Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938

Important Dates


The admission process starts a year ahead of time. We accept applications starting August 1 for the following school year. We are currently accepting applications for a few remaining spots in the 2021-2022 school year and on August 1, 2021, we will begin to accept applications for the 2022-2023 school year. You may submit an application at any time, however, there are several steps to the admission process and space is limited, so we encourage you to start the process early.


Open House

September 29, November 14, March 2

We host three open houses every year. Please join us for a brief overview of the school followed by a tour of our campus. Your RSVP is appreciated, but not required.



Tours of campus are scheduled at your convenience throughout the school year. Please contact the Admission Office to find out more or to schedule a personal tour.


Early Applicant and
Sibling/Legacy Preference Pool

November 19, December 17

The application deadline for siblings of current or past Manzano Day School students and legacies (children of past Manzano Day School students), as well as interested early applicants, is November 19. Early applicants who have completed the admission process will be notified of an admission decision by December 17. This policy is in place to guarantee that preference for available spaces is given first to siblings/legacies and then to interested candidates.


Admission Decisions

Early February to Early March

The first round of admission decisions for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are made during the first full week of February. Admission decisions for applicants to grades first through fifth are made during the first week of March. Subsequent applications for all grades are accepted and reviewed on a rolling admission basis as space is available.


Financial Aid


The financial aid application process is available online through the School and Student Services website beginning November 1, 2021. Please note that you will need to have your income taxes completed in order to complete the financial aid application process. The filing deadline for the 2022-2023 school year is March 1, 2022 for returning students and ongoing for new applicants. Please contact Emily Villegas, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, with any questions or concerns.

Admission Events


Accepting applications for remaining spaces for the 2021-2022 school year.

August 1, 2021

Accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

November 1, 2021

Financial Aid applications for 2022-2023 accepted.

November 19, 2021

Sibling/Legacy preference pool deadline.

Early February 2022

Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten admission decisions made for applicants who have completed admission process.

March 1, 2022

Financial Aid application deadline for returning families.