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View our virtual tour to learn more about the Ella Baker School

The Ella Baker School is a part of the New York City Department of Education's District 2.  The school is unzoned, and families in all five boroughs are welcome to attend a tour and apply for a spot. We encourage parents who work or study in the neighborhood to inquire about our program. 


Pre-K, Kindergarten and 6th Grade seats are allocated through the Department of Education. 

Pre-K: Children born in 2020 (pre-K) will be eligible to apply. The application will open January 10th. Learn more on the pre-K admissions website.

Kindergarten: Children who are born in 2019 can apply. The kindergarten application will open December 5th. Families also have the option to include Gifted & Talented and Dual Language programs on their application. Learn more on the kindergarten admissions website

Middle School: The Middle School application period ends on December 8. Learn more on the middle school admissions website.

Kindergarten Tour Dates: 

  • Tuesday, January 9 at 9 AM 

To sign up for a Kindergarten Tour, click here

Upcoming Pre-K Tours:

  • Tuesday, January 16 at 9 AM

  • Tuesday, January 23 at 9 AM

  • Tuesday, January 30 at 9 AM

  • Tuesday, February 6 at 9 AM

  • Tuesday, February 13 at 9 AM 

  • To sign up for a Pre-K Tour, click here

For Grades other than the main entry points listed For grades other than the main entry points listed above, contact or for middle school. 

Please contact the Parent Coordinator, Valerie 

Kirk-Kamali  with any questions regarding admissions.

Valerie Kirk-Kamali


Parent Coordinator
212-717-8809 ext. 2321
Note from the Parent Coordinator


We are happy that you are interested in learning more about the Ella Baker School.

The admissions process is about building a relationship -- giving your family an opportunity to get to know the school and community deeply, and giving us a chance to get to know your family. Our goal is to assist you in the exciting yet sometimes daunting task of choosing an educational community that is the best fit for your child and your family.

Regardless of the grade for which you are applying, you will have the opportunity to learn about how we balance academic excellence, creative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence from pre-k to middle school at one of our informational sessions.


A successful Ella Baker student, at every entry point, is a child who demonstrates a

developmentally appropriate amount of independence, openness, and curiosity. Starting with the youngest entering student, children have a great deal of ownership regarding their education.


The purpose of the informational session is to familiarize families with our school’s educational approach and vision. Families can then make an informed decision as to whether Ella Baker meets their own values and educational expectations.


If you have any questions at all about the admissions process or about the programs offered,

please do not hesitate to call or email me. I look forward to getting to know you and your child during the months ahead.

Valerie Kirk-Kamali

How to Reach Us


BxM1, BxM11, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M15, M15-SBS, M31, M57, M66, M72, M98, Q101, Q32, Q60

Click here for MTA bus map.



4 5 N W R to Lexington Ave-59 St.

6 to 68th St - Hunter College 

F to Lexington Ave-63 St

Q to 72 St

Click here for MTA subway map.

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