Mail the completed application form with the $40.00 application fee to Columbia Greenhouse, 404 W. 116th Street, NY, NY 10027. After we receive the application, we will email applicants a date and time for the parent’s visit to our school. The scheduled visits run from October through February, on various mornings each week at 9:00 am. If parents have a conflict with the date of the scheduled visit, contact us and we will work with you to reschedule.
During the visit, the Director will meet with a small group of parents to share information about our school. After the small group discussion, parents will have the opportunity to tour the school while it is in session. The entire visit takes around 90 minutes.
We require each family to visit our school so you are familiar with our environment and approach, which will then help the parents determine if this is the type of program they want for their child. We believe a strong philosophical match between school and family makes for a successful partnering.
We do not require an individual interview or playgroup with children in our application process. For applicants that will be 2.6 or older at the start of school, we do offer an opportunity for the children to visit a classroom and “stay and play”. At the Stay and Play, children and parents are invited to come for a 30 minute visit and play in one of our classrooms, interact with some of our teachers and learn more about Greenhouse. The Stay and Play is an invitation for you to learn more about us; it is not a required part of the application process. After your tour, if you are interested in scheduling a Stay and Play, please email us.
Early Notification: Families with siblings and /or those currently affiliated with Columbia University have the option of participating in an early notification process or in the general admission process. If a qualifying family chooses to be included in the early decision process, we will notify you of our admissions decision no later than Friday, January 20, 2017. The parent reply deadline is Friday, January 27, 2017.
To be eligible for enrollment in the upcoming school year, children must be 2 years old before September of the following school year.
Columbia Greenhouse is a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York and follows the notification dates set up by the organization. The notification date for general admissions decisions is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The deadline for parents to respond is Friday, March 10, 2017.