Any family who resides in the five boroughs of New York City is given the opportunity to apply to The Ella Baker School. We are not a zoned school and therefore we are not bound by address or borough.
All families interested in The Ella Baker School are encouraged to take a tour in order to learn about the philosophy of the school and to visit classrooms.
Tours are conducted beginning in the middle of October and continue through the middle of February. The purpose of the tour is to familiarize families with our school’s educational approach and vision. Families can therefore make an informed decision as to whether Ella Baker meets their own values and educational expectations.
A critical aspect of Ella Baker’s mission is to provide continuity in each child’s school experience from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. It is our expectation that our students will continue with us through the eighth grade. We do not hold Middle School Tours, as it is rare that there are spots open in the upper grades.
Families may complete an application and return it to the school by March 15th.
Students are accepted for admission to The Ella Baker School based on the following priorities*:
2nd: Children of individuals who travel to the area for their work or school.
3rd : All others.
If there are more applicants than openings in any category, a lottery will be conducted to select those students.
*Pre-Kindergarten is part of the Department of Education's Pre-K for All Program. Seats are offered directly from the DOE through an online lottery during the spring.
*Kindergarten applicants must also fill out an online application with the Department of Education.