Due to COVID-19, Greenhouse has revised our application process for the 2022-2023 school year.  To ensure the safety and health of our community and our applicant families, our admissions process will be conducted with a mix of virtual and in-person offerings. 

We have limited openings for the 2022-2023 school year. Apply now!

To apply:

Applications are available online.  To submit your application, you must first create an account HERE. From there, you are able to submit the application, $50.00 application fee and review your progress through our admission process, including self-scheduling appointments for a virtual and in-person events, including:

Virtual information session: (required) During this Zoom session, the Director will meet with a group of parents to share information about our school.  There will be information about our program, facility, and the overall Greenhouse experience; there will also be opportunity for questions and answers.  The entire information session will last 45 minutes, then open to questions. We require each family to complete an information session so that you are familiar with our 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.

In-person facility tour: (optional) We will be offering in-person facility tours for those families that would like to see the school. We will offer tours during after school hours only. In order to attend a tour during school hours, perspective families will need to show proof of COVID immunization and wear a face covering during the tour. The facility tour will include a walk through of both school buildings and outdoor areas and will take approximate 30 minutes.

Virtual Community Chat: (optional) During this Zoom session, perspective families will have the opportunity to meet and chat with members of the Greenhouse community, including teachers, parents and Board Members. There will be opportunity for questions and answers.

We do not require an individual interview or playgroup with children in our application process.

Eligible Children

To be eligible for enrollment in the upcoming school year, children must be 2 years old in September of the following school year.

Admissions Decisions

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 Thursday, March 3, 2022. The deadline for parents to respond is Thursday, March 10, 2022.

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 January 14, 2022. The parent reply deadline is January 21 2022.