Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is the admission policy for students entering grades 1-5?

A. All students entering grades 1-5 must take an entrance exam.

Q. What are the hours of operation?

A. Cortelyou 7am-6pm (Day Care students only)

Marlborough 7:00am-6:30pm
3:00pm-6:30pm (Afterschool students only)

Bedford 7:00am-6:00pm
3:00pm-6:30pm (Afterschool students only)

All locations are closed Saturdays & Sundays.


Q. Is my child required to wear a uniform?

A. All students are required to wear their uniform throughout the academic year (September – June). Preschool children must also have an extra set of labeled clothing as required by the NYC Health Code. The center is not responsible for stolen articles or improperly marked clothing.

  • Boys: Yellow shirt, green pants, green cardigan & #83 plaid tie.
  • Girls: Yellow blouse, #83 plaid v-neck or bib-front jumper, green cardigan, and #83 plaid tie.
  • Academy Girls (3rd grade and higher): yellow blouse, #83 plaid skirts, green cardigan, and #83 plaid tie.


Q. Are there days when my child isn’t required to be in uniform?

A. Yes. On Fridays, children are not required to wear their uniforms. They can dress down in appropriate attire, such as jeans, dresses, pants, etc. Children are not permitted to wear articles of clothing that contain lewd or offensive language and symbols.

Academy students MUST wear their gym uniforms on Fridays.


Q. Can my child have a birthday party at school?

A. Yes. If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with his/her class mates, you may have permission to do so provided we are notified at least one week in advance of the day you’d like to celebrate.

Lunchtime or the afternoon snack period are the only times of the day when this activity will be allowed. The hosting parent may bring in party favors, grab bags, and/or provide a festive, nutritious meal that meets the Department of Health standards. In the past, class parties have been a welcomed treat for the students. We would be happy to give suggestions or assist in any such planning.
Parents hosting birthday parties must refrain from including peanuts or anything containing peanuts in party favors, grab bags, or food. Some children are extremely allergic to peanuts and peanut products, and will have an allergic reaction should they eat, or come in contact with these products.

Also, do not include toy guns/ weapons in party favors or grab bags. We do not promote violence.


Q. How do I pay my child’s tuition?

A. Payments can be made in cash, check, money order, credit/debit card or certified check. PLEASE NOTE: There is a service charge for making payments with a credit/debit card. (Visa/Mastercard/AMX only)

We also provide an EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) system for our parents, where a payment account of their choice can be charged on a recurring basis. Payments under this system can be made with a credit/debit card, or with a checking account (ACH). Processing fees still apply for credit/debit cards, and there is a processing fee for checking accounts as well. A sign-up form can be found under the "Tuition / Scholarships" subpage (found under "Elementary School"). Please contact us for more information.


Q. When is my child’s tuition due?

A. Tuition is due by the 5th of every month. There is a late fee of $30 if tuition is received after the 5th. If payments are not received by the 15th of the month, your childcare services will be suspended.


Q. Is free lunch provided?

A. Free lunch is provided to families who qualify under CACFP Income Eligibility Guidelines.