The Merit Scholarship Program was started over twenty years ago to attract high-performing and well-rounded students. Each year, over 100 prospective 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 a math concepts section, math computation section, a vocabulary and reading comprehension section and will include a writing sample.  

As a student, if you can answer, “yes” to all of these statements, you are eligible to sit for the Garden School Merit Scholarship Exam:

  • I am applying to Garden School for entry in the Fall of 2021 or I am a current Garden student
  • I am currently in 5th – 9th grade

2021 Merit Scholarship Exam

When: Saturday, December 2021
2 Sittings: 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Application Fee: $75
Eligible Students: Currently in Grades 5-9 (Entering Grades 6-10 in September)


Merit Scholarship Recipients
2018 Merit Scholarship Recipients

About the Scholarship

A Merit Scholarship, can range from 25% to 100% of tuition and is awarded for a student’s entire time at Garden. Thus, a student recipient entering Garden School as a sixth grader can expect to receive their scholarship award for seven years covered by the program. The scholarships can be worth as much as $150,000 in Garden School tuition fees over a seven-year period.

Merit Scholars must maintain specific academic and social criteria in order to maintain their Merit Scholarship award.

Financial Aid

Families who register for the Merit Scholarship 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 covering 75%+ of the tuition is accepted, then need-based financial assistance 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 financial aid applications will be considered. 

Families are encouraged not to wait for scholarship decisions and to apply for financial aid 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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