Kindergarten & Lower School

Here you will find information about the Kindergarten and Lower School application process. You can download all of the Lower School application forms, find answers to frequently asked questions, and view a timeline of the Lower School application process.

 

Kindergarten some quick facts

  • Our Kindergarten is located at 124 Henry Street, about two blocks from our main building.
  • In addition to the children rising from our own preschool, we admit around 30 children into the kindergarten bringing total enrollment to 60.
  • To apply to the kindergarten, a child must turn 5 by September 1 of the entry year.
  • There are 3 classrooms with 20 students and 2 full-time teachers (a head teacher and an associate teacher). Kindergarten students participate in 7 different specialty subjects mostly in half groups; thus, at these times, the student to teacher ratio in the home-classroom is 5:1.
  • To learn more about our kindergarten program click here.

Lower School – some quick facts

  • Our Lower School (grades 1-3) is located in the Farber Building at 153 Pierrepont Street, one block from our main building.
  • We admit around 20 children into the first grade bringing the total first grade enrollment to 80. Openings after first grade occur only by attrition.
  • To apply to the first grade, a child must turn 6 by September 1 of the entry year.
  • There are 4 classrooms per grade in grades 1-3. As in kindergarten, there is a master teacher and an associate teacher in each classroom. By third grade the children are participating in as many as 11 different specialty subjects in half groups. This, in turn, means there is even more opportunity for small group work when only half the class is in the home-classroom and the ratio of students to teachers is reduced to 5:1.
  • To learn more about our Lower School program click here.

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade Application Process For 2021-2022

Open Houses

Virtual Open Houses for Kindergarten and First Grade Families

  • We will be hosting virtual information sessions for applicant parents of young children on a few evening dates in the fall and early winter. Each session will follow a webinar format and will be an opportunity to learn about our school’s philosophy, program and community. During a typical open house you will have the chance to hear from our Head of School as well as from our Kindergarten and Lower School division heads. We devote a portion of each event to a Q&A. You can sign up for a virtual open house at any point in the application process by going here. We strongly encourage all Kindergarten applicants to attend an Open House.

Virtual Open Houses on Diversity and Institutional Equity 

  • We will be hosting two virtual open houses on diversity and institutional equity for families interested in learning more about our school’s approach to this work. These events will also follow a webinar format and are open to families applying to any/all grades. You can sign up for a virtual open house at any point in the application process by going here.

Kindergarten Process

1) Submit an application through our online admissions portal

  • The application deadline for Kindergarten is Friday, September 25th. There is a non-refundable fee of $100.
  • Important note for Kindergarten applicants: If, at any point prior to the application deadline, the number of applicants exceeds the number of interview hours that we have available, we will have to stop accepting applications. In the event of an early closure, applications will be added to a wait pool up until the original deadline.

2) Register your child for the T&E Assessment

  • By the end of the day you submitted your application in our system, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to register for the required T&E Assessment. Click here to read a description of the assessment, a detailed guide to the registration process, and the answers to an FAQ.
  • Please note: Registration for the T&E should be done as soon after submitting your application as possible so that you have some flexibility when choosing an appointment time. If you have already registered for the T&E through another participating school by the time you receive the link from us, you needn’t register again, but please be sure that Saint Ann’s is one of the schools you listed to receive the assessment report.

3) Schedule a Parent/Guardian Interview

  • All prospective Kindergarten families who submit an application before we hit our interview cap will be able to schedule a Zoom interview appointment with a member of our admissions staff. These interviews will last 30 minutes and will provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to ask questions about the school as well as for the interviewer to learn more about their child and their family. Once your application has been received, you will receive information on how to schedule an interview.
  • Please note: In the event of an early closure, families who submit their application after the early closure date but prior to the original September 25th deadline will be placed in a wait pool and invited to schedule an interview if we are able to expand our interview calendar.

4) Ask your child’s current teacher to complete an ISAAGNY Confidential Teacher Report

  • If your child is enrolled in preschool, make sure your child’s school knows that you are applying to Saint Ann’s and that we will need to receive an electronic copy of the ISAAGNY report emailed to admissions.materials@saintannsny.org by Friday, January 8th.  However, we know that children will be in many different school settings this year and perhaps might not be in formal school at all. Teachers running remote classrooms will be working so hard to get to know and support their students through screens; parents will be trying to homeschool and balance work, etc. Please don’t hesitate to let us know of any concerns you have on this front; we will work with you to find a solution!

All Kindergarten decisions will be emailed on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

1st Grade Process

1) Submit an application through our online admissions portal

  • The application deadline for 1st grade is Friday, October 16th. There is a non-refundable fee of $100.

2) See below for parents whose child is an applicant for 1st grade at Saint Ann’s but a Kindergarten applicant at other schools that are participating in the T&E assessment

  • Please notify our office so we can provide you with a link to register for the T&E. Please click here to read a description of the assessment, a detailed guide to the registration process, and the answers to an FAQ. Registration for the T&E should be done as soon after submitting your application as possible so that you have some flexibility when choosing an appointment time. If you have already registered for the T&E through another participating school by the time you receive the link from us, you needn’t register again, but please be sure that Saint Ann’s is one of the schools you listed to receive the assessment report. If you have questions about how the T&E assessment will be used as part of your child’s 1st grade application process, please contact our office.

3) Schedule a Child Interview AND a Parent/Guardian Interview

  • All prospective 1st grade families who submit an application before the deadline will be asked to schedule two Zoom interview appointments with a member of our admissions staff: one for the applying child, and one for parents/guardians.
  • Child interviews are individual and will last 20-30 minutes via zoom. We will provide guidance to help you prepare your child for what to expect once you have scheduled the appointment, but the idea is that it will be conversational and fun!
  • Parent/guardian interviews will last 30 minutes and will provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to ask questions about the school as well as for the interviewer to learn more about their child and their family.
  • Once your application has been submitted, you will receive information on how to schedule each of these interviews. 

4) Ask your child’s current teacher to complete an ISAAGNY Confidential Teacher Report

  • Make sure your child’s school knows that you are applying to Saint Ann’s and that we will need to receive an electronic copy of the ISAAGNY report emailed to admissions.materials@saintannsny.org by Friday, January 8th.  However, we know that children will be in many different kindergarten settings this year and perhaps might not be in person learning at all. Teachers running remote classrooms will be working so hard to get to know and support their students through screens; parents will be trying to homeschool and balance work, etc. Please don’t hesitate to let us know of any concerns you have on this front; we will work with you to find a solution!

All 1st grade decisions will be emailed on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

 

2nd/3rd Grade Application Process

Admission to the 2nd and 3rd grades is possible only if there is attrition. If you would like to submit an application and some basic information about your child, we will process the materials and contact you if space arises and we’d like to schedule an interview. Please follow the steps below to complete the process. 

1) Submit an application using our online admissions portal

  • The application deadline for 2nd or 3rd grade is Tuesday, December 1st. There is no fee to apply.

2) Give the Records Release Form to your child’s current school

  • The school should email your child’s most recent school reports/transcript to admissions.materials@saintannsny.org by Friday, January 8th.

3) Give the Lower School Teacher Evaluation to your child’s current teacher.

  • Once your child’s teacher has had sufficient time to get to know your child, they school should fill out and email the evaluation to admissions.materials@saintannsny.org by Friday, January 8th.

4) Read below for information on testing

  • We do not require testing but will accept results from any of the following tests for 2nd/3rd grade applicants: ISEE, ERB (if your child is in a school that gives the ERB every year) or New York State tests (if your child is in a public school).

All 2nd/3rd grade decisions will be emailed on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.