Families should use these checklists as guidelines for the application process.

  1. Tour and interview (Please submit an inquiry form prior to contacting our office to schedule a tour and interview.)

  2. Submit application and fee to Spence (November 15 deadline)

  3. Permission to release records form sent to current school

  4. Student Playgroup and parent Q&A visit scheduled after filing application

  5. Educational Records Bureau Test*—Spence does not require standardized testing assessments as part of the application for Kindergarten or Grade 1, but we will accept results of tests taken for another school should you wish to submit them.

  6. ISAAGNY Confidential Report Form (from your daughter's current school)

  7. You can check the status of your application to Spence by logging on to your account with the username and password provided to you during the submission of your application.

Please do not send personal letters of recommendation. First-choice letters are not encouraged.

The Kindergarten Visit

The Spence School admissions process for Kindergarten applicants includes a school visit (playgroup). Please tell your daughter that when she comes for her visit, she will be joined by girls from other schools, meet some of our Lower School teachers, visit one of our Kindergarten classrooms, do some schoolwork and play.

When you first arrive at the Spence Lower School (56 East 93rd Street), someone will greet you, help you with coats and name tags, and escort your daughter to the classroom.

During their visit, the girls will have time to play together. They will also do some age-appropriate classroom activities. The visit is a chance for us to get to know your daughter. Please have your daughter wear comfortable play clothes so she can be as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

During your daughter’s visit, you will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with our Head of School, administrators and faculty. We look forward to meeting your daughter!

ISAAGNY Notification Dates - K

Kindergarten
Notification mailed on Friday, February 8
Reply deadline: no later than noon on Friday, February 15

Early notification dates (for sibling and alumnae applicants)
Kindergarten-Grade 1
Notification: no later than December 5
Reply deadline: no later than noon on Wednesday, January 9