Our application process is markedly different than most independent schools. We’ll guide you through the steps below.


1. Inquire


The first step toward getting to know CCS is to complete an inquiry or call 818.780.6226.


2. take a tour


Tours are a required part of the admissions process. We want to give prospective parents a chance to see the school in action. You will visit classrooms, meet some students, and chat with our Head of School.


After your tour is scheduled, we offer two Meet the Teachers opportunities that give prospective parents a chance to enjoy an All School Meeting and get to know us better. This is optional but highly recommended.


3. apply for admission

Applications for admission 2020/2021 are available online or a hard copy can be downloaded below. Applications can be submitted any time before the deadline. Please remember to attach a photo of your child (for identification purposes) as well as the application fee of $125.


Please have your child’s current teacher complete a Teacher Evaluation Form and return it to CCS.


4. Interview

Parent Interviews with our Senior Administrative Staff take place by appointment after an application has been submitted. This 30-minute conversation gives prospective parents an opportunity to get answers to questions that are specific to their child and family as well as gives CCS a chance to get to know parents. While we believe progressive education is beneficial for all children, we understand that it is not the perfect fit for every family. CCS will contact you to arrange this appointment.


5. Assessment

Applicant Assessment is unique at CCS. Our senior staff members travel to over 40 local preschools (and elementary schools for older applicants) to observe applicant students in a comfortable environment. Children do not know they are being observed, and they are not expected to perform in any way. We believe that 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 meaningful way. CCS schedules these observations directly with your child’s school.


6. Insider's look


Insider’s Open House is an exclusive chance for applicant families to understand how progressive education works and take part in a discussion with our staff about what kind of educational experience you want for your child and your family.

This event is by invitation only and is designed specifically for adults. It will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the morning.


7. admission


After the admission process is complete, we arrange a time for the child to visit the campus with their new teacher. Students are given a simple tour and encouraged to ask questions. Then, we keep in touch with your family during the Summer to give opportunities for you to connect with the school community. We want you to feel at home well before your child’s first day of school.


CCS is a member of the Elementary Schools Admission Directors (ESAD) and subscribes to the good practices recommended by this group.

Notice Of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students: Children’s Community School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to the Assistant Head of School.