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

Middle School

Grades 5-8

For 234 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. We are excited to welcome you and to share the Friends experience with you. Please reach out to learn more about Friends.

Application Requirements

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting August 24, 2020. Stay tuned for more information on our 2021-2022 admissions process.

Grades 5-8 are attrition-based grades.
 However, unexpected openings may occur, and interested families are encouraged to submit an application without a fee and email a current school report. Please contact the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code at 646.979.5042. 

Tours are scheduled from October through early January for parents only who are applying for the following school year. Tours include an information session with the Head of Middle School and the Director of Admissions. An application is not required for parents to tour.

To begin, please click APPLY ONLINE.
Application for Admission
To start the process, (1) submit the Application for Admission form (biographical information) without a fee, (2) send a current school report, and (3) if taken, submit standardized test results (ISEE  or SSAT). Applications will be put on hold, and families will be contacted as openings occur. No fee will be required until an application becomes active. All supplemental materials can be submitted once the interview is scheduled.

Student and Parent Visit
  • Grade 5 | Children spend one hour in a classroom with their current grade. During the visit, parents and the applicant meet individually with a member of the Admissions Office.
  • Grades 6-8 | Parents and the applicant meet individually with a member of the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will reach out via email to schedule the visit.
Required Materials (To Be Submitted Once Interview is Scheduled)
  • Current School Report
  • Standardized Test Scores (ISEE or SSAT)
  • ISAAGNY Common Essay
  • Parent Supplement
  • Current English Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Graded English or History Essay (preferably with teacher comments)
NOTE: Since ISEE and SSAT have closed testing operations through April 16, 2020, Friends Seminary will provide its own assessment in lieu of these standardized tests.

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 the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code. 

Families applying for Grades 5-8 after January 8 should contact the Admissions Office regarding openings 

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. 

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.


Friends is excited to launch SUMMER BRIDGE – an optional free program for our K-12 students to spark their curiosity and to provide summer joy! From "Reading in a Canoe on the Hudson River" to "Dialogues on Race, Justice and Circle Keeping" to "Kindergarten Meet Your Teacher" to "An Introduction to Isaac Bashevis Singer", Summer Bridge provides 45+ programs to enrich our students’ summer experiences.  To view the program, please click here.

Important Admissions Dates

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting August 24, 2020. Stay tuned for more information on our 2021-2022 admissions process.
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
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