The application deadline for the 2024–2025 academic year has now passed. For more information and to attend our spring Admissions events, please complete an inquiry form here.

Fieldston Middle School Admissions Events

Please stay tuned for listings of our spring 2024 events. To express your interest in these, complete our inquiry form here.

For spring 2024 tours of Fieldston Middle, please see below for dates and register for a tour here.

  • Thursday 5/9, 11:10am–12:30pm
  • Thursday 5/16, 11:10am–12:30pm
  • Tuesday 5/21, 1:00pm–2:30pm

Thank you for your interest in the Ethical Culture Fieldston School! We are excited to begin this journey with you as a prospective family, and look forward to sharing what makes ECFS such a special school and community.

We place each of our applicants, from Pre-K through 11th Grade, at the center of our admissions process, which informs all of the careful considerations we make when meeting and getting to know our prospective students and families. The Fieldston Middle and Upper Admissions team is deeply committed to embodying the values of our School and providing the highest level of care in supporting you through the process and ensuring the experience is a meaningful one for you and your child, should you choose to apply.

Steps to apply: Fieldston Middle

6th Grade — entry point: Our cohort of students grows into the 6th Grade to a total enrollment of around 130 students. We anticipate 20–25 openings for new students to join the community at this entry point.

7th and 8th Grades — attrition-based: We welcome applications for the 7th and 8th Grades, which are considered based on the number of open seats we have due to attrition.

Step 1: Learn more about our School, program, and community
  • Submit our inquiry form to be placed on our mailing list for updates about our application process.
  • Attend an online or in-person event for prospective students and families.
    •  Fieldston Middle online information session: Thursday 10/5 from 4:30–5:30pm
    • Fieldston Middle Discovery Day: Sunday 10/15, by appointment
  • Explore our website

Step 2: Submit an application — DEADLINE WEDNESDAY 11/15/2023 AT NOON
  • Create an account in our online application system.
  • Complete and submit our online application by the Wednesday 11/15 deadline.
    • Our application form captures the applicant’s educational background as well as parent/guardian and household information.
    • We ask for two parent/guardian statements in response to the following prompts:
      • Please describe your child’s personality and interests including your observations of their strengths and areas for growth.
      • Please describe the educational environment and experience you envision for your child.
  • We do not require a student essay as part of our application.
  • Our application fee, payable online, is $75. We are happy to provide a fee waiver to qualifying families who request one by contacting us at [email protected].
  • If you’d like to be considered for need-based financial aid, submit an application by Friday 12/15. More information about our financial aid program, and how to apply, can be found here.

Step 3: Complete your application — DEADLINE THURSDAY 1/11/2024
  • Use your parent portal checklist in our online application system to request and upload the required documents. For applicants to Fieldston Middle we require:
    • A school report form, completed by a principal, division head, counselor, or dean at the applicant’s current school.
    • A teacher evaluation from the applicant’s current 5th Grade teacher (applicants to 7th and 8th Grade are required to submit a teacher evaluation from both a current English and math teacher, see below).
    • ISEE/SSAT scores OR a graded/evaluated analytical writing sample (you can read more about our test-optional policy here).
    • Official transcripts/report cards showing all semester and final grades for the previous academic year. 
  • Attend your online interview conversation.
    • Once we have received and processed your submitted application form, we will notify you via email about your interview appointment.
    • The interview conversation will be conducted by a member of the admissions team or faculty via Google Meet and will last approximately 45 minutes.
    • More information about your interview conversation will be included in your appointment email.
  • Schedule a campus tour.
    • We look forward to welcoming you to our campus in person and having you experience our community in action!
    • Use your parent portal checklist to self-schedule a date and time that is most convenient for your family.
  • Register for our programs for applicant students and families.
    • We are proud to offer a broad range of online, student-centered programs to help you and your child understand all that Fieldston Middle has to offer.
    • Use your parent portal checklist to self-schedule your child or yourself to attend as many of these offerings as you’d like.

Step 4: 6th Grade Admissions decisions released — TUESDAY 2/13/2024
  • All parents/guardians included on the application will receive an admissions decision via email after 4:00pm on the date indicated above.
  • Admitted students and families will be invited to attend additional programs and revisit opportunities.
  • Admitted 6th Grade families have until Monday 3/4/2024 at 12:00pm to make their enrollment decisions.

Sibling, alumni, and faculty/staff applicants

Sibling, alumni, and faculty/staff applicants are given special consideration during the admissions process. We strive to keep families together at ECFS. However, due to the sheer quantity of applications we receive, admission is not automatic nor guaranteed. All applicants (regardless of prior family connection to the School) are evaluated according to the same criteria, and all admission decisions consider the best interest of each individual child. It is wonderful that the number of sibling, alumni, and faculty/staff families applying to ECFS continues to increase. While we value ECFS’s community of siblings, alumni, and faculty/staff, we are also committed to providing access to new families whose values and goals reflect the School’s mission. We ask that our sibling, alumni, and faculty/staff applicants submit their applications by Monday 10/2.