General Information-Nursery & Kindergarten
Information about Admissions
Approximate number of spaces for new students:
All of our Nursery Threes and Pre-Kindergarten students attend the Nursery Division at 55 East 90th Street in Manhattan. These students then continue to Kindergarten at the Nursery Division. Meanwhile, applicants to Kindergarten would attend the Lower Division at 4440 Tibbett Avenue in the Bronx. All children in First Grade attend at our Lower Division campus.
Once a child is admitted to Horace Mann School, they do not need to re-apply from one year to the next.
Students entering our Nursery Threes program are placed into either a full-time or a part-time schedule. The full-time program runs from approximately 9:00am-3:00pm. Children in the part-time program attend either in the morning (approximately 8:45am-11:30am) or the afternoon (approximately 12:15pm-3:00pm). The application to our Nursery Threes program asks if the family has a preference between the full-time and part-time programs. All students in our Pre-Kindergarten program and older attend on a full-time schedule.
What are we looking for in an applicant?
There is no such thing as a typical Horace Mann student, nor do we have a typical applicant. Our process is designed to be age appropriate. We are looking for students who will benefit from and be successful in our program, and we also look for families who will be supportive and involved members of our community. We base that assessment on all the parts of the application process.
For Kindergarten, we also find the standardized testing to be important because it provides the only 'standard' measure that all applicants have in common. We see applicants from many different areas and many different schools, and their backgrounds are varied. The testing enables us to assess them compared to the larger group. However, the standardized test is only one measure of an applicant's success, and we use it in conjunction with the other required materials. Horace Mann School requires the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL). Please refer to the ERB website for more information about the AABL. We are aware that some area schools no longer require a standardized test. For more information about our decision to require the AABL, please click here.
How does transportation work at Horace Mann School?
Horace Mann School does not provide transportation. The School partners with several for-profit transportation companies, and families may choose to engage in contracts with those companies. Service is not be provided to all locations. Routes - including pick up and drop off locations - are determined by the bus companies based upon the students who register for service and may vary from year to year. Students in the Middle and Upper Division who reside in the five boroughs of New York City may be eligible for a free Student MetroCard, and the 246th Street stop of the 1 & 9 Subway route is one block from campus.
The School population comes from three states and nearly 150 zip codes. However, some commutes are not realistic or developmentally appropriate for some children, depending upon home location, age and grade level. The School may consider commute and travel plans in the admissions process. Families who are concerned about the commute should inquire prior to making any enrollment decision.
General Information about Horace Mann School
Why Horace Mann School?
The New York metropolitan area is filled with wonderful schools, and most children would be happy at any number of those schools. Horace Mann School is unique in that it is the largest independent school in New York, and one of the largest in the country.
Our size gives us the advantage of depth and breadth of program that many smaller schools cannot sustain, without sacrificing the smaller class sizes and strong faculty-student relationships that are a hallmark of independent school education. Horace Mann students, from an early age, are given more independence and choice than many of their counterparts, in and out of the classroom. Our size provides a diverse student population from the tri-state area, representing more than 150 zip codes and many different backgrounds. We also have more than 220 talented faculty members with a range of teaching experiences and academic interests.
The fact that Horace Mann School spans from Nursery through Twelfth Grade means that we can help manage the transitions for our students, and pay very close attention to what has gone before and what comes next to ensure that students are well prepared for what they are learning now.
Our location provides a suburban country day school campus within close reach of all New York City has to offer.