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About Admissions

Thank you for your interest in The Washington Market School.

Our Philosophy

We have a unique approach to admissions. It is our goal to have each parent experience the school through the eyes of their children.

Just like our curriculum, our admission process is rooted in connection and curiosity. Instead of interviews and assessments, our process aligns with our values and focuses on our community. 

We have a two-step process which gives you a comprehensive view of the school. Firstly, parents attend a school tour which gives a detailed overview of our two sites: Duane Street and Hudson Street. Secondly, parents return to the school for an in-depth look at what it is like to be inside the classroom at WMS. We believe this process allows parents to make a more informed decision of what is the best fit for their family. 

During your school tour and small group discussion, parents observe, learn, and participate in conversations together. It’s designed to be inclusive, inspire confidence, and allow parents to experience how it feels to be a part of The Washington Market School.

We Don't Interview Children

We believe that putting students through formal interviews and assessments is not informative at this age. Our curriculum is designed to meet children where they are, which means we are not looking for a specific set of skills in each child.  

There are many benefits to putting conversation and connection over formal interviews and testing, but we believe the most important one is that you will get a true insight into the WMS experience and what it is like to be a part of our community.

Touring The School

After you submit your application, we invite prospective parents to participate in a Virtual School Tour and a Small Group Discussion. After those required steps are completed, parents will have an option to schedule a physical 8-minute walk-through of one of our sites.

The best way to get a sense of The Washington Market School experience is to tour our two sites. There is very little substitute for being able to walk through the school, see children in their classrooms, and experience all the creativity within our school’s spaces. This gives parents an understanding of the school as a whole, the breadth of our offerings, and also how students progress through the school as they grow and develop.

Classroom Observation & Group Discussion

This part of the touring process is more focused on your family’s values and your child’s age group. When you arrive for your second visit to WMS, we welcome you to observe a classroom in real time. The observation allows parents to see what is actually happening within the classroom walls – they experience moments of what it is like to be a WMS student among their peers and teachers. Following the classroom observation, parents get together to participate in a group discussion. We believe a group discussion fosters a more meaningful conversation and is less formal than a one-on-one interview. This helps parents to get a sense of whether The Washington Market School feels like the right fit for their family. 

We understand that choosing a preschool in New York City can feel overwhelming, so we do our best to guide you and foster a sense of connection through our admissions process.


The Washington Market School is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion. We understand the impact of a long history of injustice cannot be fixed overnight. We can, however, dedicate ourselves to fostering a community where love and kindness guide our work toward a more just and equitable society. We embrace diversity in many forms, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, family structure, religion, ethnic or national origin and socioeconomic status. It is our goal to serve every member of our community with the promise who they are will be respected at WMS. As we work toward this goal, we are listening to underrepresented perspectives and learning how to grow.

As an ISAAGNY school, WMS is committed to the ISAAGNY non-discriminatory policy. To learn more, please click here. WMS also acts in accordance with the requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

Enrollment Team

If you have any questions, please connect with the Enrollment Team at 212-233-2176 or email

Lauren Gilbertson
Director of Enrollment

Genna Scarano
Associate Director of Student Information Systems



Application Process

When you are ready to get started, we will be here to guide you through each step.

From the onset of your application to the first day of school, the admissions and enrollment team is here to guide you. Our goal is that you feel informed, confident, and encouraged about this process.

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