2015–16 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.
Here's how to apply for the 2015–16 school year:
1. Attend an Open House and/or Take a Tour
The best way to learn about our wonderful laboratory school is to see it in action, so we hope that you will join us for an information event during this admissions season. See our Admissions Calendar for a full list of tour dates and K-5 open houses. Space is limited, so REGISTER ONLINE today!
2. Complete an application
Review the information packet provided at one of our information events 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) by our priority deadlines.
3. 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 your child's teacher directly to:
Whitney Walker, Admissions Director
Mills College Children's School
Please allow at least two weeks for your teacher to submit this form by our priority deadline. Most teachers also appreciate it when families provide an stamped envelope addressed directly to our school. 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.
4. Elementary Only: Come for a visit!
When all the above steps have been completed, families will be contacted to arrange for their children to visit the school in February, 2015.
Any subsequent openings will be filled from the list of remaining applicants on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations.
Contact our Admissions Director: