Applying to Buckley

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)

Complete an application online. Your son must be five years old by August 31, 2021.

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.


Virtual Tour
Please take a virtual tour of Buckley on our website. 

Virtual Open Houses
Virtual Open House Evenings provide parents/guardians interested in the Beginners (Kindergarten) and Lower School program with a valuable opportunity to learn more about Buckley. You will hear from Head of School Greg O’Melia, and members of the Buckley faculty, and current students. While not required, attendance is highly recommended. Adults only.
2020 Buckley Virtual Open House dates:
Wednesday, October 7
Thursday, October 29

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 in mid-September and ending in mid-December. Click here for more information.
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.

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 November 1. 

Families considering Early Notification must have their son complete the Thinking & Engagement Assessment no later than November 15. 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 15. 

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

Application
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.

Visit the Buckley website and take a virtual tour of the school. 

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-III: 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 Class IV: 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 V-VII: Submit the Buckley Transcript Release Form to your son’s current school and ask that both his math and English teachers complete the Teacher Reference Form 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-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.  
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

Buckley Virtual Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 7
Thursday, October 29
Click here to register

August 24, 2020
Applications will be available for Beginners (kindergarten). Please schedule your son for the Thinking & Engagement Assessment after September 8. 

December 1, 2020
Deadline for submitting Beginners applications.

January 8, 2021
Deadline for completion of supporting materials for Beginners applications.

Questions?

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