Lower School


The Lower School program is designed to foster cognitive, social, and emotional growth, and is responsive to different rates of development and styles of learning. The large Lower School faculty—including homeroom teachers; reading and math specialists; and specialized science, foreign language, music, art, library, technology, and physical education teachers—engage students in an integrated curriculum encompassing reading, English, mathematics, history, geography, science, foreign language study, technology, physical education, and the arts. The content of this curriculum is structured to enable our students to develop the skills and self-discipline they will need for a lifetime of learning. The Lower School is committed to giving careful attention to individual student needs, emphasizing collaborative learning and interdisciplinary work.



Nightingale’s social and emotional learning curriculum focuses on the development of a positive social environment in which students feel supported by classmates and teachers and are allowed to take risks, to solve problems independently, and most importantly, to grow as learners and as human beings. Through daily classroom routines and student-teacher interactions, the girls develop positive social skills and strengthen their community bond. Classrooms become working communities in which individuals are celebrated, problems may be solved collaboratively, and mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities.


How to Apply


The first step in the admissions process is to fill out our Online Inquiry form. Once we receive your inquiry, we will send you our admissions materials.

Click here to submit the online application. The application deadline is December 1.

Once we receive the online application, the admissions office will contact you within one week of submission to schedule interviews for you and your daughter. We will begin to schedule appointments the day after Labor Day. Parents of applicants for Kindergarten will be asked to schedule a parent-only tour and interview. Girls who are applying for Kindergarten will be asked to attend a playgroup at Nightingale.

Contact the Educational Records Bureau to arrange a test date for your daughter. Visit the ERB Web site at www.erblearn.org. You may also call ERB directly at 212-672-9800. The ECAA exam is required for all applicants applying to Kindergarten through Class IV. Be sure to request that the test results be sent to Nightingale.

Request that your daughter's current school send school records directly to Nightingale. The Request for School Records form is available on the first page of the InfoSnap online application. Please submit this form to your daughter's school's staff so that THEY may send us her school report with this form attached to the official transcripts.

Applicants for Kindergarten and Class I only: Please download this form and have your early childhood director return it to Nightingale.

Applicants to Class II through IV: Request recommendations from your daughter's math and English teachers. You may download a PDF of the recommendation forms by clicking here.


Applicants to Kindergarten: Please contact your early childhood director who will submit to Nightingale the appropriate ISAAGNY school report.

All applicants are asked to refrain from submitting additional personal letters of recommendation.

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