• We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. The deadline for priority consideration has passed. The second and final deadline for fall 2016 enrollment is Sunday, May 1st. There is a Visiting Week scheduled for the week of May 16-20.
  • Rolling enrollment: We currenlty have limited space for mid-year enrollment. If you are interested enrollment for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year, please apply and check the appropriate box under desired enrollment date.
  • Tuition is offered on a sliding scale, making us one of the most affordable private schools in NYC. Tuition is generally paid in monthly installments from August – June. Learn more about our tuition process here.

Enrollment Process:


Step 1: Research!

We are not a typical school! ALCs are committed to trusting children to direct their own education. Explore the ALC educational model and our comprehensive FAQ page on the ALC Network site. Learn from some of the videos, books, and articles that have inspired the this approach to learning and community. Dig into the content in our About section. Check us out on TumblrFacebookTwitter and our blog

Step 2: Review our Tuition Info Page

We offer tuition on a sliding scale. Full tuition is $22,500 and the current minimum is $4,500, annually. Please read through our Tuition Info Page to understand our collaborative, trust-based tuition policy.

Step 3: Apply and Attend a Parent Interest Night

Complete our online application and pay the $25 application fee. If you cannot pay full tuition, make sure to complete the tuition worksheet along with your application.

RSVP to a Parent Interest Night to learn more about our ALC and have your questions answered. They are currently scheduled for February 24th and February 25th. You may attend a Parent Interest Night before applying — keep in mind that applications are due February 29th for priority consideration.

Step 4: Visiting Week(s)

The following visiting weeks have been scheduled to support new enrollments for 2016-17:

  • March 14-18
  • March 28-April 1st
  • May 16-20

The visiting week allows the student to experience what it is like to be an ALC student and allows everyone to determine if our ALC is a good fit. Invitations for visiting weeks will be made the week after the application deadline on February 29th. Visiting week preferences can be chosen in the enrollment application.

Step 6: Final Enrollment

After the visiting week enrollment will either be offered, or it will be communicated that ALC cannot serve the applicant at this time.

When enrollment is offered, we will ask for a 20% deposit of your annual tuition agreement. Enrollment will be officially confirmed when the enrollment agreement is signed, all other enrollment forms are submitted, and the deposit has been paid.