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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.

​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 have limited remaining openings in a few of our classrooms and continue to accept applications all year round. Please click the links below to download and submit the appropriate application and we will contact you if a space opens up for your child.   

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. If we do not end up with a placement for your child this year, we can hold your application over for the following year without paying the application fee again. 

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). 

Early Childhood Application

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. 

1. Complete an application

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). 

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 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.


  • For K-5 applicants who met the January 15 or January 30 deadline: 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 who met the February 20 deadline: 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 pool of remaining applicants on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations. 


Contact our Admissions Director:

Whitney Walker

Mills College Children's School

5000 MacArthur Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94613

510.430.2053 ph

510.430.3223 fax


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Last Updated: 5/3/15