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Admissions Overview

We are still accepting applications for certain age groups for September 2024. Please contact Nicole Donnelly ( to inquire.


We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year.  Our first round decisions will be sent on February 29, 2024.  First round applications must be complete no later than January 11, 2024.

Virtual tours are available as a preview to our program and do not require an application.  In-person tours, and information sessions with the Director are available to families who have submitted an application.  Tours will take place from October through January.  


We request a brief video of your child playing or engaged in a favorite activity as part of the application process.  Videos should be at least 60 seconds long but no more than 5 minutes and submitted by January 11, 2024. Children applying for our 4s classes will also be invited for a brief in-person playgroup in January.  


All admissions decisions will be emailed on February 29, 2024 with a reply deadline no later than noon on March 7, 2024 as per ISAAGNY rules. Children applying to All About Two must turn 2 by November 30, 2024. Children applying to our three-day 2s program must turn 2 by June 30, 2024.

Early Decision: Applicants who are siblings or legacies can choose to apply Early Decision. Early decisions are emailed on December 8, 2023.

The Acorn School is a proud member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY). Founded in 1965, ISAAGNY aims to ensure orderly, professional, and equitable admissions processes at member schools: we do so by observing a shared admissions timeline, engaging in professional development to hone our collective craft, exchanging resources and best practices, and more. The resulting spirit of cooperation serves schools, families, and nearly 30,000 students across greater New York.

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