Applying to Buckley

During the application process, you will tour the Buckley campus, meet with the Director of Admissions, and have your child visit.

If you are applying for financial aid, please visit our financial aid page here

Click on the links below to learn more about the application process.

Application Process for Beginners (Kindergarten)

Complete an application online.

Campus Tour (Required)
Online registration will open for fall tours in early September. Please submit an application to access the tour registration portal. During this comprehensive, 75-minute tour, current Buckley parents will introduce you to our campus and community, and answer any questions you may have.

Open House
Open House Evenings provide parents/guardians interested in the Beginners (Kindergarten) program with a valuable opportunity to learn more about Buckley. You will hear from Headmaster Greg O’Melia, members of the Buckley faculty, and current students, and have the chance to explore the school. While not required, attendance is highly recommended. Adults only.
2020 Buckley Open House dates:
To be announced

Parent/Guardian Meeting with Heidi Gore, Director of Admissions (Required)
The parent/guardian meeting with the Director of Admissions, Heidi Gore, is an opportunity to ask questions and share any information about your child or your family. It will be possible for you to schedule your tour and meeting for the same day. 

Child Visit (Required)
After submitting an application, log in to sign up for your son's visit. This visit is required for all applicants, and serves as an opportunity for us to get to know your son.
  • Visits last approximately one hour.
  • Your son will partake in several group activities with other applicants and faculty members.
  • We offer visits on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and select Saturdays.
  • Please dress your son in comfortable clothing.
  • Please note: it is not essential that both parents/guardians attend the child visit. If neither parent/guardian is available, another adult may accompany the child.
School Reports & Testing (Required)
Please request that your son’s current school submit the ISAAGNY Confidential Report to The Buckley School does not require standardized testing for applicants to our Beginners (Kindergarten) program.

Application Deadline: Submit your completed application no later than Monday, December 2, 2019.

Application Process for Sibling/Legacy Candidates

Buckley is fortunate to have the strong support and loyalty of our families and alumni. If your son is a sibling or legacy candidate, you may, in accordance with ISAAGNY policy, elect “Early Notification” on his application. We still advise all sibling and legacy families to apply to a variety of schools.

All Buckley applicants are evaluated according to the same grade-specific admissions criteria to ensure an appropriate fit with our learning environment and create a vibrant and compelling class.

Application Process for Classes I-VII

Applications for Classes I-VII are reviewed based upon openings for the upcoming year. Submit an inquiry form to notify us of your interest. Once we have received your inquiry form, we will contact you to discuss the next steps of the application process.

Parent/Guardian Tour & Meeting with Director of Admissions
After submitting your completed application, you will tour our campus and meet with our Director of Admissions, Heidi Gore.

Student Visit
Your son will visit Buckley, meet some of our students and faculty, and participate in the daily routine specific to his incoming grade.

School Reports

  • For Class I: The Buckley School does not require standardized testing.
  • For Classes II-III: We require the ISEE Primary administered by ERB (Educational Records Bureau). Please request that your son’s results be sent directly to The Buckley School.
  • For Class IV: We require the ISEE Primary administered by ERB (Educational Records Bureau). Please request that your son’s results be sent directly to The Buckley School.
  • For Classes V-VII: We require either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or the SSAT. Please request that your son’s results be sent directly to The Buckley School.  
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted based upon anticipated openings for the following year.

Important Dates

Buckley Open Houses:
Fall 2020 dates to be announced


Contact the Admissions Office:
Phone: 212-535-8787, ext. 349