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

Zenith and Dylan Application Process

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

Our Tuesday Talk and Tour series will continue throughout the year. The Tuesday Talk and Tour series offers families an opportunity to learn about IDEAL and meet with admissions personnel.

2. Submit an Application
Admissions Application

3. Parent Interview
A member of our admissions team will contact prospective parents to schedule a virtual 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:
After submitting an application, you will be contacted by the admissions office with your next steps.

Applicants for Grades 2-12:
Students determined to be a potential fit by the Admissions Committee will be invited for an interview and/or to virtually 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 math teacher recommendation and an English 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.
  • Applicants to the Zenith or Dylan Programs in all grades must submit a completed neuro-psychological or psycho-educational evaluation that is current within two years.
  • Applicants to the Zenith or Dylan Programs in all grades must submit the most recent reports from all professionals working with the applicant, including related service providers and therapists, if applicable.
  • Applicants to the Zenith or Dylan Programs in all grades must submit, if applicable, the child’s most recent IEP.
  • Depending on the learning profile of the student, additional information and reports from other professionals may be requested. Applicants to our Zenith and Dylan programs must submit an Authorization for Release of Information form.

6. Notification for 2021-22 enrollment
For Zenith and Dylan Program applicants, IDEAL operates on a rolling admissions 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.

IDEAL has limited openings for immediate 2020-21 placement in select grade levels for qualified candidates. We encourage your inquiry and application. Contact the Admissions Office to inquire about potential openings at 212-769-1699 ext. 10105 or admissions@theidealschool.org.