Applying to Buckley

Applications for Beginners (Kindergarten) for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted on August 21, 2019 and must be submitted online no later than December 2, 2019. Families may begin to self-schedule admission appointments on Tuesday, September 3. The application fee of $75.00 is waived for those applying for financial aid.
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 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Please submit an application to access the tour registration portal. Families who attended a spring tour are welcome to attend in the fall as well, but it is not required. 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.
2019 Buckley Open House dates:
October 17, 20196:00 - 7:30 p.m.
November 12, 20196:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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. If you already toured in the spring, you are not required to schedule a second tour. 

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 (no later than January 8, 2020) 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.

If you are considering Early Notification, your application must be submitted by Friday, November 1, 2019. Kindly schedule your interview and your son’s visit before Friday, November 15, 2019 and have his current school report submitted by Monday, December 2, 2019. Parents who wish to elect Early Notification should notify us no later than Friday, December 6, 2019. Families will be notified of their admission decision between Wednesday, December 4, 2019 and Monday, January 6, 2020. The reply deadline for Early Notification is Friday, January 10, 2020. 

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:
October 17, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
November 12, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Beginner Applicants:
As a member of ISAAGNY, we adhere to the following notification and reply dates:
ISAAGNY Notification Deadline: Parents will be informed of decisions on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Parent Reply Deadline: No later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020.

Class I-VII Applicants:
As a member of ISAAGNY, we adhere to the following notification and reply dates:
ISAAGNY Notification Deadline: Parents will be informed of decisions on or after Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
Parent Reply Deadline: Parents should notify schools of their decision no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Financial Aid:
The Buckley School uses the services of TADS (Tuition and Data Services) to process financial aid applications. The TADS Application and Worksheet are available here. Financial aid applications must be completed by December 16, 2019.


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