Admissions FAQs, 3s-5th Grade
Also see Lower School Program Overview & FAQs
- Do I need to call for my parent tour and child visit?
- Is testing administered by ERB Required?
- Are letters of recommendation required?
- How will I know when my child's application is complete?
- When will decision notifications be sent?
- Are legacy and sibling applicants given special consideration?
- When can I reapply to Calhoun if I am denied admission to 3rd through 11th grade?
- What kind of students do well at Calhoun?
- Is Calhoun accessible for individuals with physical challenges?
- How can I relay special circumstances or additional information?
- How can I get additional TADS support?
No, Calhoun does not require standardized tests. We know a single standardized test score cannot accurately reflect and assess the intellectual strengths, curiosities and habits of mind that lead to academic success. If your child has taken the ERB/ISEE and you believe it supports his or her application, we are very glad to add the test results to your child’s file.
- How can I reapply to Calhoun if I am denied admission to 2nd through 11th grade?
- How can we see Calhoun before applying?
- Does Calhoun require ERBs or ISEEs exams?
- When is my application complete?
- When and how will we be notified about the admissions decision?
- Are there additional costs besides tuition?
- At what grade levels can one apply for assistance?
- When does one apply for tuition assistance?
- What factors are considered when considering if a family qualifies for aid?
- What percentage of student body receives tuition assistance?
- Are there any full tuition grants?
- Are there any scholarships or merit awards?
- Does every student who demonstrates need receive tuition assistance?
- If a family is offered tuition assistance for the first year at Calhoun, can they count on it in future years?
Students denied admission to 2nd 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.
No, Calhoun does not require standardized tests. Standardized testing cannot accurately reflect and assess this range of academic strength and success. If, however, your child has taken the ERB/ISEE and you believe it does support his or her application, we are very glad to add the test results to your child’s file. See this New York Times article about Calhoun's decision not to require standardized testing.
Books and required school trips are included in tuition. Lunch is included for 2nd-12th grade students, but 3's-1st grade families send lunch from home. A light breakfast is also available for 2nd-12th grade students.
After school programs (ASP), including extended care during the school day, and summer camp programs are not included in the tuition. For families receiving tuition assistance, the cost of in-house after school programs is reduced by the same percentage as the tuition award. Annual Parent Association dues ($50 per family) are additional.
Tuition Assistance is considered for students applying to kindergarten through grade 12, but not to applicants to the 3’s or 4’s programs. Families who enroll in the 3's or 4's may apply for tuition assistance for the kindergarten year, though we cannot guarantee that tuition assistance will be awarded.