Our school year is from September through June, with two Summer Sessions in July and August.  Call us for a private tour at 212.374.1489 or see the calendar below for group tour dates.






Our school year is from September through June, with two Summer Sessions in July and August.  Call us for a private tour at 212.374.1489 or see the calendar below for group tour dates.





Tours throughout the school year are held on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM for our West Village location and Thursday mornings at 9:30 AM for our Tribeca location and are 90 minutes long. Please fill out the online form on this page and we will contact you to finalize your tour date.

Our TriBeCa location offers programs starting at 3-months and our West Village locations starts at 2- years old. Once accepted, children are eligible to continue in our program until age 5 ½. We offer rolling admissions, and have very limited spots available.

We have very limited availability for the 2017-2018 school year. To be added to the list of interested families, please fill out the information sheet below. We will contact you once tour dates have been announced. A $100 non-refundable fee is due with your completed application form when you arrive for the tour. If your child enrolls at Buckle My Shoe, the fee will be deducted from your first tuition installment. 


Parent Interview

An important requirement of our application process is that the parent(s) of all prospective students are interviewed over the phone by the Administrative Faculty.  You will have the opportunity to schedule an interview at the end of your tour.  


Enrollment and Contract

Buckle My Shoe will contact parents in the order of accepted and wait-listed applications.  


Schedules offered 

Monday- Friday:

9AM-12PM 9AM-3PM, 8:30AM -5:30PM 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 

9AM-12PM, 9AM-3PM, 8:30AM -5:30PM 

Tuesday, Thursday

9AM-12PM, 9AM-3PM, 8:30AM -5:30PM


Visit Us!

Name *
Tours *
Please sign up for a tour date below for the 2018 school year, tours fill up quickly and are on a first come, first serve basis. *You will receive an email confirmation and registration form at the beginning of the week you are scheduled to tour.
Date of Child's Birth
Date of Child's Birth
Phone Number *
Phone Number

Group Tour Schedule

Children are the world’s most valuable resource and it’s best hope for the future.
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy




Students who have graduated from Buckle My School have gone on to attend the following exemplary schools: 

  • Avenues: The World School
  • Berkeley 
  • Carroll School 
  • Brooklyn Friends School
  • The Browning School 
  • City and Country School 
  • Collegiate School 
  • Corlears School 
  • The Dalton School
  • Ethical Culture School
  • Fieldston Lower School
  • Friends Seminary 
  • Grace Church School 
  • Horace Mann School 
  • Hunter Gifted Program
  • Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
  • Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin High School (LREI)
  • Lycée Francaise de New York
  • New Explorations Into Science (NEST) 
  • Gifted Program
  • The Packer Collegiate Institute 
  • Poly Prep Country Day School 
  • Riverdale Country School 
  • Saint Ann’s School
  • St. Luke’s School
  • Village Community School 
  • The United Nations International School (UNIS) 

We take exmissions seriously at Buckle My Shoe, and work closely with our families to find the perfect next school for their child(ren).  We remain closely connected to our alumni and are proud of their continued success in their academic careers. Our students have attended these prestigious NYC High Schools: Baruch Honors, Bronx Math and Science, Brooklyn Tech, Hunter, Poly Prep, Stuyvesant High School, and more.





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How long do the tours last?
The tours last about an hour and a half. Please plan to be at the school from 9:30 - 11:00 am.

Do children need to attend the tour?
No, the tour is for parents only. We will meet the children once the application process has been completed. Families are invited to attend an optional story time at the school. Story time is not a formal part of the process, but rather a chance for parents to see their children thrive in our unique environment. Once accepted, children will be invited to an Open House where existing children welcome new children to the school.         

How old does my child need to be to apply?
Our TriBeCa location starts at 3-months old. We have 8 classrooms, each accommodating approximately a 6-month age span.

Our West Village location starts at 2-years old. If a child turns 2 after September, s/he may attend school with a caregiver until her/his second birthday.  

Will I be able to see the classrooms?
Yes, you will have the opportunity to tour each classroom and see the children and teachers engaged in activities.

Do I have to submit a fee before the tour?
Yes, the $100 application fee is required at the start of our tour.  

What will the application fee go towards?
At the contract signing, the application fee will be deducted off of tuition.

After I attend a tour, what is the next step?
Parents will sign-up for a phone interview with The Director of Admissions, which will last approximately thirty-minutes.

After I complete a phone interview, what is the next step?
The Director of Admissions, the Educational Director and the Executive Director will review your application and discuss the results of the phone interview to determine acceptance. You will receive a phone call from the Director of Admissions if your child has been accepted into the program.

How many months does the contract include?
The contract lasts for ten months (September through June). Depending on availability, a family may enter after the start of the school year.

Is Buckle My Shoe open during the summer months?
Yes, Buckle My Shoe is open in July and August for two three-week sessions. A separate contract will be filled out for Summer Sessions. Students can attend one or both sessions.

How is tuition paid?
Tuition is submitted in four installments. The first payment is for $3,900 (less $100 from tour application fee) and dated at contract signing. The next three installments are usually dated for March, June and September.

What happens if I move during the school year?
Once you sign the contract, tuition is non-refundable. We are a non-profit school and teachers’ salaries are based on enrollment and tuition.

Once my child is attending the school, do I have to reapply every year?
No, once your child is enrolled in Buckle My Shoe, you do not need to reapply. Every year, your child will need a new contract which will be filled out in January. Siblings have priority for enrollment and do not need to apply.

When does my child graduate?
Our program includes a unique pre-k program for 4- and 5-year olds. Our graduates leave our school confident, independent and ready to enter a new school for their kindergarten experience.