Application Process for the 2017-18 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.
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 $75 fee ($100 for two siblings applying in the same year; $125 for three or more) via email or mail to the addresses at the bottom of the page.
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 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.
Elementary only: Bring your child 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, 2016. Kinder applicants will visit on Saturday, February 11, 2017, for one hour between 9 am and 2 pm, so please reserve that date on your calendar. Applicants for grades 1-5 may be scheduled to visit on a school day.
Elementary School Program:
Infant/Toddler & Preschool Program: February 28, 2017*.
*If you are applying for Financial Aid, please complete the SSS application and upload all required forms online when you apply for admission.
As a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA), our school adheres to common notification dates and a commitment to supporting families in making educational decisions that are in keeping with their individual children, aspirations, and resources.
For Elementary School applications submitted in January:
For Infant/Toddler/Preschool applications submitted in February:
Late applications: After the above deadlines, we will continue to accept applications as space allows. Any subsequent openings will be filled from the list of remaining applicants on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations. After the March notification dates, subsequent enrollment decisions are generally made with a week of a student’s visit to the school.
Contact our Admissions Director: