ECC Admissions
(Nursery-Kindergarten)


Admissions Process: ECC

Discover all of the factors that make the Ramaz ECC a nurturing and interactive environment that fosters the emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual growth of every child.

Most students enter the Ramaz Early Childhood Center in Nursery or Kindergarten. Individual acceptances may occur in other grades under special circumstances. We encourage families to learn about our many exciting programs and to contact the Admissions Office at admissionsECC@ramaz.org with any questions.

Age Requirements

  • Applicants for Nursery must be three years old by August 31 of the entering year.
  • Applicants for Pre-K must be four years old by August 31 of the entering year.
  • Applicants for Kindergarten must be five years old by August 31 of the entering year.

Applying to Ramaz

  • Applications should be completed and submitted online along with a non-refundable application fee of $150 by November 23, 2020.
  • Applications for siblings of current Ramaz students are due by November 2, 2020.
  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate should be emailed to admissionsECC@ramaz.org.
  • Parents must complete the ECC Teacher Recommendation Request Form. All recommendations must be completed by your child's current teacher by January 4, 2021.
  • Virtual student observations and parent meetings will be scheduled once your application has been processed. Please be in touch with our Admissions office to schedule your virtual parent meeting, 212-774-8025 or baruchs@ramaz.org or kahnj@ramaz.org.
  • Late applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • Admission decisions are made independent of the need for tuition assistance.

For applicants to Kindergarten

In addition to the requirements listed above, your child will need to take a scholastic preparedness test, which is administered virtually. This year, all aspects of our admissions process will be virtual, as we strive to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep you, and our community, safe and healthy.

With this new reality in mind, our school has joined a growing list of New York City schools that are administering the Thinking and Engagement Activities Assessment (T&E), which will alleviate the potential burden of multiple virtual assessments. The T&E is a non-standardized virtual assessment that will provide our admissions and educational team with information so that we may learn about your child, at a time when we are unable to engage with him/her face to face.

What is the Thinking and Engagement Assessment (T&E Test)?

The Thinking and Engagement Assessment has been designed to serve the needs and interests of Kindergarten applicants, their families, and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The T&E Assessment is administered using Zoom technology on a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet in the child’s home.

T&E is made up of a child-friendly set of activities specifically designed to be administered virtually in an unpressured way to four and five year olds applying to Kindergarten. The T&E taps expressive and receptive language, verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills, problem-solving skills and developmental areas in which schools need information to determine fit between an applicant and an early childhood program.

Who developed the T&E?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent constraints facing schools during the 2020-2021 academic year, a group of New York City Independent School admissions professionals enlisted the help and guidance of early childhood development experts to develop a virtual assessment to serve the needs and interests of Kindergarten applicants, their families, and schools. Each of these professionals have more than 40 years of experience in working with children as they learn, grow, and transition to Kindergarten.

Who will conduct the assessment and how will my child participate in a T&E assessment?

A cohort of external assessors, made up of a diverse group of early childhood professionals, have been trained to administer the T&E and will be available to answer questions and address any issues. The T&E Assessment is administered using Zoom technology on a desktop or laptop computer, or on a tablet, in the child’s home.

Upon starting the T&E, your child will be guided through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. During the assessment, your child should be sitting in a chair at a table and be wearing comfortable headphones to block out noise and to help focus on the materials. Laptops and tablets should be set up on a flat surface so the child’s hands are free. Please leave up to 45 minutes for the entirety of the assessment though it may take much less time.

During the T&E session, one adult (e.g., parent, guardian, caregiver, family member) is required to be present; however, this person is expected to only provide technological support as needed. The adult should wear headphones or earbuds and engage in a quiet activity once the assessment begins (e.g. reading a book or magazine; we ask that adults refrain from writing and using laptops, mobile phones, tablets, etc.). By wearing earbuds and staying busy, the adult is modeling what the child should be doing. Please note that the adult in the room should sit behind and to the side of the child so that the assessor may see that person during the entirety of the assessment.

Will I need access to a computer or tablet?

Yes, if you do not have access to a computer or tablet, please email us at admissionsECC@ramaz.org.

Do I need to help my child prepare for the T&E?

The only thing you need to do to help your child prepare for the T&E Assessment is to help your child practice wearing headphones while talking to an adult via the Zoom platform. A few days before your child’s scheduled assessment, we recommend explaining to your child that they will meet with a teacher online who will invite them to do some fun and interesting activities.

Can I expect to receive a standard report similar to other previous tests?

The T&E Assessment has been specifically designed to serve as a virtual alternative to the traditional observations of a child participating in an in-person playgroup or individual meeting, providing a “snapshot” of a child’s interactions through a series of developmentally appropriate activities. The results of your child’s assessment will be sent directly to the Ramaz admissions team, ensuring the confidentiality of this report, and addressing the need for an objective snapshot of the child’s interaction in an academic setting.

How much will the T&E cost and how do I register my child?

The fee for the T&E Assessment is $258 (includes an $8 processing fee). Once you have submitted an application, you will see a link to register your child for the T&E listed in your applications requirements in the online admissions portal. Please remember that you only register your child once. Upon registration, you will receive instructions regarding scheduling.

Appointments for the T&E assessment may be scheduled on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm - 2pm
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm - 2pm and 4pm-5pm
  • Sundays, 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm - 4pm

As part of the registration process for the T&E, parents/guardians will be required to sign a consent and release form requiring a supervising adult to refrain from recording the session, helping the child answer questions, and sharing content they may observe.

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