Applying to CDS

Grades 1-4

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Thank you for your interest in the Children's Day School lower school program (Grades 1-4).
We have concluded our regular admission season and are accepting applications for a limited number of openings for the 2024-2025 school year for certain grades, on a rolling, space available basis.  Please reach out to Kristina Berman or Erin McHale in the Enrollment Office to inquire about an application for the upcoming school year.

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 Team.

List of 9 items.

  • 1. Inquire

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

    We would love to welcome you to tour our campus. Please reach out to Kristina Berman or Erin McHale in the Enrollment Office to schedule a tour.
  • 3. Submit Application

    Applications are being being processed on a rolling, space available basis for certain grades in the Lower School. Please submit a completed application with the $100 application fee through Ravenna. Click on “Create an account” to get started or “Login” if you have created or already have an existing Ravenna account. As our regular admission season has ended, you will need a bypass code in order to submit an application on Ravenna. Please reach out to Kristina Berman or Erin McHale to request a bypass code or if you need assistance. Submitting an application through Ravenna is strongly preferred; however, paper applications are also available upon request.
  • 4. Teacher Evaluation Form

    Please ask your child's current teacher to complete the teacher evaluation form. One teacher evaluation form is required for students applying to Grades 1-4. We strongly encourage online submission of teacher evaluations through Ravenna.
  • 5. Request for School Records

    Submit the Request for School Records form to the Registrar at your child's current school. Records may be uploaded directly to Ravenna or may also be mailed to CDS, emailed to Erin McHale, or faxed to (415) 861-5419.
  • 6. Student Visit

    After you submit an application, we will reach out to schedule a time for your student to visit our school. We expect local students to visit in person. Please reach out to Kristina Berman, Director of Enrollment Management, or Erin McHale, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, if you have any questions.
  • 7. Parent / Guardian Interview

    After you have submitted an application, we will reach out to schedule a virtual parent/guardian interview with a member of the Admission Committee. Admission representatives can include the Enrollment Management Office staff, other school administrators, and faculty. The interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about your family and your hopes and dreams for your student's education, and for you to ask us any questions you may have about the Children's Day School curriculum and community. 
  • 8. Notification of Our Decision

    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 complete the enrollment agreement with a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the annual tuition. When there are more qualified candidates than openings available, the school establishes an unranked waiting pool. When an opening occurs, the school decides which student to offer a space based on the overall profile of the class and the match with the child and the family.
  • 9. Late Applicants

    Our regular application season has ended.  If you are interested in applying for a limited number of openings in certain grades of our Lower School, please reach out to Kristina Berman or Erin McHale in the Enrollment Office. You will need a bypass code to apply in Ravenna, which we will provide to you.
For more information, please contact
Kristina Berman 
Director of Enrollment Management
(415) 861-5432 x322

Erin McHale 
Assistant Director of Enrollment Management
(415) 861-5432 x337
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