Applying to The Elisabeth Morrow School

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Applications are accepted throughout the year (up to seventh grade) based on space availability. Qualified candidates with completed files will be offered spaces for the 2014-2015 academic year beginning on the ISAAGNY notification dates.  

The advertised notification dates  DO NOT mark the completion of an admissions season and applications will continue to be reviewed based on space availability.   Please know that only completed files will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Therefore, we strongly suggest to call or email to see that the required documents have been received. 

Candidates must be of qualifying age on or before October 1.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Request Information

Please join our mailing list by Requesting a packet of information.  The packet will include an overview of the school and other printed materials.  Joining our mailing list will also enable you to receive invitations to special events.  On occasion, The Elisabeth Morrow School will extend invitations to Prospective Parents for concerts, guest speakers, etc... 

We are happy to mail admissions packets to families who submit a request, however, we encourage you to explore this website.  It is not necessary for you to request information to complete an application or visit the School.  You will find all application materials by following the application procedures and checklist on this page.  Please contact The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid with any questions.  We look forward to assisting you as you learn more about our School.

Blair Talcott Orloff
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
The Elisabeth Morrow School
435 Lydecker Street
Englewood, New Jersey  07631
admissions@elisabethmorrow.org
201.568.5566 ext. 7212

 

Step 2: Arrange a Private Tour or Attend an Open House

Prospective Parents have several opportunities to visit The Elisabeth Morrow School. An application is not required to visit the campus.  Prospective Parents can schedule a private tour by appointment or attend an Open House. We encourage parents to tour the campus and see the classrooms in action.  Private tours and Open Houses are held throughout the year and are usually held in the mornings.  Visiting the campus is a valuable method of learning about life at The Elisabeth Morrow School.  Middle School students are encouraged to attend a tour or Open House with their parents.  We recommend that parents of young children visit the School without their children.

Directions to the School

Step 3: Complete the Application for Admission

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has begun to accept applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Applications are accepted throughout the year (up to grade seven), however, it is recommended that applicant families attempt to complete their applications by the end of January, 2014. Qualified candidates with completed files for the 2014-2015 academic year will be offered spaces beginning on the ISAAGNY notification dates.  

The advertised notification dates DO NOT necessarily mark the completion of an admissions season.  Applications are accepted and reviewed year-around based on space availability.  Please know that only completed files will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Therefore, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid periodically to check the status of your application.

Candidates must be of qualifying age on or before October 1.

Application for Admission (PDF)
or Apply Online*

*The online application process will begin when the form has been submitted and the non-refundable application fee of $60.00 has been successfully processed.

Step 4: ERB, ISEE and SSAT Testing

Candidates for the Fours Program through Grade Four are required to take the ERB ( Educational Records Bureau) assessment  either at The Elisabeth Morrow School or at the ERB office in Manhattan. Please ask ERB about the testing schedule at The Elisabeth Morrow School.  If the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is notified in advance of an ERB appointment, families can sometimes arrange a campus tour and/or parent interview during the testing appointment.  Parents may register online at erblearn.org or schedule an appointment by calling ERB at 212-672-9802.

Candidates for Grades Five through Seven are asked to take the ISEE or SSAT. Parents may register for ERB or ISEE online at erblearn.org or by calling ERB at 212-672-9802 or ISEE at 800-446-0320. Candidates taking the SSAT are asked to visit ssat.org or call 609.683.4440.

Step 5: Parent and Candidate Questionnaire(s)

Please share information about the candidate by completing the parent questionnaire(s). In assessing candidates, especially young children, detailed and concrete information will help the Admission Committee make informed decisions.  Parents of applicants to The Threes Program through Grade One must complete both questionnaires.

Candidates for Grades Five through Seven are required to complete a Candidate Questionnaire.  We ask that the Candidate Questionnaire be handwritten if possible.

Parent Questionnaire #1: Threes through Grade One
Parent Questionnaire #2: Threes through Grade Seven
Candidate Questionnaire for Grades Five through Seven

Step 6: Request Official Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations

The Admission Committee requests that the most current transcripts and teacher recommendations be forwarded from the candidate’s current school to The Elisabeth Morrow School after November 1

Only if a parent received a written progress report from their child's current school or daycare, regardless of the child's age, we ask a parent to sign a Request for Information/Transcript Request Form and submit it to the current school.  A Request for Information/Transcript Request form may not be appropriate for very young applicants (If you do not receive written documentation of your child's progress from his/her current school throughout the year, please skip this portion of the application). A Request for Information/Transcript Request Form allows the applicant's current school to release any written progress reports or report cards to The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

If an applicant is enrolled an any type of daycare or Early Childhood Program, a Teacher Recommendation Form must be completed by the applicant's current teacher as part of the application. This document usually accompanies official transcripts (when applicable). 

Transcript Request Form
Teacher Recommendation Form for The Threes and Fours Programs
Teacher Recommendation Form for Kindergarten and Grade One
Teacher Recommendation Form for Grades Two through Seven English/Math

Step 7: Candidate Playgroup/Classroom Visit and Parent Interview

After the application has been submitted, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid to arrange a classroom/playgroup visit for your child and a Parent Interview. A playgroup visit is required for candidates to the Threes Program through Grade One. A half-day or full-day visit to the school is required for candidates to Grades Two through Seven. Additionally, parents are asked to share information about the candidate in a parent interview. The parent interview can sometimes be scheduled during the time of the child visit or during an appointment with Educational Records Bureau (ERB)*, so please inquire with the Admission staff. 

It is not necessary for both parents to be present at a parent interview.  The parent interview is a casual meeting to learn more about an applicant and his/or family and to answer additional questions.

*Please ask ERB about the testing schedule at The Elisabeth Morrow School.  If the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is notified in advance of an ERB appointment, families can sometimes arrange a campus tour and/or parent interview during the testing appointment.

Step 8: Admissions Committee Review of Candidate's Completed File

The Admission Committee’s decisions are determined by a thorough review and discussion of each of the required components of the candidate’s file.  Only completed files will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  Families who require a decision by the ISAAGNY Notification Dates are asked to complete their application by the end of January, 2014.  Please contact the Office of Admissions at 201.568.5566 ext. 7212 or admissions@elisabethmorrow.org to check on the status of your file.

Application Checklist and Forms

Threes Program

Fours Program


Kindergarten and Grade One

Grades Two through Four

Grades Five through Seven

*The online application process will begin when the form has been submitted and the non-refundable application fee of $60.00 has been successfully processed.

Contact

For more information regarding Admissions or to schedule your tour of The Elisabeth Morrow School, please contact: 

Blair Talcott Orloff

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Jan Keshishian

Assistant Director of Admissions

201.568.5566 x7212
admissions@elisabethmorrow.org 

ISAAGNY Notification Dates

Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) Notification Dates for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

The Elisabeth Morrow School is a member of The Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York.  As a member school, we follow the admissions guidelines set by ISAAGNY.  The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will begin to notify candidates with completed admissions files on the following dates:

Threes and Fours Programs
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kindergarten and Grade One
Friday, February 7, 2014

Grades Two through Eight
Tuesday, February 4, 2014