Admissions Overview


"Mizzentop has been a place of caring and nurturing, but also one that gave me a good education to prepare me for the world beyond its safe shores "
-Maggie B, Class of '06 about us photo 2

Mizzentop Day School welcomes inquiries from all families interested in our school. We invite parents to call or email us to receive information and to schedule an appointment to tour our school. Families interested in Mizzentop Day School should contact Janet Schuman-Andrew, Director of Admissions, at (845)-855-7338, or by email at We offer multiple Open House opportunities for prospective students and their families, typically beginning in January and continuing into the spring.

Mizzentop Day School accepts applications on an ongoing basis. However, in order to be considered for the initial enrollment cycle along with our returning students, applications for fall admission are due by February 15th. Applications received after February 15th, will be considered as space is available. Mid-year transfers are also accepted as space is available and are considered as received throughout the school year. Applicants cannot be considered until all the required materials have been submitted.

Application Process

  • Parent Visit
  • Application Forms
  • Student Visit
  • Notification of Admission
Step 1: Parent Visit

Parents call the Admissions Office to arrange an appointment for a parent visit. Typically, visits are scheduled weekday mornings while school is in session. A parent visit generally includes a tour of the school and a discussion with the Director of Admissions about the program and usually lasts approximately one hour.

Step 2: Application Form
  1. Complete the application form and return it with a $45.00 application fee. This non-refundable fee covers the processing of the application, your child’s visit and the admissions evaluation process.
  2. Applications for Kindergarten and above must include a completed Teacher Recommendation form. For Grades K-5, one (1) recommendation is required, and for Grades 6, 7 and 8, two (2) recommendations (English and Mathematics) must be completed. Parents of Senior Pre-Kindergarten applicants with prior pre-school or day care experience will be asked to include one (1) recommendation from a pre-school teacher or day care provider.

  3. Submit the “Request for Release of Student Information” form to your child’s present school (if applicable). This form requests several pieces of information such as report cards and all testing information. It is the parent’s responsibility to stay in contact with your child’s current school to be certain that the information is sent to MDS.

Step 3: Student Visit

Upon receipt of the completed application form, the teacher’s recommendation and school records, the Director of Admissions will contact parents to schedule a visit for their child. The student visit is required and completes the student application process. The visit will include joining an appropriate class and participating in the regular class schedule for the day. This includes all academic and specials classes. Applicants may also take some individualized assessments to determine readiness, which contributes to the admissions process. We make every effort to create an experience that is enjoyable and stress-free for the visiting child.

Step 4: Notification of Admission

Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee, composed of the Director of Admissions, Head of School and representative(s) from one or more grade levels as appropriate. The Committee's decision will be communicated in a timely fashion by the Director of Admissions.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Mizzentop Day School 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.  MDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, or other school administered programs.