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 completed our tour cycle for the 2013-14 admissions season and our priority deadline for applications was January 17 for Elementary School and February 8 for the Early Childhood program. However, we continue to accept applications all year round for both programs, and we do not keep a waiting list.
Here's how to apply for the 2013-14 school year:
1. Complete an application
Download an application here and return it with your $65 non-refundable application fee:
2. Elementary only: Submit a recommendation form
Ask your child's teacher to complete the applicable Recommendation Form for the grade your child will be entering.
These forms are confidential and should be mailed by the teacher directly to:
Mills College Children's School
Or fax to 510.430.3223
As a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association, Mills College Children's School adheres to a commitment to supporting families in making educational decisions that are in keeping with their individual children, aspirations, and resources. Any openings will be filled from our pool of applicants on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations. If your child is offered a spot at the Children's School, you will be asked to make a non-refundable $1,000 deposit to hold her/his space.
Contact our Admissions Director: