Thank you for considering the Philosophy Day School.
The best way to begin the application process is with a tour. Get to know us and see for yourself why our children love to come to school.
If at any time you have a question about our admissions process, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Katz, the Director of Admissions, on 212-744-7300. If you have a specific question about our Nursery program, please contact Kathy Kigel, the Director of Nursery, on 212-744-7300.
We conduct Open Houses on certain Wednesday mornings from 9 am until 10 am. Please check out our Open House dates to arrange to come to a tour that fits your schedule. We ask that you please RSVP before attending an Open House.
Prospective parents often comment on the friendly and pressure-free admissions process that they experience at Philosophy Day School. Please come and join us for a tour and experience the value of a Philosophy Day School education.
Please complete the online application for admission and submit it with the non-refundable application fee of $55 per application ($35 for Early Steps candidates for Kindergarten-Grade 1 only ). Receipt of this form begins the formal application process, which means that a file is established for your child. Please note that to be eligible for our 2013-14 Nursery class, your child must be born before September 1st of 2010. We can not process applications if your child is not 3 as of the September 1st of the school year in which you are applying to.
The deadline for all grades is December 1st, but admissions at Philosophy Day School works on a rolling basis and we will accept applications as long as there still is an opening in class. Please call the admissions office to learn of classes that are closed.
TOURS AND INTERVIEWS
Once we have received your application, we will contact you to arrange for your personal tour of Philosophy Day School and your interview with the Director of the Preschool, Admissions, or the Head of School.
The initial tour is intended to give you an overview of the facility and program. If your child is admitted to Philosophy Day School, opportunity is provided for return visits. If you prefer to tour the school before deciding whether to apply, please call about open houses which are held on specific dates.
For applicants to the preschool, playgroups will be held in December and January. Appointments for playgroups can be made at the time of the parent interview.
Applicants for K-5th grade will be contacted to come in for a school visit after the parents initial interview.
If Philosophy Day School is closed for a snow day or other emergencies, no admissions interviews will be held. Please call to reschedule your appointment. Notifications of school closings can be found on the Philosophy Day School website.
Philosophy Day School does not require personal references.
Candidates for Grades 2 - 5 must have a Math and English teacher fill out the recommendation forms included with the application.
REQUEST FOR SCHOOL RECORDS
For Kindergarten - 5th Grade applicants, please ask your child’s current school to send a copy of his/her written reports and records to Philosophy Day School. We also request that you allow us to contact the school for any additional information. All reports and communications from the sending school are confidential.
All 1st - 5th Grade applicants must be tested by the Educational Records Bureau. The Bureau may be contacted at: 220 East 42nd Street, Suite 100, New York, NY 10017; (212) 672-9800. It is the responsibility of the parents to request that the test results be sent directly to Philosophy Day School.