Welcome to Admissions

 

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.

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Get to Know Garden School

 

We welcome all prospective families to attend one of our scheduled Open House group tours any Wednesday morning at 9am that school is in session. If this time is not convenient, you may call us and  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.

 

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The Admissions Process

 

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.

Learn more about Admissions Process for each program:

Early Childhood Admissions (Nursery to Kindergarten)
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 Admissions (Grades 1-6)

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 Admissions (Grades 7-12)

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.

Apply to Garden School

 

Apply online and pay the $65 Application Fee by credit card (with a 3% Convenience Fee), check (payable to Garden School) or cash:

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Or download a PDF Enrollment Application. Please be sure to include the $65.00 application fee. Your application will be considered complete when both the application and the fee are submitted.

Mail forms and payment to:
Garden School c/o Admissions Office
33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

 

For more information and to set up an appointment:
Please call us at (718) 335-6363 or email us at info@gardenschool.org


Garden School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, ethnicity, age, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation in its hiring and promotion of administrators, faculty and staff, and in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.