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Middle School

Thank you for your interest in the Children’s Day School middle school program (grades 5-8). You can learn more about our middle school curriculum here.

Unlike some schools, CDS does not add additional sections in middle school, so enrollment in grades 5-8 depends on available space. At this time, we anticipate having the following spaces for new students:

  • 5th grade: 4-6 spaces
  • 6th grade: 4-6 spaces
  • 7th grade: 1-2 spaces
  • 8th grade: 0-2 spaces

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 5-8.

To apply for admission to middle school (grades 5-8) for the 2020-2021 school year, complete the steps outlined below.

Grades 5-8 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.

1. Schedule a school tour and/or open house session.

2. Submit a completed application with a family photo and a $100 application fee. Children’s Day School uses an online admission platform, Ravenna-Hub, for all steps of our admission process, including our application. You may apply to CDS online here; click on “Create an account” to get started or “Log in” if you 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 5-8 is Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

3. Two of your child's teachers should submit student evaluation forms to CDS through Ravenna-Hub (preferred) no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Alternatively, you can download the student evaluation form via the link below, print two copies, and give a copy to two of your child's teachers to complete and return to CDS no later than January 15, 2020. The form may be mailed to CDS, emailed to, or faxed to (415) 861-5419.

4. 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 15, 2020. The records may be mailed to CDS or emailed to

5. After your child's application is complete, you will be able to sign up online through Ravenna-Hub to schedule a student visit. Fifth and sixth grade applicants are scheduled for a half-day group visit with other prospective students on Monday, January 27 or Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The group visit includes assessments in reading, writing, and math. Seventh and eighth grade applicants visit individually for a full day in their current grade.

6. A parent/guardian interview is not a required part of the admission process for grades 5-8. The Enrollment Management Office will contact you if a parent/guardian interview is requested by the school.

7. Admission decisions will be emailed on Thursday, March 19, 2020. We craft each class looking for a balance in ages as well as socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and family diversity. Families who choose to accept an enrollment offer must return the enrollment agreement with a nonrefundable deposit of 10% of tuition by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. 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.

8. Late Applicants: If you are interested in applying for grades 5-8 after the January 15 application deadline has passed, please contact Diane Larrabee, Director of Enrollment Management, at (415) 861-5432 x322. Families submitting applications after the January 15 deadline will be considered with wait pool candidates as openings arise after the first round of admission decisions on March 19.

For more information, please contact Diane Larrabee, Director of Admission, at (415) 861-5432 x322.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Children’s Day School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid program, athletic and other school-administered programs.