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Steps to Apply

Nursery, Pre-K, K

Toddlers learn French naturally and intuitively. By learning French in a playful and engaging environment, toddlers not only build their language skills, but can also improve their cognitive abilities, boost their confidence, and prepare them for interacting with peers in a group setting!
All interested families are encouraged to submit their applications. Proficiency in French is not a requirement for the selection of students entering Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. In Preschool, 40% of our students do not speak French at the time of their enrollment. Each class has two teachers, one French-speaking and one English-speaking, as well as an assistant, who guides students toward 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 December 31 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.
  1. For families that live in the Greater New York City metropolitan area: All parents/guardians of applicants to Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten must come in person to the Lycée for an interview and guided tour of the Primary Division of the school. The interview & tour will take approximately 75 minutes to complete. 
    For families that live outside of the Greater New York City metropolitan area: All parents/guardians of applicants to Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten must participate in a 30 minutes virtual interview. in an interview. 
  1. If your child currently attends a preschool program, we request a 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
  1. Save the date! On Friday, January 12, 2024 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. 
  1. 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.
  1. Admission decisions will be shared during the second week of February 2024.

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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