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Middle School

Grades 5-8

Application Requirements

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.

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
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