Click here to pre-register online for the 2018 Merit Scholarship Exam on Saturday, December 8th

Open Houses and school tours are available every Wednesday morning at 9:00 am that school is in session. No RSVP is necessary and children are welcome.

December 8th, 2018 Open House and Merit Scholarship Exam Information

Open House Information (Open to all grades)

Garden School is hosting an Open House on Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 to 11:30 AM for all families interested in all grades of the school. No RSVP is necessary, children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

We encourage families from all grades interested in Garden School’s core program (not UPK/PK For All) to attend a presentation at 9:00 AM on the school and its educational and enrichment programs. You will hear perspectives from school administration, faculty, parents and alumni. A Q & A period will be followed by a tour of the campus and facilities.

December 8th Merit Scholarship Exam Information (Open to grades 5-9)

The same morning as the Open House, we will be offering the annual Merit Scholarship Exam on Saturday, December 8th. The Merit Exam and the scholarships are eligible to both new incoming and current Garden students presently enrolled in grades 5-9 ONLY (entering 6-10 in 2019). Pre-registration either using the online form below or by downloading and faxing the form below is required by December 5th at 4:00 PM.

Merit Scholarship Exam Registration

Click here to pre-register online for the 2018 Merit Scholarship Exam on Saturday, December 8th

For those not wishing to apply online, please download, complete and send in with payment the Garden School Merit Exam Registration Form 2018 to pre-register for the Merit Scholarship Exam.

Merit Scholarship

The Merit Scholarship Program was started over twenty years ago in order to attract high-performing and well-rounded students to the school. Each year, over 100 students participate in this competitive exam.

Merit Scholarships are granted each year based on the results of the Merit Scholarship Exam, administered each December to interested students in grades 5-9. The Merit Scholarship Exam consists of sections on math concepts, math computation, vocabulary and reading comprehension, and will include a writing sample. Families must register for this Exam and based on exam scores, potential candidates are invited to interview and school records are reviewed.

A Merit Scholarship, typically ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition, is awarded for a student’s entire time at Garden. Thus, a student winner entering Garden School as a sixth grader can expect to receive his or her scholarship award for seven years covered by the program. The scholarships can be worth as much as $120,000 in Garden School tuition fees over a seven-year period.

However, Merit Scholars must maintain specific academic and social criteria in order to maintain Merit Scholarship awards. In addition, a Merit Scholar in good standing can retake the Exam any year and only improve their award. They cannot lose or lower their award amount based on future Exam scores. Typically, the process of identifying Merit Scholars each year is completed by the middle of February once all interviews have been completed.

Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid

Families who are taking the Exam (who have not received a Merit Scholarship in the past) may also apply simultaneously for need-based tuition assistance at any time. If a Scholarship is awarded and accepted, their tuition assistance application will no longer be considered. Typically, Merit Scholars are not also eligible for need-based financial assistance. If they are not awarded a Scholarship, then their tuition assistance applications will be considered. Families are encouraged not to wait for scholarship decisions and to apply for tuition assistance as soon as possible with up-to-date tax documents.

Successful Merit Scholars new to Garden will be sent an Enrollment Agreement that reflects their award amount and tuition balance. The signed Agreement must be signed and returned with the deposit when applicable by the due date on the Agreement in order to retain the scholarship.

Below is a link to apply online for the Merit Scholarship Exam and also a link to download and print the Registration Form which must be completed and returned with the $50.00 Application Fee by Wednesday, December 5th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 718-335-6363 or at

Garden School Merit Exam Registration Form 2018

Click here to pre-register online for the 2018 Merit Scholarship Exam on Saturday, December 8th