List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What are the benefits of an all-boys education?

    While boys and girls are undoubtedly capable of achieving the same goals, boys often benefit from movement, space, action, and rest to fully reach their cognitive and intellectual potential. All-boys schools are designed to accept boys as they are, granting them permission to be themselves so they can take risks, gain self-confidence, and develop life skills that transcend the classroom. Buckley believes in teaching to the “whole boy,” implementing a balanced, sensory-based curriculum to make learning fun, approachable, and memorable. Buckley taps into all aspects of a boy’s development—the social-emotional, the intellectual, the creative, and the athletic—all the while making the learning process lively and challenging. For more information about all-boys education, please visit the International Boys’ Schools Coalition website.
  • Q. For which grades does Buckley accept applications?

    Each year, we accept applications for our Beginners (Kindergarten) Program. Applications for grades I-VII are reviewed dependent upon openings. Please submit an application to receive further grade-specific information. In the event of an opening, we will contact you to submit school reports and standardized test scores. 
  • Q. Is there an age cut-off date for applying to the Beginners Program?

    Your son must be 5 years old before August 31, 2020 in order to be considered for the Beginners (Kindergarten) program.
  • Q. May I tour the School before submitting an application?

    Yes. You may schedule a spring tour without submitting an application. Once the application opens in August, you must submit an application before you can schedule a fall campus tour. 
  • Q. Is it required that both parents/guardians attend the campus tour and parent/guardian interview?

    While not mandatory, attendance by both parents/guardians is recommended. Choosing a school for your son is an important family decision, and we believe it is best made when both parents/guardians are well-informed and involved in the process.
  • Q. May I reschedule my campus tour, parent/guardian interview or my son's visit?

    We certainly understand if unforeseen conflicts arise. Please call or email the Admissions Office and we will be happy to reschedule.
  • Q. Does Buckley offer open houses for families applying to the Beginners (Kindergarten) Program?

    Yes, open house evenings provide parents and guardians who are interested in the Beginners program with a valuable opportunity to learn more about the School. You will hear from Headmaster Greg O’Melia, members of the Buckley faculty, and current students and have a chance to explore the school.
  • Q. Do students apply from a wide range of schools?

    Yes, we receive applications from many schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as neighboring suburbs. We also welcome out-of-state and international applications. Our Beginners (Kindergarten) class represents approximately 21 different nursery schools and pre-K programs each year.
  • Q. Does Buckley have a diverse student body?

    Part of what makes Buckley such an exciting community is its diversity, welcoming families from all different parts of New York, as well as from other countries. Some boys at Buckley speak multiple languages, some have lived abroad, and some have special talents that set them apart from others. Regardless of families’ backgrounds or circumstances, Buckley, under the guidance of its diversity leadership team, strives to ensure that all boys respect one another and appreciate their respective differences.
  • Q. What is Buckley's tuition?

    The tuition for the 2019-20 academic year is $49,500 and includes lunch, books, supplies, class trips, and student accident insurance.
  • Q. Does Buckley offer an after-school program?

    Buckley’s after-school program is called “Boomerang” and is available to Beginners (Kindergarten) through Class VI, Monday through Friday until 6:00 p.m. Upper School students can attend a proctored study hall until 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

    Designed to round out the daily curriculum, Boomerang offers a wide range of stimulating activities including:
    • Chess (Beginners, Intermediate, and Tournament level)
    • Mandarin
    • Mad Science
    • Guitar
    • Keyboarding
    • Lego Robotics
    Fees for Boomerang classes vary and families receiving financial assistance will pay a reduced rate based on need.
  • Q. Does Buckley offer financial aid for after-school programs?

    Yes. Fees vary for our afterschool program, Boomerang, and families receiving financial assistance will pay a reduced rate based on need.
  • Q. Does my son need to be athletic in order to be a good fit for Buckley?

    Our boys participate in physical education at all levels and eventually join interscholastic teams, but we consider athletics to be more than just hitting home runs or scoring goals. Our athletic program provides boys with the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones, to train to the best of their abilities, to build confidence, and to commit to their fellow teammates. We place a high value on teamwork, good sportsmanship, and fitness, and we wholeheartedly believe in the cognitive and emotional benefits of engaging in regular physical activity. In addition to playing sports, Buckley boys in all grades also participate in plays, clubs, musical performances, debates, and more.
  • Q. Is Buckley a religious school?

    No. The Buckley School is a non-denominational school. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

    While Buckley is not a religiously affiliated school, we are a school with several long-standing traditions that continue to evolve over time.
    One such tradition is the weekly school assembly, a time during which our students and faculty gather as a community. Assemblies are led by the headmaster, who begins with a story or poem from various religions and sources, speaking to Buckley’s appreciation for inclusivity and diversity. Boys may elect to join the headmaster in a recitation of the Lord's Prayer.

    Other traditions include various performances that celebrate the winter holidays, one of which is the School’s version of the Nativity Play, performed by first and second grade boys. With the understanding that not all Buckley families observe Christmas, the boys in Beginners and Classes IV-IX perform in holiday concerts that offer music from a variety of sources.
  • Q. What is involved in the secondary school placement process?

    We recognize that boys will change throughout their nine or ten years at Buckley and that they will need guidance and support in order find the right secondary school for the student they have become. As a result, we take secondary school placement seriously, advising our Class VIII and Class IX families throughout the process. As a former director of admission, Headmaster Greg O’Melia plays an active role in overseeing the process and advocating for our boys, along with the director of placement and the director of the Upper School. Equipped with a deep understanding of their students’ individual needs and an unrivaled knowledge of high schools, Mr. O’Melia and the placement team have a vested interest in helping boys and their families find the school best suited for their son.
  • Q. What high schools do Buckley boys attend?

    Buckley boys are consistently admitted to a wide range of boarding and day high schools, including Andover, Bronx Science, Choate, Collegiate, Deerfield, Friends Seminary, Grace Church, Groton, Exeter, Horace Mann, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Packer Collegiate, Regis, Riverdale, St. Paul's, Stuyvesant, Taft, Trinity, and Westminster.

More Questions?

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