Admissions FAQs, 3s–5th Grade

Also see Lower School Program Overview & FAQs

Do I need to call for my parent tour and child visit?

Upon receipt of your application, you will receive a confirmation by email.  After Labor Day, dates for your appointments will be offered via email.

Is testing administered by ERB required?

No, Calhoun does not require or accept any standardized test results.  See the article that appeared in The New York Times.

Are letters of recommendation required?

A teacher recommendation (Teacher Recommendation PDF) is required for the 2nd-5th grade applicant.  No letters of recommendation for parents are considered in the decision process.

How will I know when my child’s application is complete?

An email message confirming completion of the admissions process will be sent.

When will decision notifications be sent?

Notification dates in accordance with Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York guidelines are: 3's and 4's on Wednesday, February 7, 2018; K on Friday, February 9, 2018; 1st-8th grade on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Are legacy and sibling applicants given special consideration?

While Calhoun values having students with legacy or sibling status—child of a Calhoun graduate or sibling or half-sibling of a current student—join the community, the school cannot guarantee admission. An earlier notification date is optional for 3's and 4's legacy and sibling applicants.

When can I reapply to Calhoun if I am denied admission to 3rd through 11th grade?

Students denied admission to 3rd through 11th grades must wait one year before re-applying to Calhoun. All application materials (application, application fee, transcripts and letters of recommendation) must be submitted by the published deadline as reapplications are treated as new applications and are considered without reference to the initial admissions decision.  
*Exceptions may be made for current families and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.

What kind of students do well at Calhoun?

Calhoun serves a broad range of students representing a variety of temperaments, skill levels and passions, whose parents understand and value Calhoun's progressive philosophy.  We meet a variety of learning styles by offering multi-modal methods of instruction and individualized expectations for each child.  However, while we comply with the American Disabilities Act, we are not a school that is able to accommodate all learning disabilities.  Children requiring speech or physical therapy schedule their sessions outside of school hours.  Our program is not designed to support children requiring a SEIT or shadow teacher in the classroom.  Calhoun does not use the Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Reading System programs for reading instruction.

Is Calhoun accessible for individuals with physical challenges?

Calhoun has two buildings: The main building at 433 West End Avenue, where 3rd–12th graders are housed, is equipped with a mechanical lift for entry and elevators to the nine floors. The Lower School building at West 74th Street, for 3’s–2nd graders, is not accessible. 
Contact Us

Robin Otton
Director of Lower School Admissions
212-497-6575

Casey Nicklis
Admissions Coordinator, 3s-5th grade
212-497-6516
fax: 212-721-5247

Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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