List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. When should I call to request an application?

    The calling day to request an application for admission is the first Wednesday after Labor day; this year, it is September 6, 2017. Calls are received anytime after 8:30 a.m. and some basic information will be asked about the child.  Anyone can call to request an application on behalf of the child. The School receives a large volume of calls, so please be patient when requesting the application.
  • Q. How old should my child be when applying?

    Children must be 2 years, 5 months by August 31 of the entering school year. The child needs to turn 2 years old by March 31 the applying year.
  • Q. What is the difference between an application and a waitlist application?

    The number of regular applications offered each year is determined by the number of siblings in each group. Once the limit has been reached, families may request a waitlist application. If there is time in the schedule, some waitlist applications are activated and those families will complete the process as regular applicants.
  • Q. How many spots are typically available to new students?

    Available spots for new students vary every year, depending upon the number of siblings entering into a particular group. The School maintains a strong student-to-teacher ratio, and strives for an even female-to-male student ratio.
  • Q. How many people are present during the tour and play date?

    Every step in the admissions process at The Episcopal School is highly individualized. The tour is given to one set of parents at a time by an admissions staff member; the playdate is with the child, the child’s parents, the Director of Admissions and the Director of the School.

    Please remember that the tour is for parents only, not the child.
  • Q. Does the School offer spring tours?

    Legacy families have the option of touring the School in the spring or the fall. Spring tours are conducted in April and May. If you are a legacy family, please call Jane Arnold to schedule an appointment.
  • Q. My child is older than 3 ½. Can we still apply?

    Yes. While most applicants are between the ages 2 years and 5 months through 3 years and 4 months, we do consider applications for children who are older.
  • Q. What is the yearly tuition?

    The youngest group of students (born December through March, called Group 1) come to school for two hours each day, Monday through Friday. Group 1 children come for either the morning session, 9:15 to 11:15, or the afternoon session, 1:15 to 3:15. Tuition for Group 1 is $18,850.

    Groups 2 through 8 come to school for three hours each day, Monday through Friday. Children in Groups 2 through 8 come for either the morning session, 8:30 to 11:30, or the afternoon session, 12:30 to 3:30. Tuition for Groups 2 through 8 is $21,000.
  • Q. Do you offer financial aid?

    Yes. The Episcopal School is a member of the School and Student Service (SSS), an organization that provides financial aid analysis for independent schools. Families have the option to indicate an interest in financial aid on the application form.
  • Q. My spouse or I attended Episcopal. What is the application process for legacy children?

    Legacy candidates follow the same admissions procedure as the children of new families. If a regular application is not available on the calling day, a waitlist application will be offered. There is a space on the application to indicate legacy status. Every effort is made to activate the waitlist application for legacy families. Legacy families also have the option of touring the School in the spring or the fall. Spring tours are conducted in April and May. If you are a legacy family, please call Jane Arnold to schedule an appointment.
  • Q. When are decisions sent out?

    Decisions are typically sent via email in late February or early March, and parents of admitted students are required to respond by the end of the following week. Deadlines are decided by the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York.
  • Q. Is the Episcopal School a church-related institution?

    No. The Episcopal School is an independent, nonsectarian institution, neither governed nor subsidized by any church.
  • Q. Do most families at Episcopal live locally?

    While many families at Episcopal live in and around the Upper East Side, the School welcomes families who live in other parts of New York City.