a co-ed, independent, inclusion school for grades k-12

Application Process

Standard Program

1. Attend an Open House or a Tuesday Talk and Tour

IDEAL’s Open Houses highlight our Lower, Middle, and High School Programs. Meet our students, faculty, and parents, tour our classes, and learn about The IDEAL Difference at our Open Houses.

Our Tuesday Talk and Tour series will occur several times during the year. The Tuesday Talk and Tour series offers families an opportunity to visit IDEAL and tour the school, in addition to meeting with admissions to answer questions about IDEAL.

2. Submit an Application

Admissions Application

3. Parent Interview

A member of our Admissions team will contact prospective parents to schedule an interview and to provide an opportunity for you to learn more about our program.

4. Child Visit or Observation

Applicants for kindergarten to first grade:

A member of the Admissions Committee may request to observe candidates in their current pre-school or kindergarten.

Applicants for grades two through twelve:

Students whom the Admissions Committee decides are potential fits will be invited to visit the school. Transcripts from the student’s current school, the Confidential Teacher Report, and all other necessary evaluations or reports must be submitted before a student will be considered for a visit.

5. Supplemental Items

By signing our application form, you are granting us permission to contact your child’s current school.

For kindergarten and first grade applicants, we require an ISAAGNY school report form.

Applicants to second through twelfth grade must submit a teacher recommendation.

Applicants to all grades must submit to the current school a School Report Release form, which asks the school to send reports and records directly to IDEAL.

Depending on the learning profile of the student, additional information and reports from Related Service Providers may be requested.

6. Rolling Admissions

The IDEAL School has limited openings for Fall 2017 in select grade levels for qualified candidates. We encourage your inquiry and application.


The IDEAL School of Manhattan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance, and other school administered programs.

Zenith Program and Dylan Program

1. Attend an Open House

IDEAL’s Open Houses highlight our Lower, Middle, and High School Programs. Meet our students, faculty, and parents, tour our classes, and learn about The IDEAL Difference at our Open Houses.

2. Submit an Application

Admissions Application

3. Parent Interview

A member of our Admissions team will contact prospective parents to schedule an interview and to provide an opportunity for you to learn more about our program.

4. Child Visit or Observation

Applicants for kindergarten to first grade:

A member of the Admissions Committee may request to observe candidates in their current pre-school or kindergarten.

Applicants for grades two through twelve:

Students whom the Admissions Committee decides are potential fits will be invited to visit the school. Transcripts from the student’s current school, the Confidential Teacher Report, and all other necessary evaluations or reports must be submitted before a student will be considered for a visit.

5. Supplemental Items

By signing our application form, you are granting us permission to contact your child’s current school.

For kindergarten and first grade applicants, we require an ISAAGNY school report form.

Applicants to second through twelfth grade must submit a teacher recommendation.

Applicants to all grades must submit to the current school a School Report Release form, which asks the school to send reports and records directly to IDEAL.

Depending on the learning profile of the student, additional information and reports from Related Service Providers may be requested.

6. Notification for September 2017 enrollment

For Zenith and Dylan applicants, acceptances are on on a rolling basis.

The IDEAL School of Manhattan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance, and other school administered programs.