First Program (K-3)

Welcome to Admissions

First Program Admissions

Thank you for your interest in The Dalton School's First Program! We hope you have had the chance to browse through our website for information about Dalton. Our comprehensive, interactive school viewbook is another great source of information about our school.

We are delighted that you are thinking about applying! In order to apply to Kindergarten, all children must be 5 years old by September 1st, the year that they would be entering Kindergarten. The three requirements for completing the admissions process are listed below. All requirements must be completed to receive an admissions decision from Dalton in February. Please read through all of our instructions on "HOW TO APPLY" as well as our "RECOMMENDED TIMETABLE" to make sure you are thoroughly aware of Dalton's admissions process as each school's process is unique to them and may have different requirements and deadline dates. 

Dalton will no longer be requiring or accepting ECAA (ERB) test results or any other testing for Kindergarten applicants. We do not administer the SRT.

  • Child's Dalton School visit
  • Child's ISAAGNY school report
  • Parents tour and interview

Important Admissions Announcements

List of 3 news stories.

  • Tours:

    Fall Tours will be scheduled as part of the application process.  Please see the Visit Dalton! tab for further information.

    Spring Tours information for 2020 will be available in mid-February.

    Applications for 2020-2021 School Year:

    Submit your application through Ravenna online beginning Noon on August 15th, 2019.  Deadline for submitting an application is November 15th, 2019 before Noon.

    Please see the How to Apply tab for further information.
  • Open Houses:

    Open Houses will be held in October. These will be held in the evening, and sign-up will begin on September 10, 2019 at 10:00 am.  Dates are available once sign up is active.

    These events are for families new to Dalton who would like to see First Program before applying. Evening Open Houses give parents an opportunity to view our First Program facility as well as meet students, faculty, and administrators, who will describe our program to you. For families who know that they will be applying to Dalton, it is not necessary to attend an Open House, as a tour of First Program is part of the admissions process. 

    Open Houses are now filled.  

    Registration began online September 10, 2019 at 10:00 am, and thereafter until filled. Please do not leave your information on our voice mail, register online on Ravenna when registration opens. Once the Open Houses are filled we will have a waitlist. Please sign up for only one Open House date. 

  • Closed Grade Inquiry

    Applications are now closed for the 2019-2020 School Year.  The deadline was November 16th before Noon.

    If you are interested in applying to a grade that is NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS you may inquire below:

    For grades K, 1, 2 and 3 - we do not anticipate there being openings for these grades but you may fill out the Closed Grade Inquiry form, and we'll keep your information on file in case something changes.

Past Announcements


Contact First Program Admissions:
Phone: 212-423-5463
Fax: 212-423-5467
Address: 53 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
212.423.5200 |
(K-3) 53 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
(4-12) 108 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128