Principles of Good Practice

To ensure a fair and professional admissions process that best serves applicant families and their children, ISAAGNY schools agree to abide by the following Principles of Good Practice. ISAAGNY schools seek to ensure the appropriate match between a prospective family and the mission of the institution and respect the dignity and worth of each individual in the admissions process. The admission director and head of each school bear the responsibility for communicating these principles to all professional staff.

  • A school will not discriminate, in accordance with applicable law, on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, and any other protected categories under applicable law in the administration of its admissions policies. Nothing herein, however, shall be construed to prevent the operation of a single-sex or religious school.
  • The school operates under a clear set of practices for gathering, disseminating and maintaining prospective student information and respects the need for confidentiality. The school must ensure that its admissions process and assessment protocol are consistent and equitable for all applicants.
  • A school will make clear all admissions processes and deadlines and should specify whether it will accept applications and grant interviews based on a numerical limit or chronological deadline. A school should only accept application fees for applications that will be fully processed. Schools should inform families of complete costs of attendance for the coming year.
  • Application materials will be available to prospective families no earlier than August 1st and will not be processed before Labor Day. A school should ensure adherence to the ISAAGNY notification and reply dates. Wait list parents must be given the same (or later at the school's discretion) reply date as those initially accepted. ISAAGNY recognizes that some schools for special needs students may require the flexibility to deviate from the ISAAGNY dates and assessment protocols.
  • Schools will not offer admission to a student without first receiving the Confidential School Report or an official transcript directly from the student's current school. School reports and teacher recommendations must be kept confidential and should not be shared with families by the sending or receiving school.
  • Member schools may choose to extend Early Decision notification to those early childhood and Kindergarten applicants who qualify as siblings, legacies, children of staff, and who are members of an affiliated religious congregation within their respective school communities.
  • The school recognizes the right of currently enrolled students to consider other educational options and provides appropriate support in that process. Member schools should not require the re-enrollment of students applying to transfer prior to the ISAAGNY reply dates.
  • In order to protect the family's privacy, schools will not require families to share a list if the other schools to which they are applying. Families of siblings and legacies should be given as equal opportunity to apply to any school they want.
  • School staff should communicate the school's missions and admission criteria through objective recruitment materials and events. Staff should speak accurately about their own school but refrain from alleging weaknesses in other schools. School staff should avoid using undue influence in recruiting students and should refrain from asking applicant families to designate a first choice school, which applies undue pressure on families.