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Welcome to WMS

Our admissions process is designed to be inclusive, inspire confidence, and allow parents to experience how it feels to be a part of the WMS community. 

The School Visit

After submitting an application, the best way to experience The Washington Market School is to visit. Once inside our two uniquely beautiful sites, you will see children deeply engaged in their thoughtfully curated classrooms and witness extraordinary creativity.


As part of your school visit, you will be invited to observe a classroom in real time. The observation allows parents to see what is actually happening within the classroom walls – you will experience just how special and meaningful it is to be immersed in The Washington Market School learning environment amongst peers and teachers.


Following the classroom observation, parents will spend time together participating in a group discussion facilitated by members of our Enrollment and Leadership Teams. Not only does this conversation provide meaning and context for your observation, but it also allows our prospective parents to gain clarity about the culture of WMS.

We Don't Interview Children

We believe that formally interviewing and assessing children at this age is not informative. Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed and our teachers are highly trained to skillfully meet children where they are, which means that all children are considered “ready” simply by virtue of joining our community.

There are countless benefits to focusing on conversation and connection rather than formal interviews and testing. To us, the most important benefit is that prospective parents gain an authentic understanding of The Washington Market School experience and how truly special it is to be a part of our community.

School admissions can be daunting in NYC, but somehow Washington Market felt different – thoughtful, kind and caring. The process felt more like a conversation about the best interests of our children and family rather than an evaluation.
WMS Parent

Our Enrollment Team

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please reach out to our team.


Pamela Kenny

Director of Enrollment

Emma Rothstein

Enrollment Manager

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