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 (January-March). However, we do accept applications all year round and we don’t maintain a first-come, first-served waiting list in our Early Childhood program. 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.

How to Apply

Complete an application.

  • Click the button below to apply online, upload a photo of your child/family, and pay online with a credit card, or
  • Download a fillable PDF, type your answers, and submit it by email with a photo attachment of your child/family. You can then mail a check for the non-refundable $75 application fee ($100 for two siblings applying in the same year; $125 for three or more) made out to MCCS with your child’s name and the program they are applying for 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.

Decision letters: As a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA), our school maintains a commitment to supporting families in making educational decisions that are in keeping with their individual children, aspirations, and resources. Following our priority admissions season which concludes in March, subsequent openings are filled on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations. For those who apply between April to August, we will contact you if we have an opening for your child and offer you a private tour if you have not yet seen our facilities. Signed acceptance of the offer of enrollment must be received with a non-refundable $1,000 deposit, which applies toward your child’s tuition and holds their spot for the 2018-19 school year.

2019-20 admissions season: Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available in January, 2019. Group tours of our Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Transitional Kindergarten classrooms are held in January and February of each year. Applications will be due in February and enrollment decisions will go out in March. Please check back in January to register for a tour or contact our admissions director to be notified when our tour dates are scheduled.


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