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Steps to Apply

Nursery, Pre-K, K

Thank you for your interest in Nursery, Pre-K, and K at the Lycée! The Lycée team intentionally and thoughtfully enrolls a well-balanced and diverse community of students who will thrive in our bilingual program. Applications for the 2023-24 school year opened on September 1 2022.
All interested families are encouraged to apply, as a child's current level of French is not one of our selection criteria for students entering Nursery, Pre-K, and K (Maternelle). Students in Maternelle are not required to speak French at the time of admission. Each class has two teachers, one French-speaking and one English-speaking, who accompany children along their path to bilingualism.

Nursery, Pre-K, K Admissions Criteria

We follow a set of core criteria to establish admission eligibility.
  • Your child must be 3 years old by the first day of school to enter Nursery.
  • Your child must be 4 years old by December 31 to enter Pre-Kindergarten.
  • Your child must be 5 years old by December 31 to enter Kindergarten

The Admission Process

  1. Applications must be completed via our online application portal, and a non-refundable fee of $200 is required to apply. Once a profile has been created on the portal, an individualized checklist of all application components and deadlines will be generated in the SchoolAdmin portal and sent to you.
  2. Once the application has been submitted and processed by our admissions team, you will be invited to set up a Zoom interview to talk about your child and your family.
  3. If your child currently attends a preschool program, we request letter from their teacher that discusses the child's social-emotional development, physical development, behavior in the classroom, and their receptive/expressive language. For students applying to Kindergarten, teachers are welcome to use this ISAAGNY form, to be sent directly from your child’s current school to
  4. Save the date! On Friday, January 13, 2023 we will be hosting an in-person preschool evaluation day at the Lycée. Families located outside of the New York Metro area will receive instructions to video record their child completing a series of developmentally appropriate tasks designed to help us evaluate their readiness for our program.
  5. The Admission Office is pleased to offer a variety of events to help you get to know our school. Click here to learn more and register for our fall/winter Open Houses and virtual information sessions. Please note that all events are an optional part of the application process.
  6. For September 2023, we anticipate 34 openings in Nursery, 20-24 openings in Pre-K, and 40-44 openings in Kindergarten.

Sign up for one of our upcoming Open House sessions!

These online gatherings offer an opportunity to meet our admissions team, school leaders, teachers, parents and students, for a conversation about what makes a bilingual education at the Lycée Français de New York so special.
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