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5th - 8th Grades

Our Middle School is not lost in the middle.

Your 5th through 8th Grade Admissions Checklist.

We are so pleased you are interested in Upper School at Town! Our Upper School begins at 5th grade, but we welcome applicants for all grades. Changing to a school that culminates in 8th grade is an exhilarating experience, and academically strong, socially adept students typically thrive in a transition to this setting. Below are the steps to apply, and our Admissions team is happy to answer questions any time! 

1. Application.

The 2023-24 application is now available. We are also accepting applications on a rolling basis for 2022-23.


2. Parent conversation.

Once you complete your initial application form, you will receive an email with instructions to schedule a parent meeting with a member of our Admissions team, at a time that is convenient for you. 

3. Getting to know your child.

Our applicants for 5th - 8th grades will have a short  conversation with a member of our Upper School team. We want to learn more about your student and we’re eager to answer their questions as well. Families will have several choices of dates and times to schedule at their convenience.

We’ll want to get to know your student in other ways too. You and your student will submit additional information, including a required brief student essay: Students will be asked to complete a brief essay on one of six offered topics. You will find the topic options in your application checklist in the Admissions portal. Please have your child set aside about 30 minutes to write this essay, which is intended as a writing sample to help us get to know your child better.

4. Teacher recommendations and school records.

We require a transcript and recommendation forms from your child's current English and Math teachers.

  • After you have submitted your application, your Admissions parent portal will provide a link to send to your child's teachers to complete and submit the required ISAAGNY recommendation forms.
  • We require two years of your child's school records (transcript and/or narrative reports). Please contact your current school and ask that they email the records to us at
  • We also welcome recommendations from previous years' teachers, not least because the past two years have been unusual for many students.

5. Getting to know Town.

Throughout the Admissions season, we will offer different ways to help you "try on Town" as you consider your child's next steps as a learner and community member. We invite you to connect with our community online, and through interactive special events with parent, student, and alumni/ae ambassadors.

We anticipate offering in-person tours  and will post details on our Calendar and Events page. Our tours will be in small groups at a variety of times to support health and safety and best serve your needs as a family.  

Accepted students will have the opportunity to visit Town in person, and visits will be aligned with our current health and safety protocols.

Notification and Reply Dates

The Town School follows the ISAAGNY notification and reply dates; find more details on our Calendar and Events page.


Don't hesitate to reach out any time

Rolling Admissions for 2022-2023


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