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Admissions Process for Pre-Kindergarten (4/5s) through First Grade (6/7s)


Open House

Attendance at an Open House is an important step in the application process. The evening event lasts approximately 2 hours from 6:30-8:30pm with a general overview of the school: a presentation by the Dean of the School for Children; a short film that provides a “fly on the wall” experience of the three academic divisions; as well as a tour of the facility with a parent/student team.

Evening Open Houses are Tuesday, October 17; Monday, October 23; and Monday, November 6. Register for an Open House; space is limited.

In addition to this year's three evening Open Houses, Bank Street is excited to announce that it is also holding two morning Open Houses specifically for parents interested in our Nursery and PreKindergarten programs. Our morning Open Houses will be held November 1 and November 8, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. We encourage interested parents to register early as there will be limited availability at our morning Open Houses. Register for a morning Open House.

Play Date

Visits are scheduled for 1 hour during a weekday

  • Children are in groups of 4-6.
  • Visits are play-based- children engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request. Activities include:
    • Exploration/play with materials in the room
    • Puzzles
    • Drawing
    • Listening to a story
    • Snack
    • Movement Activity

Parent Visit

Parents tour the school during the child’s visit and schedule an interview at a later date.

1) Parent Classroom Observation (tour):

  • Parents are invited to learn more about the program by experiencing firsthand what takes place in a classroom on any particular day.
  • The visitor coordinator places parents in a classroom in each of the three divisions when possible in order to get a good overview of the educational approach through the years.
  • Every effort is made to visit grade(s) to which families are applying.

2) Parent Interview:

  • Interviews are scheduled as a second visit after the child’s visit and parents' classroom observation (tour)
    • Both parents are encouraged to come to the interview.
    • The interview provides an opportunity to get to know the family better, discuss what they are looking for in a school, and answer any questions they may have about the educational program, classroom visit, Open House, etc.

Financial Aid

If you are planning to apply for a Financial Aid award, please indicate so on the application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on November 1st. All Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 1st. There is no Financial Aid in the 3/4s.

*Formal admissions testing is not required for applicants applying for the 4/5s-6/7s