Admissions Overview

Like the college admissions process, admission to the Academy is part art and part science. There are quantitative ways to measure whether a student will be successful at the Academy, which is why we ask all applicants to take an entrance exam. There are also intangible qualities we look for – the potential to fall in love with learning, the curiosity to keep asking questions, and the ability to be a respectful and contributing member of the school community. 

We interview applicants to establish a personal relationship with them and their families. Ultimately, the Academy seeks students who will succeed in our rigorous college prep program. Learn more about the admissions process here.

Some quick facts:

  • While most of our students come from Staten Island (most ZIP codes), our school community includes students who live in Brooklyn and New Jersey. Fifteen of our students are from outside the US and live in New York City to study at Staten Island Academy.
  • Bus transportation is available to various locations on Staten Island.
  • Need-based financial aid is available. Last year the Academy granted over $1.8 million in financial aid awards to over 30% of our students.
  • Almost half of our students (49%) come from public schools, and over 25% come from parochial schools.
  • Campus visits must be scheduled in advance for students applying to Grades 6 or 9 in the William Winter Scholarship program. Campus shadow visits will only be permitted with prior screening and adherence to safety procedures.