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Admissions

Middle School

Grades 5-8

Application Requirements

Grades 5-8 are attrition-based grades. Unexpected openings often occur, and interested families are encouraged to submit an application without a fee. No fee will be required until an application becomes active. Please contact the Admissions Office for the Fee Waiver Code. Applications will be put on hold, and families will be contacted as openings occur. All supplemental materials can be submitted once an interview is scheduled.
Online Application
  • 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 Fee Waiver Code. All supplemental materials can be submitted once the interview is scheduled.
Tours
Tours are scheduled from October through early January and are intended for parents only who are applying in for the 2019-2020 school year. An application is not required to tour the School. Tours include an information session with the Head of Middle 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
  • Grade 5 | Children spend 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.
  • Grades 6 through 8 | Children spend three hours in a classroom with their current grade. During the visit, both parents and the applicant meet individually with a member of the Admissions Office.
Academic Records including Current School Report Standardized Test Scores (ISEE or SSAT) Current English teacher recommendation Current math teacher recommendation Current graded English or History Essay (preferably with teacher comment)s ISAAGNY Common Essay Parent Supplement For processed applications, all application materials must be submitted by January 15.

Important Information

Families applying for Grades 5-8 after January 15 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.

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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.
 
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New York, NY 10003
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