The Town School

Independent Co-Ed PK-8
Address: 540 East 76th Street; New York, NY 10021   USA
Phone: 212.288.4383
Head of School: Douglas Brophy
Traditional Entry Points: Nursery (N3) and K, but take applications whenever there is space in a grade
Admission Tests Accepted: None for Nursery-4th Grade; ISEE or SSAT for 5th-8th Grade
Financial System: TADS

About The Town School

Preschool, Elementary, Middle School

The Town School is a diverse (close to 40% of our students self-identify as students of color) coed school that starts with one class each of Nursery 3 and Nursery 4, but then, starting in Kindergarten, goes to a model of two classes per grade.  Class size from Kindergarten through 8th grade is between 16-20 students.  There are three teachers (two co-Head Teachers and one Assistant Teacher) in our Nursery 3, Nursery 4 and Kindergarten classes, then two co-Head Teachers per class from Grades 1-4 (our Lower School). We have specialists in Kindergarten - Grade 4, including art, music, dance, science, technology, and physical education.
Our Upper School (Grades 5-8) is departmentalized.  Students in Grades 1-3 learn Spanish and in Grade 4 they take half a year of Spanish and half a year of French, so that they can decide which language they would like to pursue in Upper School.  Students in Grades 7 and 8 also take Latin.  Grade 8 students work with our Placement Director to assist them in the admissions process for their next school.  Students are well-prepared to attend outstanding independent schools, boarding schools, and public schools for high school.

The Town School has a beautiful state-of-the-art library, overlooking the East River, has over 18,000 books, as well as on-line resources.  In keeping with our motto of Self, Others, Surroundings, our students participate in service activities throughout their time at Town.  Through our active Parents Association, Town parents are also engaged in our school.

Tuition includes lunch from Grades 1-8, as well as all books.  Our financial aid program is generous, with assistance also available for our after school program and for our summer camp.

COVID-19 Admission Adjustments

How are you adjusting your admission process? Admissions will be virtual to protect our families and applying families. We plan to offer in-person tours in January 2022.

Are you conducting tours/open houses? We will offer an online tour and we plan to offer in-person tours in January 2022.
We will also offer a wide range of virtual events so that parents can hear from all of Town's constituencies.

Are both parents expected to attend tours/presentations? no

What is expected of families? We will meet each applicant individually (virtually). For Kindergarten applicants, the visit will be about 20 minutes long. Parents can schedule these visits at their convenience throughout the admissions season.


Nothing from May 1, 2021 to May 1, 2023.