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

Grades 9 - 12

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. 
Grade 9 (key entry grade)
Grades 10-12 (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.
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.
ASK ME ANYTHING! (recommended)
To help students envision themselves at Friends, ASK ME ANYTHING! provides an opportunity to see Friends through the eyes of our students. Our Upper School Student Ambassadors will share their experiences and invite questions from students and parents in a live Zoom session. 
  • We recommend families first take the virtual tour before registering for ASK ME ANYTHING!.
  • An application is not required to join these conversations. Although optional, we encourage and invite all interested families to attend. Click here to register! 
GRADE 9 APPLICATION (required). Please submit as soon as possible and before January 8, 2021.
  • Application for Admission form (biographical information) and the non-refundable $75 application fee.
  • The remaining required 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 10-12 APPLICATION (required). Please submit as soon as possible and before January 8, 2021.
  • 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
  • Standardized Testing (ISEE or SSAT). Please send if taken. If not taken, send after an interview is scheduled.
  • 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.

After the application is submitted, the Admissions Office will reach out to schedule one-on-one Zoom sessions with a member of the Admissions team. Grade 9 applications close once all interview slots are filled. 
  • Students meet 1:1 in an interactive Zoom conversation with a member of our Admissions team.  From start to finish, the meeting should take no more than 30 minutes.  
  • Parents meet separately 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.
  • Current School Report
  • 2019-2020 Final School Report
  • Standardized Testing (ISEE or SSATPlease send if taken. If not taken, send after the file is activated and an interview is scheduled.
  • ISAAGNY Common Essay
  • Parent Supplement
  • Current English Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Graded English or History Essay
  • Student Interests and Activities List


Important Information

Grade 9 Application Deadline
For Grade 9, all application materials must be submitted by January 8, 2021.

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. 

Families applying for Grades 9-12 after January 8, 2021, should contact the Admissions Office regarding openings. 

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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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
  • 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.

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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