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Applying to Grades 6-11

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

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year has passed. If you would like to fill out an application for the wait pool, please use the link below. If we have availability we will look at your application and consider activating it for review.

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Please use this link in order to fill out the application.

This year, our entry points are Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9.

At all other grade levels, the number of openings varies from year to year based on attrition and we accept applications on a Wait Pool basis only. Families interested in Grades 10 and 11 should submit the application and pay the $10 Wait Pool application fee. Only completed wait list applications will be reviewed, so applicants should ensure that all required materials be submitted by the deadlines.

For information about Horace Mann School, please go to our Visit Us page. 

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Application Process:

1. Submit and pay for the application
    Deadline: November 15th

  • After submitting the online application you will be taken to a payment page. The non-refundable application fee is $60. This fee is reduced to $25 for families that will be applying for Financial Aid. Applications to Grades 10 and 11 are accepted on a Wait Pool basis only and require a non-refundable $10 application fee; if we are able to activate the application, the family would then pay the remaining $50 of the application fee.

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

  • When viewing the application Dashboard, click on the camera icon.

3. Call our office to schedule the interview
    Deadline: November 15th

  • Call 718-432-4100.
  • We begin scheduling interviews September 15th.
  • Our interview appointments will fill up, so please call as early as possible after submitting the application.
  • Applicants to Grades 10 and 11 should not call to schedule the interview. If we have spaces available in those entry points due to attrition, we will contact applicants to schedule the interview, usually in late winter.
  • We require the applicant and at least one parent to attend the interview. The family will take a tour of campus before meeting with a member of the Admissions staff, a Division Head, or a Grade Dean. Interviewers are assigned based upon availability, and the specific person you meet with has no bearing on admissions outcomes.

4. Submit the student essay and a list or summary of interests and activities
    Deadline: Must be received by Jan 15th

  • Below is a list of essay prompts designed to help the Admissions Committee learn about the student beyond what we will see from transcripts or test results. The essay should include 500 words or less. Please choose one of the following essays and attach your activity/interest list to the essay. If you prefer, you may submit one of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) common essays instead of one of our essays below. If you do so, be sure to include the essay question with your response.
    While we would prefer to receive the essay before the interview, the deadline for the essay is January 15th.
    • Topic 1: Tell us about a fictional character in literature, comic books, film or television that you admire. What are the traits that this individual exhibits that make them worthy of your admiration?
    • Topic 2: You're writing the story of your life so far. What's the title? Why?
    • Topic 3: If your family had its own flag, what would be on it? If you had your own personal flag, would it be different from your family's flag? In what way?
    • Topic 4: Tell us about your best experience in school and your best experience out of school. What made each of them the best?
    • Topic 5: Describe something you're hoping for, and discuss the obstacles or difficulties that must be overcome if this goal is to be achieved, either by you or by others.
    • Topic 6: Tell us about a scientific or mathematical discovery that you feel has had a significant impact on the world and why you believe its impact is significant.
  • Email the document to essay@horacemann.org.

5. Schedule the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
    Deadline: Test results must be received by Jan 15th

  • Go to iseetest.org to schedule the exam.
  • Students who are considering boarding schools may submit the SSAT exam instead.

6. Request teacher recommendations from two (2) current or recent teachers
    Deadline: Must be received by Jan 15th

  • Click here to access our online recommendation system.
  • Recommendations must come from teachers in the core academic subjects.
  • We use an online recommendation system. However, if the teacher requires a paper copy of the recommendation form, please click here to download the form.

7. Request that grades/report cards be sent from the applicant's current school
    Deadline: Must be received by Jan 15th

  • Download the Transcript Request Form and submit it to the applicant’s current school.
  • We require grades/report cards from the two years prior to entry (including mid-year reports from the current school year).

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

If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit the required materials by December 15th.


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.
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.

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