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Upper School

Grades 9-12

Application Requirements

Grade 9 is the main entry grade for Upper School, and entry into Grades 10-12 is attrition-based. Since unexpected openings in Grades 10-12 do occur, interested families are encouraged to submit an application without a fee. Please contact the Admissions Office for the waiver code.
Online Application: Please click APPLY ONLINE.
  • Application for Admission
    • Grade 9 | To begin the process, please submit the Application for Admission form (biographical information) and the non-refundable $75 application fee. Interviews are scheduled via email once this form has been received. The remaining supplemental forms should be submitted as soon as possible and before January 15.
    • Grades 10-12 | To begin 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 testing 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. Please contact the Admissions Office for the waiver code. All supplemental materials can be submitted once an interview is scheduled.
  • Tours | For Upper School applicant families, student-led tours and parent and student interviews are scheduled within a single appointment. Our office will reach out to schedule your visit once the Application for Admission form has been submitted.
  • 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)
All application materials must be submitted by January 15.

Important Information

Application Fee Waivers are available for families of students in placement programs and to families who demonstrate financial need. Please refer questions to the Director of Financial Aid.
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.
Families applying for Grades 9 through 12 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.
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.

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Important Admissions Dates

The 2018-2019 dates are listed below for applications and files completed by January 8, 2019. 
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.

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New York, NY 10003
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