Group tours of our Early Childhood program are held in January and February every year. Applications are due at the end of February and enrollment decisions go out in early April. We carefully limit observations of our youngest students and are unable to conduct private tours of our Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Transitional Kindergarten classrooms outside of our priority admissions season. However, we accept applications all year round, and for those who apply between March and August, we will contact you if we have an opening for your child.

How to Apply

  • Complete an application. 
  1. Click the button below to apply online and upload a photo of your child/family or
  2. Download a PDF, if you prefer to fill out a hard copy, and submit it by by mail with a photo attachment of your child/family.
  • Our non-refundable application fee is $75 ($100 for two siblings applying in the same year; $125 for three or more). If you are applying online, you can pay by credit card, and if you’re mailing in a hard copy, please include a check made out to MCCS with your child’s name in the memo line.
  • If you are applying for Financial Aid, please complete the SSS application and upload all required forms online when you apply for admission.

Priority application deadline: January 18, 2019 (for families with siblings applying to both Elementary and Early Childhood programs)

Early Childhood Application Deadline: February 28, 2019 (for all other applicants)

After these deadlines, however, we accept applications all year round, and will add you to our waiting applicant pool and contact you if we have an opening for your child.

Decision letters:  As a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA), our school adheres to common notification dates and a commitment to supporting families in making educational decisions that are in keeping with their individual children, aspirations, and resources. For Early Childhood applications submitted by our priority notification deadline, MCCS mails decision letters on Friday, April 5, 2019. Signed acceptance of the offer of enrollment must be received with a non-refundable $1,000 deposit by 9:00 am on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Rolling admissions: After these dates, we accept applications all year round and we don’t maintain a first-come, first-served waiting list, so if a spot opens up, we check our applicant pool for the best fit. If we have an opening for your child and you have not yet seen our facilities, we will contact you to come in for a private tour before you decide about enrolling. If we’re unable to offer your child enrollment in the coming school year, please contact us again in January to come on a group tour and request that your application be held over for the following school year.


Contact our Admissions Director:
Whitney Walker
Mills College Children’s School
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613
510.430.2053 ph
510.430.3223 fax