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2014–15 Application Process

As the laboratory school for Mills College School of Education, the Children's School strives to create balanced classroom populations that represent the greater community. To that end, we gather a pool of applicants each year, rather than keeping a waiting list or admitting students based upon dates of application. We value diversity and ask, in our applications, for you to provide information that reflects the unique nature of your child and family. Mills College Children's School (MCCS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or physical challenge.

In our admissions process, we give priority to the children of Mills College faculty, staff, and students, which typically make up about 20% of the school's enrollment. The siblings of currently-enrolled children make up another 10%, with the remainder coming from throughout the East Bay.

We have concluded group tours of our Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Elementary programs for this admissions season, but we still have a few openings for the 2014-15 school year and accept applications all year round, as space allows. 

Here's how to apply for the 2014–15 school year:

Elementary School

For the 2014–15 school year, MCCS will accept Kindergarten applications for students who will be 5 years old by December 1, 2014. Children with fall birthdays may benefit from applying to our Early Childhood program, as well. During classroom visits, we help to determine Kinder readiness.

1. Complete an application.

Download and submit an application, along with a photo of your child and/or family and a $65 non-refundable application fee ($100 for two siblings):

Elementary School Application

2. Submit a recommendation form.

Ask your child's teacher to complete the applicable Recommendation Form for the grade your child will be entering.

Kindergarten recommendation

Grade 1-5 recommendation

These forms are confidential and should be mailed by the teacher directly to:

Mills College Children's School, Admissions Department
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613

If your teacher prefers, s/he can email or fax the recommendation, but please ask that a hard copy is dropped in the mail, as well.

3. Arrange for a tour and bring your child for a visit. 

The best way to learn about our wonderful laboratory school is to see it in action! When all of the above steps have been completed, we will contact you to schedule a time for you to take a private tour while your child to visits the classroom during a regular school day.

Contact Whitney Walker, Admissions Director, at or 510.430.2053 to be included on any upcoming small tours or arrange for a private tour.

Early Childhood Program

We cannot conduct private tours of our Infant/Toddler and Preschool facilities, but we often have openings during the spring and summer and can arrange a private tour if there is a space that fits your child. If not, we can hold your application over until the following year and invite you to attend a group tour in next winter.

Download and submit an application, along with a photo of your child and/or family and a $65 non-refundable application fee ($100 for two siblings):

Early Childhood Application


Applications received after our priority deadlines (January 31 for Elementary School and February 14 for Preschool) are considered as space allows. We do not maintain a waiting list, but fill any openings on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations. If we are able to offer enrollment for your child, you will receive an acceptance packet and a deadline to submit a non-refundable $1,000 deposit.


Whitney Walker

Admissions Director

510.430.2053 ph

510.430.3223 fax


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Last Updated: 6/10/14