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Lower School

Kindergarten - Grade 4

KINDERGARTEN SPRING TOURS:  A series of spring tours are scheduled for families applying to Kindergarten (ONLY) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please click here to register.
The morning will include an informational session with the Head of Lower School and the Director of Admissions followed by a tour of our school.

TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Please enter Friends through the main entrance located at:
222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003

We look forward to showing you Friends!

Application Requirements

Kindergarten is the key entry grade in Lower School while Grades 1-4 are attrition-based. However, unexpected openings often occur in Grades 1-4, and interested families are encouraged to make application without a fee.
Online Application: Please click APPLY ONLINE.
  • Kindergarten | To begin the process, submit the Application for Admission form (biographical information) and the non-refundable $75 application fee. The remaining supplemental forms should be completed as soon as possible and before January 15. Interviews are scheduled via email once applications are received. Priority is given to applications completed by January 8.
  • Grades 1-4 | To begin the process, please submit the Application for Admission form (biographical information) without a fee and send a current school report. Applications will be put on hold, and families will be contacted as openings occur. No fee will be required until an application becomes active. Please contact the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code. All supplemental materials can be submitted once the interview is scheduled.
Application Fee Waivers are available for students in placement programs or who demonstrate financial need. Please refer questions to the Director of Financial Aid. Families applying for attrition grades also are eligible for Fee Waivers. Please call the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code. Tours Tours are scheduled from late September through early January and are intended for parents only who are applying for the 2019-2020 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. Tours are offered in lieu of Open Houses. To schedule a tour, please click REGISTER. Student and Parent Visit
  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 | Children meet for one hour in groups of six with two teachers while parents meet individually with a member of the Admissions Office.
  • Grades 2 through 5 | Children spend approximately one hour in a classroom with their current grade, followed by a 15 minute 1:1 meeting with a member of the Admissions Office. During the visit, parents also meet with a member of the Admissions Office.
Current School Records
  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 | Friends requires the ISAAGNY Confidential School Report form. If your current school is not familiar with this form, please contact the Admissions Office.
  • Grades 2 through 4 | Current School Transcript required.
Standardized Testing is NOT required. Current Teacher Recommendation (Grades 2 through 4 ONLY) Parent Supplement For processed applications, all application materials must be submitted by January 8.

Important Information

Age Policy Children applying to Kindergarten must be five-years-old by September 1 of the year they begin school, and children applying to Grade 1 must be six-years-old. 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 download and return the Early Notification Form to Friends Seminary. 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 15 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

The 2018-2019 dates are listed below for applications and files completed by January 8, 2018. 
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 8
  • Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Friday, February 15

Grade Entering: Grade 1 - Grade 8
  • Notification Dates (Delivered by e-mail): Not before Tuesday, February 6
  • Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Thursday, February 26

Grade Entering: Grade 9 - Grade 11
  • Notification Dates (Delivered by e-mail): Not before Thursday, February 14
  • Parent Contract Deadline (no later than noon): Thursday, March 14
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