Apply to Calhoun

How to Apply

Preschool–5th Grade

Apply to Preschool–5th Grade

Calhoun's Lower School admits children as young as 2 years 8 mos. and continues through elementary school-aged children entering fifth grade.

Our admissions process reflects the enthusiasm and spirit of the school; we'd love to have you join us for a tour, meet our students and faculty, explore our classes and facilities, and experience the joyful buzz of everyday Calhoun life.

1. Get to Know Us

Submit an Inquiry to receive admissions information and updates.

Review Tuition fees, Tuition Assistance and FAQs. TA application is due December 15, 2018. Please note that we're unable to consider tuition assistance applications for families applying after November 15, 2018.

Discover Calhoun:

2. Submit an Application

  1. Create an online account. Save and return as often as needed.
  2. For guaranteed tour and interview scheduling, submit your application for the 2019-20 school year by November 15, 2018. Application submission well before November 15th affords greater scheduling flexibility. The application fee is $75.

3. Schedule Your Visits

Once your application has been received, someone from admissions will contact you via email to schedule your child's visit to the school and, if you wish, a parent tour.

Parent Tour

  • 3's-2nd Grade Applicant Parent Tour of 160 West 74th Street, home of the preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade. Group tour for ten parents begins with program information about your child's age level, followed by classroom visits and a meeting with Lower School Director Alison Rothschild or Enrollment Director Andrew Hume.
  • 3rd-5th Grade Applicant Parent Tour at 433 West End Avenue, home of 3rd-12th grade.

Applicant Visit

  • Child Interview, 3's & 4's: Six children with three Calhoun teachers meet for an informal open play session. The parent or caregiver who brings the child sits at a table within the room and has the opportunity to view samples of Calhoun's narrative early childhood reports.
  • Student Interview for K-5th grade: A small group of students meet with Calhoun teachers but are asked to separate from the attending adult, who will have an opportunity to meet with an admissions representative.

4. Submit Supporting Materials

3's and 4's Applicants Enrolled in a Preschool Program

Kindergarten and 1st grade Applicants

2nd-5th grade Applicants

(Standardized tests are not required or accepted for our admissions process; Calhoun believes such tests are not an accurate assessment of a child's strengths or potential.)

5. Submit Tuition Assistance Materials by November 15, 2018.

Tuition Assistance application: Unavailable for 3's and 4's applicants. Optional for kindergarten-fifth grade applicants and due December 15, 2018. For the 2019-20 academic year, we will consider tuition assistance for families applying before November 15, 2018 to all Lower School grades other than for preschool, 1st, 4th or 5th grade.

6th–12th Grade

Apply to 6th–12th Grade

Outlined below are the steps to begin your exploration of Calhoun and to complete your application for 6th-12th grades. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions staff.

1. Get to Know Us

  1. Submit an Inquiry to receive updates and more information about admissions
  2. Attend an Open House
  3. Contact us to Take a School Tour
  4. Admissions FAQs
  5. Learn about our Mission and Practice
  6. Find out how our students Learn by Doing
  7. Meet some of our Students and Alums

2. Complete an Application

  1. Create an online account to begin your application for the 2017-18 school year. The application fee is $75.

3. Schedule a Student Interview

Getting to know each young person applying to our school is the most important part of the admissions process. We invite interested families to attend an Open House or tour the school at any time during the admissions process.

Once an appliction is received our office will contact families to schedule the student interview. Applicants spend part of the visit in small groups, participating in an experiential activity that reflects Calhoun's progressive philosophy. The activity is followed by an individual interview with a Calhoun teacher.

The student activity sessions take place throughout the admissions process on selected dates between November and January.

The parent/guardian interviews with a member of our Admissions Office the same day as the student visit. The interview is an opportunity for the parent(s)/guardian(s) to ask questions and learn more about Calhoun.

4. Submit Required Supplementary Materials by Jan. 8, 2018

  1. Records Release (PDF): Print and submit this form to your child's current school. (Please remind the school that we require the previous year's transcript and a current-year school report.) If the applicant attends a school that does not issue a report card before January 8, 2018, the family should contact Calhoun Admissions to notify us of the expected date of the first marking period report card. We recognize that each school has its own report card schedule.
  2. Teacher Recommendations: Teacher recommendation forms are confidential and must be sent directly from the applicant's current teacher/school to Calhoun.

Apply to 6th Grade: Please submit a current fifth grade teacher recommendation and previous fourth grade teacher recommendation. Fifth-grade students who have different teachers for English and math should ask both teachers to complete a teacher recommendation form. If the school has a policy that teachers cannot complete recommendation forms, we urge parents to notify the Admission Office of that policy.
Download 6th Grade Teacher Recommendation >> Click Here

Applying to 7th-12th Grades: Please submit AT LEAST two recommendations; including one from your child's current math teacher, and one from a current English teacher. References should be submitted before the end of the fall term.
Download 7th-12th Grade math Recommendation >> Click Here
Download 7th-12th Grade English Recommendation >> Click Here

  1. Submit Graded Writing Sample: Applicants must send a copy of a graded essay with the teacher's comments visible. For 9th-12th grade applicants, it must be an essay (no creative writing) from current English/Language Arts or History/Social Studies classes. For 5th-8th grade applicants, a creative writing piece is also acceptable.

5. Submit Tuition Assistance Materials by Dec. 15, 2017

Calhoun will accept applications for 2018-19 tuition assistance for families in 6th, 7th and 9th grades.

Visit our tuition assistance page for more information.