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

High School Application Process (Grades 9-12)

Important Dates

Upper School Open Houses
Wednesday, October 13, 4-5 PM
Tuesday, November 9, 6-7 PM
Wednesday, December 8, 10-11 AM
Next Steps Open House
Wednesday, November 17, 6-7 PM

Applications Due*:
Friday, January 7, 2022
Notification Date*:
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Parent Reply Date*: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

*Note that our Zenith and Dylan Program applicants are considered on a rolling admission basis. We notify families of admission decisions for these programs within two weeks of completed application submissions.


How to Apply

Applying to an independent school can be a daunting task. We’re here to help you along the way. Follow our step-by-step instructions below to complete your IDEAL application. 

Step 1: Our preliminary application
On Ravenna, our application platform, look for The IDEAL School of Manhattan in the school directory and submit your application.


Our Ravenna application will ask if your student has an IEP, has an IESP, or receives services. If you answer “yes” to that question, you will be prompted to fill out Part 2 of the application for the Zenith or Dylan Program. Ravenna will provide you with necessary information to complete this portion of the application.

Step 2: A school visit and parent interview*
Your student’s visit: Once you have submitted your preliminary application and, if applicable, Part 2 of the application for the Zenith or Dylan Program, we will reach out to you to schedule a classroom visit and interview for your student. A member of our Admission Committee will meet with your student and invite them to participate in morning of classes at IDEAL.*

Your parent visit: When we schedule your student’s visit and interview, we will also schedule a time for you to tour IDEAL’s Upper School campus and meet with our Director of Admission for a parent interview.*

*Note that we require all school visitors of eligible age to provide proof of vaccination and a picture ID at the time of their visit. We cannot accommodate exceptions to our visitor rule. If IDEAL’s COVID protocol or a CDC mandate in place at the time of the school visit does not allow us to meet with you and/or your student in person, we will set up an appointment to meet over Zoom.

Step 3: Current Teacher Recommendation
On Ravenna, you will find two application forms under Teacher Recommendation step, the “ISAAGNY Math Teacher Recommendation” and the “ISAAGNY English Teacher Recommendation.” Please follow the instructions provided on Ravenna to send the recommendation forms to the appropriate teachers. After the teachers complete their recommendations, they will submit their form directly to IDEAL. This step will be completed when it has been marked as “complete” once IDEAL has received your student's recommendation from their teacher. 

Step 4: Academic Writing Sample
At IDEAL, we value earnest students of all backgrounds and abilities. Therefore, we ask that High School applicants submit a writing sample from one of their current academic classes. The sample can be from any subject area, on any topic, and of any length; it should be a graded sample of work, however, that your student feels proud to have submitted for the given assignment. On Ravenna, you will find “Academic Writing Sample” as a required application step.

Step 5: School Report Release Form
On Ravenna, you will find “Report Card Release Form” as another required application step. Rather than asking you to follow up with your student’s school for the most recent report cards or progress reports, we will do the work for you. Please follow the instructions provided on Ravenna, print out the release form, sign it, and email the form to admissions@theidealschool.org. Once we receive your signed release form, we can reach out to your student’s school directly to request the necessary report(s). This step will be marked as “complete” on your application checklist once IDEAL has received your student's reports from their current school. 

Step 6: Applying for Tuition Assistance (optional)
This step is optional, but it is required for families who would like to apply for tuition assistance. Whether you are applying for financial aid for our Standard Program or our Amended Tuition Payment Plan for our Zenith and Dylan Programs, the application process is the same. Please follow this link to the solutionsbysss.com website to create an account. The application will ask you to complete a parent financial statement and upload your most recent tax documentation.


Mid-Year Admission

The IDEAL School has limited openings for mid-year admissions in select grades for qualified candidates. For those families who are interested in a potential immediate school placement for their student, please contact our office directly at admissions@theidealschool.org or 212-769-1699. 


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.