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Application Process for the 2016-17 School Year

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 consideration 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 appreciate the opportunity to give you information about our philosophy, curriculum, and mission. We recognize that the decisions you make for your child’s education can have important consequences for your entire family and we hope you will find this process both informative and helpful.

2016-17 Admissions

We have concluded group tours of our Early Childhood and Elementary School programs for the 2016-17 admissions season and our priority application deadlines were due January 14 for Elementary School and February 19 for our Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs. However, we continue to accept applications all year round and will fill any openings as space allows. Here's how to apply: 

Complete an application

Download the appropriate application below and submit it to Mills College Children’s School (MCCS) along with a non-refundable $65 fee ($100 for two siblings applying in the same year) via email or mail to the addresses at the bottom of the page. 

Elementary School Application 

Early Childhood Application

If you are applying for Financial Aid, please complete the SSS application and submit all required forms when you apply for admission.  

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 sent by the teacher directly to our school at the mailing address below. Most teachers appreciate a stamped addressed envelope, as well. 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.

About our tours

Early Childhood Program: We carefully limit observations of our youngest students and are unable to conduct private tours of our Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs outside of our scheduled group tours in January and February of each year. However, we do accept applications all year round and spots often open up in the spring and summer. We don't maintain a first-come, first-served waiting list, so if a spot opens up, we check our applicant pool for the best fit. If we have an opening for your child and you have not yet seen our facilities, we will contact you to come in for a private tour before you decide about enrolling. If we're unable to offer your child enrollment in the coming school year, please contact us again in January to come on a group tour and request that your application be held over for the following school year. 

Elementary School: Once your application is completed, you will be contacted to arrange for your child to visit one of our K-5 classrooms while we do a private tour for parents or guardians. 


For those  who submitted Elementary School applications by January 14: 

  • MCCS mails decision letters on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Email confirmation will be sent the following day at 12 noon.
  • Signed acceptance of the offer of enrollment must be received with a non-refundable $1,000 deposit by 9:00 am on Friday, March 18. This deposit applies toward your child’s tuition and holds their spot for the 2016-17 school year.
  • If an Elementary applicant has a sibling who is also applying to our Early Childhood program, we will notify the family about placements for all children on this timeline.

For those who submitted Infant/Toddler and Preschool applications by February 19: 

  • MCCS mails decision letters on Friday, March 18, 2016. 
  • Signed acceptance of the offer of enrollment must be received with a non-refundable $1,000 deposit by 9:00 am on Monday, March 28. This deposit applies toward your child’s tuition and holds their spot for the 2016-17 school year.

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: 7/27/16