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Applying to Grades 1-5

The deadline for the Horace Mann School application for the 2019-2020 school year has passed. The late application for the 2019-2020 will be available via Ravenna Hub on November 28th, 2018. On or after November 28th, we will be able to receive late applications.

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.

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 15th

  • 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.

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 for Beginning Learners (AABL) by going to the AABL page on the ERB website. For more information about the AABL, review the AABL Quick Facts Guide and the AABL What to Expect Guide.
    • Families applying to Grade 1 who apply for financial aid are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the AABL. If you are a financial aid applicant, after you have submitted your application for admission, please submit your request for an AABL fee waiver to admissions@horacemann.org. Include your child's full name and date of birth. A representative from the admissions office will be in contact within 48 hours to assist you. Please note that this applies only to the AABL; fee waivers are not available for other admission tests.

  • Grades 2-4:

    • Schedule the ISEE Primary by going to the ISEE page on the ERB website.

  • 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 December 1st.

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.

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