Apply to Lower School (N-5)


Our admissions process has been structured for you to learn about Trevor, and for us to learn about your family. We hope that by exploring our website, experiencing life at Trevor through our narrated Virtual Tour and our Trevor FAQ video, you will gain a comprehensive sense of who we are. 

Families interested in our Early Learning Program: Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten may complete the application and follow the Application Procedures below.

If you are interested in submitting an application for Grades 1-5 after the December 1 deadline, we encourage you to call our office to learn more about the process. Post-deadline applications are accepted based on availability of space in the applicant's grade.

Our deadline for applying for Financial Aid remains January 1, 2022.

Spring 2022 Admissions Events: Details about our virtual and in-person events may be found here. Registration for these events is available through Ravenna.

The Trevor team is looking forward to meeting your family. We hope each interaction with our community provides you with meaningful engagement and helpful information.

Please feel free to contact the Admissions office with any questions about our admissions process. Should you have questions about your Ravenna account, please contact 

Lower School Admissions
Nursery–Grade 5
1 West 88th Street, New York, NY 10024
T: 212.426.3355  F: 212.369.0654

Application Procedures

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  • Age Requirements

    When creating a class, we carefully consider the many dimensions of a balanced early learning or elementary classroom—including students’ gender, personality, diversity, ability, and age range. We give close attention to each child’s development as well as the class configuration. General birthday guidelines are listed below. We are happy to discuss your child’s age and placement at your Adult Meeting.
    Nursery applicants:
    Applicants to Nursery must turn 2.8 by August 31 of the year they hope to enter Trevor. (Birthday between January 1, 2018 – January 1, 2019)

    Pre-Kindergarten applicants:
    Applicants to Pre-K typically turn four by September 1 of the year they hope to enter Trevor. (Birthday between September 1, 2017 -September 1, 2018)

    Kindergarten applicants:
    Applicants to Kindergarten typically turn five by September 1 of the year they hope to enter Trevor. (Birthday between September 1, 2016 –September 1, 2017)

    Grades 1–5 applicants:
    Applicants to Grades 1–5 typically turn the age for the grade they are applying by September 1.
  • Apply

    To begin the admission process, please submit a completed application, along with a $60 non-refundable application fee at

    Admissions decisions will be posted in your Ravenna account on the ISAAGNY notification dates listed under Application Procedures below.
  • Adult Meeting/Applicant Meeting

    We are pleased to offer families the opportunity to self-register for all events including TeleAdmissions Applicant/Adult Meetings This will allow families to register at their own convenience. Once registered, all families will receive a
    confirmation email followed by an email with details about each event and Zoom links. Each meeting will be with a representative
    from our Admissions team.

    Each grade level is different; please read carefully.

    Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten: This meeting will include a conversation, a few developmentally appropriate tasks, and time for questions. An adult should sit near the child, yet support independence. Typically, we spend 30 minutes with the child and an equal amount of time with the adult.

    All of our families Kindergarten–Grade 5 will have two separate meetings: one for the candidate and one for their adult.

    Kindergarten: Each applicant will have the option of taking part in The Thinking and Engagement Assessment (details via our website) or scheduling a 45-minute meeting with a member of the Trevor Admissions team.

    Grades 1‒5: Every applicant will be scheduled for a 50-minute meeting.

    Adult meetings for Kindergarten–Grade 5: Adult(s) are offered a separate 30-minute meeting to share information and ask questions. For families with applicant siblings, only one Adult Meeting is necessary.

    Applicant Writing for Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 5: Each applicant will complete writing during their meeting. Promptly after the meeting, please take a picture of your child’s work and email it to Be sure to include the applicant’s name and grade in the subject line. If you need additional options beyond the schedule offered in Ravenna, please call us at 212.426.3355 or email at
  • The Thinking & Engagement Assessment (Kindergarten Option)

    Each applicant will have the option of taking part in the Thinking and Engagement Assessment (Click for details) or scheduling a 45-minute meeting with a member of the Trevor Admissions team.

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the constraints that it imposed on the running of schools, a group of New York City Independent School Admission Directors enlisted the help of two experts in early childhood development--each with over forty years of experience in working with children as they learn, grow, and transition to Kindergarten. The Admission Directors asked these two psychologists to develop a virtual assessment to serve the needs and interests of Kindergarten applicants, their families, and schools. The goal was twofold: to put minimal pressure on young children and families during this unprecedented time and to provide our Admission Committees with information about children when schools would not be able to meet and observe them in person. The T&E Assessment, as it is commonly known, enables families to apply to multiple, participating schools but forgo the burden of multiple assessments. Applicants engage in one common assessment, the results of which are shared with schools to which the family has applied and that accept and/or require the T&E Assessment. Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 community spread among unvaccinated children and adults, many schools have decided to require the T&E Assessment for the 2021-2022 admission season since they will not be able to invite applicants into their school buildings for visits.
  • Opportunities to Visit

    Spring 2022 Admissions Events: Details about our virtual and in-person events may be found here. Registration for these events is available  through Ravenna.
  • Confidential School Report Form (ISAAGNY Form)

    The confidential school report form may be sent via Ravenna directly to your child’s school and returned directly to the Admissions office. You will be able to request appropriate forms through Ravenna by assigning the form to a teacher/administrator via email. We welcome past reports, transcripts, and records whenever possible. Please email them to with the applicant’s name in the subject line. All completed forms are due by Friday, January 7, 2022.
    A transcript release form may be required by your child’s current school to allow the transmission of previous reports. You may print the form and share it with your child’s school, as necessary.
  • Testing

    After a thorough consideration, Trevor has suspended both the requirement and consideration of ISEE Primary, ISEE and/or SSAT test scores in our Lower School Admissions process. This decision eliminates the possibility of unequal access to these exams.
  • Financial Aid

    We encourage families applying to Nursery through 5th grade to complete the TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) Financial Aid application as soon as possible after submission of the Application for Admission. The deadline is December 1st. TADS applications will be available online at beginning October 1st. There is a single $45 fee to submit a TADS application, regardless of how many schools receive the financial aid summary report. There are no fee waivers for TADS applications. The Tuition and Financial Aid page of Trevor’s website provides additional information about our Financial Aid program.
  • ISAAGNY Notification Dates

    Trevor Day School complies with the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) common notification dates. Decisions will be posted in your Ravenna account.

    Notification and Reply Dates for 2021–2022
    (For applications and files completed by January 7, 2022)

    Thursday, February 3
    Thursday, February 10
    2, 3, 4 year olds
    March 3
    Thursday,           March 10
    Grades 15
    Tuesday,              February 8
    March 1
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