Students are eligible for admission to TEAK in the fall of their sixth grade year.  Please refer to the eligibility requirements below to see if you qualify for admission to TEAK.  If you do, please fill out the Admission Info Request Form.  Through a comprehensive process that begins every fall, applicants participate in several rounds of screening that include a financial assessment, diagnostic tests, a written application, and interviews. TEAK Fellowships are awarded based on both academic merit and financial need. If you will be in the 6th grade during the 2013-2014 school year and you would like additional information on how to apply to TEAK, please call the TEAK Admission Inquiry line at (212) 288-6678 x190. Click here to view TEAK's Admission Flyer (English & Spanish).

Eligibility Requirements
Qualified candidates MUST:

  • Be enrolled in sixth grade at the time of their application
  • Attend a public or parochial school in one of the five boroughs of NYC and be a NYC resident
  • Earn 90% or above in all classes
  • Be among the top scorers on the 5th-grade ELA and math tests and/or scored in the 90th percentile on other standardized tests taken in the 5th grade
  • Come from families with financial need
  • Provide proof of academic merit and family income
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States

2014 Information Sessions

Registration for TEAK's information sessions is now open. If you are interested in participating in TEAK's admission process, you and a parent/guardian must either attend an information session. The information session will introduce you to TEAK's programs and explain the admission process in detail. Information sessions will take place on the following dates. Please also note the specific location and time.

Saturday, January 11
10:30am - 12:00pm

Riverdale Country Day School, Bronx
5250 Fieldston Road (between W250th and W253rd Streets)

Tuesday, January 14
6:30pm - 7:30pm

The TEAK Fellowship, Manhattan
16 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Thursday, January 16 *Spanish session/Sesión en español*
6:30pm - 7:30pm

The TEAK Fellowship, Manhattan
16 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Saturday, January 18
10:30am - 12:00pm

Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn
170 Joralemon Street (between Court and Clinton Streets)

Saturday, January 18
10:30am - 12:00pm
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Trevor Day School, Manhattan
1 West 88th Street (between CPW and Columbus Avenues)

CANCELLED - Please contact the Admissions Office at 212-228-6678 x104 to reschedule
Tuesday, January 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm

The TEAK Fellowship, Manhattan 
16 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Saturday, January 25
10:30am - 12:00pm
1:30pm - 3:00pm

The Hewitt School, Manhattan
45 East 75th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)

Tuesday, January 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm

The TEAK Fellowship, Manhattan
16 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

To sign up for an information session, call the Admission Office at (212) 288-6678 x190 or email the Admission Office at and include the following information in your message:

  • Parent or guardian's name
  • Child's name
  • Child's school
  • Contact phone number
  • Indicate the session you wish to attend
A TEAK Admission Officer will contact you to confirm your registration.

Pathway from TEAK Admission to College

Once a student is accepted to TEAK, programming begins the summer after 6th grade and continues with intensive after-school and Saturday classes during the 7th grade year.  Students then participate in the Summer Institute following the 7th and 8th grade school years, and begin the High School Placement process by attending after-school and Saturday activities during the 8th grade school year. Students enter the High School Program and continue their Fellowship until they go to college.  TEAK’s Alumni Program, including a Career Center, is a resource for students during college and beyond.

    Admission Timeline

    October 2013 2013-2014 Admission season begins

    January 2014 Admission Information Sessions are held 

    January-February 2014 Application period 

    February 2014 TEAK reviews applications & students take first test 

    March 2014 TEAK selects finalists 

    March-April 2014 Selected finalists are interviewed

    May 2014 TEAK selects the new class 

    May 2014 Orientation for the new class

2014 Applications

If you have received the link to TEAK's online application, and would prefer to print a teacher recommendation form instead of emailing it electronically to your teacher, please click on the pdf files below. Please remember that all recommendation forms are due by February 8, 2014

TEAK English Recommendation Form

TEAK Math Recommendation Form