Admissions FAQs

3's-5th Grade

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

No, 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 standardized testing required for admission?

No, Calhoun's Lower School does not require standardized testing. We know a single standardized test score for a young child cannot accurately reflect and assess the intellectual strengths, curiosities and habits of mind that lead to academic success.  

Are letters of recommendation required?

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 Thursday, February 27, 2020; K on Friday, February 7, 2020; 1st-8th grade on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

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 K through 5th 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.

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.

How can I relay special circumstances or additional information to my financial aid application?

A letter may be submitted to TADS by December 15, 2019 and will become part of the applicant's electronic file.

How can I get additional TADS support?

For questions regarding the financial aid application process or how to fill out or submit forms, please contact the TADS helpline at 1-800-477-8237 or email TADS Support. Support and financial aid forms are available in English and Spanish.

6th-12th Grade

How can I reapply to Calhoun if I am denied admission?

Students denied admission 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 to the one-year wait may be made for current families and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.

How can we see Calhoun before applying?

Families are welcome to attend an evening open house before applying. Families may also tour Calhoun during the school day before applying. Typically, however, families tour on the day of their interview. In order to schedule an interview a family must submit an application first.

Does Calhoun require standardized testing?

Calhoun requires an ISEE or SSAT test for applicants to Upper School (9th-12th grades).  We do not require standardized test results for Middle School applicants.

When is my application complete?

Families must submit the admissions application before scheduling an interview. Once we have interviewed the student and received all supplementary materials, the application will be considered complete.

When and how will we be notified about the admissions decision?

Calhoun follows ISAAGNY guidelines. Families who apply by November 15, 2019 will be notified via email on the following dates:
Grades 2 - 8:  February 4, 2020
Grades 9 -12: February 13, 2020

Are there additional costs besides tuition?

Books and required school trips are included in tuition, as are daily lunch and breakfast.

After school programs (ASP) and summer camp programs are not included in the tuition. For families receiving financial aid, the cost of in-house after school programs is reduced by the same percentage as the aid award. Annual Parent Association dues ($100 per family) are additional.

At what grade levels can one apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is considered for students applying to kindergarten through 12th grade, 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 financial aid for kindergarten, though we cannot guarantee that financial aid will be awarded.

No financial aid will be offered to 10th grade students entering in 2020-21.

When does one apply for financial aid?

The deadline for submitting financial aid materials for the 2019-20 school year is December 15, 2019.

What factors are considered when considering if a family qualifies for aid?

Income, savings, investments, assets, debt, living expenses and education and child-care costs are included in the calculations of financial aid.

What percentage of student body receives financial aid?

Each year, financial aid is awarded to approximately 20 percent of the student body.

Are there any full grants?

All grants are for partial aid, though awards vary greatly in size depending on the financial circumstances of the family. Families are expected to contribute a minimum of $1,500/year toward tuition.

Are there any scholarships or merit awards?

No, all awards are based on need.

Does every student who demonstrates need receive financial aid?

Unfortunately, no. Due to limited resources, Calhoun cannot award aid to every financially qualified student who applies.

If a family is offered financial aid for the first year at Calhoun, can they count on it in future years?

Calhoun is committed to renewal as long as need exists, but returning students must apply for renewal of their awards each year. When it is time for renewal, our Business Office will send families an e-mail reminder to complete the online financial aid application form.