Year-round applications and transfers accepted.

At this time, our plans for the 2020-2021 school year are based on a hybrid program with fully remote options for grades 3-8. However, our responsiveness to the changing situation in regards to Covid-19 risk and state or county Phase designations, mean that we are ready to shift to remote learning at any time for either part or all of a classroom's weekly schedule.


Read about how we approach remote learning here (should this become part of our program moving forward.)

Read more about our current 2020-2021 plans here.

Choosing a school for your child can be a complex process. We want to answer your questions about our program and enrollment process. Our admissions process is simple:


First: Please take time to look through our Virtual Tour page. Then, let's have a phone conversation about whether The Children's School is a good match for your family. Our aim is to make placements that are a good match for the child, the family, and the school. After this, we can schedule a short tour of the facility.


Second: Submit an application and $75 application fee through TADS. This application, together with the completed Teacher Input Form are shared with the Admissions Committee.


Third: Have a conversation with our Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Christina Martin. We find this conversation helpful in answering remaining questions parents have as well as understanding the needs and goals for your child before enrollment decisions are made.

Exceptional Learners
Exceptional learners include children with or without a formal diagnosis of a learning, behavioral, or physical disability or impairment, as well as any child whose developmental or learning needs at a given time require a modified approach in the classroom. Read "Our Approach to Exceptional Learners" for more information if you feel this applies to your child.


Non-Discrimination Policy

The Children's School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights privileges, and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, or any other school-administered programs.


(Pronouns: In keeping with our non-discrimination policy, The Children's School has elected to use the pronouns "them" and "they" rather than "he" or "she" in the contents of this website.)

“Education is not preparation for life;
education is life itself.” 

John Dewey

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