Preschool Application Process

 

The Right Time to Apply

Benchmarks are important as you consider the right time to apply for your child. Applicants must be 2 years old and on their way towards being toilet trained by their intended first day of school. The first day for preschoolers is flexible in anticipation of developmental benchmarks which will be different for each child. If you have questions about your child’s preschool readiness, please reach out! We’d love to have a conversation with you.

Simple Application Process

The first step is to join us for a campus tour by registering for one online. Once you’ve seen our magical campus and decided that The Berkeley School is right for your family, submit your application online. We will be in touch with you to schedule your family’s screening with our team. We have varying admissions timelines to support each family’s needs, so please choose the one that is relevant and right for you. 

Early Childhood Program
Early Childhood Program

Early Action Application

Early Action is for families who are certain that they want to enroll their preschooler at The Berkeley School and want to get a jump start on securing a space should it be offered after the application process.

Families apply by November 30, 2023* for the following summer/fall start. Applicants will go through their screening process and have an admissions decision before the winter break. Enrollment contracts for admitted early action applicants are delivered in January. Families will have the option to join either our summer cohort (if space allows) or our fall cohort.

Application fee waivers apply to all applicants who meet our Early Action deadline.


 * Early Action is limited to applicants who will be at least 2.0 years old by September 1 of the following year. Early Action applicants must also go through the screening process prior to winter break.

Standard Application

At The Berkeley School, our Standard Application process begins on December 1, 2023. Families who submit an application after November 30 are encouraged to go through our simple preschool application process.

1. Join us for a Campus Tour.

2. Submit an application through Ravenna. Our standard application deadline is Monday, January 22, 2024.

3. Register for a Child Visit. Our next Child Visit Day for applications is Sunday February 4, 2024.

4. Apply for Individual Family Tuition through Clarity, if interested. Only families who wish to be considered for a reduced tuition need to submit an application. The deadline to apply for Individual Family Tuition is January 22, 2024.

5. Admissions decisions for our Early Childhood program will be released on Friday, February 16, 2024.

*In accordance with BADA guidelines, K-8 admissions decisions will be released on March 14, 2024 at 12 p.m.

Rolling Application

At The Berkeley School, we understand that flux is inevitable, especially with preschoolers. Our youngest applicants are ready when they are ready which might not follow a school timeline.

We also welcome families who are relocating to the area at times that may not align with the typical preschool timeline. Rolling admissions applies to the current school year in which we are operating. It can also apply to families who are applying for the upcoming school year after the priority deadline has passed. Either way, we welcome your application! 

Families can choose the 10-month contract option which spans a typical school year from September through June. Depending on when you enroll, the summer program may be available. Our team will work with you individually if summer enrollment is of interest. 

This application process is open, on a space available basis, to applicants ages 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old who submit their application after the priority application deadline has passed.

  • Application fee $85
  • Application for Individual Family Tuition if you plan to apply.
  • In-person/Virtual Screening Day by appointment
  • Decisions announced within 48 hours of completed checklist
  • Enrollment contracts issued within 72 hours of completed checklist
  • Contract and Deposit due a week from issue date

Application fee waivers may be available for families who qualify. Please contact Lamar Johnson for consideration.

Twos Program

Our Caterpillar classroom houses our twos program, serving children who are 24 months old at the start of the school year.

Mixed Age Program

Our three mixed-age classrooms: Cedar, Magnolia, and Live Oak, serve children from 2 years 7 months to 5 years old.

TK Program

Our Mariposa classroom is home to our transitional kindergarten classroom for children who turn 5 in the first months of the school year.

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

The Berkeley School welcomes students of any race, color, religion, gender identity or expressionsexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin and accords them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at The Berkeley School. TBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school administered programs. 

Our Mission

Ignite Curious Minds
Awaken Generous Hearts
Engage a Changing World

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

The Berkeley School welcomes students of any race, color, religion, gender identity or expressionsexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin and accords them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at The Berkeley School. TBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school administered programs. 

Ignite Curious Minds
Awaken Generous Hearts
Engage a Changing World

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

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