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.

  • To Dalton Applicants

    If you have forgotten your Ravenna login or password, please email Ravenna at  If you are applying for Kindergarten 2019-2020, and have not created a log in or password for Ravenna please create one for 2019 and "Explore"  The Dalton School on Ravenna.

    Submit your application online beginning at Noon August 15th, 2018 for School Year 2019-2020.  

    Deadline for submitting an application is November 16th, 2018 before Noon.

    For any other questions, please contact Dalton's First Program Admissions Office at 212-423-5463.
  • Open Houses:

    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. 

    Registration will begin online after Noon on September 11, 2018, and thereafter until filled. Please do not leave your information on our voice mail, register online on Ravenna. Once the Open Houses are filled we will have a waitlist. Please sign up for only one Open House date.
  • EQUITY EVENT REGISTRATION (for current Kindergarten applicant parents only) Panel discussion of Equity and Diversity at Dalton, including a Tour of Middle and High School

    This event is for Kindergarten applicant's parents. It is open to families new to Dalton who have submitted a Kindergarten application. This evening, held in early January, gives parents an opportunity to hear how Dalton deals with these important topics as well as having High School students take them on a tour of the Upper School facility. 

    Registration for this event will be announced at the end of November. If you are interested in attending, please log into your Ravenna account and sign up once registration has begun.

    This is an optional admissions event.  Space is limited.

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


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