The Parkside admissions process seeks to create a beneficial match between our program resources, parents goals and each child's needs. The application process gives families a chance to learn the details of our educational approach and to see it first hand.

From the first day that I opened the red doors and walked into the lobby of the Parkside School, my concept of a special education teacher was refined. Parkside is where children with special needs feel free to take learning risks, while receiving the quality education they’ll need to be successful individuals. Parkside is not just an idea, it’s a treasure.
— A Parkside Staff Member

While your family is learning about our school, we get to know you and your child as well.  We invite children to interview with us and often they spend time in a classroom.  Families begin learning more about our school by using this website or calling with any questions.  A complete application packet can be downloaded when needed.  Families should then arrange to visit our school by submitting a completed application with relevant school or outside evaluations.  As we receive these materials, we follow up to arrange for an interview and further visits.  


Rachel Vannucci
Director of Admissions & Special Projects
212-721-8888 x138

Admissions Checklist

Applications are due by December 31 annually. The following checklist will help ensure that you have all the necessary components for a completed application:

  • Application Form & Fee
    Complete our online Application Form and pay the application fee of $100.

  • Psychological, School, Therapist and Department of Education Reports and Evaluations
    A copy of your child’s most recent reports and/or evaluations from their current school and current therapists should be submitted along with your application. This must include a psychological evaluation (may be submitted after the deadline once the practitioner has prepared it). Please also include the most current IEP (Individualized Education Plan).

  • Photograph
    A photograph of your child should be included to aid our memory during the admissions process.

  • Parent Tour
    Please contact Rachel Vannucci at 212-721-8888 x138 to schedule an appointment for one of our regular Open House sessions (see upcoming dates listed below).

  • Interview
    After your application has been processed, we will screen the information and may call you to schedule an appointment for your child to be seen either at their current school setting and/or at Parkside.

The Admissions Application and all supporting documentation may be submitted online. If you have any questions, or trouble with the the application, please contact Rachel Vannucci.

Open House Tours

Interested families and professionals who would like to see and hear about our program can visit us during one of our regularly scheduled Open House days. Tours run from 8:45-10:30 AM. Please call Rachel Vannucci at (212) 721-8888 x138 to schedule an appointment.   

Upcoming Open House Dates For Prospective Families

October 17, 2019
October 24, 2019
November 21, 2019
December 5, 2019
December 12, 2019
January 9, 2020
January 23, 2020
March 5, 2020

Upcoming Open House For Professionals
October 31, 2019

The session agenda includes:
> Professionals and Referrals Intro
> Our Therapeutic solutions
> Diagnosis and Outcome
> Referral Considerations

Visiting Parkside

The Parkside School is located on West 74th Street in Manhattan, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. If you are coming by train, take the 1, 2, 3, B or C trains to the 72nd Street stations.  The Parkside School is located at 48 West 74th Street, New York, New York 10023.  

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