Applying to Buckley

Applications for Beginners (Kindergarten) for the 2022-2023 school year will be available on September 1, 2021 and must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2021.  Once an application is submitted, you will then be able to self schedule all admissions appointments. You will also receive a link to schedule your son's Thinking & Engagement appointment. The application fee of $75.00 will be waived for those applying for financial aid

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

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

Application Process for Beginners (Kindergarten)

If you wish to apply for Beginners (Kindergarten) please contact the Admissions Office by email admissions@buckleyschool.org or by phone 212-535-8787.

Explore our Website
Since visitors will not be able to visit our buildings this fall, we ask that you please take an in-depth look at our website to learn more about Buckley, its community, and its programs. Click here to visit the Lower School page!


Facilities Tour (optional)
We are offering parents of prospective Beginners, who have submitted an application, tours of The Buckley School facilities. Tours will be given by a current Buckley parent during non-school hours, and will include the Walsh Building, Arts & Sciences, and the Hubball Building. All participants must be vaccinated, and wear a mask during the tour. We have decided on this cautious approach so that our Boys remain safe, our primary concern. Thank you for your understanding.
Facilities tour is optional, and not a requirement for the admissions process.

Virtual Tour
Please take a virtual tour of Buckley on our website and click here to learn more about our facilities. 

Parent/Guardian Zoom Interview 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. You will be able to schedule this meeting once you have completed the online application.
How to Zoom

Thinking & Engagement Assessment (Required) 
Arrange for your son to take the Thinking & Engagement Assessment. Appointments for the T&E Assessment will be available seven days a week beginning Thursday, September 9, 2021, and ending in December. Click here for more information. The registration deadline is December 1, 2021. 
Once your application is complete, the Admissions team will send you a link to sign up for the T&E. Remember: you only need to sign up once for the T&E Assessment. 

Submit Confidential ISAAGNY School Report to Buckley (Required)
Please request that your son’s current school submit the ISAAGNY Confidential Report to admissions@buckleyschool.org. The Buckley School does not require standardized testing for applicants to our Beginners (Kindergarten) program.

Schedule a Zoom Meeting with a Current Buckley Family (Optional)
This meeting would provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about Buckley from the perspective of a current family. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a Zoom meeting.

Application Deadline: Submit your completed application no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2020. All required supporting materials, including ISAAGNY Reports, the T&E Assessment, and your parent/guardian Zoom interview, must be complete by Friday, January 8, 2021.

We will make every effort to visit your son’s preschool either in person or virtually. If your son attends a school that we cannot visit either in person or virtually, we will contact you to set up a brief Zoom visit.

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 the application. We advise all siblings and legacy families to apply to a variety of schools.

Sibling and legacy candidates must complete the required steps listed above for the Beginners application. Applications for Early Notification must be received no later than Friday, November 5. 

Families considering Early Notification should have their son registered for the Thinking & Engagement Assessment no later than November 1. Once your application is complete, the Admissions team will send you a link to sign up for the T&E.

School Reports for candidates being considered for Early Notification must be completed by sending schools and submitted to Buckley by December 1.

Families should schedule a Zoom interview with Heidi Gore before November 30. 

Families who wish to elect Early Notification should notify us no later than November 30. Families will be notified of their admission decision on Thursday, December 9. The reply deadline for Early Notification is Thursday, December 16.

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.

Inquiry/Application Process for Classes I-VIII

Application and Inquiry Form
Applications for Classes I-VIII 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.

Visit the Buckley website, take a virtual tour of the school, and click here to learn more about our facilities.

Parent/Guardian Zoom Interview with Heidi Gore, Director of Admissions 
(Required)
Once your application is complete you will be able to schedule a Zoom meeting with Heidi Gore, Director of Admissions.
How to Zoom

Child Zoom Meeting
 (Required).
We will arrange for your son to meet with the Division Head and a teacher via Zoom.

School Transcripts (Required)
Submit your son's most recent school transcripts to the Buckley School. 

For Class I: Arrange for your son’s current school to submit the ISAAGNY Confidential Report to admissions@buckleyschool.org.

For Classes II-V: Submit the Buckley Transcript Release Form to your son’s current school and request that his homeroom teacher complete the ISAAGNY Teacher Reference Form and submit to admissions@buckleyschool.org.

For Classes VI-VIII: Submit the Buckley Transcript Release Form to your son’s current school and ask that his teachers complete the ISAAGNY English Evaluation, the ISAAGNY Mathematics Evaluation, and the ISAAGNY General Evaluation and submit to admissions@buckleyschool.org

Testing (Required)
For Class I-III: The Buckley School does not require standardized testing.

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-VIII: 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.  
Testing Info: ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
Testing Info: SSAT (Secondary Schools Admissions Test)
 
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted based upon anticipated openings for the following year.
 

Important Dates

September 1, 2021
Applications for Beginners (kindergarten) will be available. 

October 14, 2021
Open House (virtual), 6:00pm
For Beginners Applicants' Families Only
Register here.
Please only register for one open house.


November 18, 2021
Open House (virtual), 6:00pm
For Beginners Applicants' Families Only
Register here.
Please only register for one open house.

December 1, 2021
Deadline for submitting Beginners (kindergarten) applications.
Deadline to sign up for the Thinking and Engagement Assessment.

January 7, 2022
Deadline for completion of supporting materials for Beginners applications.

Beginner Applicants:
As a member of ISAAGNY, we adhere to the following notification and reply dates.
ISAAGNY Notification Deadline: Decisions will be shared on Thursday, February 3.
Family Reply Deadline: No later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10.

Class I-VIII Applicants:
As a member of ISAAGNY, we adhere to the following notification and reply dates.
ISAAGNY Notification Deadline: Decisions will be shared on Tuesday, February 8. 
Family Reply Deadline: No later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.

Financial Aid:
 
The Buckley School uses the services of TADS (Tuition and Data Services). The application is available on our financial aid page. Our school code is 1948. Financial aid applications must be completed by Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Questions?

Contact the Admissions Office:
Email: admissions@buckleyschool.org
Phone: 212-535-8787, ext. 349