The Lerner School welcomes students age two through grade five.

Applying to Lerner

Important Admissions Dates:
December 19th — Flexible Tuition Application opens
February 2nd —  Enrollment Applications and Flexible Tuition Applications due*
March 16th (for new families) and March 2nd (for current families) – Decision notifications and Flexible Tuition determination letters sent out to families

*Note that applications submitted after February 2nd will be notified on a rolling basis, as space is available. Priority will go to families applying before February 2nd.

The Lerner School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in admissions, financial scholarship, or any school administered programs.

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Step 1: Parent Visit

Visiting Lerner is the best way to evaluate The Lerner Way in action. You’ll tour our facilities, listen-in on classrooms, observe our students learning and doing, and have an in depth conversation with our Admissions Director. This is an opportunity for you to see if a Lerner education is right for your child. If you are not able to physically visit, we will set up a virtual tour.

To schedule a tour, call or email our Admissions Director, Deborah, at (919) 286-5517 ext. 217 or  

Step 2: Apply (one application/child)

Preschool Applicants: Complete the online application for 2019-2020 here; upload or mail a copy of the child’s birth certificate; complete the Student Information Form; and submit the non-refundable application fee. To apply for 2020-2021, click here.

Elementary Applicants: For 2019-2020, complete the online application; upload or mail a copy of the child’s birth certificate; current teacher completes the Teacher Recommendation Form; submit to child’s current school the Transcript Request (students currently in kindergarten through grade four); and submit the non-refundable application fee. For 2020-2021, click here to apply.

Kindergarten applicants should be five by September 1st of the year they enter.

Step 3: Student Visit

Preschool applicants visit the school for an informal classroom experience, where they’ll meet Lerner teachers and have a chance to play with their peers.

Kindergarten applicants participate in a Kindergarten assessment.

Grade 1 – 5 applicants participate in a classroom experience and formal screening process.

Out-of-state and international students unable to participate in a student visit are considered by the quality of their application. In addition, Lerner’s Education Director or the Preschool Coordinator may ask to speak with the child’s current teacher.

For students entering Kindergarten through grade 5, Lerner’s Education Director meets with parents after the visit to share the assessment and outline the child’s learning plan while at Lerner.

If English is not a applicant’s primary language, Lerner’s Education Director will discuss Lerner’s English as a Second Language (ESL) plan.

Step 4: Review

Admissions decisions are based on careful assessment of the student’s ability to achieve success at Lerner – academically and socially. Each decision is made on an individual basis.




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