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Apply to The Elisabeth Morrow School

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We can see your child at EMS. When you can see your child here, it’s time to apply.

The bridge between home and school is essential in fostering academic, social, and emotional development. That relationship begins the first time you connect with EMS.

The Application Process

1. Schedule a conversation with a member of the admissions team.

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2. Complete the online application.

There are limited spaces are available for the 2021–2022 school year, but you may begin your application for the following school year.

We want to speak to each applicant before they begin their application, even if they’ve applied before (we waive fees for reapplication). We are here to guide you through the process. Please contact our admissions team to set up a time to talk by using the form above or by contacting us at 201-568-5566 ext. 7212 or

To start your application, visit Ravenna and set up an account.

Make sure you select the correct year with “Applying for the fall of” at the top of the page.

You should choose “New York Area”.

Click the button to apply to a school.

Under “Regional Schools,” type “The Elisabeth Morrow School” under “Filter By Name”

The Elisabeth Morrow School will appear in the results.
Click on the school name and select “Apply.”

3. Complete and submit the Parent Questionnaire.

The Parent Questionnaire is a part of the online application, accessed in Ravenna and submitted separately. Through your answers to the Parent Questionnaire, the Admissions Committee will get to know your child and your family by learning about your child’s interests, your family’s culture and traditions, and your aspirations for your child. This information allows us to personalize your admissions journey and ensure that we are addressing the things that are most important to your family during the process.

4. Submit the Academic Record.

Request a copy of your child’s academic record/transcript from his or her current school. Transcripts must be sent directly to our admissions office:

The Elisabeth Morrow School
Attn: Admissions
435 Lydecker Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

If your child is very young and has not previously attended school or you do not receive written documentation of your child’s progress from his/her current school throughout the year, please skip this portion of the application.

5. Submit the Teacher Recommendation Form.

You may send the Teacher Recommendation Form electronically through Ravenna by supplying the name and email address of your child’s current teacher; this enables the recommender to submit the form to us seamlessly. If you would prefer to print the form, use the links below. 

Recommendations for 3s/4s
Recommendation for Kindergarten and Grade 1
Recommendation for Grades 2–5
Recommendation for Grades 6–8

6. Grades 5–8: Submit official ISEE scores.

Middle school applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and submit their official scores in order to complete an application to The Elisabeth Morrow School. Other forms of standardized testing may be accepted as well; please inquire.

7. Grade 5–8: Submit the Student Essay.

Middle school applicants play an active role in the admissions process and have the opportunity, through the short essay requirement, to give the Admissions Committee more information about the things that interest them and what they are looking for in a middle school. Locate the Student Essay Form within the Ravenna application and submit it electronically.  

8. Early Childhood–Grade 4: Schedule an assessment.

After your application has been submitted, an admissions representative will contact you to arrange an assessment.

9. Schedule an interview.

Applicants in the fifth through eighth grades will interview with an admissions representative and a member of the Morrow House faculty. 

All families are required to interview with a member of the admissions staff.

10. Receive notification of admissions decision and accept your offer.

Grade EnteringNotification MailingParent Reply Deadline
not later than noon on:
KindergartenMail or email on Friday, February 7Friday, February 14
2-, 3-, 4-year-oldsMail or email on Thursday, February 27Thursday, March 5
Grades 1–8Not before Tuesday, February 4Tuesday, February 25
Grades 9–12Not before Thursday, February 13Thursday, March 12


Grade EnteringNotification MailingParent Reply Deadline
not later than noon on:
Kindergarten and Grade 1Not before Wednesday, December 4
Not later than Monday, January 6
Friday, January 10
2-, 3-, 4-year-oldsNot before Monday, December 2
Not later than Friday, January 17
Friday, January 24

Any applications completed after the dates listed above will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Decisions are released in Ravenna. Families will receive a separate communication from our web-based enrollment partner, SSS, allowing them to complete the enrollment process at The Elisabeth Morrow School.  

Applicant families need to respond by the above dates to let us know of their decision. At that time, deposits are paid and your child’s spot is secured for the coming year. Families who apply during the rolling admissions period will be required to reply within two weeks of their acceptance.

EMS welcomes new students and families with resources and connections to help support their transition into the community.


Are you still accepting applications?

Yes, the Office of Enrollment is accepting applications for the 2022–2023 academic year, however, space is very limited. Contact the admissions office to determine if there are any openings in your child’s grade.

What is the process for previous applicants to EMS?

If you are an applicant who is reapplying from a previous year, please contact our office to speak with our staff before filling out an application. Your fee will be waived.

What test scores are required?

Middle School Applicants (Grades 5–8) are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). We will also consider the SSAT and, in rare cases, ERB scores.  

What level of English proficiency is required to enroll at EMS?

Children in the 2s program through third grade may enter EMS with limited English skills. In the fourth grade and above, we expect students to have the academic language to comprehend text and understand the academic language associated with social studies and science.

What is your age cut-off for enrollment?

Candidates must be of qualifying age on or before October 1.

Academic Year 2022–2023
Grade Level/ProgramAgeDate of Birth
2s2On or before October 1, 2022
3s/4s3On or before October 1, 2022
Kindergarten5On or before October 1, 2022

What changes to the admissions process can we expect as a result of COVID-19?

We will follow all of the same health and safety protocols with prospective families that we have implemented for our school community (requiring proof of vaccination for adults, completed health questionnaires, mask-wearing while indoors, and social distancing). We will offer small tours of campus during the week as well as in-person outdoor events. We will also continue to provide opportunities to connect with us virtually. Please check our events page for a list of upcoming events.

What is the T&E assessment for Kindergarten applicants?

Families applying to any ISAAGNY schools can register for the Thinking & Engagement Assessment (T&E).  This assessment is recommended but not required. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the constraints that it imposed on the running of schools, a group of New York City Independent School Admission Directors enlisted the help of two experts in early childhood development — each with more than forty years of experience in working with children as they learn, grow, and transition to Kindergarten. The admission directors asked that these two psychologists develop a virtual assessment to serve the needs and interests of kindergarten applicants, their families, and schools. The goal was twofold: to put minimal pressure on young children and families during this unprecedented time and to provide our admission committees with information about children when schools would not be able to meet and observe them in person.

The T&E Assessment provides families with the ability to apply to multiple schools and forego the burden of multiple virtual assessments. Instead, applicants to participating schools engage in one common assessment, the results of which are shared with schools to which the family has applied and that accept and/or require the T&E Assessment.

What does the T&E assess?

The T&E is a non-standardized, non-normed, child-friendly set of activities designed specifically to be administered virtually to 4- and 5-year-olds applying to kindergarten. The T&E taps expressive and receptive language, verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills, traceability, problem-solving skills, and developmental areas in which schools need information to determine the fit between an applicant and the program.

The T&E Assessment is administered using Zoom technology on a desktop or laptop computer or on a tablet in the child’s home.

During the assessment, the child should be sitting in a chair at a table and be wearing comfortable headphones to block out noise and to help focus on the materials (Amazon sells an assortment of reasonably priced headphones). Laptops and tablets should be set up on a flat surface so the child’s hands are free. Please leave up to 45 minutes for the entirety of the assessment, although it may take much less time.

Upon starting the T&E, the assessor guides the child through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. The cohort of assessors are a diverse group of early childhood professionals who have been expertly trained to administer the T&E. During the T&E session, one adult (e.g., parent, guardian, caregiver, adult family member) is required to be present; however, this person is expected to only provide technical support as needed.

The adult should wear headphones or earbuds and engage in a quiet activity once the assessment begins (e.g. reading a book or magazine; we ask that adults refrain from writing and using laptops, mobile phones, tablets, etc.). By wearing earbuds and staying busy, the adult is modeling what the child should be doing. Please note that the adult in the room should sit behind and to the side of the child so that the assessor may see that person during the entirety of the assessment.

Will I receive the results after my child has taken the T&E Assessment?

No. The results of your child’s assessment will only be sent to the participating schools and organizations to which you have requested that reports be forwarded.

How much does the T&E Assessment cost and how can I sign up?

The fee for the T&E Assessment is $250. The fee will be waived if you are applying for financial assistance and have a total household income of less than $150,000.

The T&E Assessment Project is administered by a coordinator and an assistant coordinator who will be available to answer questions and address any issues. Once you have submitted an application to any of the participating schools, you will receive a link to register your child for the T&E. Please remember to only register your child once. Upon registration, you will receive instructions from the T&E staff regarding scheduling.

Appointments for the T&E may be scheduled from September 8 through December 18 and will be available seven days a week. We recommend that you schedule your child’s assessment as early in the season as possible.

What is the cost of EMS?

Grade LevelTuition
Early Childhood programs (Ages 2–4)$30,975.00
Other Fees:
Parents Association Dues: $330 per family
Agreement Fee (due on 1st installment): $50.00 (mandatory if not electing Plan A and paying Tuition in full)
Tuition Refund Plan: 1.25% (mandatory if not electing Plan A and paying Tuition in full)
Yearbook: $80 per student
Basic School Photo Package: $35
Grades 5–8 Textbooks/Supplies: $400
Grade 6–7 Extended Overnight Trip: $500 (health and safety conditions permitting)
Grade 8 Extended Overnight Trip and D.C. Trip: $1,000 (health and safety conditions permitting)
Optional Fees:
Lunch Program: Prices vary by selected entrée.
After School Child Care: $15/hour (up to 6 p.m.)
Other extracurricular activities and bus transportation are available for an additional fee.

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