Admission Philosophy/Policy

The New School is an independent school that respects, embraces, and celebrates diversity in its curriculum, student body, and staff. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or color in the admission of students, in hiring, or in the administration of its educational program.

Preschool and Prekindergarten:

The New School Early Childhood Program seeks to enroll children who will benefit from our mission and educational opportunities. We are dedicated to building a strong foundation and igniting a lifelong passion for learning in our children. We believe that every part of a child’s day is a learning opportunity. The New School day is full of experiences involving language arts, math and science, visual arts, music and movement, and play in the carefully planned classroom learning centers and studio.

Lower, Middle, Junior High, and Upper School:

The New School seeks to enroll students in our lower, middle, junior high and upper schools who will benefit from our mission and program. The goal is to select a well balanced and diverse student body composed of students who will be successful at The New School.

The Admission Committee carefully weighs a variety of factors when making admission decisions. Previous school records and teacher referrals are required for all applicants prior to admission consideration. Prior grades or developmental assessments, achievement test scores, conduct reports and attendance records will be taken into consideration. Parents of applicants should report special needs to the Admission Director and provide the results of any previous developmental/educational assessments. Upon receipt of applicant materials, an assessment of the prospective student will be arranged in order to determine if the candidate is the right fit for The New School.


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