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Admissions Procedures

1. Visit Far Brook

One of the best ways to determine whether Far Brook School may be the right place for your child is to come for a visit. Every year, our office holds a Morning at Far Brook in late October and several Small Group Tours in November and January.

Morning at Far Brook (8:30 am to Noon) is our most comprehensive event featuring Morning Meeting, campus tours, Pre-K and Kindergarten presentations, and a panel of faculty, administrators, parents, and students.

Small Group Tours (8:00 - 10:30 am) are a more abbreviated visit and feature Morning Meeting, campus tours, and an opportunity to chat informally with the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and Division Heads. 

Please sign up for one of the upcoming Admissions Events or call us to schedule a private tour. 

2. Submit an Application

At this time, we are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.


Nursery, Kindergarten, First Grades: December 30, 2017
Second through Seventh Grades: January 31, 2018

Applications for some Grades are still being accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact the Admissions Office to enquire about a particular grade.

Use the TADS button below to fill out and submit your application and $100 application fee*. Please note that applications are considered active only after the parent or guardian has visited Far Brook. If you visited in a previous year, there is no need to revisit this year.

Far Brook's birthdate cutoff is September 1 of the year that the child would be attending. By that date, applicants for full- or half-day Nursery (3s) must be 3; applicants for full- or half-day Nursery (4s) must be 4; and Kindergarten applicants must be 5.

Questions or concerns? Email the Admissions Office or call (973) 379-3442.

* Application fee discounts are available for families who qualify. To request a fee discount, contact the Director of Admissions.

Click here to apply at http://www.tads.com

3. Schedule Admissions Testing

Once an application is received and the parents have visited, the Admissions Office will call you to schedule the required screening or testing appointments:

  • Nursery applicants are evaluated during Playgroups/visits.
  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 applicants meet individually with a Far Brook learning consultant for a developmental screening and are also evaluated during Playgroups/visits.
  • Applicants for Grades 2 through 7 are tested individually by a Far Brook learning consultant. Applicants for Grades 5, 6, and 7 may additionally submit results from the SSAT or CTP IV, if taken within the last year.

4. Submit Teacher Recommendation and School Records

Teacher recommendations are required for all grades. Recommendations must be filled out by the applicant’s current teacher(s) and sent by the teachers directly to Far Brook. Two teacher recommendations are required for applicants to Grades 2 - 7.

Applicants to Grades 2 - 7 must also submit a transcript from their current school. The Release of Records form, found with the application forms on TADS, should be given to the current school requesting that school records be sent directly to Far Brook.

5. Applicant Visit & Parent Meeting

Applicants for Nursery (Pre-K), Kindergarten, and Grade 1 will be invited to attend a scheduled Playgroup with other applicants. Playgroups take place in January and February.

Applicants for Grades 2 through 7 will be invited to spend either a full or partial day at Far Brook with the class they would be joining. Applicant visits are scheduled individually after the receipt of all required application materials.

All parents/guardians must have a one-on-one meeting with the Director of Admissions or a member of the administrative staff. Meetings are scheduled to coincide with student visits whenever possible.

6. Notification

Families who have submitted applications by the deadline will be notified of admissions status in early March. 

Sibling applicants to Pre-K and Kindergarten who complete the admissions process in January will receive early notification by February 12.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Far Brook School adheres to a policy of admitting students of any gender, race, religion, color, and national or ethnic origin, and entitles them to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and assistance programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

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