Frequently Asked Questions
The Admissions Process
What is an Open House? Should I come to one?
Yes. At the Bank Street School for Children, attendance at an Open House is an important step in our application process. This evening event lasts approximately two hours and provides a general overview of the school with a presentation from the members of the Administration as well as tour of the facility with a parent/student team.
Do I wait until I have all the parts of the application (including a Financial Aid Form if applicable) before I send it in?
No. Once we receive your application, we create an admissions folder for your child. As we receive additional material for the application (i.e. school transcript, confidential school report, etc.) we will add it to the folder until the folder is complete and ready to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
What does a December 1st deadline mean?
We make every attempt to process every application received before December 1st. We schedule visits through the week of January 21st in order to comply with the ISAAGNY Notification and Reply dates. If we run out of interview slots, we will keep your application on file and will notify you of this by either phone or email. We will return your application fee if we do not process your application within the first round of admissions according to the ISAAGNY schedule.
Are any applicants given special consideration?
Yes. Siblings of current students, children of the Bank Street School for Children alumni and staff are given special consideration with an option for Early Notification. However, we do not guarantee admissions to anyone and make a concerted effort to enroll qualified students from many groups.
Does Bank Street offer Early Notification to families?
Yes. Bank Street offers families who have siblings currently at Bank Street the option of Early Notification. Early Notification is intended to expedite and simplify the admissions process for current families and also benefit the school by clarifying the number of places available for the larger community. Admissions focuses on making sure this is the best learning environment for our applicants. As much as we seek to build a family school, there may be times when Bank Street is not the most appropriate placement for every child within a family. If, after careful review, Bank Street does not appear to be an optimal fit, the Early Notification Plan provides enough time for parents to pursue other options. For the most part, Early Notification decisions are either an acceptance or a denial for that year.
Do you enroll an equal number of boys and girls?
As a coed school, we make every effort to balance our classes with an equal number of boys and girls.
Do I need to submit an application fee?
Yes. The application fee of $60.00, which we expect you to enclose when you send the application or will be charged to your credit card if you apply on line, is a processing fee and is non-refundable.
What does it mean when you say the “4/5s”?
Bank Street refers to their grades by the ages of the students in that grade. For example, the Pre-Kindergarten class, the 4/5s, is made up of students whose ages range from 4 to 5 years old. All students must be 4 by September 1st, while some will be turning 5 in the fall. Except in individually specific circumstances, children do not stay in the same grade level for more than one year.
Is there a Birthday Cutoff for applicants?
Yes. We have adhered to the September 1st cutoff for children. For example, a child applying to the 4/5s Program (Pre-Kindergarten) must be 4 years old by September 1st of the entry year.
Do you require Letters of Recommendation?
No. Our Admissions requirements do not include Letters of Recommendation. Sometimes families feel that a particular person who knows them and their child very well can offer another perspective that would be helpful. If we receive Letters of Recommendation, we will include them in the applicant’s file.
School for Children Logistics:
How are the different Ages, Grades, and Divisions broken down?
- Lower School: Nursery (3/4s) through Kindergarten (5/6s)
- Middle School: First grade (6/7s) through Fourth grade (9/10s)
- Upper School: Fifth grade (10/11s) through Eighth grade (13/14s)
What is the Student to Teacher Ratio?
In addition to the head teachers, classroom staff includes specialists, assistant teachers, and student teachers. The student to teacher ratio in the Lower and middle School is 6:1. In the Upper School, it is 8:1.
Do Bank Street teachers hold Master’s Degrees?
Bank Street teachers are the School’s greatest resource. In addition to holding master’s degrees, many of the teachers are also adjunct faculty members at the Bank Street College of Education Graduate School.
What are the School Hours?
(Children between the 3/4s and the 13/14s may go to their classroom at 8:30am)
Lower and Middle School
- Monday - Thursday: 8:30am – 3:00pm
- Friday: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Middle School (9/10s and Upper School)
- Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 3:15pm
Do you have After School Programs?
Yes. Bank Street offers rich, nurturing and varied After-School and Extended Day Programs, which are used by approximately one-third of our families. Drop-In Service is available daily as well. The cost of the program depends on the specific activity as well as the number of times per week the child is enrolled. The program is divided into two cycles: September through February and February through June, as well as, vacation camp during school vacations depending upon volume of need.
- Monday – Thursday: 3:10-4:30pm
- Friday: 1:00-2:30pm
- Monday – Thursday: 4:30-6:00pm
- Friday: 2:30-6:00pm
Where is Bank Street located?
The Bank Street School for Children is located on 112th St. between Broadway and Riverside Dr. on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Does Bank Street have a Children’s Library?
Bank Street’s library contains approximately 70,000 volumes. A full-time librarian works with all School for Children students, ages three to fourteen. Graduates of the School for Children have a lifetime membership.
Are there Team Sports for students interested in participating?
Yes. Upper School students may choose to participate on teams in four sports:
- Soccer in the fall for the 10/11s-13/14s
- Volleyball in the fall for the 10/11s-13/14s
- Basketball in the winter for 11/12s-13/14s
- Softball in the spring for the 10/11s-13/14s
How is technology implemented in the School for Children?
Technology is seen as a tool to support learning and growth, and to help make developmentally appropriate and meaningful connections between teaching and learning and the outside world. The 4/5s might capture video on a Flipcam while on a neighborhood walk while the 10/11s might interact with students in China by posting photos of their experiences with day-to-day activities. Students in the Upper School collaborate with their peers online via secure classroom websites to complete projects involving technology. Document Cameras, iPads, Eno Boards, Lap Tops, Keyboarding Programs, Pod Casting, Garage Band, and concepts of Digital Citizenship are standard elements found in many Bank Street Classrooms.
How are kids assessed?
Communication about children’s academic, social, and emotional growth and development is presented in two written reports and two parent/teacher conferences each year.
How does High School Placement work at Bank Street?
The process of High School placement begins in the spring of 7th Grade and continues throughout the fall of 8th Grade. The Director of High School Placement in collaboration with the Upper School faculty works with parents and students to discuss and formulate a list of appropriate schools for each student.
Do you have a Summer Camp?
Yes. Summer Camp offers an extensive program for children ages four through thirteen, and includes art, theater, sports, swimming, and extended-day activities.
Where do the families who apply to the School for Children come from?
We are proud to share that we do not only attract families from Manhattan, but also from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Westchester County. Although a majority of families live on the Upper West Side, we have an increasing number of families traveling from other parts of the city and surrounding areas.
How can parents get involved in the community?
We welcome parent involvement in the school. The Parents Association is an active and dynamic group of parents who organize many events throughout the school year including the Auction, Fall Fair, New Parents Welcome Party, etc. In addition, the school supports parent affinity groups as a way to provide a venue to identify ways to be better represented in the culture of the school and to support and develop a deeper sense of belonging. Parents are able to better get to know the other children in their child’s class as well as the parents of those children through class pot lucks, attending field trips, and volunteering to attend events in their child’s class. Parents can volunteer to support the admissions office by signing up to be a Tour Guide during the Open Houses or a Buddy Parent to New Families. Parents can also volunteer to be class parents or division parents.
What is the relationship between the Graduate School and the School for Children?
The School for Children is a working model of the College’s approach to learning and teaching. The school and the rest of the College share not only a common purpose and mission, but space and facilities as well. At times, the faculty of the College and the School for Children collaborate on grants to study and better understand children’s learning and share in professional development opportunities. Moreover, some members of the School for Children faculty teach in the Graduate School and graduate students work in the school as Assistant Teachers and student teachers.