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School Groups

School groups (K-12) of any size can enjoy an educational experience at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

Engage students with a host of on-site activities created by the National Park Service. While on the islands, school groups can participate in self-guided activities, watch Island of Hope, Island of Tears (the award-winning 30-minute documentary about Ellis Island), or go on a 30-minute audio tour of either island.

Check out the National Park Service’s Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island webpage for more information on all of the park’s education activities.

The National Park Service offers ranger-led programs at Ellis Island on a limited basis.Inquire about the availability of the ranger-led education programs today.


Before completing the form below to start the school group reservation process, please review the following information:

In order to verify legitimate school group status and qualify for the group discounted rate, the group must fax or email a letter on school letterhead detailing the date and time of trip and the number of students and adults visiting.

The discounted rate is only available for purchase through our group sales department. It is not available for purchase online.

The discounted school rate does not apply to any student beyond senior year of high school and college students.

Required Supervision: One adult leader (age 21 years or older) is required for every 10 youths. Only the required number of chaperones will qualify for the discount, all additional tickets must be paid at the regular adult or senior rate. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times.

All persons and property are subject to search prior to boarding the ferry. We recommend that you travel lightly.

Reservation requests may by submitted up to six months in advance. Payment in full by school check is required two weeks prior to the tour date.



All tickets are valid for one-time use only. 

  • Reserve Tickets are only valid for the Date/Time you specify. Please note that the time you choose is the approximate time you plan to enter the security screening facility at the dock,not the vessel departure time. Note: If you would like to reserve a Pedestal Access Pass for each member of your group, you must request Reserve Tickets.
  • Flex Tickets are valid for one admission over a three-day period from date you request.


  • Audio Tour: Every visitor to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island receives the audio tour.
  • Pedestal Access Pass: If you would like to reserve passes for your group to enter the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, you must request Reserve Tickets. A limited number of Pedestal Access Passes are available each day. The only way to guarantee entry into the base of the statue is to reserve Pedestal Access in advance.


  • E-ticket: Electronic tickets are emailed to you, which you can print out.
  • Will Call: The group leader can pick up the tickets at the Will Call window on the day of visit.
  • Mail: Statue Cruises will ship the tickets for a nominal fee.


By requesting a school group reservation, you agree to the following requirements:

I agree to provide one adult leader (over 21 years of age) for every 10 youths below the age of 21. Chaperones will stay with their students at all times. Visitors with the group who are 18-20 years old do not qualify as chaperones. We are a qualified school group, and I agree to provide an official letter from our school or school district to verify this. By submitting this group trip reservation form, I agree to follow all rules and regulations established by the National Park Service for the operation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

We look forward to welcoming your school group aboard. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by email: [email protected] or call: 201-432-6321.

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