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Applying to Grades 1-5

The application for the 2023-2024 school year will be available via Ravenna Hub on September 7th.

Families who are interested in applying to Horace Mann School should begin the process one year prior to their desired entry date.

For Grades 1-5, the number of openings varies from year to year based on attrition and we accept applications on a Wait Pool basis only. We activate applications and interview families as spaces become available.  

This year, the admissions process for entry for the 2022-2023 school year at HM will be conducted in-person. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Horace Mann School requires that visitors coming to the campus for interviews and open houses be vaccinated or in the process of becoming vaccinated. If an applicant isn't vaccinated, please email and a member of the admissions team will be in touch. 

Please take a moment to read HM's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for enrolled students. 

For Nursery through Grade 5, we have a strict September 1st birthday cutoff. For Grade 1, children must turn 6 by September 1st of the year they wish to enter; for Grade 2, children must turn 7 by September 1st of the year they wish to enter, etc.

Application Process:

1. Submit and pay for the application
Deadline: November 18th

  • After submitting the online application you will be taken to a payment page. The non-refundable application fee for Grades 1-5 is $10; if we are able to activate the application, the family would then pay the remaining $50 of the application fee. This fee is discounted to $25 for families applying for Financial Aid; enter partial waiver code HMFinAid2022 when prompted in the Ravenna system.

2. Optional: Upload photograph to the application
Deadline: January 15th

3. Schedule the standardized test
Deadline: Test results must be received by January 15th

  • Grade 1
  • Schedule the Admission Assessment  - Required for Kindergarten & 1st Grade. Horace Mann School is working with First Look Insights. First Look Insights is an independent testing organization working in consultation with Horace Mann School and Riverdale Country School in order to provide additional information on the applicants that apply for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. While a piece of the application process, the assessment is not the only piece of the process. Please read the First Look Insights FAQ to learn more about the assessment and register to take the assessment here. 


  • Grades 2-4:
    • Horace Mann School has partnered with ERB to provide the ISEE Primary remotely to Horace Mann School Applicants. HM Applicants who created accounts for Horace Mann School on Ravenna will receive information about registration for the ISEE Primary test dates in December 2022. For information regarding the ISEE Primary please contact ERB or and information will be sent regarding scheduling and registration.  


  • Grade 5:
    • Schedule the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) by going to the ISEE page on the ERB website.

4. Request information from the child's current school
Deadline: Must be received by Jan 15th

  • Grade 1:
    • Parents may submit their request online to their current school via Ravenna Hub for the school to fill out the Horace Mann Confidential Report.
    • Schools may submit the ISAAGNY Confidential School Report if they prefer.


  • Grades 2-5:
    • Parents should submit their request online to their child's teachers to ask for recommendations via the Ravenna Hub. Horace Mann School needs recommendation forms from the child's current academic teacher and the child's academic teacher from last year.
    • The Horace Mann School Transcript Request Forms are available via the Ravenna Hub. Please submit the forms to the child's current school.

5. Optional: Submit a parent statement introducing your child to us
Deadline: Must be received by Jan 15th

  • Families submit their parent statement through the Ravenna Hub Platform.

If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit the required materials by November 18th.

Please check on your application status in early January to confirm that the application is complete.

The file must be complete by January 15th for the applicant to be considered for admission.

For completed applications, we notify families of the admission decision in the first two weeks of February.


For more information about admission to Horace Mann School, and to learn more about our school, please visit our General Information page.