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Year-round applications and transfers accepted.

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


We aim to make placements that are a good match for the child, the family, and the school. Students are admitted on the basis of their developmental readiness for our program and their families’ understanding of and commitment to our progressive learning environment. 


The preferred order of steps to explore admission is as follows:


1: Check out our website and explore our history, facility, academic programming, approach to special needs, and review a sampling of student projects. Then schedule to join a virtual or in-person Open House. In-person tours can also be arranged in some instances. Note that student tours occur after an application is submitted.


2: Submit an application ($75 application fee) through TADS. The application helps us start to learn what you as a family are looking for in a school setting. This application, together with the completed Teacher Insight Form, are shared with the Admissions Committee.


3: Once we receive your application a member of our Admissions Committee will contact you to schedule a conversation. We find this conversation helpful in answering remaining questions parents have as well as better understanding the needs of and goals for your child before enrollment decisions are made.


4: Schedule a visit day for your child. Children applying for grades 2-8 will visit for an entire day, spending time in both their current grade level classroom and the grade level they are applying for (if different). Children applying for Kindergarten or 1st grade are invited to come for a short “tour” with parents/guardians after school to see the classroom and meet a teacher or teachers. Summer tours are always by appointment.

5: You will hear from us with an admissions decision after March 1, and within 30 days after completing steps 1-4. If accepted, you will be asked to complete enrollment materials and pay a deposit to hold your child’s space. Other possibilities include provisional enrollment and deferred enrollment, depending on each individual situation.

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.

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Our 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 the 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.)

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