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 principle of shared exploration and problem-solving. In assessments for graduation, students present performance-based projects to panels of teachers. Beacon offers extensive opportunities to participate in clubs, sports, community service and international travel.

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.


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: 521 W. 43rd St, New York, NY 10036.


The Beacon School is a screened school. Students applying to Beacon must meet the criteria of a grade of 85 or above in English, history, science and math in the 7th grade June report card. Students must have a score of 3 or higher on the 7th grade standardized tests in math and English Language Arts, if applying from New York City public schools. Students applying from private schools must submit ERB scores or an equivalent if those tests are offered at the student's school.

Students wishing to apply to Beacon must register and complete an interview. For the interview, applicants prepare a portfolio of their best work (see instructions below) and discuss their portfolio in an interview with Beacon teachers.

Beacon interviews all applicants who meet the criteria above. To apply to Beacon, applicants must fill out an Interview Request Form on the Beacon website. The deadline for admissions interview requests is Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Once an applicant's parent/guardian has completed the Interview Request Form, the parent/guardian will receive a message confirming the date and time of the interview via email within a few days after the registration has been submitted. Please bring a print copy of the confirmation with you to the interview.

The dates for interviews are:

  • Saturday, November 1, 2014: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 23, 2014: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014: 3:30-6:30 p.m.


    Put student work in a letter-sized manila folder and write student's name, middle school, and interview date and time on the folder. Please do not use plastic folders, binders or page protectors.

    The folder must include the following items:

    1. One paper or project written for an English, social studies, humanities, science or math class in 7th or 8th grade that is in-depth and exemplifies the student's best work (one paper/project total). If possible, avoid submitting worksheets. Projects that show analytical thinking are suggested. Comments and/or grade from teacher must be included on the paper or project.
    2. A one-page, single-spaced typed paper, written by the student, that shows that she or he has a special dedication to, a special talent for, or interest in for the arts, technology, community service, an academic subject, or sports (not more than 500 words).
    3. Student's 7th grade June (final) report card and 7th grade ELA and Math test scores.

    Portfolios will not be returned to applicants. Photocopies of original work are accepted.

    Students must submit a portfolio by the deadlines below before their interview date so that interviewers have an opportunity to read the portfolio carefully. Students must submit the portfolio to the Main Office, Room 132 at The Beacon School.

    • Portfolios may be submitted by the student or a family member. To deliver the portfolio in person, come to the Beacon School, 227 W. 61st Street, New York, NY 10023.
    • To send the portfolio by mail, send the portfolio to: Admissions, The Beacon School, 227 W. 61st Street, New York, NY 10023.
    • Portfolios may NOT be submitted electronically.
  • Portfolios must be submitted in person or by mail by Friday, October 24, 2014 by 4:00PM for students who are interviewing on Saturday, November 1, 2014 or Sunday, November 2, 2014.
  • Portfolios must be submitted in person or by mail by Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by 4:00PM for students who are interviewing on Saturday, November 22, 2014 or Sunday, November 23, 2014.
  • Portfolios must be submitted in person or by mail by Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by 4:00PM for students who are interviewing on Thursday, December 4, 2014.


    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.


    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:

    • Both student and parent must be present.
    • Student must have a birth certificate or a passport.
    • Student must bring an academic transcript.
    • Parent must bring proof of residence in New York City (a Con Edison or telephone bill).


    For more information about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at (212) 245-2807 or email at