Admissions Process


For those interested in our Preschool and Elementary School

Pre-K   Children applying to the Pre-K class must be 3 years of age by December 31st of the school year in which registered and be toilet trained. Children born after December 31st but before January 31st of the school year and toilet trained may also be admitted, but may begin attending after the start of school.

Kindergarten   Students applying to Kindergarten must be 5 years of age by December 31st of the school year and students admitted to first grade must be 6 years of age by December 31st of the school year.

First Grade   Students turning 6 by April 30th may be admitted to first grade only if they have previously completed 3 years of school (2 years of Preschool and 1 year of Kindergarten).

Knowledge of Italian is not a prerequisite for admission to Pre-K through 6th grade.

For those interested in our Middle School/Media

6th–8th Grade   Admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, but in general, students entering La Scuola d’Italia in 6th grade need comprehension skills in English and Italian. Students entering in 7th or 8th grade need to be proficient in both English and Italian.

For those interested in our High School/Liceo Scientifico

9th Grade +   Students applying to La Scuola d’Italia in the 9th Grade or beyond must be proficient in both English and Italian.

Transferring   If your child is transferring from another high school or from a high school in Italy that is not a Liceo Scientifico, an assessment exam is required.

You can check a grade equivalents chart for an age and grade comparison by country.

If you are interested in learning more, you can request a tour by contacting us at 212.369.3290 or at


Application Form   Once you have decided to apply, we ask that you complete our Application Form 2020-21(PDF); provide two letters of reference introducing the family to the school; and pay a $100 non-refundable application fee.

Interview   Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. During your visit or at another scheduled time, your child is invited to join a class of the same age group or grade for observation.

While La Scuola d’Italia supports a rolling admissions policy, we follow the application and reply dates recommended by the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

Applicants for Preschool to 1st Grade

Parents of 3 or 4 year olds, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade children who are currently attending a preschool program, are required to submit the ISAAGNY confidential school report. This report must be completed by the student’s current school and sent directly to La Scuola.

Applicants for all other grades

Grades 2–8   For students applying to grades 2-8, La Scuola must receive directly from the student’s current school copies of official report cards for the previous two years, along with a description of the program of study for each subject.

Transfer Students   For students transferring from an Italian school and applying to grades 9-12, La Scuola must receive directly from the student’s current school the original III Media Diploma and copies of official report cards for all previous high school years, along with a description of the program of study for each subject.

Confidential recommendation forms or letters from English Language, Math, and Science teachers must also be submitted to the school directly from the current school.

La Scuola d’Italia participates in the testing program administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) for grades 3 through 8. Families must submit transcripts from their children’s current and past schools and ERB results when applicable.

Once Accepted

La Scuola follows the ISAAGNY guidelines for admission and acceptance notification. Upon acceptance, parents are required to sign an enrollment contract, pay the $2,000 registration fee and pay 20% of the annual tuition.  For more information regarding tuition, fees and financial assistance, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Required Documents

The following documents are required for all incoming and returning students:

Additional Information

Student Visa

Requirements for Student VISA


Ordering Uniforms (Uniforms 2020-21)


If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact us at 212.369.3290 or at

La Scuola d’Italia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and other school-administered programs.