APPLYING TO BEACON
WELCOME TO BEACON!
The Beacon School offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program with technology and arts infused throughout the curriculum. Beacon emphasizes a rigorous well-rounded liberal arts education based on the principles of shared exploration and problem solving.
We invite you to explore Beacon by attending one of our Open Houses and/or visiting our website which contains extensive information about our curriculum, arts, clubs and sports. Look especially at curriculum, departments, arts showcase, sports, clubs and trips on the left-hand side of the web site.
OPEN HOUSE - FALL 2015
The Beacon School will hold two Open Houses for eighth grade students. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend. Dates: September 30, 2015 for Manhattan and Bronx residents ONLY and October 15, 2015 for Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island residents ONLY.
Open House events run from 4:30-7:00 p.m. No registration or reservation is necessary.
The new Beacon School address is: 522 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036.
APPLICATION FOR NINTH GRADE - FALL 2015
Beacon's admissions policy reflects the school's educational philosophy. If the student meets the admissions criteria, you may request an interview via the Beacon website (www.beaconschool.org). We will begin to accept interview requests on October 13, 2015 and close the request option on November 6, 2015.
The Beacon School is a screened school. The following is required of all students who apply to Beacon:
Student Portfolio Contents
Student work must be submitted in a letter-sized manila folder. Student's name and middle school should be written on the tab. Please do not use plastic folders, binders or page protectors. The folder must include the following 5 items:
The criteria for a strong portfolio are: strong analytical or critical thinking, a deep understanding of the material or content, evidence of curiosity and commitment to learning in the classroom and beyond the classroom, and grades and test scores that meet the stated guidelines above. Students with strong portfolios will be invited to an interview at Beacon to discuss their portfolios and essays. Not all students will be invited for an interview. Beacon will contact students through the parent email provided in the online request for interviews. Interviews will take place on: October 31, November 1, November 21, or November 22.
Student Portfolio Submission Process
Thank you for your interest in The Beacon School.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW
Each applicant will meet with a teacher. The interview will focus on the applicant.s portfolio. Each applicant should be prepared to speak in depth about the academic work in the portfolio. So, for example, if a paper on The Catcher in the Rye is submitted, the applicant should be able to discuss her/his position or thesis on the novel and should know the characters of the novel well. The applicant should also be prepared to discuss the contents of the one-page essay.
NINTH GRADE STUDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY APPLYING FOR TRANSFER INTO TENTH GRADE AT BEACON
For students who attend high school in New York City and want to apply to Beacon to enter in the 10th grade, the process is as follows. The student should request a High School admissions form from her/his current guidance counselor in the fall of the ninth grade year. After the form is completed and signed by the parent, the guidance counselor will send the form to the DOE. The Beacon Admissions Team will call and set up interviews for selected, eligible students. Those students will bring in a portfolio and participate in an interview in January or February.
TRANSFER STUDENTS (from out-of-state, out-of-city, or NYC private schools)
For students who want to transfer from another school to Beacon, the first step is to visit the Department of Education's Enrollment Office at 333 7th Avenue, 12th Floor.
Requirements for the transfer process include:
For more information about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at (212) 245-2807 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.