The Application Timeline

Remember, the admissions process (list development, applications, tours, interviews, and assessment) occurs during the Fall of the year before you are seeking enrollment.


  • Meet with your preschool or nursery school director and begin to compile a list of schools to consider applying.
  • Sign up for Spring tours that are offered by schools in which you are interested. Tours, if offered, are typically held during the months of April and May.


  • Continue to prepare for application process.
  • Review websites of interested schools to familiarize yourself with how and when to attain the application, schedule a tour, etc.
  • Begin to draft the application’s parent essay. This will serve as a template for all of your applications so you will want to take the time necessary to draft a thoughtful few paragraphs.


  • The day after Labor Day, contact or download applications to all of the schools you are applying.
  • Fill out applications and return them as soon as possible.
  • Consider applying for financial aid.


  • Attend open houses, tour schools, participate in interviews and play dates.
  • Schedule your child to take the ERB through your child’s nursery school or at the offices of the Educational Records Bureau. Registration is available on-line. (Please note: This test can also be administered as early as April 1 of the year before you enroll your child and may only be taken once during the admissions cycle.)
  • Determine if you need to request a fee reduction for the ERB. If yes, you must apply for one in advance of scheduling a testing date. Fee reductions for the ECAA are available through a partnership of the ERB and ISAAGNY.
  • Be sure that your application packet is complete including the teacher’s letter of recommendation or the ISAAGNY Report.


  • Watch the mail for Admission Notifications. See ISAAGNY for dates.
  • If waitlisted, contact schools that you are still interested in gaining admission. Stay in touch as directed by school.
  • As soon as practicable, decline offers at any school where you received an admission offer, that you are no longer interested in attending.
  • Contracts signed and deposits paid.