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

Lower School

Kindergarten - Grade 4

Application Requirements

At this time, our 2020-2021 Kindergarten class is fully enrolled.  However, unexpected openings may occur before September for Kindergarten and for Grades 1-4. We therefore encourage interested families to submit an application without a fee and to email a current school report. Please call our office for the Fee Waiver Code at 646.979.5042. Thank you. 

is the key entry grade in Lower School.

Grades 1-4
are attrition-based grades. Since unexpected openings may occur, interested families are encouraged to submit an application without a fee. Please contact the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code.

Kindergarten Spring Tours:
 Although on-campus tours are cancelled for this spring, please be assured that there will be ample opportunity to tour the School this fall and winter. We eagerly look forward to welcoming you to Friends!

Lower School Fall/Winter Tours are scheduled from late September through early January and are intended for parents applying for the following school year. An application is not required to tour the School. Tours include an information session with the Head of Lower School and the Director of Admissions. Registration will open in late August.

To begin,
please click APPLY ONLINE.

Application for Admission
  • Kindergarten | To start the process, submit the Application for Admission form (biographical information) and the non-refundable $75 application fee. Interviews are scheduled via email once this form and the fee have been received.
  • Grades 1-4 | To start the process, submit the Application for Admission form and send a current school report. No fee will be required until an application becomes active. Please contact the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code. Applications will be put on hold, and families will be contacted as openings occur. All supplemental materials can be submitted once an interview is scheduled.
Student and Parent Visit
  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 | Children meet in groups of six with two teachers while parents meet with a member of the Admissions Office.
  • Grades 2-4 | Children spend time in a classroom with students in their current grade followed by a conversation with a member of the Admissions Office. During the visit, parents also meet with a member of the Admissions Office.
Required Materials
  • Current School Records
    • Kindergarten and Grade 1 | Friends requires the ISAAGNY Confidential School Report. If your current school does not have access to this form, please contact the Admissions Office.
    • Grades 2-4 | Current School Transcript required.
  • Parent Supplement
  • Current Teacher Recommendation (Grades 2 through 4 ONLY)
  • Standardized Testing is NOT required.

Important Information

Application Fee Waivers are available for (1) families of students in placement programs, (2) families who demonstrate financial need (please contact the Director of Financial Aid and Affordability), and (3) families applying for attrition-based grades. Please call for the Fee Waiver Code at 646.579.5042.

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.

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. Ravenna, our electronic application management system, allows families immediate access to the status of their application. No decision can be made by the Admissions Committee until an application is complete.

Kindergarten applications close once interview slots are filled.

Families applying for Grades K-4 after January 8
 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.

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!

Important Admissions Dates

The 2019-2020 dates are listed below for applications and files completed by January 8, 2020. 
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 7, 3:00 PM
  • Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Friday, February 14

Grade Entering: Grade 1 - Grade 8
  • Notification Dates (Delivered by e-mail): Not before Tuesday, February 4
  • Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Tuesday, February 25

Grade Entering: Grade 9 - Grade 11
  • Notification Dates (Delivered by e-mail): Not before Thursday, February 13
  • Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Thursday, March 12
Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.

222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212-979-5030
F: 212.979.5034