Our application process is markedly different than most independent schools.
The first step toward getting to know CCS is to complete an inquiry. You can do that here: INQUIRY or call 818.780.6226.
Tours of CCS begin in the fall. Tours are a required part of the admissions process and give prospective parents a chance to see the school in action – students and teachers in all grades will be observed in and out of classrooms. This is a real-life look at a day in the life of a student at CCS. It’s also a chance to talk with our Head of School and Founder Neal Wrightson in a small group. Click here for our tour schedule: TOURS
Additionally, we offer two Meet the Teacher events in the fall that give prospective parents a chance to enjoy an All School Meeting and talk to our teachers. This is not the same as a tour – this is a specific opportunity to ask teachers about their practice as the teachers aren’t typically available during a tour. Click here for our Meet the Teacher schedule: TEACHERS
Applications for admission are available online or a paper version is available at tours or can be downloaded from our website. Applications can be submitted any time before the deadline. Click here for more application information: APPLICATIONS
Parent Interviews with our Head of School take place by appointment after an application has been submitted. This 30 minute conversation helps prospective parents to get answers to questions that are specific to their child and family. It also gives CCS another opportunity to get to know parents and find out what they’re hoping for their child’s educational life. As a progressive educator once said, “Progressive education is for all children, but it may not be for all families.” CCS strives to find families who are looking for a progressive education for their child.
Applicant Assessment is unique at CCS. At Children’s Community School, senior staff members travel to over 40 local preschools (and elementary schools for older applicants) to observe applicant students in an environment that is more comfortable for them – their current school. They do not know they are being observed, and they are not expected to perform in any way. We do not think that “playdates” in unfamiliar surroundings or with unfamiliar adults and children is a good way to get to know your child. We do think watching your child play and interact with their peers as well as talking with their teachers is a great way to find out about your child in a deep and meaningful way. CCS schedules these observations directly with your child’s school. Click here for the observation release form: FORMS
In the spring, we host applicant parents at CCS for an Insider’s Look at Progressive Education at which applicant parents get to experience a progressive classroom, enjoy a short student performance and have an informal opportunity to interact with the CCS community. This year’s applicant event will take place on Saturday, February 11 in the morning. Click here for more information on this event: INSIDER’S LOOK
Finally, after a student has been accepted to CCS and their family has chosen CCS for their child, we arrange for a short visit by the child to the campus (in May) with their new teacher. Students are given a simple tour and encouraged to ask any questions they might have. This is followed by some pre-arranged family contact with the school community during the Summer. We have found over the 35 year history of CCS that this process is both practical and reasonable for the child and the parents.
CCS is a members of the Elementary Schools Admissions Directors (ESAD) and subscribes to the good practices recommended by this group.
Notice of Non-Discrimination: Children’s Community School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion and provides equal access to its programs and activities. Chidlren’s Community School is an EEO employer without unlawful discrimination in the selection of employees on the basis of national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to the Assistant Director, Administration and Operations.