We accept K-5 applications all year round, as space allows, and offer private tours of our Elementary School upon request. All openings are filled on the basis of maintaining balanced and diverse classroom populations. Enrollment decisions are generally made within a week of a student’s visit to the school.

How to Apply

  • Take a tour. The best way to learn about our wonderful K-5 laboratory school is to come for a visit and see our classrooms in action. Please contact our Admissions Director to schedule a private tour.
  • Complete an application. Download the application and submit it to Mills College Children’s School (MCCS) along with a non-refundable $75 fee ($100 for two siblings applying in the same year; $125 for three or more) via email or mail to the addresses at the bottom of the page. *If you are applying for Financial Aid, please complete the SSS application and upload all required forms online when you apply for admission.
  • Submit a recommendation form. Ask your child’s teacher to complete the applicable recommendation form for the grade your child will be entering. These forms are confidential and should be sent by the teacher directly to our school at the mailing address below. Most teachers appreciate a stamped addressed envelope, as well. If your teacher prefers, s/he can email or fax the recommendation, but please ask that a hard copy is dropped in the mail, too.
  • Bring your child for a visit. When all the above steps have been completed, families will be contacted to arrange for their children to visit the classroom for a morning on a regular school day.


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