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. The ERB is still required for applicants to Classes II–IV, 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 2017–2018 admissions season, all ERB/ISEE tests must be taken after April 1, 2017.

How many students attend Nightingale?

There are 633 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?

Nightingale actively seeks an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body. Over 30% of the student body are students of color. Currently, we have 19 teachers of color; 20% of the faculty.

In what grades do you accept new students?

For the the 2017–2018 admissions season (applicant for 2018–2019 academic year), we are accepting applications for Kindergarten and Grades 5 through 9. Candidates interested in applying for other grades 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 2017–2018 admissions year for the 2018–2019 school year should be five years old by September 1, 2018.

What is the cost of attending Nightingale?

The cost for 2017–2018 tuition for K–XII is $48,600. 

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.

Click here to download more detailed instructions about applying for financial aid.

What percentage of the student body receives financial aid?

In 2016–2017 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 2017.

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.

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.

A morning bus from Brooklyn is also available for an additional cost.

Are Advanced Placement courses offered?

Nightingale made the decision to discontinue offering Advanced Placement courses, effective September 2017. Beginning in the 2017–2018 academic year, Upper School students will 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 will 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 will be 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


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


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