Year-round applications and transfers accepted.


Until we're back in our building, we're committed to providing our students an engaging, dynamic, and flexible online and at-home learning program through "TCS Connect!"


We're blazing the trail on what progressive education looks like in a remote learning environment. Rather then endless worksheets and rigid schedules, we keep the joy in learning. How? By giving fun and purposeful projects, by keeping students connected to and interacting with their teachers and classmates, by adapting tasks and schedules to each family's unique needs, and by honoring our students' voices in what and how they want to learn.  Join us and be part of our vibrant community! Learn more about "TCS Connect!"

Check our laptop icon throughout our site for examples from our interactive remote learning program! Click the laptop on any page to visit our "TCS Connect!" page.
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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: Take a tour! We invite you to visit The Children’s School to observe progressive education in action. Contact us to schedule a personal tour or attend one of our monthly First Friday open houses.  We find this tour answers many questions and initiates new ones, so ask away! Our aim is to make placements that are a good match for the child, the family, and the school.


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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