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

List of 7 items.

  • 1. APPLICATION AND FEE

    The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2021. 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.
  • 2. BREARLEY'S VIRTUAL ASSESSMENTS

    A virtual assessment will be scheduled by a member of the Admission Office after the application has been submitted.
  • 3. PARENT/GUARDIAN AND APPLICANT VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISIT

    Virtual campus visits will be available until January 15, 2022. The Office of Admission will contact applicant families 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. Families must schedule their virtual tours and interviews by December 6, 2021.
  • 4. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, TEACHER REFERENCES, AND GRADED ESSAY

    Links for an applicant's school and teachers to upload transcripts, teacher references, and a graded essay may be accessed directly from your account on InResonance. Please do not share these links with your child's school and teachers until AFTER November 15, 2021, so that they reflect as much of the term’s work as possible. The deadline for submitting these materials is January 7, 2022.  
    • Transcript Release
    • 2021-2022 English and Math Teacher References
    • Graded Essay (Analytical or Creative) with Teacher Comments from Current English or History Class
  • 5. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    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. 
  • 6. ADMISSION DECISIONS

    An applicant's file must be complete by January 7, 2022 in order to be considered in the first round of decisions. The Office of Admission will notify families on February 8, 2022 for Middle School (Grades 5-8) and on February 18, 2022 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 1, 2021 for Middle School and March 11, 2021 for Upper School. 
  • 7. STANDARDIZED TESTING

    An applicant is required to take the ISEE or SSAT exam, for Brearley this admission season. We suggest you register for a test date no later than December, 2021 so that Brearley will 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. 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 need 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

List of 11 items.

  • August 16, 2021: Applications Open

  • October 19, 2021: Virtual Admission Open House

  • November and December: Virtual Assessments

  • December 1, 2021: Application Deadline

  • December 6, 2021: Deadline for Scheduling Virtual Tour and Interview

  • December 15, 2021: Financial Assistance Application Deadline

  • January 7, 2022: Deadline for Transcripts, Graded Essay, Teacher References

  • February 8, 2022: Middle School Notification Date

  • February 18, 2022: Upper School Notification Date

  • March 1, 2022: Grades 5-8 Family Reply Deadline

  • March 11, 2022: Grades 9-10 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, Monday, August 16 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