The Merit Scholarship Program was started over twenty years ago in order to attract high-performing and well-rounded students. Each year, over 100 students participate in this competitive exam. Merit Scholarships are granted each year based on the results of the Merit Scholarship Exam. The Merit Scholarship Exam consists of sections on math concepts, math computation, vocabulary and reading comprehension, and will include a writing sample. Families must register for this Exam and based on exam scores, potential candidates are invited to interview and school records are reviewed.

2019 Merit Scholarship Exam

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 9:00am

Application Fee: $65
The Merit Scholarship Exam Application counts as your Garden School Enrollment Application, there are no additional fees necessary. The fee is payable by check (payable to Garden School), cash, or credit card (with a 3% Convenience Fee).

Eligible Students: Currently in Grades 5-9 (Entering Grades 6-10 in September)

Merit Scholarship Recipients
2018 Merit Scholarship Recipients

Open House

Garden School will also be hosting an Open House from 9:00-11:00am for all families interested in all grades of the school. We encourage families interested in the Garden School Core Program (not Pre-K for All) to attend a presentation at 9:00am on the school and its educational and enrichment programs. You will hear perspectives from the school administration, faculty, parents and alumni. A Q&A period will be followed by a tour of the campus and facilities. No RSVP is necessary for the Open House. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

About the Scholarship

A Merit Scholarship, typically ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition, is awarded for a student’s entire time at Garden. Thus, a student winner entering Garden School as a sixth grader can expect to receive his or her scholarship award for seven years covered by the program. The scholarships can be worth as much as $140,000 in Garden School tuition fees over a seven-year period.

Merit Scholars must maintain specific academic and social criteria in order to maintain Merit Scholarship awards. In addition, a Merit Scholar in good standing can retake the Exam any year and only improve their award.

Successful Merit Scholars new to Garden will be sent an Enrollment Agreement that reflects their award amount and tuition balance. The signed Agreement must be signed and returned with the deposit when applicable by the due date on the Agreement in order to retain the scholarship.

Register for the Exam

New incoming AND current Garden School students who are currently enrolled in grades 5-9 (entering grades 6-10 the following year) are eligible to take the Merit Scholarship Exam.

Or, download a PDF of the application.
Families will be informed of results by Friday, February 14, 2020.

Financial Aid

Families who are taking the Exam (who have not received a Merit Scholarship in the past) may also apply simultaneously for need-based tuition assistance at any time. If a Scholarship is awarded and accepted, their tuition assistance application will no longer be considered. Typically, Merit Scholars are not also eligible for need-based financial assistance. If they are not awarded a Scholarship, then their tuition assistance applications will be considered. 

Families are encouraged not to wait for scholarship decisions and to apply for tuition assistance as soon as possible with up-to-date tax documents.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 718-335-6363 or at

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