Brooklyn private independent school

Middle School Admissions

Steps For Applying To Middle School

The following instructions will help guide you through your child's application for admission to the Berkeley Carroll School. The staff of the Admissions Office is available to answer any questions you may have and provide assistance.

Attend an Open House or Tour

To proceed to the Berkeley Carroll application or to schedule an open house or tour, click the Apply Now link. You do not need to submit an application to attend an open house. Registration generally begins 30-35 days before the Open House.

Apply Online

*Deadline is December 2nd

Complete the Online Application for Middle School Admission (available September 3, 2019 at 12:00pm) and submit a $100 non-refundable application fee. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. Berkeley Carroll provides application fee waivers for students from the following programs: A Better Chance, Boys Club, Breakthrough New York, De La Salle Academy, George Jackson Academy, Oliver Scholars, Prep for Prep, and TEAK. If you require a fee waiver or have any questions regarding fee waivers, please contact our office at or 718-534-6527.

Applicant Statement and Student Activity and Interest Form

We share a Common MS Applicant Essay form and Common Student Activity and Interest Form with other ISAAGNY schools. These forms should be completed by your child before they come for an interview. The Common Student Activity and Interest form should be sent to you or your child through Ravenna by entering your email address.

Apply For Financial Aid

*Deadline is December 17th

Indicate on the application if you intend to apply for Financial Aid. Berkeley Carroll uses the services of the Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS) to process all need-based financial aid applications. Click on the Tuition and Financial Aid button for more information. The financial aid application will be available at TADS on September 1st.

MS Student Interview and Visit

*Deadline is January 17th

A Student Interview/Half-day visit will be scheduled by the Admissions Office. During the visit, applicants shadow a Berkeley Carroll “buddy” in their application grade from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed at some point in the day by a member of the BC faculty or the Admissions team.

Since our interviews are only for the applicants, we recommend that you attend one of our open houses. If you are unable to do so, we are happy to arrange a tour of the middle school when your child comes to visit (*Please let us know in advance if you are interested so that we can make sure a tour guide is available). We invite parents to follow up with us by phone or email if they have any questions or would like to further discuss their child’s candidacy.

*Because of limited spaces for new students, interviews are by invitation only. Please contact the admissions office if you have any questions.

Interview Part II

We will be extending invitations to return to BC to engage in a 45 minute group activity with a member of the BC Middle School faculty. Parents will be able to choose one of two dates.

Please be aware that not all applicants will receive an invitation to the group activity. Invitations will be extended through January 17th.

Scheduled Group Activity Dates:
January 11th & January 16th

If you have any questions regarding this protocol, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Submit a Copy of 2018-19 Final Report Card

*Due upon submission of application and/or prior to scheduling the applicant’s interview.

Once you have completed the application, we ask parents to submit a copy of the applicant's final report card from the 2018-2019 school year. Parents can upload this information to Ravenna or mail it to Berkeley Carroll's Admissions office at:

Berkeley Carroll MS/US Admissions
181 Lincoln Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

*Please remember that a copy of the applicant’s report card must be submitted prior to scheduling an interview.

Register For a Standardized Exam

*Deadline for results is January 17th

Berkeley Carroll requires applicants to take one standardized examination as part of the admissions process. Register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), which is administered through the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). To schedule a testing date, go to We also accept the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) as an alternative assessment. To schedule a testing date, go to Berkeley Carroll hosts the ISEE test on campus, but parents must register their children for testing on the ISEE website. It is not necessary to take these tests at Berkeley Carroll in order for the school to receive the results. We recommend registering for the ISEE or the SSAT as early as possible since dates can fill up quickly.

ISEE Test Dates At Berkeley Carroll:

The Berkeley Carroll School Code: 330575

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 (open to Berkeley Carroll applicants only)

Request Official School Transcript

*Deadline for receipt is January 17th

Submit Transcript and Grades Release Form for the 2019-2020 school year to the office of your child's CURRENT SCHOOL. The request for an official school transcript should not be submitted until after the first marking period; we require grades for the current year. If the applicant attends a school that does not issue a report card before January 17th, 2020, please contact the Berkeley Carroll Admissions office with the expected date of the first marking period report card.

Request Teacher Recommendations

*Deadline for receipt is January 17th

The Common Teacher Evaluation Forms can be sent to your child's CURRENT teachers through Ravenna by entering each teacher’s email address. If the school requires paper forms, you have the option of printing them through Ravenna. Two recommendations are required -- one from an English teacher and one from a Math teacher. If the instructor teaches both Math and English, please ask them to fill out both forms rather than address each subject in one form. You are welcome to submit a recommendation from a supplemental teacher (coach, instructor, etc.) however, it is not required.

The teachers may need some time to learn about the students; please wait until after November 1st to request teacher recommendations.

Submit Writing Sample

*Deadline is January 17th

Send the Admissions Office a sample of your child's writing. This should be a finished work that your child has submitted for assessment. If teacher comments are included, please leave them intact. You may submit excerpts from a journal or work done out of school as a supplement if you choose, though this is not necessary.

Submit Photograph

*Deadline is January 17th

Submit a photograph of your child using your Ravenna account. Please make sure this is a photograph where we can clearly see your child’s face. Head shots are preferred.