Welcome to Barrow Street Nursery School! We always look forward to meeting new families who are interested in our school. 

We hope the following guidelines help you begin our application process this fall. Please explore our website to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know many of you soon!
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Applications for the 2018 - 2019 school year are open. Applications will close Sunday, October 8, 2017. Our lottery will be held mid-October.
Inquiries regarding admission for four and five year-old children are accepted throughout the year. Please note that a child has to be turning four by October 1st of the year s/he will be starting school to be eligible for our 4s/5s. Admission is based on space availability for the following school year. We do not accept children after the school year has begun.

Age Requirements 

For the 2018 - 2019 school year, non-sibling applicants must be born on or before June 1, 2016 to be eligible for our program. If you have a child born in June and think they might be ready for our preschool program, please contact Nicole Ferrin to discuss. Please note these age ranges are general guidelines and are subject to change.

Class    Child's birthday is between: 
 6/2/16 - 1/31/17 (Open to the community)*
 Young 2s    
 6/2/16 - 1/31/17 (Barrow Street Siblings Only)
 2s/3s  6/2/15 - 6/1/16
 3s/4s  6/2/14 - 6/1/15
 4s/5s  6/2/13 - 10/1/14

*Toddler classes are for children who turn two after June 2nd. You do NOT need to submit an online application at this time. Registration will occur in February 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Please see our Toddler Class page for more information.

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 is full at this time.

We will have one open house on September 19th 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 be required to attend a separate parent visit as part of the application process. 

Preschool Panels: How to apply to Nursery School

Join representatives from the Mandell Preschool, The Third Street Preschool, First Presbyterian Church Nursery School and Barrow Street Nursery School as we discuss how to navigate the independent preschool process and what to expect in the application process.

The final Panel Discussion will be held on November 9th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, registration required. Refreshments will be served. 

WHERE: The Mandell Preschool - 160 Christopher Street at Washington

WHEN: November 9th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.



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

  • 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. Please know that we are only expecting a short paragraph for each question. 
See Important Dates for all application deadlines.  

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.

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 one of these sessions as part of the admissions application. Parents of sibling applicants  and any families w ho are re-applying are welcome, but not required, to attend again.

Child Visits: Play Observation

Child visits will be held on January 8th.* In October, we will email you with an appointment day and time for your child's visit. If you have not received notification by the first week in December, please contact our admissions office.

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.  

To help your child's visit, we hope the following guidelines make the experience a positive one for all.
  • Only one adult is permitted to accompany each child into the classroom. We want these visits to be enjoyable for all our young visitors and too many adults in a room can prove overwhelming in a new setting.
  • We are unable to offer tours during these visits as our admissions staff will be engaged observing your children.
  • Depending on the children's age, 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. However, we do ask that you do your best to 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, 1/8, 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).* 
  2017 - 2018 ISAAGNY Notification & Reply Dates
Reply (by noon)
   Early By Friday, Januay 19
By Friday, January 26
Thursday, March 1
Friday, March 9

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: 

  • Please use the admissions portal above to submit your application.
  • All siblings automatically receive a play date and are NOT entered into the general lottery.
  • Sibling play dates will be held in a separate play date.  You will receive notification in advance.
  • For those applying for financial aid, submit your 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. However, we may not be able to offer your first choice of session. 

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 1, 2017. 

For new applicants to Barrow Street who are interested in applying for financial aid, the deadline application deadline is January 6, 2018. 

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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