Middle School Admissions Process

Whether you are considering Nichols or have already begun the application, please contact a member of the admissions team with any questions you may have! Call the admissions office at 716.332.6325 or email the team at

List of 5 items.

  • Step I: Apply

    A complete Nichols application includes the following:
    • Application for Admission
    • Student interview
    • Teacher recommendation forms
    • Writing sample: a graded English or history paper from your child’s current school or an essay to be provided by the Admissions Office
    Thank you for your interest in Nichols School! We are now on rolling admissions. As long as space remains available in a grade, we continue to take applications.

    Click here to apply now!
  • Step II: Student Shadow & Interview

    Our school campus is closed, but the admissions team is still available to meet virtually. A phone meeting, Skype interview or Zoom meeting is available. Please contact a member of the Admissions Office at to schedule today.
  • Step III: Testing

    Tests are not being held at this time. If your child has participated in any standardized testing, state testing or college preparatory testing, please provide that and it will be waived in lieu of the admissions test for now. If you do not have any of these test results available, we will be happy to discuss alternatives with you.
  • Step IV: Parent Visit

    A parent meeting, Skype interview or Zoom meeting is available in place of an in-person visit to campus. Please contact a member of the Admissions Office at to schedule today. 
  • Step V: Wait Pool

    After the initial January 17 application deadline, the Admissions Office continues to process applications and mail decisions for each grade until that grade is fully enrolled. As each grade becomes fully enrolled, a wait pool is established. Students in the wait pool are not assigned numerical priority. If space becomes available, students are selected from the wait pool by the Admissions Committee.

About Us

Nichols School is a nationally recognized college preparatory coed independent school with a 128-year history.