Applying to CDS

Grades 1-4

Thank you for your interest in the Children's Day School elementary program. 
Enrollment in grades 1-4 depends on available space. At this time, we anticipate having 1-3 spaces for new students in each of grades 1-4. We will have a better sense of availability after re-enrollment of current students is completed in February. We encourage all families to apply if they are interested in enrollment in grades 1-4.

To apply for admission to grades 1-4 for the 2022-2023 school year, complete the steps outlined below.

Grades 1-4 Admission Policies and Procedures

CDS is committed to providing full and equal enjoyment of its services, facilities, privileges, and advantages to individuals with disabilities. Applicants and their family members who require reasonable accommodations to participate in the admission process should contact the Enrollment Management Office.

List of 9 items.

  • 1. Inquire

    Children's Day School uses an online platform, Ravenna-Hub, for all steps of our admission process. You can complete a Ravenna inquiry form here.
  • 2. Schedule a Visit

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we unfortunately cannot host in-person tours during school hours on campus. However, we have created a virtual tour and enrollment showcase to give you a sense of our campus and to share our learning beliefs. We will also have in-person Saturday open houses for any adults who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 which you can register for on Ravenna-Hub.

    In addition, we invite prospective parents/guardians to attend an optional Zoom information session with our Head of School, Shelly Luke Wille, our Lower School Director, David Dobson-Smith, and current CDS parents/guardians. Should the current situation change so that we are able to offer campus tours, we will update our website with tour dates. You may register for a Zoom information session and Saturday open house here.
  • 3. Submit Application

    Submit a completed application with a family photo and a $100 application fee. You may apply to CDS online through Ravenna-Hub. Click on “Create an account” to get started or “Login” if you have created or already have an existing Ravenna-Hub account. Application through Ravenna-Hub is strongly preferred; however, paper applications may be downloaded via the link below or are mailed upon request. The application deadline for grades 1-4 is Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
  • 4. Evaluation Form

    Your child's teacher should submit a student evaluation form to CDS through Ravenna-Hub (preferred) no later than Wednesday, January 12, 2022
  • 5. Request for School Records

    Submit the Request for School Records form to the Registrar at your child's current school after November 1; the Registrar needs to send the records directly to CDS no later than Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The records may be mailed to CDS, emailed to Erin McHale, or faxed to (415) 861-5419.
  • 6. Assessments

    The Enrollment Management Office will reach out to you to schedule an assessment for your child. We are working on creating an assessment that can be completed at home, either independently or as part of a Zoom call, but may switch to in-person assessments if health and safety regulations permit.
  • 7. Interview

    A parent/guardian interview is not a required part of the admission process for grades 1-4. The Enrollment Management Office will contact you if a parent/guardian interview is requested by the school.
  • 8. Our Decision

    Admission decisions will be emailed on Thursday, March 17, 2022. We craft each class looking for a balance in ages as well as socio-economic, racial, cultural, and family diversity. Families who choose to accept an enrollment offer must return the enrollment agreement with a non-refundable deposit of 10% of tuition by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2022. When there are more qualified candidates than openings available, the school establishes an unranked waiting pool. When an opening occurs, the school decides to which student to offer a space based upon the overall profile of the class and the match with the child and the family.
  • 9. Late Applicants

    If you are interested in applying for transitional kindergarten after the January 12 application deadline has passed, please contact Kristina Berman, Director of Enrollment Management, at (415) 861-5432 x337. Families submitting applications after the January 12 deadline will be considered with wait pool candidates as openings arise after the first round of admission decisions on March 17, 2022.
For more information, please contact Kristina Berman, Director of Enrollment Management, at (415) 861-5432 x322.
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