Admissions FAQs

Can I come and visit the school?

Yes, you are welcome to visit the school. We have two Open Houses scheduled each year, one in October and one in January. You may also call the admissions office at (716) 877-5035 or e-mail to set up a tour at any time that is convenient for you. We also schedule visit days for prospective students.

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What is the age cut-off for entering the Prep program?

Students entering the Beginners program in the fall must be three by September 1 of the year they wish to enter. Students entering Prep I must be four by September 1. Students entering our Prep II program must be five by September 1.

Beginners Early Start Option: Children who turn three after September 1 and before December 31 may apply for a January admission to the Beginners program with the expectation that the student will complete a full year in the Beginners program the following year.

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What is the application deadline?

Completed applications and a $50 application fee must be submitted by March 1 of the school year prior to your entrance. For students entering grades 1 through 8, a completed application includes a teacher recommendation form and transcripts from the applicant’s prior school. Testing days are scheduled throughout February and March and admissions decisions are made by the end of March.

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Does it matter how early I apply?

No, as long as you apply by March 1 of the school year prior to your entrance. We do not make admissions decisions on a “first come, first served” basis. All students must be assessed before an admissions decision is made, and all decisions are made at the same time, in March previous to the start of the September school year.

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Does the school provide financial aid?

Elmwood Franklin is committed to helping families afford an education at our school. In fact, more than 30% of our families receive aid of some kind. We use an independent organization to evaluate financial information. You may begin to apply for financial aid starting on November 1, as described below. To be eligible for consideration for financial aid at Elmwood Franklin School, you must complete your application by the end of February. We will communicate decisions about financial aid at the end of March when we send out our acceptance contracts.

We use School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Based on the financial information you provide, SSS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps us make fair and objective financial aid decisions. To begin your financial aid application follow the steps below:.

  1. Starting on November 1, go to
  2. Click on the prompt to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Our school code is 2980. You only have to complete one PFS even if you have several children applying to our school.
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How do I know if I qualify for financial aid?

If you are uncertain if you will qualify, yet feel that paying the tuition will be a financial hardship, we encourage you to apply for aid. The process is confidential and will have no bearing on admissions decisions. For more specific information, contact the Admissions Office for a Financial Aid Brochure and Application.

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Are there any additional fees above the cost of tuition?

The Elmwood Franklin tuition is a graduated fee structure that is "all inclusive." This means there are no additional charges for books and supplies, computers and science labs, technology, outdoor education, local special events and field trips, individual and class pictures, and professional-quality yearbooks. Nutritious lunches and snacks are also included in the tuition. These expenses, at some schools, could total as much as $3,500 per year.

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Where do your students come from?

51% of our students come from the city of Buffalo, and 49% come from surrounding suburbs in the Western New York region. We currently enroll students from Amherst, Williamsville, Clarence, Colden, Derby, East Aurora, Eden, Elma, Grand Island, Lancaster, Lockport, Medina, Wheatfield, Orchard Park, Tonawanda, and Strykersville.

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What are you looking for in a prospective student?

We are looking for children ready for an academic challenge and for parents who are committed to supporting their children academically. Most of our children will be working at least one year above grade level by the time they graduate, and many are working several years above grade level. We also seek to enroll children who will be responsible and committed members of the community, dedicated to being kind, playing fair, getting involved, and working hard.

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Do you provide an after-school program?

Yes, we have an afternoon program called Horizons. Students may stay at school until as late as 5:45 p.m. Students may also arrive at school as early as 7:30 a.m.

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Does the school provide transportation?

Elmwood Franklin does not provide transportation. However, families living within a 15 mile radius of the school can arrange bus transportation through the school system in which they pay taxes. Students living within the city limits are entitled to free Metro bus passes.

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