Admissions Now! Quick Tips – #5: Show Up – Open Houses, Tours, Receptions…

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Yes, it is Admissions Now! If you are a prospective family, this is a time of huge discovery. It is also a time to stand up, show up, and be recognized. There’s nothing like a first impression, or a second. So, whenever there is an opportunity to learn more about a school and it’s culture take advantage of it. RIISE member schools are hosting open houses, receptions, and tours. Some are even coming to a neighborhood near you. RSVP & SHOW UP!

And, when you do, make some good observations. Try and identify what makes the school a good fit. Ask yourself, ‘what school is good for my child’s learning style?’, ‘will we have a sense of community here?’ And, as previous contributors to this series have pointed out, your child’s feelings are important in this process as well, so listen as you ask them questions about their experience.

Note to parents currently enrolled, it’s important that you show up too – become an ambassador, families will be looking for YOU.

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on at our schools.

Riverdale Country School

Please visit to create an account. Look for Riverdale Country School in the Online Directory and click Open Houses for All Grades to register for a tour or event.


Lower School Admission Events 2014-15


Parent Group Tours River Campus
Location: River Campus
Tuesdays, October 2014 through January 2015, 9:00-11:00 a.m. 


An Evening On The River Campus
Location: River Campus, Gymnasium
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
This evening will include insight from our Head of School, Dominic Randolph, as well as a panel of students, parents, faculty, and administrators and a light supper. Current faculty and parents will be present to answer questions.


For Middle & Upper School Admission Events & Westchester, Bronx, & New Jersey Events, plus more, Click Here

Horace Mann School

To register for one of our Fall 2014 Open Houses, please click the link that corresponds to the date and time you would like to attend.

2014 Nursery & Kindergarten Open Houses 

Location: Gross Theatre on Middle & Upper School campus 

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 25, at 1:00 p,m. Office of Diversity Fall Family Gathering,
Head of School’s Patio & Lower Division Field – RSVP not required



For Fall 2014 Middle & Upper Division Open House, click here and for 

Columbia Grammar & Prep

For all Open House events, please enter at 4 West 93rd St. (between Central Park West & Columbus Ave.)

Grade 9 Open House

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 (3:30pm-5:00pm) 

or by calling 212-749-6200 ext 362


Pre K & K open houses have passed. You are encouraged to Apply, and during the application process you will have two opportunities to tour & visit!


The Town School

We look forward to meeting you and your child and introducing you to our students, our faculty and our programs.


Parents may tour the school before filing an application. Group tours are conducted Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., September 2014 through January 2015.

Please email or call the Admissions Office at (212) 288-6395 or (212) 288-6397 to schedule your tour and appointments.


Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. – RIISE Admissions Now! A Workshop at the Town School –
Prospective Parents Details & RSVP

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School

Sign up below to attend an Open House or Tour:


Lower School (Early Childhood through 5th Grade)
41 Broad Street

  • October 9, 2014 from 6:00pm

Upper School (6th through 12th Grade)
1 Morris Street

  • October 16, 2014 from 6:00pm

To sign up for Open Houses and to sign up for Tour Dates, click here


Chapin School

In January, an open house is held for parents of children applying to Kindergarten. This evening event provides parents with the opportunity to learn more about our program and to meet members of the Chapin community, including students, faculty, administrators and current parents.

For more on the admissions process & applicant visits, click here.


BIrch Wathen Lenox

To schedule a tour of The BIrch Wathen Lenox School please contact the Admissions Office at or call (212) 861-0404 ext. 135. Please refer to the guide below for more information about our school tours:


Entering Kindergarten – Grade 5
45-minute small group tour for parents only led by a knowledgeable faculty member. The student interview or playgroup will be scheduled as a separate appointment. 


Entering Grade 6 – Grade 12 
45-minute small group tour for parents and students together led by a knowledgeable faculty member. If we have received your application, the student interview will be scheduled immediately before or after your tour. Students who submit an application at a later time will be required to return for their individual interview.


Greenwich Academy

Admission Open House Sunday, October 19, 2014, Massey Theatre. To RSVP click here.

Lower and Middle School
Pre-Connecting (PreK) through Group VIII (8th grade)
1:00 PM

Diversity at GA
2:30 PM

Upper School
Groups IX through XII
3:30 PM


Tuesday, October 21, 2014, RIISE GA Workshop – Sticks & Stones Revisited – How To Protect Our Children
Prospective Parents – Details & RSVP


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