A Holistic Review: What We Look For In A Brearley Applicant

We review a student's application with an attention to character, intellectual curiosity, and a desire to grow and be challenged both individually and collectively among a diverse community of students, families, alumnae/alumni, staff, faculty, and administrators. We are seeking academically motivated students who will contribute positively to our community and parents/guardians who will also partner well with us as we foster a more inclusive program.

The Application Process

A Step-by-Step Guide

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    The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. on December 4, 2020. It is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible.  A non-refundable application fee of $85 is due upon submission. This fee is waived for families requesting financial assistance.

    A virtual assessment will be scheduled by a member of the Admission Office after the application has been submitted.

    The Office of Admission will contact families directly to schedule a personalized virtual campus tour guided by an Upper School Student Ambassador, in addition to a virtual student and parent/guardian interview, through Zoom.

    Links for an applicant's school and teachers to upload transcripts, teacher references, and a graded writing sample may be accessed directly from your account on InResonance. Please share these links with the appropriate individuals after 11/15, so that they reflect as much of the term’s work as possible. The deadline for submitting these materials is January 8, 2021.  
    • Transcript Release
    • 2020-2021 Teacher Reference
    • 2019-2020 Teacher Reference
    • Graded Writing Sample

    Families requesting financial assistance should check the appropriate box on the application. The request for aid must be made at the same time the application is submitted (the application fee is waived.) We ask that you please adhere strictly to all filing deadlines. 

    An applicant's file must be complete by January 8, 2021 in order to be considered in the first round of decisions. The Office of Admission will notify families on February 9, 2021 for Middle School (Grades 5-8) and on February 26, 2021 for Upper School (Grades 9-10.) Accepted students will be invited to attend a virtual revisit experience with members of the Brearley community.

    All schools belonging to the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) have agreed to a common parent reply date of March 2, 2021 for Middle School and March 12, 2021 for Upper School. 

    An applicant may take the ISEE or SSAT exam, however, it is not required for Brearley this admission season. We suggest you register for a test date no later than December so that we receive the results in time for the first round of decisions. You may register for the ISEE exam online at http://www.erblearn.org. Our ISEE code is 33347. Or, you may register for the SSAT at https://ssat.org/. Our SSAT code is 1799. Please remember to list Brearley as one of the schools to which you are applying, so that test results will be sent directly to us. 

    *Should applicants applying for financial assistance require support with internet or computer access, we encourage them to contact the Office of Admission at (212) 570-8600 to speak with a member of our team.

Admission Timeline

Important Dates

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  • September 8: Applications Open

  • October 19: Virtual Admission Open House

  • December 4: Middle and Upper School Application Deadline

  • December 4, 2020: Application Deadline

  • Dec. 1 or Dec. 6: Brearley Entrance Exams

  • December 15, 2020: Financial Aid Application Deadline

  • January 8, 2021: Transcript, Graded Writing Sample, and Teacher References Due

  • February 9, 2021: Middle School Notification Date

  • February 26, 2021: Upper School Notification Date

  • March 2, 2021: Class V-VIII Reply Deadline

  • March 12, 2021: Upper School Reply Deadline

Inquire About Your Application

Please email our office with any questions throughout the process.

The Office of Admission does not offer spring tours. We will begin scheduling individual virtual tours and interviews in the fall after an application has been submitted. Our online application for Middle/Upper School will be available starting, Sunday, August 1st at 9:00 am. We look forward to hearing from you then!

The Brearley School is a K-XII independent day school for girls in New York City. Empowering girls of adventurous intellect to think critically and creatively.
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582 

590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582