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Grades 1 - 5 Admissions

updated January 2018

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

Children in grades 1 - 5 are admitted by BNS lottery. There is no entrance test and no pre-admission interview. Parents are asked to fill out a simple application.  There are open house dates scheduled for fall and winter. Parents are urged to attend an open house before they apply.  BNS is not a zoned school; children who live in Brooklyn are eligible to apply. We prioritize children from D13,14,15 and 16.

BNS will fill seats in grades 1 - 5 at the end of the school year, over the summer and in the fall of 2018.  We admit new students till November of 2018.  There is a separate lottery and wait list for each grade.

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

Applications do not carry over from year to year. Please fill out an application for 2018 in January 2018.


If your child has an IEP or if your child might have an IEP for September 2018: 

  • Come to an Open House. All open houses include a tour of special education classes.
  • Speak with us about your child's needs when you visit. For more information about our special education program, click here.
  • Children with IEPs are entered into the lottery.


The Brooklyn New School hosts several Open House dates each year, so that prospective families can visit the school and learn about our approach and our community first-hand.

Each Open House includes a tour and begins the the Auditorium.  An Open House lasts approximately one and a half hours. Families do not need to register for an Open House.

Every Open House is appropriate for families applying to pre-K to 5th grade.


Open House Information 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