What is Browning’s tuition?
The tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $41,200.
Does Browning offer financial aid? How do I apply?
Yes. We make every effort to meet the financial needs of qualified applicants. Financial aid is available for students at all grade levels and is awarded solely on the basis of need. Admission decisions are made independently of financial need. If you are requesting financial aid, please indicate this in the appropriate place on the application form and the proper financial aid forms will be automatically mailed to you. After November 1st, you must submit a Personal Financial Statement through TADS (tads.com), in addition to your most recent tax return. Please call the Office of Admission at 212-838-6280 ext. 148 if you would like to obtain a waiver code for the application fee.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The application deadline for Pre-Primary to Form V is November 29, 2013. All applicant files must be completed by January 13, 2014. A completed file includes an application, standardized test scores/reports and official school reports/transcripts.
When will I learn of the admission decision?
In accordance with ISAAGNY, our notification dates are as follows:
Pre-Primary and Grade 1: Friday, February 7, 2014
Grades 2-8: Not before Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Grades 9-11: Not before Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My son was tested through the ERB two years ago. Does he need to be tested again in order to be considered for admission?
Each applicant must be tested through the Educational Records Bureau (ECAA or ISEE) within the testing cycle for the year that he is applying. The testing cycle begins on April 1st each year, so a student applying for the 2014-2015 year will need to have taken the appropriate test after April 1st, 2013.
How can I get information about testing fee waivers?
ISAAGNY (Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York) offers a fee reduction program for families whose income totals $120,000 or less. If you are eligible, you must complete all necessary paperwork no later than December 1st of the application year. If you are applying for a testing fee reduction, please begin the process promptly to ensure that your son is able to take the appropriate test well in advance of application deadlines.
Who will I meet with for the parent/guardian interview?
Families applying for admission to Pre-Primary-Grade 4 will meet with Kelly West, the Director of Lower School Admission, and families applying for Grades 5-Form V will meet with Janet Lien, the Director of Middle and Upper School Admission.
My son is applying to Pre-Primary and is going to attend a playgroup. What can we expect? Who should bring him to the playgroup?
All Pre-Primary applicants must attend a one-hour playgroup with up to four other boys. An admission evaluator leads the group in age-appropriate activities that allow us to get to know the boys in a relaxed and fun setting.
Boys should arrive at the 52 East 62nd Street entrance and can be picked up there at the end of the play date. Adults are not required to remain on the premises during the time that the boys are at the School.
It is not necessary for a parent to attend this appointment; children can be accompanied by a caregiver or relative.
Boys should dress comfortably and be ready to have fun!
Is attendance required at the information session for parents/guardians applying to Pre-Primary?
Attending a Pre-Primary Information Session is a necessary and extremely valuable part of the admission process. It is strongly recommended that all parents/guardians attend an Information Session, as this will help you get to know Browning’s faculty and students.
What should I do if I need to reschedule my appointments?
We understand that your plans may change due to unforseen circumstances, so please feel free call us if you need to reschedule an appointment. We will do our best to honor your scheduling requests and to find a new, mutually convenient time. We kindly ask that you contact us at least 48 hours in advance so that we may schedule another family in your place. Due to the fact that we have a limited number of tour and interview slots, we appreciate your consideration in this matter.
If your son is sick, please do call us to reschedule his play date. We are more than happy to have him come once he is healthy!
Is it necessary for both parents to attend the tour and interview?
While attendance for all parents or guardians is not mandatory, we feel that choosing a school for your son is an important decision that is made easier when all of the adults in his life are informed and have a solid sense of the schools to which he is applying.
How does the admission process differ for applicants who are siblings or legacies?
As soon as possible and, in all instances, no later than December 1st of the application year, please indicate your preference for either Early or Regular Decision notification by contacting the Office of Admission. Siblings or legacies are eligible to receive early notification during a period of time after December 10th. If admitted, early notification applicants are expected to withdraw their applications from other ISAAGNY-affiliated schools.
Please note that early notification does not guarantee admission, and that sibling and legacy applicants are welcome to remain in the general pool; those who opt out of early notification will not be discriminated against in the consideration process.
If you are or your son is a sibling or a legacy who will be applying for admission, please contact the Office of Admission in the spring before the application year, or as soon as possible.
When are modern languages introduced?
Modern languages are introduced in 3rd Grade. Students can choose between French and Spanish and receive weekly instruction in their chosen language. All Form I and Form II students are required to take Latin, and Upper School students can take electives in French, Spanish, Latin or Greek.
Is there an after school program?
Browning offers an after-school program called “Encore” that is held for students in Pre-Primary through Form I (Grade 7). All classes are offered Mondays to Fridays from 3 pm until 5 pm. Programs include, but are not limited to, Robotics, Art, Cooking, Technology, Performing Arts, Modern Languages, Chess, as well as athletics programs through Corbin’s Crusaders.
Do you offer spring tours?
We offer spring tours for families who are interested in applying for Pre-Primary. Registration is available online beginning in April, and families who take a spring tour do not need to take an additional tour as part of their application process later in the fall. Tours are led by parent tour guides, and follow the same format as the tours that are given throughout the admission season.
Please note: families who take a spring tour do so in lieu of a tour in the fall. Therefore, it is recommended that all parents/guardians participating in the admission process for that child attend the tour.
Do you require personal letters of recommendation?
We do not require personal letters of recommendation or “first choice” letters.
The only recommendations that we require are teacher recommendations that must be completed on the official forms that are located on our website.
If my son is a rolling applicant, do I need to submit a completed file?
Yes, we must have a complete file for all applicants, even for students who are applying to grades that are fully enrolled. This includes standardized test scores and teacher reports/recommendations/transcripts. Please note that all documents, with the exception of standardized test scores, must be sent directly to Browning from the applicant’s current school.
How do I get to Browning?
Browning is located at 52 East 62nd Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. The Office of Admission is located at 40 East 62nd Street.
There are several subway and bus lines that are conveniently located within close proximity of Browning:
• 4, 5, or 6 Trains to 59th Street
• N, Q and R trains to 5th Avenue/59th Street
• M1 or M2 to Madison Avenue/58th Street
• M3 or M4 to Madison Avenue/57th Street
• M 57 or M 66 to Madison Avenue
If you’d like to find your direct route on public transportation, please visit: www.hopstop.com
What is the best way to contact the admissions office?
Please call 212-838-6280 ext. 148 to speak with Christine Mayr, or you can e-mail [email protected].