The Lerner School welcomes students age two through grade five.

Applying to Lerner

Important Admissions Dates:
December 19 — Flexible Tuition Applicaiton opens
January 15 —  Enrollement Applicaitons and Flexible Tuition applications due (*
Mid February  – March 1 – Decision notifications and Flexible Tuition determination letters sent

*Note that applications submitted after January 15th will be notified on a rolling basis, as space is available. Priority will go to families applying before January 15.

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 Coordinator, Chelsea, at (919) 286-5517 or  

Step 2: Apply (one application/child)

Preschool Applicants: Complete the online application here; upload or mail a copy of the child’s birth certificate; complete the Student Information Form; and submit the non-refundable application fee.

Elementary Applicants: 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.

Kindergarten applicants should be five by September 1 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 Principal of Teaching and Learning or the Preschool Coordinator may ask to speak with the child’s current teacher.

For students entering Kindergarten through grade 5, Lerner’s Principal of Teaching and Learning 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 Principal of Teaching and Learning 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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