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An update from the Portledge Admissions Office:

Let me say that I hope that you are well and in good health. It is amazing how quickly such commonly uttered words can take on such a deeper meaning. 

It is a struggle: the sudden separation from the outside world, the confining nature of staying at home, the feeling of uncertainty. But I realize my biggest struggle is missing the beautiful Portledge campus, my frequent drop-ins on our classroom experience, the genuine love the students exude for Portledge and, of course, the teachers whose dynamic lessons and passion for their craft help our students to grow and thrive.

But just last night it struck me - we are going to get through this. I have heard that message before but, for some reason after a tough few days, it has finally sunk in. We are going to get through this, and at Portledge we firmly believe we will be stronger on the other side. 

Reinvigorated, I write to you with our virtual approach to bridge the temporary disruption we all face until we get back on campus.

Firstly, I am excited to meet you! Our admissions season is still active, we are still accepting applications and looking for students who are kind, hard-working, and want to engage fully in all aspects of our school and our community. 

Secondly, we are committed to delivering an admission process that will be equally personalized, accessible, and authentic - as these qualities best exemplify what has made Portledge one of New York state's premier independent schools. Our virtual process will offer:
  • Tuesday w/ Portledge - Open House conversations with Admission personnel via Zoom meeting to learn more about Portledge School: the academics, the community, the Pillars, the opportunities, and what makes Portledge what we are
    • Tuesdays w/ Portledge 9:30 a.m. through April and May
  • Access to personal video conference meetings to dive more deeply into your exploration of the school. Click here to request an individual meeting
  • Opportunities to view our virtual classrooms as a guest and see the creativity, skill and best-practice approach of our first-class faculty
  • A sensible admissions process that will be flexible as we work together for the common goal of your child and their educational future
  • An open and honest conversation about affordability during the economic uncertainties
And thirdly, as someone who has been at Portledge for 20 years, I look on this school as my home away from home. I miss being here, but I am strengthened by those with whom I work and our common goal and passion for offering a real, honest, kind, rigorous, forward-thinking, and highly individualized educational experience.  I look forward to talking with you soon and to share the amazing school that Portledge is.

Michael Coope
Director of Admissions

Portledge School Viewbook

- The Portledge Experience

The Portledge student body is diverse in the students’ cultural background, geography, interests, talents, and abilities. Yet the student body is unified under a common theme: their love for Portledge.  "

Contact an admissions representative at (516) 750-3202.


List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Michael Coope

    Michael Coope 

    Director of Admissions
    (516) 750-3202
  • Photo of Kim Baratoff

    Kim Baratoff 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
    (516) 750-3203
  • Photo of Leigh DeMaria

    Leigh DeMaria 

    Director of Early Childhood / Assistant Director of Lower School / Assistant Director of Admissions
    (516) 750-3224
  • Photo of Amanda Slinger

    Amanda Slinger 

    Director of Financial Aid / Assistant Director of Admissions
    (516) 750-3253
  • Photo of Caryl Shapiro

    Caryl Shapiro 

    Admissions Associate
    (516) 750-3239