Lower School Process

(Kindergarten - Class 3)

To apply for entrance into Kindergarten at Chapin, you will need to begin the admissions process in the fall prior to the desired year of enrollment. After receiving your online application form and fee, the admissions office will contact you to schedule appointments for you and your daughter (more information below).

To apply for entrance into Classes 1 through 3, you will also need to begin the process in the fall prior to the desired year of enrollment. Admission to these classes is dependent upon available space. Please contact the admissions office to inquire about openings.

Kindergarten Process

Note: All Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by September 1, 2019.

  1. Application: Submit the online application and fee by December 1, 2018.
  2. School Visit: Once your completed application has been submitted, the admissions office will contact you to schedule the parent-only tour and interview and the student playgroup.
  3. School Report: Please download the release of records form and submit to the staff at your child's current school so that the school can send us your child's school report.*

*The ISAAGNY report should be emailed to LSadmissionsreports@chapin.edu or faxed to 212.628.2126.

Parent Visit

During your visit, you will have the opportunity to tour the school with a parent tour guide. There are typically two families per tour. Parents will also meet individually with a member of the admissions team, either before or after the tour, for about 30 minutes. In addition, families will meet with Thérèse Cruite, Head of Lower School, in a group setting. Visits are conducted from Monday through Friday in the morning. Please allow about two hours for your tour and interview.

Applicant Visit

As part of the admissions process, your child will be invited to participate in a playgroup at Chapin. It is helpful for both parents and children to know what to expect at this visit, and you may want to share this information with your child. We encourage you to dress your child comfortably for play. Playgroups are held for approximately one hour in the afternoon during the week and usually include 8 to 10 children. The group gathers in our Reception Room and is then taken to a Lower School classroom for the session. During this time, parents will have the opportunity to engage with a member of the school's leadership team and hear from an Upper School student panel. The students will lead a discussion about their Chapin experience and answer any questions from the group. We look forward to meeting your daughter!

Class 1 through Class 3 Process

  1. Application: Submit the online application form and fee by December 1, 2018.
  2. School Visit: Once your completed application has been submitted, the admissions office will contact you to schedule a parent-only tour and interview and a student visit
  3. School Report: Please download the release of records from HERE and submit to the staff at your child's current school so that they can send us her school report.
  4. Classes 2 and 3 Standardized Testing: Your child will need to take the ISEE Primary through the Educational Records Bureau website.

Please note that we no longer require applicants to Kindergarten and Class 1 to take the Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA) through the ERB. If your daughter takes the ECAA, please do not have the results released to us. We will not consider or accept them as part of her application for admission.

*The ISAAGNY report should be emailed to LSadmissionsreports@chapin.edu or faxed to 212.628.2126.

Key Lower School Admissions Dates

  • August 27, 2018: Online application is available
  • September 24, 2018: Lower School admissions appointments begin
  • September 25, 2018: Kindergarten playgroup visits begin
  • November 17, 2018: Saturday Kindergarten playgroup visits
  • December 1, 2018: Kindergarten and Classes 1-3 application submission deadline
  • December 1, 2018: Financial aid application deadline
  • January 8, 2019: Kindergarten and Classes 1-3 application completion deadline

ISAAGNY Notification and Reply Dates

Admissions Forms

Download PDF forms by clicking the links below.

*The ISAAGNY report should be emailed to LSadmissionsreports@chapin.edu.