Welcome to Barrow Street Nursery School! We look forward to meeting new families each year! 

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 school open on September 1, 2019. 

The application process takes place during the fall, one year before the student wishes to enter. 

Applications for the 2019 - 2020 school year are now closed. If you have questions about submitting an application, please contact Nicole Ferrin (

For School Year 2020-2021
Program  Applications Open Applications Close  Lottery?   Child's Birthday*
Toddler September 1 October 31* Yes  6/1/18 - 1/31/19
2s/3s September 1 October 14 Yes  6/1/17 - 5/31/18
3s/4s  September 1 October 14 Yes  6/1/16 - 5/31/17
4s/5s  September 1 TBD No  6/1/15 - 8/31/16

These age ranges are general guidelines and are subject to change

*The Toddler Program is now an entry point to the nursery school. There is no need to re-apply if admitted.

For more information regarding our class options, tuition, size and age requirements, see our Class Information & Tuition page.

Admissions Process

There are four steps to our admissions process: (1) Application (2) Lottery (3) Parent Visit (includes a tour and group interview) and (4) Child Visit.

Applying to Preschool for the 20-21 School Year? 
Come visit us at the free Parents League Preschool Admissions Fair!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 between 4:30 - 6:30 pm
St. Bart's @ 325 Park Avenue, between 50th & 51st Streets
Parents League has created a Facebook event and you can download this flyer for more information. 

Open House

TBD in Late September/Early October 2019 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.         

You do not need to have submitted an application, but if you have already submitted one, you can register through your application check-list. Our open house is for any family interested in learning about our Toddler Program or Nursery School. It is NOT required as part of the application process. If you attend the open house, and are selected to apply to our nursery school, you will still be required to attend a separate, small-group parent visit as part of the application process.  


Applications for the 2019 - 2020 school year are now closed. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open on September 1, 2019.

In order to proceed through our process, an application must be on file. 

See Important Dates for all application deadlines.

  • An application is needed for all first time, re-applying and sibling applicants.
  • If you are applying for financial aid, the application fee is waived. 

Admissions Lottery 

We would love to meet all families interested in our school. However, each year we have a large number of requests for applications. Due to limited availability with a growing number of siblings, we hold a lottery to determine who moves forward with our application and touring process. Notification of lottery results will be emailed to applicants mid-October. 

Parent Visits: Interview and Tour

For families continuing in the process, a school visit will be arranged for parents between November and January. These visits include a school tour and an informal group interview session with our director of admissions and senior director. 

  • These sessions are for parents only and are approximately one hour long. Parents are encouraged to ask questions to learn as much as they can about our program.
  • Parents of first-time applicant (to Toddler Program and Nursery School) are required to attend a Parent Visit. 
  • Parents of sibling applicants  and any families who are re-applying are welcome, but not required, to attend again.

Child Visits: Play Observation

Child visits will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020.* In October, we will email you with a specific appointment day and time for your child's visit. 

Your child's visit is essential to the application process. If your child is not available on Monday, January 6, 2020, please notify our admissions office as early as possible. Make-up dates are limited.



Letters of notification will be emailed to parents according to the dates specified by the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York ( ISAAGNY).* 
   Notification & Reply Dates

 Reply (by noon)
  Early Notification   

  Regular Notification
*There is an option to extend the deadline if you've applied to other nursery school programs. 

Sibling Applications

We truly value our current and past families and enjoy welcoming siblings to our community. All siblings are expected to apply at the Toddler or 2s/3s level.

Important information for sibling applicants: 

  • Siblings must submit an application.
  • All siblings receive a play date and are exempt from the general lottery.
  • Sibling play dates will be held separately.
  • For those applying for financial aid, submit forms between November 1st - December 15th. 
  • All siblings receive early notification in December unless a family contacts our office to note otherwise. Please note that early notification is never a guarantee of admission. 

We do our absolute best to accommodate all sibling applicants after placing our returning students. We may not be able to offer your first choice of session and we cannot guarantee morning placement for all siblings. 

Out-of-Town Applications

Our goal is to accommodate the schedules of out of town applicants to Barrow Street. Therefore, please inform us as soon as possible of any dates you plan to be in the New York City area so we can schedule a visit and tour for you and your child. Whenever possible, we would like to have children participate in our regularly scheduled group visits. 

*As members, we follow all ISAAGNY notification dates.  

Financial Aid

For families currently enrolled at Barrow Street who would like to renew their financial aid, the application deadline is December 1st. 

For new applicants to Barrow Street who are interested in applying for financial aid, the deadline application deadline is February 1st.  

To apply, please visit the NAIS School and Student Services website

Barrow Street accepts only online financial aid applications. Applicants must mail all supporting documents directly to SSS.

Barrow Street requires the NAIS School and Student Services (SSS) application for financial aid for all families requesting consideration for need-based financial assistance

Financial Aid (FA) awards are determined after thoughtful consideration of each FA application. To assist our process, we use the  SSS, an independent organization that provides need-based analysis to help private schools determine the financial need of their applicants. This national platform uses an objective and consistent methodology to calculate a family's ability to contribute to educational expenses. 

SSS estimates a family's ability to pay school costs based on income, expenses and family asses as reported to SSS on that family's Parent Financial Statement (PFS). These PFS reports are sent to Barrow Street and we use them as a component of our financial aid review process. 

See our financial aid page for additional information

 Frequently Asked Questions                                                                                                       

To reach the admissions office, please email

Nicole Pappas Ferrin
Director of Admissions
212-242-4140 x283

Barrow Street Nursery School
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
212-633-1203 (Main Phone Line)

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Barrow Street Nursery School
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 633-1203


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