2020 Final School Report
  • All other required materials (see below) can be submitted once the Admissions Office schedules an interview. 
  • Affordability: If you have questions about affording Friends and applying for financial aid, please click here for more information.
NEXT STEPS
STUDENT AND PARENT INTERVIEWS (required)
Once your Application for Admission has been submitted, the Admissions Office will reach out to schedule 1:1 Zoom sessions with a member of our team. Kindergarten applications close once all interview slots are filled.
Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • Students meet 1:1 in an interactive Zoom conversation with an early childhood educator who is a member of the Admissions team. From start to finish the meeting should take no longer than 20-30 minutes. An adult should be present during the meeting.
  • Parents meet at a different time with a member of the Admissions team for a 1:1 Zoom conversation.  
Grades 2-4
  • Students meet 1:1 in an interactive Zoom meeting with a member of our Admissions team.  From start to finish the meeting should take 30 minutes.  Adults are welcome to start the Zoom session with their child and will be asked to leave once the 1:1 conversation begins. 
  • Parents meet at a different time with a member of the Admissions team in a 1:1 Zoom conversation.  
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Please submit as soon as possible and before January 8, 2021.
Kindergarten and Grade 1:
  • Parent Supplement
  • Current School Report
  • 2019-2020 Final School Report
  • ISAAGNY Confidential School Report (If your current school does not have access to this form, please contact the Admissions Office.)
  • Standardized testing is NOT required.
Grades 2-4:
  • Parent Supplement 
  • Current School Report
  • 2019-2020 Final School Report
  • Current Teacher Recommendation 
  • Standardized Testing is NOT required.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Kindergarten Application Deadline
For Kindergarten, all application materials must be submitted by January 8, 2021.
 
Age Policy 
Children applying to Kindergarten must be five years old by September 1 of the year they begin school. Children applying to Grade 1 must be six years old by September 1 of the year they begin school.

Kindergarten 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. Please fill out the Early Notification Form to begin the process.

Application Follow-Up 
It is each family’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials have been received by Friends Seminary. No decision can be made by the Admissions Committee until an application is complete. Ravenna, our electronic application management system, allows families immediate access to the status of their application. 

Families applying for Grades K-4 after January 8, 2021, should contact the Admissions Office regarding openings.

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 Seminary.

For parents who do not speak English as a primary language, we are happy to provide translators for Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Arabic speakers. Please contact the Admissions Office before the scheduled interview so that we can arrange for a translator.

Admissions Events

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Important Admissions Dates

For Applications completed by January 8, 2021:

Kindergarten Early Notification Program (Applications completed by December 1, 2021)
  • Notification Mailing: Not before Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Not later than Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Parent Reply Date: No later than noon on Friday, January 15, 2021
Kindergarten
  • Notification Mailing: Thursday, February 4, 2021
  • Parent Reply Date: No later than noon on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
Grades 1-8
  • Notification Mailing: Not before Tuesday, February 9, 2021
  • Parent Reply Date: No later than noon on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Grades 9-12
  • Notification Mailing: Not before Friday, February 26, 2021.
  • Parent Reply Date: No later than noon on Friday, March 12, 2021


Inspired by StoryCorps, a national non-profit created by a Friends Seminary graduate, these Conversations between Friends illuminate the transformative experiences students have at the School. Listen in as our students talk with each other and with their teachers about their personal and academic growth in Friends classrooms and beyond.

Lower School Sings "The Silent Song"


A tradition for over 15 years, "The Silent Song" by Carol Peck is sung every Wednesday to close Lower School's Meeting for Worship. Enjoy this special version performed by students, parents, faculty and staff!

Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.

 
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