Admissions

Application Process

2021-2022 APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN

The application for Poly Prep’s 2021-22 academic year is open between September 8, 2020 and November 23, 2020.

We are accepting applications to all grade levels, Nursery – Grade 12.

Fall Virtual Open Houses

We are currently offering virtual open houses of Poly this fall. In order to attend, please create an account within our online tool, Ravenna.

Application Checklists by Division

Poly Prep’s New Test Optional Policy for the 20-21 Admissions Season

Recently, our team learned of plans for one test, the ISEE, to be offered online for students to take at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a significant number of students in Poly’s community who receive support from our school in the form of a laptop, home internet hotspot, or router. Equity is central to our identity and to ensure that our application process does not preclude students with similar challenges from getting a fair shot of admission into our school, we are officially test-optional this season. We support equally students who decide to submit standardized test results and those who do not.

There are plenty of things to worry about right now for students and their families. Applying to school should not be one of them.

Application Process FAQs
  • How do I learn more about Poly Prep?

    This admissions season, we are excited to share our school with you virtually. We welcome you to register for a virtual Open House and other engagement opportunities to learn more about Poly Prep.

  • Are applications accepted for all grades? What are the main entry grades at Poly Prep?

    We welcome application to all grade levels. Nursery 3s, Grades 5, 6, and 9 are our main entry grades.

  • Does Poly Prep accept applications from international students?

    We welcome applications from international students. For more information, please contact Shihan Liu, Director of Global Initiatives.

  • When and how do I apply to Poly Prep?

    Our application for the 2021-22 academic year is open between September 8, 2020 and November 23, 2020. To start, please create an account using Ravenna, our online application system. Our admissions team is always here to help throughout the application process.

  • Are there age cut offs for applying to Poly Prep Lower School?

    For applications to our Lower School, age cut offs apply to each grade as follows:
    Nursery: 3 years old by September 1 of the entry year
    Pre-K: 4 years old by September 1 of the entry year
    Kindergarten: 5 years old by September 1 of the entry year
    Grade 1: 6 years old by September 1 of the entry year
    Grade 2: 7 years old by September 1 of the entry year
    Grade 3: 8 years old by September 1 of the entry year
    Grade 4: 9 years old by September 1 of the entry year

  • Are there age cut offs for applying to Poly Prep Middle School?

    For applications to our Middle School, the vast majority of students at Poly Prep fall within our age cut off guidelines of September 1. This means that most students entering Grade 5 will be 10 years old by September 1, most students entering Grade 6 will be 11 years old by September 1 and so on. Families are asked to select the “apply grade” that they feel is most appropriate for their child given these guidelines.

  • Are fee waivers available for the Ravenna application?

    Families may request an application fee waiver by contacting Ellen Kinnane, Associate Director of Enrollment Operations.

  • Is financial aid available at Poly Prep? How do I apply?

    Financial aid is critical to Poly Prep’s mission, providing access to families who would not otherwise be able to afford tuition. In 2020-2021, our financial aid budget is over $10 million and we are committed to meeting family needs. In a typical year, we are able to offer tuition support to a percentage of families who qualify for aid, though we receive significantly more requests than we are able to fulfill. Families applying to Kindergarten through Grade 12 may submit a separate application for financial aid through TADS. Families applying to Nursery and Pre-K who need financial aid should wait until Kindergarten to apply to Poly Prep. Poly Prep’s financial aid application will be due on December 15, 2020. Please see our Tuition and Financial Aid page for more detailed information.

  • Are merit scholarships available?

    All Financial Aid is based on need; no merit scholarships are awarded.

  • When should I ask my child’s teacher to complete the teacher recommendation form?

    The teacher recommendation form must be submitted by your child’s CURRENT teacher—the teacher who is teaching your child during the academic year 20-21. We strongly recommend that you request the recommendation after October 15 to give the teacher enough time to get to know your child and complete the form before it is due on January 8, 2021.

  • Can I submit additional recommendation letters?

    In addition to the required recommendations, there is a general recommendation form which an additional delegate may submit.

  • Will all applicants be interviewed?

    Entry years (Nursery, Grades 5, 6, 9): Registration for virtual interview appointments is available for complete, on-time applications.

    Non-entry years (Pre-K through Grade 4, Grades 7, 8, 10, 11, 12): Interviews are by invitation. We will conduct virtual interviews throughout the fall and into January. Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to interview all who apply to non-entry grades.): Interviews are by invitation. We will conduct virtual interviews throughout the fall and into January. Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to interview all who apply to non-entry grades.

  • How will Poly Prep interviews be conducted?

    We look forward to getting to know your child and family! This admissions season, all of our interviews will be conducted virtually. Full details are available on the application in Ravenna and by contacting the admissions team.

  • Does Poly Prep have a sibling and legacy policy?

    We know that choosing a school for your child is an important decision. We are honored when current families and alumni apply for their children and many siblings and legacies enroll at Poly Prep each year. Sibling and legacy applicants are given special consideration in the admissions process, however, we evaluate all applications according to the same criteria. We make each admissions decision with the best interests of the child in mind. Admission for siblings and legacies is not guaranteed and we encourage applicant families to explore several school options for their children.

  • Does Poly Prep offer early notification for admissions decisions?

    We offer an early timeline for sibling applicants to Nursery only. If you are applying a sibling to Nursery, please be in touch with the admissions team.

  • Poly Prep is located on two campuses in Brooklyn. How do students get to school?

    Poly Prep partners with a private bus company to provide daily transportation for students to and from both campuses. In a typical year, over 80% of students ride the bus to school. Bus capacity has been reduced for academic year 2020-21 due to COVID-19. The cost of riding the bus is included in tuition. For more about bus routes, visit our Bus Routes page.

  • Where are Poly Prep’s Class of 2020 graduates attending college?

    Our Class of 2020 graduates are enrolled at 77 different colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Please see our Deans and College Guidance page for more information and the full college matriculation list for the Class of 2020.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Poly Prep adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, religion, religious or spiritual practices, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, handicap, disability, physical body type, weight, marital status, family structure, economic situation, neighborhood of residence, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, sex, creed, genetic predisposition, disease carrier status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, religious or spiritual practices, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, handicap, disability, physical body type, weight, marital status, family structure, economic situation, neighborhood of residence, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, sex, creed, genetic predisposition, disease carrier status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

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