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Admissions Overview

updated January 2018


Children are admitted to BNS by lottery.

Brooklyn New School is in year three of a new admissions policy designed to help foster diversity within the school. The DOE will prioritize students eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. You can indicate on your application if your child qualifies for Free and Reduced Price Lunch.

There is no entrance test and no pre-admission interview. BNS is not a zoned school; children who live in Brooklyn are eligible to apply. Districts 13, 14, 15 and 16 have priority.

Families interested in Pre-K apply through the DOE and are asked to fill out a BNS Pre-K Outreach Questionnaire, available Feb 28 2018.

Families interested in Kindergarten apply through the DOE's Kindergarten Connect and are asked to fill out a BNS Outreach Questionnaire available on our website on Nov 28 2017.

Families applying for grades 1-5 are asked to fill out a simple application available here in January 2018.  BNS fills seats in grades 1-5 as they open up, usually at the end of the schol year or over the summer.  

Wait lists for all grades for the current school year  are closed.

Check the DOE website for information about citywide elementary school enrollment.

  • Our DBN (school number) is 15K146. We are in District 15.



We encourage all parents to come to a BNS Open House before they apply.

  • Open house dates are scheduled for fall and winter. Parents are urged to attend an open house before they apply. 
  • Open Houses are for all grades, Pre-K - 5, and include a tour of the school. These events are geared towards adults.
  • Open Houses begin in the Auditorium and last one and a half hours. Parents DO NOT need to register or sign up for an Open House. 



Open House dates for 2017-2018

Mon Nov 13 2017   9-10:30 am

Wed Dec 6 2017     9-10:30 am

Thu Dec 21 2017    9-10:30 am

Mon Jan 8  2018      9-10:30 am

Tues Jan 16 2018     6-7:30 pm

Wed Jan 31 2018     9-10:30 am

Tues Feb 13 2018     6-7:30 pm

Thu Mar 1 2018         9-10:30 am