How to 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.

We are continuing to accept 2018-19 applications as long as interview spaces remain available. Unfortunately, we are unable to process new applications that require tuition assistance. 

If you are interested in applying, please contact Robin Otton, 212-497-6575.

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, 2017. Please note that we're unable to consider tuition assistance applications for families applying after November 15, 2017.

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 2018-19 school year by November 15, 2017.  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 two required visits to the school.

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 December 15, 2017.

Tuition Assistance application: Unavailable for 3's and 4's applicants. Optional for kindergarten-fifth grade applicants and due December 15, 2017.  For the 2018-19 academic year, we will consider tuition assistance for families applying before November 15, 2017 to all Lower School grades other than for preschool, 3rd or 5th grade.

Contact Us

Robin Otton
Director of Lower School Admissions

Casey Nicklis
LS Admissions Manager
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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