Welcome to Barrow Street Nursery School! We look forward to meeting new families each year!

We hope the following guidelines help you begin your application to our school. Please explore our website to learn more!
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Applications for the 2019 - 2020 school year will open on September 1, 2018 for the Toddler Program and Nursery School (2s/3s, 3s/4s and 4s/5s)
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Nursery School (2s/3s, 3s/4s and 4s/5s): Applications available September 1 - October 14.
Toddler Program: Applications available September 1, 2018 - January 7, 2019.

We do not accept children after the school year has begun.
Age Requirements 

These age ranges are general guidelines and are subject to change

Class                 Child's birthday is between: 
 6/1/17 - 1/31/18 (Open to the community)*
 2s/3s  6/1/16 - 5/31/17
 3s/4s  6/1/15 - 5/31/16
 4s/5s  6/1/14 - 10/1/15

*The Toddler Program is separate from the Nursery School. Siblings enrolled in the Toddler Program are guaranteed acceptance into the Nursery School. All non-sibling families will need to re-apply to the Nursery School for the following school year. 

If you have a child born in June 2017 and have questions about which program is the right one, contact Nicole Ferrin.

For more information regarding our class options, tuition, size and age requirements, see our Class Information & Tuition page.

Admissions Process

There are four steps to our admissions process: (1) Application (2) Lottery (3) Parent Visit (includes a tour and group interview) and (4) Child Visit.

Open House

Our Open House will occur mid/lateSeptember. Please check back for the confirmed date.

We will have one open house in September at 6:00 PM for those interested in learning more about the school. The open house is NOT required as part of the application process. If you attend the open house, and are selected to apply to our nursery school, you will still be required to attend a separate parent visit as part of the application process. 


Complete an online application.  In order to proceed through our process, an application must be on file. 

See Important Dates for all application deadlines.

  • Nursery School (2s/3s, 3s/4s and 4s/5s): Applications available September 1 - October 14, 2018.
  • Toddler Program: Applications available September 1, 2018 - January 7, 2019.
  • An application is needed for all first time, re-applying and sibling applicants.
  • If you are applying for financial aid, the application fee is waived. 
  • Our application has several open-ended questions that will help us begin to know your family and child. We are only expecting a paragraph for each question, but please provide details that help us to understand your family and what is important to you personally.

Admissions Lottery 

We would love to meet all families interested in our school. However, due to the large number of applications we receive and limited class spots, we hold a lottery to determine which families continue through our admissions process. Notification of lottery results will be emailed to applicants mid-October. 

Please note that all current participants in our Toddler Program are exempt from the lottery and automatically continue to the Parent Visit.

Parent Visits: Interview and Tour

For families continuing in the process, a school visit will be arranged for parents between November and January. These visits include a school tour and an informal group interview session with our director of admissions and senior director. 

  • These sessions are for parents only and are approximately one hour long. Parents are encouraged to ask questions to learn as much as they can about our program.
  • First-time applicant parents are required to attend as part of the admissions application. 
  • Parents of sibling applicants  and any families who are re-applying are welcome, but not required, to attend again.

ALL FIRST-TIME APPLICANT PARENTS (applying to the toddler program or nursery school) MUST ATTEND A PARENT VISIT.

Child Visits: Play Observation

Child visits will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019.* In October, we will email you with a specific appointment day and time for your child's visit. 

To help your child's visit, we hope the following guidelines make the experience a positive one for all.
  • During these 30 minute visits, children are grouped by age and observed in small group play sessions. Children interact with a variety of materials, games and blocks and participate in directed activities, such as clean up and song time, which assist us in observing their learning style.
  • Only one adult is permitted to accompany each child into the classroom. 
  • We are unable to offer tours during these visits. 
  • We understand not all will separate from a parent or caregiver at the play session. We leave it up to you to interact with your child as you see fit. We just ask that you let your child direct their own play.

*Please note that your child's visit is essential to the application process. If your child is not available on Monday, 1/7/19, please notify our admissions office as early as possible. Make-up dates are limited.




Letters of notification will be emailed to parents according to the dates specified by the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York ( ISAAGNY).* 
   Notification & Reply Dates
 Reply (by noon) 
   Early Notification (Siblings)         By Friday, December 14        Friday, January 11
   Early Notification (Toddlers)   Friday, January 18   Friday, January 25 
   Regular Notification  Thursday, February 28  Friday, March 8

Sibling Applications

We truly value our current and past families and enjoy welcoming siblings to our community. All siblings are expected to apply at the Young 2s or 2s/3s level.

Important information for sibling applicants: 

  • Siblings must submit an application.
  • All siblings receive a play date and are exempt from the general lottery.
  • Sibling play dates will be held separately in December. 
  • For those applying for financial aid, submit forms between November 1st - December 15th. 
  • All siblings receive early notification in December unless a family contacts our office to note otherwise. Please note that early notification is never a guarantee of admission. 

We do our absolute best to accommodate all sibling applicants after placing our returning students. We may not be able to offer your first choice of session and we cannot guarantee morning placement for all siblings. 

Out-of-Town Applications

Our goal is to accommodate the schedules of out of town applicants to Barrow Street. Therefore, please inform us as soon as possible of any dates you plan to be in the New York City area so we can schedule a visit and tour for you and your child. Whenever possible, we would like to have children participate in our regularly scheduled group visits. 

*As members, we follow all ISAAGNY notification dates.  

Financial Aid

For families currently enrolled at Barrow Street who would like to renew their financial aid, the application deadline is December 1st. 

For new applicants to Barrow Street who are interested in applying for financial aid, the deadline application deadline is February 1st.  

To apply, please visit the NAIS School and Student Services website

Barrow Street accepts only online financial aid applications. Applicants must mail all supporting documents directly to SSS.

Barrow Street requires the NAIS School and Student Services (SSS) application for financial aid for all families requesting consideration for need-based financial assistance

Financial Aid (FA) awards are determined after thoughtful consideration of each FA application. To assist our process, we use the  SSS, an independent organization that provides need-based analysis to help private schools determine the financial need of their applicants. This national platform uses an objective and consistent methodology to calculate a family's ability to contribute to educational expenses. 

SSS estimates a family's ability to pay school costs based on income, expenses and family asses as reported to SSS on that family's Parent Financial Statement (PFS). These PFS reports are sent to Barrow Street and we use them as a component of our financial aid review process. 

See our financial aid page for additional information

 Frequently Asked Questions                                                                                                       

To reach the admissions office, please email

Nicole Pappas Ferrin
Director of Admissions
212-242-4140 x283

Barrow Street Nursery School
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
212-633-1203 (Main Phone Line)

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Barrow Street Nursery School
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 633-1203


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