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Upper School

Grades 9-12

US EXPERIENCE FRIENDS:  Friends is pleased to host an Upper School preview for current Grade 7 parents (only) applying to Grade 9 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please click here to register.
The morning will include an informational session with the Head of Upper School and the Director of Admissions followed by visits to several US classes.
TIME: 9:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Please enter Friends through the main entrance located at:
222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003

We look forward to showing you Friends!

Application Requirements

Grade 9 is the key entry grade for Upper School; Grades 10-12 are attrition-based. Unexpected openings often occur in Grades 10-12, and interested families are encouraged to submit an application without a fee.
Online Application
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  • Grade 9 | To begin the process, submit the Application for Admission form (biographical information) and the non-refundable $75 application fee. The remaining supplemental forms should be completed as soon as possible and before January 15. Interviews are scheduled via email once applications are received. Priority is given to applications completed by January 15.
  • Grades 10-12 | To begin the process, first submit the Application for Admission form (biographical information) without a fee; next send a current school report; and lastly, 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.
  • 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.
  • Tours/Student and Parent Visits For Upper School, student-led tours and parent and student interviews are scheduled at the same time.
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 comments) ISAAGNY Common Essay Parent Supplement All application materials must be submitted by January 15.

Important Information

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 9-12 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.

Admissions Events

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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.

222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212-979-5030
F: 212.979.5034