The Lerner School welcomes students age two through grade five.

Applying to Lerner

Important Admissions Dates:

Coming soon!

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

While visiting Lerner is the best way to see The Lerner Way in action, we are currently not open for tours due to the pandemic. However, we will schedule a virtual tour with our Head of School and admissions team.

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

Step 2: Apply (one application/child)

Online application for 2021-2022 is coming soon!

Elementary Applicants:

  • Upload a copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • Upload a copy of your child’s most recent report card
  • Current teacher completes the Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Submit to child’s current school the Transcript Request (students currently in kindergarten through grade four)
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee.

Preschool Applicants:

  • Upload a copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • Complete the Student Information Form
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee.

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

Step 3: Student Visit

Due to the pandemic, preschool applicants will visit the school virtually with their parents.  Students and parents will have a video conference with the Lerner teachers.

Kindergarten applicants participate in a Kindergarten assessment online with the Lerner kindergarten teacher and the Learning Specialist.

Grade 1 – 5 applicants participate in a virtual screening process with a Lerner teacher and the Learning Specialist. 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: Admissions 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.


Step 5: Admissions Notification

Families are notified of admissions decisions on Notification Day or within 2 weeks of the student’s visit.




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