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Admission to Garden School

Welcome to Garden School. We are a unique educational institution in the heart of Queens where we have been central to the education of students from nursery through grade 12 for more than 90 years. Since 1923, the mission of our traditional, college preparatory school has been to admit families who want their children to grow, learn, and be the best they can be in a rigorous academic environment.

Garden’s population reflects the rich diversity of our neighborhood. We encourage our students to understand and respect their classmates and neighbors as they learn in our challenging academic community and prepare to move on to college and a broader environment where they can use their skills as learned citizens of the world.

Garden School has achieved its reputation by maintaining a student body that meets our demanding academic requirements while honoring our mission statement commitment of “educational diversity” within our student body. The faculty and administration at Garden are available to assist parents, guardians, and students with their questions and concerns about our curriculum and academic standards and the personal support that is available in order to maximize each student’s success.

Admission Process

Getting to Know Garden School

Families are encouraged to research Garden School from our website and to follow the links above for information about our Early Childhood, Lower Division, and Upper Division Programs. Be sure to watch the “Get to Know Garden School” video. Finally, visit the Garden School Facebook page for a great look at the life of the school, and our weekly school newsletters are available and archived on our website.

Though not a requirement, we welcome all prospective families to attend one of our scheduled Open House group tours on any Wednesday morning at 9 AM that school is in session. If this time is not convenient, families may call the school to schedule a private tour.

During your tour, you will see the facilities, have a chance to meet the teachers, students and administration that make up the Garden community, see the classes in action, and get a chance to answer any questions. Tours can take as long as an hour or as short as 20 minutes depending on your grade level of interest. There are public transportation options nearby and usually unrestricted parking within a block or two.

Admissions Process Characteristics

Garden admissions currently operates a “rolling admissions” system. Generally, applications are processed on a “first come, first served” basis. This means that the sooner you feel comfortable applying, at any point in the process and for any particular year, the sooner you will hold your place in the admissions process for a particular grade in that particular year.

When you are ready to apply to the Early Childhood, Lower or Upper Division Programs, we ask that you complete an Application for Admission Form. You have two choices of how to submit your application.

1. You can either apply online by following this link or,

2. complete a paper application and send or fax it to us (718) 565-1169. Paper enrollment application forms are available here.

Please be sure to include the $50.00 application fee. Checks and cash are accepted as well as online payments here. Your application will only be official when the application fee has been received.

Early Childhood (Nursery to Kindergarten) Admissions Process

Admission to the Early Childhood Program is based on the child’s school-readiness and potential for success at Garden School. Once your completed Application Form and fee have been received, we will invite you and your child for a brief and informal interview. Typically families can be notified within a few days after the visit about their child’s admissions status.

Lower Division (Grade 1 to Grade 6) Admissions Process

Admission to the Lower Division Program is based on the child’s potential for success at Garden School. Once your completed Application Form and fee have been received, we will invite you and your child for a an informal interview.

For students in grade 2 and above, a skills-based test is administered by our admissions staff to ensure your child’s success in our program. No preparation or studying is recommended for this test. Previously taken ERB results are accepted but not required.

When you arrive for the interview, we ask that you bring recent school progress reports and/or report cards (previous 2 years, if available). In addition, please provide any other information pertaining to your child’s previous educational experience that gives us a more complete picture of your child and allows us to ensure that we can meet his or her needs. (IEPs, results of any educational testing, academic awards, certificates, etc.) Typically families can be notified within a few days after the visit about their child’s admissions status.

Upper Division (Grade 7 to Grade 12) Admissions Process

Admission to the Upper Division Program is based on the child’s potential for success at Garden School and their ability to be involved in and contribute to the healthy culture of the school. Once your completed Application Form and fee have been received, and your folder is completed with school progress reports and/or report cards for the previous 2 years, we will invite you and your child for an interview and skills-based academic assessment in language arts, mathematics and an essay related to school experience. No preparation or studying is recommended for this test. Previously taken ISEE results are accepted but not required.

In addition, it is important that parents provide any information pertaining to your child’s previous educational experience that gives us a more complete picture of your child and allows us to ensure that we can meet his or her needs. (IEPs, results of any educational testing, academic awards, certificates, etc.) Typically families can be notified within a few days after the visit about their child’s admissions status.

Mid-year Applicants
Students occasionally choose to enroll during the academic year. Mid-year applicants are evaluated under regular admission standards, the student’s reason for changing schools and estimated ability to successfully transition into Garden School.

For more information and to set up an appointment to visit, please call 718-335-6363.

Garden School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, age, race, color, sexual orientation, physical disability, or ethnic origin in admissions, financial assistance, or hiring. Garden welcomes families of all racial, economic, and social backgrounds.