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Got Questions?


List of 17 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the major entry points at Marymount?

    • Nursery: Approximately 14 new students each year
    • Kindergarten: Approximately 30-35 new students each year
    • Class IX: Approximately 20-25 new students each year
    • Non-entry points: We typically do not know whether we will have available spots until later in the admissions season, often as late as February when re-enrollment contracts are due. Thus, availability is based on attrition. We welcome applicants at all grade levels, but warn them that there may not be openings at the end.
  • What is the cut-off date for Nursery-Kindergarten applicants?

    • Nursery applicants need to be three by August 31st of the enrollment year (born by 8/31/18).
    • Pre-K applicants need to be four by August 31st of the enrollment year (born by 8/31/17).
    • Kindergarten applicants need to be five by August 31st of the enrollment year (born by 8/31/16).
    • We do not make exceptions with regards to the cut-off date.
  • What is the legacy/sibling early decision policy?

    Siblings of Marymount students and children of Marymount New York alumnae have the option of applying for Early Notification at the Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten levels. Information about that option is mailed to legacy/sibling families upon receipt of their application. Legacies and siblings are given special consideration in the admissions process, but acceptance is not automatic. Decisions regarding legacy/sibling financial aid awards are made at the same time as early notification.
  • Do you have room for students other than legacy/siblings in your Nursery class?

    Our Nursery Class is open to applicants other than siblings and legacies. We typically have 5-10 spots open for non-sibling/legacy candidates. We only accept boys in Nursery and Pre-K if they are a sibling or legacy.
  • What is the total enrollment at Marymount?

    737 students in grades Nursery through XII.
  • What is the average class size?

    While the 2020-2021 school year requires us to have smaller cohorts due to physical distancing constraints, normal class sizes are:
    • Nursery: 1 section of 13 students with one head teacher, one assistant, and one early childhood coordinator
    • Pre-K: 2 sections of 13 studentswith one head teacher, one assistant, and one early childhood coordinator
    • Kindergarten-Class II: 3 sections of 18 students with one head teacher, one assistant, and specialists for math, reading, science, music, art, STEAM, religion, Spanish, and dance/fitness
    • Classes III-VIII: 52 students in a grade, with 3 sections of 14-18 students in major subject areas
    • Classes IX-XII: 60 in a grade, with 3+ sections of 8-18 students in all subject areas depending on size
  • What is the teacher/faculty ratio?

    With a school-wide 6:1 student to teacher ratio, we are committed to meeting the individual needs of our students. Our instructional class sizes are approximately 8-18 students from the Lower Mid through Upper School. Dedicated math and reading coordinators and learning specialists are also available to students.
  • How long is the school day?

    Although the 2020-2021 school year includes a staggered arrival/dismissal, normal school hours are:
    • Nursery/Pre-K: half-day program 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Nursery/Pre-K: full-day program 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    • Nursery/Pre-K partial full week program: Option 1: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or Option 2: Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    • Kindergarten-Class VIII: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Classes IX-XII: 8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • How diverse is Marymount?

    Marymount is committed to diversity on many levels:
    • Religious diversity = 34%
    • Socio-economic diversity = 24% on financial aid
    • Geographic diversity = approximately 48% are not from the Upper East Side
    • International diversity = 37% of our parents were not born in the USA. A number of our students come from one of the 21 other Marymount schools around the world. We enjoy a close network and encourage international exchanges.

    Marymount admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
  • What percent of the student body is Catholic? Is religious education obligatory?

    66% of the student body is Catholic. However, we welcome students of all religious faiths and encourage their own spiritual growth. All students attend religion classes, participate in Chapel services once per cycle, and attend Mass 5-6 times per year for feast days and other special Class-level ceremonies. Our religious studies curriculum includes preparation for the Catholic sacraments, and students of all faith traditions are included in Marymount's spiritual life programming. 
  • Where do Marymount students go to college?

    We have a very diverse student body with a variety of interests. Therefore, our students go to many types of colleges and universities around the country and around the world: Ivy-league, public, private, single-gender, co-ed, small, large. We aim to meet the needs and interests of individual students in the college selection process. A complete list can be found here.
  • Do you provide lunch for the students?

    Students in Kindergarten through Class VIII receive a well-balanced, family-style hot lunch with many organic ingredients. These students gather daily as a community to eat their lunch.

    Upper School students are provided with a lunch bar offering soups, salads, sandwiches, and hot entrees. As a special privilege for Classes IX-XII, students may also bring their own lunch from home or purchase their lunch off-campus from facilities in the local community.

    Lunch and all snacks are included in the cost of tuition.
  • Do you have an after-school program?

    • Yes, our after-school activities program begins in Kindergarten. In the Lower School, there are a variety of options from which to choose (cooking, chorus, dance, etc.). After-school activities take place every day until 4:30 p.m. There is an extended day program offered until 6:00 p.m. (with the exception of Friday).
    • In the Lower Mid, there are a variety of after-school activities including Rising Stars, Uptown Broadway, Chess, Makers, and sports, as well as clubs that take place during the school day (improv, karaoke, calligraphy, chemical engineering, creative writing, digital game design, and Math Olympiad). There is also extended day for supervised study until 6:00 p.m.
    • In the Upper Mid, day-time clubs include Fashion Design and Sewing, Film Appreciation, Jewelry Making, Music Recording, and Newspaper. After-school clubs include School of Rock, Model Congress, Makers Club, and a large variety of athletic opportunities. There is also extended day for supervised study until 6:00 p.m.
    • In the Upper School, there is a wealth of extracurricular activities as well as an extensive sports program.
    • Individual instrumental lessons are offered for students in classes K-XII, as well as an Instrumental Ensemble for Upper Mid and Upper Schools.
  • Do you provide transportation to your school?

    There is a free bus service provided by the Department of Education/Office of Pupil Transportation. Eligibility is based on the distance between your home and school. Marymount is conveniently located a short walk from the 4/5/6 trains and near numerous bus lines. Marymount provides a daily shuttle between campuses. 
  • How is the foreign language program structured?

    • Kindergarten-Class IV: Spanish
    • Class V: Trimester each of Spanish, French, and Latin
    • Classes VI-XII: Students choose their foreign language course (Spanish, French, or Latin). In the Upper School, students must complete either a three-year sequence of a language in Classes IX-XII or study through level 4 of the language. Students may opt to add a second language in Class X.
  • What college-level courses are offered?

    Advanced or AP courses are offered in most subjects: 2-D Design Portfolio, Art History, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Science Principles, Drawing Portfolio, English Literature, Francophone Cinema, French Language and Culture, Latin Poetry Survey, Latin Prose Survey, Molecular Biology, Physics C: Mechanics with WE Service, Psychology, Spanish Film, Literature, and Culture, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics, and U.S. History.
  • What tests are required to apply to Marymount?

    • Nursery & Pre-K: no testing
    • Kindergarten: T&E Assessment
    • Classes IX-XII: no testing this year, but candidates are welcome to send in scores from prior years