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 2 news stories.

  • Spring Tours for Kindergarten Applicants 2019-2020

    Spring Tour sign-up online through Ravenna began on March 3rd at 9:00 AM for 2019-2020 Kindergarten applicants only.  

    Spring Tour dates have been filled, you may sign up online for our active waitlist which will be open through May 30th 2018.  Please create your login and password on Ravenna, “explore” The Dalton School on Ravenna's Directory at and sign-up for Waitlist-Spring Tour.  As cancellations occur, we will go to our waitlist to fill available spots. 

    Fall Tours will be available with the regular application process when you apply if you do not take a Spring Tour.  

    To sign up for a Spring Tour, “explore” The Dalton School on Ravenna's Directory at and sign-up for only one date.  You may create your login and password on Ravenna ahead of time.  Signing up for more than one date will void all registrations.  We will call you within a few days if there is a conflict with your scheduled tour date.  If tour dates have been filled, you may sign up online on our active waitlist.  As cancellations occur, we will go to our waitlist to fill available spots. Tours are given on various school days throughout April and May at either 9:00 or 10:30 AM. Please allow about one hour and thirty minutes for your visit. A Spring Tour will be considered a family's ONLY tour of First Program, so we do REQUIRE that both parents come on the tour (if a two-parent family). Spring tours are ONLY for families applying to Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year (applicants must be five years old by September 1st to be eligible for Kindergarten). For those families not able to take a Spring Tour, a fall tour will be scheduled for you as part of the regular admissions process after submitting your application. If you have already taken a tour of First Program this past admissions season, we ask that you wait until the fall to tour the First Program again, after you have submitted your application. Please know that spaces for Spring Tours do fill up very quickly.

    It is very important that EACH parent bring ID to all Dalton visits. 

    We will also be offering Open Houses in October. These will be held in the evening, and sign-up will begin after Noon on September 10, 2018.  

    To all applicant families for Kindergarten for the 2017/18 school year - Applications for Kindergarten are now closed.  Deadline for Applications for the Kindergarten Admission 2018 year was Friday, November 17 before Noon.

    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 on the tab above, and we'll keep your information on file in case something changes.
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  • To Dalton Community Applicants

    If you have forgotten your Ravenna login or password, please email Ravenna at 

    For any other questions, please contact Dalton's First Program Admissions Office at 212-423-5463.
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Contact First Program Admissions:
Phone: 212-423-5463
Fax: 212-423-5467
Address: 53 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128