For the 2021-22 school year, the academic day has staggered arrival and dismissal times by grade level and division. For Lower School the day begins between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. and ends between 2:50 and 3:10 p.m. Middle and Upper School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., though students are expected to arrive by 7:50 a.m.
Yes, we do! International students are valuable members of our community. Students needing an I-20 to secure an F-1 student visa will be designated as international students. For more information, please visit our international student page.
While we know there is no substitute for a campus visit, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors to campus are limited. We will offer one on-campus Open House for prospective applicants to Lower School and another for those applying to Middle and Upper School in addition to virtual Information Sessions and Office Hours. Go to Visiting Kew-Forest for dates and to register. Individual appointments for family-specific questions can also be scheduled by contacting email@example.com.
Yes, we accept applications on a rolling basis through the spring and summer months. We will issue an admission decision on completed files if a space is available. Families must understand there is no guarantee of a space being available and they may be placed in the waiting pool.
Each year the number of qualified applicants exceeds our available spaces. The Admission Committee will offer selected students a spot in the waiting pool if they are deemed admissible but there are no spaces available. Parents must either accept or decline being placed in the pool. The pool is not ranked and there is no way to predict a candidate's chances of being called from the pool. In the event a space becomes available, we will consider all active candidates for the grade and the class composition when deciding who to admit.
No, Kew-Forest no longer offers bus transportation. It has been suspended indefinitely as a result of the pandemic. The school is conveniently located near train and bus lines, and is easily accessible by car for drop-off and pick-up.
Yes, the cost of lunch and snacks is included in tuition. Lunch is a time for our community to come together, so we want to be sure everyone can participate in the same way. Lunch is prepared on site and provides students with many nutritious and varied options.
To see our current tuition (2021-22 school year) and information about tuition assistance, please visit our Affording Kew-Forest page. The Board of Trustees usually sets tuition for the following academic year in January. There is usually a slight percentage increase each year.
We aim to have our tuition be comprehensive, so that families are not surprised by fees after enrolling. Aside from academic year instruction and extracurricular activities, tuition covers the cost of snacks and lunch during the school days, books, field trips, and the K-F Parent Association fee. Typically, the only other significant cost families will incur will be for uniforms. There are also additional costs associated with payment plans, tuition refund insurance, and after care.
Yes, we offer three standard plans: (A) Full payment by June 15th; (B) Sixty percent payment June 15th, forty percent balance due November 15th; and (C) Eight monthly payments, beginning June 15th. For options B and C, there is a $150 administrative fee.
The TA review process is holistic, considering many elements of a family’s financial circumstances, in calculating what we believe each family can reasonably afford to contribute toward tuition. Family size, income, assets, and cost of living, are among some of the factors that are used to determine a family's level of discretionary or disposable income available for tuition. Please visit the Affording Kew-Forest page, where you can learn more about our Tuition Assistance program and submit your application.
Students applying to our Preschool class must turn three by September 1 of the year of entry. For all other grades, a student's chronological age is considered along with social/emotional development, school experience, the student's current grade, and the age range in the cohort they would be entering. For example, a student currently in 1st grade with a November birthday (missing the September 1 cut-off) could be considered a viable applicant to second grade. Final grade placement is at the school's discretion.
We recommend that Upper School applicants take either the ISEE or SSAT. They are not required, but are helpful in the admission and course placement process. We do not require the TOEFL for international applicants, though it also helps in course placement, in the event that the student enrolls with us.
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Typically we offer: 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Biology, Calculus BC, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, English Literature and Composition, Physics 2, Spanish Language and Culture, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, and World History. On-campus courses may vary year-to-year. Additional options are available online through the One Schoolhouse consortium.
All clubs are student initiated and vary from year to year. Students may apply to start a new club if they have an interest in an area not already covered.
Current clubs open to both Middle and Upper School students: American Math Competition, Fall Film Festival, Forensics, Games & Strategy, LGBTQIA+ Awareness, Psychology, and Story Club.
Clubs open only to Upper School students: The Blotter (yearbook class), Cultural Diversity Club, Kaleidoscope (social justice, diversity, inclusion), K-F Thinkers Magazine, Science Research, Mock Trial, Model UN.
For sports, we offer: soccer, volleyball, cross-country, track, tennis, table-tennis, basketball, archery, badminton, and fencing.
The Kew-Forest School
119-17 Union Turnpike Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 268-4667
The oldest independent school in the borough of Queens, The Kew-Forest School is an independent co-educational, college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade 12.