Applying to Pine Street School

2019-2020 Admissions

Middle School Soft Start: For students entering 6th grade in 2019, we offer a “Soft Start” year. The Soft Start will be a streamlined version of our formal program. Students joining in 2019 are eligible for a tuition-free year at Pine Street Middle School! Email the Admissions team to learn more!

Preschool & Elementary Admissions: There are limited spaces available for the 2019-2020 school year in our preschool and elementary grades. Email the Admissions team to learn more!

2020-2021 Admissions

Preschool, Elementary & Middle School Admissions: Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in September 2019.

Rolling Admissions

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Pine Street School is pleased to accept applications and offer admission decisions on a rolling basis for students age eligible by December 31 of the year they enroll.* You can apply year-round and receive a decision in a short timeframe. This application process is particularly friendly to our international relocating families and others whose circumstances do not necessarily fit the traditional NYC private school admissions calendar, known as the ISAAGNY calendar.

*Children entering our Nursery (2s) program must turn 2 by September 1 of their entry year.



2019-2020 Admissions Checklist by Program

5th/6th Grade (Spanish Language; Proficiency required)

Mandarin Chinese in 2022-2023!

The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm.

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Submit fully-completed application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
3. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit a confidential Middle School Report (provided during Tour).
4. Schedule and have your child attend a class visit during a school day (usually 9am-11am)
5. Schedule and attend a parent interview
6. Register for and have your child take the ISEE Test (select Lower Test for 5th/6th grade entry)

3rd/4th Grade (Spanish Language)

Mandarin Chinese in 2021-2022!

We welcome all levels of Spanish language proficiency and provide support.

The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm.

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Attend an Open House (optional)
3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the Elementary School Report to us
5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am)
6. Schedule and attend a parent interview
7. Register for and have your child take the ISEE Primary Test (select Lower Test for 3rd/4th grade entry)

2nd Grade (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese Immersion)

We welcome all levels of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language proficiency not required.

The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm.

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Attend an Open House (optional)
3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the Elementary School Report to us
5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am)
6. Schedule and attend a parent interview
7. Register for and have your child take the ISEE Primary Test

Age Cut Off: Must turn 7 before December 31st.

1st Grade (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese Immersion)

We welcome all levels of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language proficiency not required.

The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm.

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Attend an Open House (optional)
3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the ISAAGNY School Report to us
5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am)
6. Schedule and attend a parent interview
7. Register for and have your child take the AABL assessment

Age Cut Off: Must turn 6 before December 31st.

Kindergarten (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese Immersion)

We welcome all levels of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language proficiency not required.

The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm.

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Attend an Open House (optional)
3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the ISAAGNY School Report to us
5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am)
6. Schedule and attend a parent interview
7. Register for and have your child take the AABL assessment

Age Cut Off: Must turn 5 before December 31st.

Junior Kindergarten (4s) (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese Immersion)

We welcome all levels of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language proficiency not required.

Created for children ages 4 and up, our Junior Kindergarten program fosters Kindergarten readiness for children who will be entering a rigorous Kindergarten program the following year. Junior Kindergarten runs from 8:45am-3:15pm.

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Attend an Open House (optional)
3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the ISAAGNY Preschool Report to us
5. Schedule and attend a playgroup
6. Schedule and attend a parent interview

Age Cut Off: Must turn four before December 31st.

Preschool (3s) (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese Immersion)

We welcome all levels of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language proficiency not required.

Our Preschool program for 3 year olds runs from 8:45am-3:15pm. Children must be toilet trained before joining the program.

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Attend an Open House (optional)
3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
4. Schedule and attend a playgroup
5. Schedule and attend a parent interview

Age Cut Off: Must turn 3 before December 31st.

Nursery (2s) (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese Immersion)

We welcome all levels of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language proficiency not required.

Our program for 2 year olds runs from 8:45am-11:45am. Families can opt for extended care from 12-3pm for an additional fee (this preference can be selected during the application process).

1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required)
2. Attend an Open House (optional)
3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable)
4. Schedule and attend a playgroup
5. Schedule and attend a parent interview

Age Cut Off: Must turn 2 before September 1st.

International Applicants

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Pine Street School's international curriculum is a great fit for many families relocating to NYC from around the world, taking on new posts at the United Nations or at one of the many global companies located in NYC.

International students should submit an application according to their grade and subsequent steps will be modified for individual circumstances. For example, we often arrange Parent Interviews with the Head of School via Skype.

Middle School Opening in 2020!

We are welcoming 5th graders to explore our school!

2019-2020 Admissions

Limited spaces available for Nursery-6th Grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

Top 3 Reasons to Learn Mandarin Chinese

1. Most widely spoken language in the world.
2. Improves attention span and multi-tasking skills.
3. Enhances performance in other academic areas.

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Upcoming Admissions Dates

Applying to Both Sister Schools

Pine Street School has a sister school – Battery Park Montessori – just a short walk from us, immersed in nature with a breathtaking view of the beautiful Hudson River in Battery Park City. While each school offers unique programming, they are joined pedagogically by our belief that students learn best when empowered to be independent and active participants in their own learning. Visit the website for our sister school to better understand the options you have and view a comparison of our two programs.

We invite you to consider both of our schools if your child is entering a Twos or Preschool Program. You can find more information about applying to our sister school, Battery Park Montessori, here. The application requirements are unique to each school, so please take time to review those requirements carefully.

You must apply to each school separately. Once requirements are completed for a school, you will receive an admissions decision for that school shortly afterwards. If your child is admitted, you will have two weeks (14 calendar days) to accept the invitation to enroll in that school. If we do not receive your acceptance in that timeframe, we will offer that spot to another family. If you receive admission to one of our schools but wish to wait for the decision from the sister school, you may do so, but please bear in mind the two-week decision timeframe does not change. If you do have a preference of one sister school over the other, kindly let us know before both applications are considered.