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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. 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. 

NEW! You can now APPLY ONLINE here!

This option works best when using Google Chrome as your web browser. Alternatively, you may download an application from one of the links below and submit by mail:

Elementary School Application

Early Childhood Application

  • Priority Elementary School application deadline: January 15, 2015. Applications submitted by this date are scheduled first for our student visits in February, with decision letters mailed on March 12.
    • If you are applying for siblings to both the Elementary and Preschool programs, please submit both applications by January 15.
    • Current MCCS families with sibling applicants or Preschoolers matriculating over to the Elementary School should apply by this date.
    • Mills College faculty, staff, and students are also encouraged to apply on this accelerated timeline for either the Preschool or Elementary School program.
  • Secondary Elementary application deadline: January 30, 2015. Applications submitted by this date will be scheduled next for our student visits in February, with decision letters mailed on March 12.
  • Priority deadline for Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs: February 20, 2015

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. 

Kindergarten recommendation

Grade 1-5 recommendation

These forms are confidential and should be mailed by your child's teacher directly to:

Whitney Walker, Admissions Director

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

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.

  • Kinder applicants will visit on Saturday, February 7, for one hour between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, so please reserve that date on your calendar.
  • Older students may be scheduled to visit on a school day, depending on the number of applications we have for each grade.


  • For K-5 applicants: MCCS mails decision letters on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Signed acceptance of the offer of enrollment must be received with a non-refundable $1,000 deposit by 9:00 am on Friday, March 20. If an Elementary applicant has a sibling who is also applying to our Preschool program, we will notify the family about placements for all children on this timeline.
  • For Infant/Toddler and Preschool applicants: MCCS mails decision letters on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Signed acceptance of an offer of enrollment must be received with a non-refundable $1,000 deposit by 9:00 am on Monday, March 30.

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:

Whitney Walker

510.430.2053 ph

510.430.3223 fax


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Last Updated: 1/17/15