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Lower School (1-5)

Lower School: Grades 1-5 Admissions Checklist:

To begin:

As we open our doors in September, we have several opportunities for you to explore The Heschel School!  As a first step, we encourage you to sign up HERE for a Zoom information session.  A virtual tour will become available on our website later this Fall.  In the interim, you may explore our website for a glimpse into student life.   For additional questions, please email us at

Before applying to our Lower School division, please know:

  • Students must be fully immunized based on  New York State requirements.

Preliminary Online Application

Applications for entrance in Fall of 2021 will be available between September 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020. Heschel uses the services of Ravenna to facilitate an online application.

Click here to submit your online application. The application deadline is December 4, 2020.

For technical assistance with the application forms, please email the Admissions Office at

Parent Questionnaire

The Parent Questionnaire allows Heschel's Admissions team to better understand your child and your family. Please submit this form before your Zoom Parent Interview.

Zoom Parent Interview 

Schedule this with the Admissions Office.  Prior to the interview please be sure that the Preliminary Application, Parent Questionnaire and School Report have been submitted.

Observation Form from Two (2) Teachers

On the online application, “delegate” to two (2) of your child’s teachers by entering their email addresses. The forms will be emailed directly to the teachers, and they will return them directly to Heschel. Be sure to press Submit after entering the email addresses. Due January 8, 2021.

Names and Emails of Two (2) Teachers

Please submit names and email addresses of two (2) teachers for contact later in the admissions process.

Student Assessments for General Studies and Hebrew Language

Arrange with the Admissions Office, after the Preliminary Application, and Parent Questionnaire are submitted. 

School Reports:

An official transcript of the student’s most recent report card should be emailed directly from the applicant’s school.  Due January 8, 2021.

Standardized Testing:

For Grades 1-3:  Standardized testing is waived.
For Grades 4-5:  If the CTP Test (ERB) has been administered please submit an official copy, sent directly from your child’s current school. 
Due January 8, 2021.

Financial Aid (if applicable)

Please visit our financial aid page for information about applying for aid. The deadline to complete your financial aid application is December 15, 2020.

Notification Date:

Grades 1-5: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

This date is in accordance with guidelines set by the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).