2014–15 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.
Please check our Current Openings page for updated information about space in specific classrooms for the current school year, 2013–14.
Here's how to apply for the 2014–15 school year:
1. Take a Tour or attend an Open House event
The best way to learn about our wonderful laboratory school is to attend an information event during our admissions season. See our Admissions Calendar for a full list of K-5 Open Houses and tour dates.
Space is limited, so please REGISTER ONLINE
2. Complete an application
Review the information packet provided at one of our information events or download an application from our website and return it with your $65 non-refundable application fee ($100 for two siblings):
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 the teacher directly to:
Mills College Children's School
Please give your child's teacher enough time so that the recommendation can reach MCCS by the application deadline. Most teachers also appreciate a stamped addressed envelope along with the form.
If your teacher prefers, s/he can email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (510.430.3223) the recommendation, but please ask that a hard copy is dropped in the mail, as well.
4. Elementary only: Classroom Visit
When all the above steps have been completed, families will be contacted to arrange for their children to visit the school in February, 2014.
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: