It is our aim at Dalton to make the Admission process as personal and transparent as possible. Below are responses to questions most commonly asked by applicants. Should you desire additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is There a Birthday Cutoff Date for Kindergarten Applicants?

    Yes. The child must be five years old by September 1st in order to enter kindergarten. Our kindergarten classes are comprised of children who range from five years old to those who are turning six years old in the fall.
  • Q. Does Dalton Have a Wait List?

    Yes. At the conclusion of the Admissions process, some students will be offered Wait List status. These applicants are eligible for acceptance if additional openings occur.
  • Q. Do You Offer Open Houses?

    Yes, for First Program as well as Middle and High School applicants. Open Houses are held in the fall to provide applicants and their parents with an opportunity to "meet" faculty members, students, and school administrators and to hear about Dalton's educational offerings.
  • Q. Are Any Applicants Given Special Consideration?

    Yes. Legacy applicants are given special consideration, and the percentage of Legacy applicants admitted to Dalton is higher than that of other applicants. We are, however, able to enroll many qualified students from both groups.
  • Q. Do Students Come From a Limited Number of Schools?

    No. We receive applicants from a wide array of schools from many locations throughout the city and neighboring suburbs and from out of state and international schools. We do not, however, have boarding facilities as we are a day school and cannot accommodate students who do not live with their families.
  • Q. Do You Require Letters of Recommendation?

    Dalton does not require personal recommendations. Letters of recommendation, however, are welcome, especially from those who know the candidate and the family well. Two letters are sufficient. You will find the email link for the recommendation forms in Ravenna once you apply. 
  • Q. How can I check on the status of my application?

    You may log in to your Dalton application at at any time after submission to check the status of your application and see if any items are missing. 
  • Q. When and how will I be notified of Dalton's admission decision?

    Once your application and requirements are complete, you will be notified of the admissions decision in February in accordance with the timetable of ISAAGNY (Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York). We will post admissions decisions on Ravenna.
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