This year, Spence has openings in Kindergarten and Grades 6, 7 and 9. For all other grades, please submit an online inquiry or application without the fee. We will contact you should an opening become available.
Spence hosts several spring outreach events: general group tours, an LGBTQ coffee and group tour, and a Families of Color Open House and group tour. Individual tours begin when the admissions season official starts at the end of September. We begin scheduling tours the day after Labor Day. While we do encourage families to start the application process as soon as possible, we do not limit the number of applications nor do we limit tour and interview spots. Please check the Admissions Events page for event details.
US applicants may visit Spence in two ways. They may spend 90 minutes on a school tour and interview or they may choose to have a Spence Experience Visit. The Spence Experience Visit provides an opportunity for US applicants to spend half a day at Spence and attend classes with a Spence “buddy.” It is a unique opportunity to see firsthand the advantages of an all-girls’ experience! Spence Experience Visits are open to students on a first come, first serve basis. Please call the Admissions Office after Labor Day to reserve a spot.
Spence prides itself on having created a wonderful community for families as well as students. We encourage family members to be as involved as their time allows. We have a very active Parents’ Association through which most of our parent activities take place. Tapestry, our parent diversity and multicultural committee, is a significant part of the Parents’ Association and is also a great way to get involved with the parent body at Spence, as is Parents and Guardians of Children of Color. There are many volunteer opportunities available from working on PA events, assisting Admissions, working in the Library, etc.
Our families residing in Manhattan within a five-mile radius of the school have two options. Students in Grades Kindergarten through 6 may get to and from school on the Atlantic Express bus, a free service. Buses pick up and drop off at designated stops. Half or full fare MetroCards are issued to students, if the Atlantic Express is not the desired option or the student is in Grade 7 or above. Students living outside of Manhattan are eligible for full fare MetroCards.
The Lower School has an after-school program, Second Act, which has a variety of classes for students in Kindergarten to Grade 4. Participants in Second Act may stay at school until 6 p.m. (slightly earlier on Friday). Students in Grades 5 and above can get involved with a variety of after-school activities such as athletics, dance (depending on the grade), and they can always stay in the school library until 5 p.m.
Colleges most often selected by Spence students in the last five years include Amherst, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Hamilton, Harvard, Middlebury, New York University, Northwestern, Oberlin, Princeton, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis and Yale. For more details, see the complete list.
Top Schools Last 5 Years Cornell University of Pennsylvania University of Chicago Princeton Dartmouth Brown Columbia Harvard Northwestern Amherst Yale Bowdoin Duke Emory