How to 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.

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 Shameena Khan, 212-497-6534.

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 by Nov. 15, 2017

  1. Create an online account to begin your application for the 2018-19 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.

Contact Us

Andrew Hume
Director of Enrollment

Shameena Khan
Asst. Director of Admissions, 6th-12th

Tanya Espy-Disparti
Asst. Director of Enrollment

Joanie Rocco
Admissions Coordinator


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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