How to Apply

Admission to The Friendship School for the 2024-2025 School Year

Thank you for your interest in The Friendship School!  TFS is a leading magnet school open to all pre-kindergarten aged children who reside in any Connecticut community.

Now accepting student applications for the 2024-2025 school year!
The application period for the 2024-2025 school year is from January 1 until March 31, 2024.


To apply for the 2024-2025 school year, students must be three or four years old on or before September 1, 2024.

There is an application process and lottery system for acceptance into TFS.  All students applying must submit an application.  Students are accepted using an online lottery system.

Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, TFS will only serve pre-kindergarten students (grades PK3 and PK4).  TFS will not offer kindergarten programming in the 2024-2025 school year.

Beginning in September of 2017, there is a tuition charge to families of pre-kindergarten children from all communities. This charge is the result of a change in the laws that govern magnet schools. LEARN is now required by the State of Connecticut to charge families based on income and family size. A family's cost will not be more than $405.30 per month per child from September 1 to June 30.

Southeastern Connecticut Magnet Schools are committed to serving military families and their children. TFS is dedicated to help highly mobile families who transfer to the region following the regular application period.  If you are moving to the area or receive transfer orders to the Connecticut Submarine Base or the Coast Guard Academy and are interested in learning more about our school, please call the school at 860-447-4049.

Key Features:

  • Specializing in early childhood learning, nurturing the development of the whole child
  • Establishing early literacy skills such as listening, speaking and vocabulary building
  • Engaging students in thoughtfully designed, developmentally appropriate learning tasks
  • Providing an inclusive special education program

School Highlights for 2024-2025:

  • Pre-kindergarten - 180 days/year
  • Full day pre-kindergarten
  • Fee based before and after school care (7:00am - 6:00pm)
  • Inclusive special education programs
  • State-of-the-art building
  • Connecticut certified teaching staff
  • Head Start services
  • School Based Health Center
  • Community Health Center of New London Brighter Smiles Dental Clinic
  • Active Friendship School Family Organization (FFO)
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