Frequently Asked Questions

What is Browning’s tuition? 

The tuition for the 2015 - 2016 academic year is $44,500. 

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 1, you must submit a Personal Financial Statement through TADS (, in addition to your most recent tax return. Please call the Office of Admission at 212.838.0205 if you would like to obtain a waiver code for the application fee.

What is the application fee?

A non-refundable application fee of $75 must accompany each application. This fee is waived if you are applying for financial aid. Please call the Office of Admission at 212.838.0205 to obtain a fee waiver code.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The application deadline for Pre-primary to Form V is November 27, 2015.  All applicant files must be completed by January 15, 2016. A completed file includes an application, standardized test scores/reports and official school reports/transcripts. 

Due to a limited number of tour, interview, and play group slots, we encourage you to submit your application and schedule your appointments as soon as possible. If your application is received after all appointments have been filled, we will place your name on a wait list and you will be contacted if space becomes available. 

When will I learn of the admission decision?

In accordance with ISAAGNY, our notification dates are as follows. Please note that you must log in to your account on Ravenna on the appropriate date in order to view the admission decision. 

Pre-primary and Grade 1:  Friday, February 5, 2016

Grades 2-8: Not before Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Grades 9-11: Not before Thursday, February 18, 2016

(Sibling and legacy applicants to Pre-primary and Grade 1 may opt for Early Notification between December 9, 2015 - January 4, 2016.)

Who will I meet with for the parent/guardian interview?

Families applying for admission to Pre-primary to Grade 4 will meet with Kelly West, the Director of Lower School Admission, and families applying for Grades 5 to Form IV 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. Parents and caregivers 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 unforeseen 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?

Early notification is available only for Pre-primary and Grade One applicants. 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 between December 9, 2015 and January 4, 2016. 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.

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. 

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.

Do you use the ISAAGNY Common Questions? How long should the essay be?

Upper school applicants are required to submit an essay. Browning uses the ISAAGNY Common Questions, which are available each year on Ravenna as part of the application process. Essays should be about 750 words in length.

Is there an after school program?

Browning offers an after-school program called “Encore” that is held for students in Pre-primary through Grade 6. 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.

Do you offer spring tours?

We offer spring tours for families who are interested in applying to Pre-primary, or Grade 5 and above. Prospective Pre-primary applicant tours are led by parent tour guides, and prospective Middle and Upper School applicant tours are led by current students. Spring tours follow the same format as the tours that are given throughout the admission season. 

Please note: Prospective Pre-primary applicant families who take a spring tour do not need to take an additional tour in the fall, but are welcome to do so if they wish. As in the fall, it is recommended that all parents/guardians participating in the admission process for a child attend the tour. 

Do you require personal letters of recommendation? 

Please do not send personal letters of recommendation or “first choice” letters. These letters will not be considered as part of an applicant's file. 

The only recommendations that we require are teacher recommendations that must be completed on the official forms that are delegated from your account on Ravenna. 

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

What is the best way to contact the admissions office? 

Please call 212.838.0205 to speak with Victoria Piedmont, or you can e-mail