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 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.

We are all striving to limit the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep you and our community safe and healthy.  For that reason, all aspects of our process will be virtual this year.

The four 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. 

Many ISAAGNY schools have joined together to create and administer a non-standarized assessment (The Thinking and Engaging Activities Assessment) that your child is required to take one time during the admissions season. Please refer to the "T&E" tab for important information and instructions and a list of participating schools.  You must first submit an application, and then starting September 9, you may schedule the T&E Assessment. 
Remember:  you only need to sign up ONCE for the T&E Assessment.  

  • T&E Assessment (Virtual)
  • Child's ISAAGNY school report
  • Parent tour (virtual)
  • Parent meeting (virtual)

Important Admissions Announcements

Applications for September 2022

August 16. 2021 at 12:00 Noon
Our applications open for Kindergarten. Please see the How to Apply tab for information and detailed instructions once the application becomes available. Beginning September 9, schedule the T&E Assessment.

November 19, 2021 at 12:00 Noon 
Deadline for submitting applications for Kindergarten.  Please allow enough time to submit your application before closing time.

Due to COVID-19 we will not be conducting in-person meetings.  All interviews, tours, and events will be virtual. As a result of these changes please review the information carefully.  

Applications are closed for the 2021-2022 Admission Year

T&E Deadlines

Appointments for the T&E may be made starting Thursday, September 9, 2021 and will be available seven days a week. 

December 1, 2021 is the last day for scheduling your child’s T&E Assessment.  T&E will not be accepting any new submissions after that day.

We recommend that you schedule your child’s assessment as early in the season as possible. 

Closed Grade Inquiry

We do not anticipate openings in Grades 1, 2, and 3.  If you are interested in applying to a grade that is NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS you may fill out the Closed Grade Inquiry form below in case changes occur.


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