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.
We have completed our tour cycle for the 2015-16 admissions season and our priority application deadlines were January 30 for Elementary School and February 20 for the Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs. However, we accept applications all year round and will contact you if a space opens up for your child. Here's how to apply:
Early Childhood Program
We carefully limit the number of observations that take place in our Infant/Toddler and Preschool classrooms and cannot conduct private tours after the group tour season has concluded. However, additional openings do sometimes occur in the spring and summer and we don't maintain a first-come, first-served waiting list, so if your child's application is on file and s/he is the right fit for one of our openings, we will contact you to come for a private tour.
Please download and submit our application below, along with a photo of your child and/or family and a $65 non-refundable application fee ($100 for siblings).
Groups tours of our Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs for the 2016-17 school year will begin again in January, 2016.Elementary School Program
We are able to conduct private tours in our K-5 classrooms upon request. Contact our Admissions Director to see if there are any openings in the classroom that your child will be entering and then follow the steps below to apply.
Please download and submit our application below, along with a photo of your child and/or family and a $65 non-refundable application fee ($100 for two siblings).
2. 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 MCCS at the address below. 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, too.
3. Come for a visit!
When all the above steps have been completed, we'll arrange for your family to visit on a school day, so that you can tour the school while your child spends time in the classroom.
Any subsequent openings will be filled from the pool of remaining applicants on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations.
Contact our Admissions Director:
Mills College Children's School
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613