Admissions

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available in September 2020.

The admissions process is open to all families; Columbia University affiliation is not required.

Our current application process includes responses to observational questions about your child and a video conferencing call with the family. Our goal in including these two components is to learn more about each child’s holistic educational profile with the purpose of creating a community of learners.

 We will be holding virtual tours in the upcoming school year. Please see more information below.


Admissions Contact Information

2021 - 2022 Admissions 

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available in September 2020.

If you are interested in applying for the 2021-2022 school year, please fill out our Google Form to be contacted in the upcoming admissions season.


Request Admissions Information

To request more information about Hollingworth Preschool Admissions, please select the appropriate link with the year you are interested in applying for:

 

The 2021-2022 School Year

Tours for Prospective Families

Virtual tours will be available in Fall 2020. We encourage parents who are considering Hollingworth to arrange a tour and a time to speak with our admissions team. Please contact our admissions office at hollingworthpreschooladmissions@tc.columbia.edu to schedule a tour.

Application & Payment

Our application can be downloaded here, and submitted by email to hollingworthpreschooladmissions@tc.columbia.edu.

 2021 – 2022 Preschool Application

Applications can be downloaded to a computer and digitally signed through Adobe/Preview or filled out by hand and scanned.

The $50 application fee can be paid online with the following link:

Hollingworth Preschool Payment Page

FAQ

Applications for the 2021- 2022 school year are available on our website. Click here to fill out an application. 

The process includes a completed application form, submission of an application processing fee, and a video conferencing call with the family.

Completed forms should be emailed to hollingworthpreschooladmissions@tc.edu and the application fee processed online.

The tuition for the 2020-2021 Blue Group (3-4 yo)  is $23,874.00. The Yellow Group (4-5 yo) tuition for the 2020-2021 year is $25,630.00. 

A deposit is due with the contract, and families may pay the tuition in full or select from three tuition payment plans of 2, 4, or 8 installments at no additional fee.

Tuition payments are paid via credit card.

Each class has 13-17 children.

The faculty of Hollingworth Preschool is composed of educators who share a commitment to life-long learning, child-responsive education, and the enactment of theory and practice. All of our faculty and staff are either current or former Teachers College graduate students. Our associate and assistant teachers participate in a competitive and rigorous application process to gain a position at the preschool. Our leadership team has extensive experience, active in research and service in the field of early childhood education. For more information about our current faculty, please visit our Who We Are page.

Applications for limited needs-based financial aid are available. Please email the admissions office at hollingworthpreschooladmissions@tc.columbia.edu  to request application. 

Yes, we offer early notification and standard notification to all families. Each family indicates its desired notification date on the application form.  In order to ensure an equitable process, no special affiliation is needed for early notification. 

The central piece of our admissions process at Hollingworth Preschool is building our school community. Beginning with each child, we focus our attention first on the engagement and enjoyment of each child. We truly believe there is much to children’s holistic profiles (including personalities, learning styles, and more!)  that influence how a community of children, loved ones, and teachers come together. It is our hope that our school community will be reflective of the amazing diversity of New York City. From our observations during the admissions process we review each child’s application with the intention of facilitating engaging and productive learning dynamics and strong friendships within the class. We then consider what potentials might be offered when we gather the children, families, and teachers all together when we begin this journey called school.

There is metered parking on 120th Street and Broadway. 121st Street allows parking according to alternate side rules. There are two parking garages in the neighborhood; one at Riverside Church and the other on 122nd Street at Broadway.

TC students are a wonderful resource to Hollingworth families from incidental to regular babysitting. As many graduate students live on campus and have flexible schedules, they are often available at odd hours and/or even for short period of times. Many enterprising families utilize graduate students to transport students at pick up and drop off times to and from school.

Families with children who have young fall birthdays may elect a third year.

We welcome speakers of all languages and have the expertise to support these children as they become multilingual. During the school year, our literacy–rich classroom environment and pedagogical approaches support multilingual learners as their comfort, knowledge, and use of the languages grow.

After Hollingworth


As an early childhood center we make an unwavering commitment to support our families as they seek ongoing schools for their children. We begin meeting with parents the spring before the start of the Kindergarten process. In addition to group meetings, we offer ongoing individual support to each of our families throughout the process as they explore and pursue options for their child's ongoing education. This partnership with parents is guided by the shared goal of ensuring each a robust match for each child. To this essential work Hollingworth brings over 35 years of expertise. Hollingworth Preschool children are happily situated in a range of schools including: a variety of independent schools such as co-ed, all-girls schools, and all-boys schools; and progressive and traditional schools. Public school matriculations include G&T citywide and district programs, Hunter, and neighborhood schools throughout New York.

For public schools, our children have attended neighborhood zoned schools, Special Music School, district and city-wide G&T programs such as Lower Lab, NEST+m, and Anderson; and Hunter College Elementary School.

For independent schools, our children have attended Avenues: The Allen-Stevenson School, Bank Street School for Children, Beit Rabban Day School, The Brearley School, The Browning School, Calhoun School, The Cathedral School, The Chapin School, City and Country School, Collegiate School, Convent of the Sacred Heart School, The Dalton School, Ethical Culture-Fieldston School, The Heschel School, The Horace Mann School, IDEAL School, Manhattan Country School, Marymount School, The Nightingale-Bamford School, Packer Collegiate Institute, Poly Prep Country Day School, Ramaz School, Riverdale Country School, Rodeph Sholom School, Saint Ann’s School, Saint Ignatius Loyola, The School at Columbia University, The Spence School, The Speyer Legacy School, St. Bernard’s School, St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School, Trevor Day School, Trinity School, and The World School.


The programs and policies of The Hollingworth Center are in accordance with the health and immunization regulations and recommendations set by New York State and New York City departments of health.

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