First Program (K-3)

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Timetable Details

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  • August through Fall...

    • Go to Ravenna, create your online Account username and password and submit your application. Applications open at noon in mid-August (Date TBD).  All applications must be submitted before Noon mid-November (Date TBD).  We cannot accept applications after this time/date.

    • After we process your application, we will call you to schedule your child's visit and your parent tour and interview. These appointments are scheduled from October through January.

    • The ISAAGNY Confidential School Form, Release of Records form and cover letter should be given to your child's school director or teacher and returned by them to Dalton no later than January, exact date to be determined. This form is confidential once it has been filled out by your child's school.  These forms can be downloaded from our website. For Dalton Community members applying for Early Notification, this school form must be received by Dalton in December (Date TBD).

    • Financial Aid: Applicants must apply for financial aid during the application process. Financial aid awards are based upon clearly demonstrated need. Information about applying for financial aid is available on Ravenna and will be emailed to families who indicate on the application form that they would like to apply for aid. Please see "Tuition and Financial Aid" for deadlines and more information.
  • August:

    • Applications are available to submit online after Noon on Date TBD

    • Applications will be available until NOON on Date TBD. We strongly suggest that you submit your application as soon as you can for scheduling your appointments. 
  • September:

    • We will begin taking reservations online beginning at (Date TBD) for our Open Houses which are held in October.  
    • Families will sign up online to reserve a place. You must create a login and password for Ravenna to register.  Please register for only one date.  Dates will be available once sign up is active.  Space is limited. 

    • We continue to accept applications.
  • October:

    • The Open Houses are for families new to Dalton who would like to see the school before applying.  

    • We continue to accept applications.
  • November:

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE IS BEFORE NOON IN MID-NOVEMBER.  Applications will not be accepted after this time/date. If you apply on the last day, your application MUST be submitted prior to noon. At 12:00 PM, the system closes down and we will not be able to accept anymore submitted applications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    • If applying for financial aid, submit the Parents Financial Statement to SSS and required tax documents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    • Registration for the "Life Beyond 91st Street Event" held in January will begin once our application closes. Date and time to be determined.                                                                                                                                                         
  • December:

    • Letters of Recommendation are completely optional.  If you choose to have someone submit a letter of reference, it must be received by December 1, 2020 to be included in your child's file.
    • For Dalton Community families:
      • Early Notification form is due by December 1. Make sure to check on the Ravenna checklist that we have received your form. 
      • If taking Early Notification, ISAAGNY confidential school report due by December (EXACT DATE TBD).
      • Early Notification decisions will be posted on Ravenna no earlier than December (EXACT DATE TBD) and no later than January (EXACT DATE TBD).
      • Notification for Dalton Community families not taking Early Notification: decisions will be available at the same time as non-community applicants, February (EXACT DATE TBD).
  • January:

    • All admissions files must be completed by January (DATE TBD), in order to receive an admissions decision.  The Admissions Office reviews the status of all applications towards the end of the admissions season. If a file is incomplete, the office will contact the parents of applicants indicating the information needed to complete the admissions process. Parents should also check the status of their application file by going to the Ravenna checklist. If you have any questions regarding missing material, please call the Admissions Office. 
    • Dalton Beyond 91st Street - This evening event is held early in January at the 89th Street Upper School facility and is open to any family new to Dalton that has applied to Kindergarten. High School students conduct tours of the Upper School for Kindergarten applicant parents, and answer questions in a panel discussion. Space is limited. Online registration for this event begins on December 2nd at 10am on Ravenna. 
  • February:

    • According to the ISAAGNY timetable, decision notifications are posted on Ravenna on February (DATE TBD). Families must make their enrollment decision by February (DATE TBD).  Please contact Ravenna if you have forgotten your login and password.

    • An opportunity is provided to see the school again during the decision-making period.


Contact First Program Admissions:
Phone: 212-423-5463
Fax: 212-423-5467
Address: 53 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

Application Status

The Admissions Office reviews the status of all applications towards the end of the admissions season. Parents may check the status of their application by accessing their checklist in Ravenna.  If a file is incomplete, the office may contact the parents of applicants indicating the information needed to complete the admissions process. Parents may also check our website and Ravenna for upcoming deadlines.
212.423.5200 |
(K-3) 53 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
(4-12) 108 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128