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Applying to Grades 1-5

Families who are interested in applying to Horace Mann School should begin the process one year prior to their desired entry date.

For Grades 1-5, the number of openings varies from year to year based on attrition and we accept applications on a Wait Pool basis only.

Please use this link in order to fill out the application.

For Nursery through Grade 5, we have a strict September 1st birthday cutoff. For Grade 1, children must turn 6 by September 1st of the year they wish to enter; for Grade 2, children must turn 7 by September 1st of the year they wish to enter, etc.

Application Process:

1. Submit and pay for the application
    Deadline: November 15th

  • After submitting the online application you will be taken to a payment page. The non-refundable application fee for Grades 1-5 is $10; if we are able to activate the application, the family would then pay the remaining $50 of the application fee. This fee is discounted to $25 for families applying for Financial Aid.

2. Optional: Upload photograph to the application
    Deadline: November 15th

  • When viewing the application Dashboard, click on the camera icon.

3. Schedule the standardized test
    Deadline: Test results must be received by January 15th

  • Grade 1:

    • Schedule the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) by going to the AABL page on the ERB website. For more information about the AABL, review the AABL Quick Facts Guide and the AABL What to Expect Guide.

    • Families applying to Grade 1 who apply for financial aid are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the AABL. If you are a financial aid applicant, after you have submitted your application for admission, please submit your request for an AABL fee waiver to admissions@horacemann.org. Include your child's full name and date of birth. A representative from the admissions office will be in contact within 48 hours to assist you. Please note that this applies only to the AABL; fee waivers are not available for other admission tests.

  • Grades 2-4:

    • Schedule the Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA) by going to the ECAA page on the ERB website.

  • Grade 5:

    • Schedule the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) by going to the ISEE page on the ERB website.

4. Request information from the child's current school
    Deadline: Must be received by Jan 15th

  • Grade 1:

    • Download the Confidential School Report and give the form to the child's current teacher.

    • Schools may submit the ISAAGNY Confidential School Report if they prefer.

  • Grades 2-5:

5. Optional: Submit a parent statement introducing your child to us
    Deadline: Must be received by Jan 15th

If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit the required materials by December 15th.


Please check on your application status in early January to confirm that the application is complete.
The file must be complete by January 15th for the applicant to be considered for admission.
For completed applications, we notify families of the admission decision in the first two weeks of February.

For more information about admission to Horace Mann School, and to learn more about our school, please visit our General Information page.

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