Apply to Lower School (Preschool-5)


Our admissions process has been designed for you to learn about Trevor, and for us to learn about your family. Through the exploration of our website and interacting with our community, you will experience our promise of ambitious academics, engaged learners, and balanced lives in real-time.  
At Trevor, we recognize the importance of finding your family’s educational “home”. We know that once you step through our doors, you’ll find a welcoming, dynamic, and engaging environment. The Trevor team is always available to provide context, insight, or answer a question. You can reach us at 212-426-3355 or [email protected].

We look forward to getting to know your family and sharing ours with you. We strive to make this process clear and enjoyable as you embark on this exciting journey. So much lies ahead! 
The Lower School Admissions Team
Preschool-Grade 5
1 West 88th Street, New York, NY 10024

Applicants for 2025-2026 School Year

Applications for Entry in the 2025-2026 school year will open on September 3rd, 2024 through Ravenna. Please visit to create your account and learn more.

We look forward to meeting your family this fall!

Application Process

List of 7 items.

  • Apply

    If you are interested in applying for Kindergarten-Grade 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 the availability of space in the applicant's grade
    Once an application is submitted through Ravenna, dates will be available for self-registration for the in-person child visit and a parent meeting.  Families have the option of attending one of our tours before completing the application. 
    Admissions decisions will be posted in your Ravenna account on the dates listed below.
  • Age Requirements

    When creating a class, we carefully consider the many dimensions of a balanced early learning or elementary classroom—including students’ personality, diversity, development, and age range. We give close attention to each child’s development as well as the class configuration. Birthday guidelines are listed below. 
    Threes applicants:
    Applicants for Threes must be 2.10 by August 31 of the year they hope to enter Trevor.

    Pre-Kindergarten applicants:
    Applicants for Pre-K must turn four by September 1 of the year they hope to enter Trevor.

    Kindergarten applicants:
    Applicants for Kindergarten must turn five by September 1 of the year they hope to enter Trevor.

    Grades 1 through 5 applicants:
    Applicants for Grades 1 through 5 may contact our office to discuss appropriate placement.
  • Adult Meeting/Child Visit

    Adult Meeting
    This 30-minute conversation with a member of our Admissions team helps us to get to know your family and child. It's also an opportunity for us to answer any questions you may have about Trevor. We suggest that you tour and explore our website prior to the meeting. For families with applicant siblings, only one Adult Meeting is necessary. 
    You will be able to schedule this appointment through Ravenna after submitting the application and can choose either a virtual or in-person meeting. Please choose the option that suits your family best - a virtual or in-person meeting holds the same value in our process. 
    Child Visit
    Each Threes applicant will participate in a small group session that mimics an Early Childhood class. Through stories, songs, and play, the Admissions Team will get to know your child. Caregivers are encouraged to stay in the room and will be provided with a seating area to observe. These visits will begin later in the season as extra months are important in a young child's development.

    Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten:
    Each applicant will participate in a small group session with the Trevor Admissions team for approximately 50-60 minutes. These visits are an opportunity to observe your child in a peer setting and to get to know them through developmentally appropriate tasks and games. Caregivers are requested to stay in our waiting lounge during your child’s visit. 

    Grades 1‒5:
    Grades 1-5 are attrition-based entry points. We encourage families to submit their applications by December 1, 2023. If we anticipate an opening in the grade for which you are applying, we will schedule a child visit and tour/parent meeting. To tour prior to applying, please see our ‘Opportunities to Visit’ on Raveena for grade-appropriate events.
  • Opportunities to Visit

    To register for an event visit After creating your account, locate Trevor in the directory of New York Schools and click on “upcoming events”. 
    Take A Look Morning:
    Our weekly tours, led by our Admissions team are an opportunity to see our classrooms in action. These tours last approximately an hour and a half.

    Trevor Together Tours:
    Join us to tour our Upper East Side Middle and Upper School and our Upper West Side Lower School and to learn how we seamlessly connect curriculum and community. This event begins with a brief tour of our East Campus followed by a ride on the Trevor Shuttle. The event concludes at our West Campus with a tour of the Lower School. This tour will last approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. 
  • Confidential School Report Form and Transcripts

    The confidential school report form may be sent via Ravenna directly to your child’s school and returned directly to the Admissions office.  Applicants for Grades 2-5 must submit school reports for 2022-2023 and the most up-to-date report for 2023-2024 from their current school. This can be done through Ravenna or by submitting the transcript request form on our website and emailing it to [email protected] with the applicant’s name in the subject line. All completed forms are due by Thursday, January 11, 2024.
  • Tuition Assistance

    If your family is applying for tuition assistance, please answer “yes” to the relevant question on the Application Form; email our office at [email protected] to obtain a fee waiver code before you submit your application. Families requesting tuition assistance must complete a Clarity application by January 1st.

    Clarity applications will be available online at Clarity after October 1st.
  • Trevor Notification Dates

    Please check back in the fall.