FAQ

What standardized tests do you require as part of the application process?

Applicants to Kindergarten and Class I are no longer required to take the ERB as part of the application process, and we request that applicants not send us ERB scores even if they have them. Applicants to Classes II–IV must take the ISEE Primary 2–4, and applicants to Classes V–XI must take the ISEE or the SSAT.

Tests are valid from April 1 of the prior school year; i.e., for the 2018–2019 admissions season, all tests must be taken after April 1, 2018.

How many students attend Nightingale?

There are 656 students currently enrolled at Nightingale.

What is your student/faculty ratio and average class size?

On average, our student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1, and our average class size is approximately 12 students. In Lower School, reading and math groups average five or six students per teacher.

How diverse is the Nightingale population? The faculty and staff?

Nightingale actively seeks an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body. Over 30% of the student body are students of color. Currently, we have 44 faculty and staff of color (28.8% of the total).

In what grades do you accept new students?

For the the 2018–2019 admissions season (applicant for 2019–2020 academic year), we are accepting applications for Kindergarten–Class IX. Candidates interested in applying for Classes I–IV should contact the admissions office before submitting an application.

What age does my daughter need to be to apply to Kindergarten?

Girls applying during the 2018–2019 admissions year for the 2019–2020 school year should be five years old by September 1, 2019.

What is the cost of attending Nightingale?

The cost for 2018–2019 tuition for K–XII is $50,750. 

Nightingale is committed to the principle that no qualified student should be unable to attend the school because of financial reasons. Thanks to the generosity of our parents, alumnae, and trustees, financial aid is made available to many of our families. To apply for financial aid, please file the Parents' Financial Statement with the School and Student Service for Financial Aid in Princeton, NJ; more information is on their Web site at sss.nais.org. As funds are limited, please complete all documentation as early as possible, and certainly by the deadline of January 22.

What percentage of the student body receives financial aid?

In 2017–2018 approximately 20% of the student body received financial aid. We do our best to help families who need tuition assistance. Nightingale is committed to the principle that no qualified student should be unable to attend the school because of financial reasons.

Is Nightingale primarily a neighborhood school?

No. Although many girls do live in the area, students come from all parts of the city, including all of the boroughs, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Westchester County. We have international students, as well.

At what colleges do Nightingale seniors traditionally enroll?

Our college list includes the finest institutions of learning in America and abroad, and its diversity reflects the individual passions and interests of our graduates. Click here to view the matriculation list for the Class of 2018.

When is foreign language introduced?

Beginning in Class III, students gain familiarity with French, Spanish, or Mandarin, one course per semester. All students commence formal study of a modern language in Class IV. In Class VI, students begin studying Latin.

Starting in the fall of 2018, we will launch the FLES+ program in the Kindergarten, through which Spanish will be taught and integrated into various aspects of the Kindergarten curriculum. By 2021, all Lower School students will spend a portion of their day learning and conversing in Spanish, preparing them for a life of greater global engagement.

Does Nightingale have busing options?

The New York City Board of Education provides free bus transportation (in Manhattan only) , to and from school for students in grades K–6, who live more than one-half mile from Nightingale. Most often the New York City Board of Education’s Office of Pupil Transportation is able to assign a bus stop for each student, but not always. Although this service does not pick up your daughter at your door, designated stops are usually within a few blocks of the student’s home. A parent or caregiver must meet the bus on the return trip in the afternoon. Families who live more than one-half mile from school but do not wish to utilize the Board of Education’s bus service may apply for a student Metrocard. Qualifying students in grades 7–12 are issued a student Metrocard.

Morning buses from downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx are also available for an additional cost.

Are Advanced Placement courses offered?

In lieu of the Advanced Placement courses sponsored by the College Board, Upper School students have the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of discipline-specific Advanced Courses designed by Nightingale’s outstanding faculty. All courses identified as Advanced Courses have certain characteristics: a high level of academic rigor and intensity, opportunities for students to exhibit mastery in the subject area, and coursework and assessments that explore a range of applications of learning. The advanced nature of the courses is indicated on a student's official transcript.

Do you provide extended care for students after school?

Yes, through Hobbyhorse, our extended day program.

Does the admissions office require letters of recommendation?

No. Please refrain from submitting letters of personal support.

Does the building have handicapped access?

Yes. The schoolhouse is in full compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and is fully accessible, with the exception of the stage and the roof.

How do I get to Nightingale?

The Nightingale-Bamford School is located at 20 East 92nd Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

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Public Transportation

Bus

M1, M2, M3, or M4 to 92nd Street (uptown on Madison/downtown on Fifth).

Subway

4, 5, or 6 to 86th Street or 6 to 96th Street.