Meet the Admissions Team
Assistant Head for Advancement
Director of Enrollment Management
Registrar and Enrollment
The Children’s School’s values of childhood, play, and diversity drive our age 3 – grade 8 nationally recognized, innovative curriculum. It’s why 97 percent of our parents say TCS fosters a love of learning, 95 percent say TCS is building a foundation for their child’s future success, and 92 percent of our families feel like they belong here.
Step inside our classrooms during one of our See Us In Action days, small group tours or parent-to-parent socials and see our expert teachers deliver challenge in a nurturing environment and hear why our families chose – and continue to choose – TCS.
Small Group Tours
Small group tours allow you to experience a typical day at TCS and are a wonderful complement to See Us in Action visit days. You will observe classes and meet students and teachers.
Tours are limited in size and generally last an hour. Students applying to fifth grade and higher are encouraged to attend with a parent. Please arrive a few minutes early to experience the fullness of each tour. Call ahead to schedule a tour.
Early Learning 3’s/4’s and 4’s/5’s- Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Kindergarten – Fifth Grades Thursdays 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Sixth – Eighth Grades Fridays 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
To schedule a tour, please contact Cheri Menosky at 404-835-4603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Us in Action Visit Days
See Us in Action visit days offer prospective families a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of TCS’s commitment to amplifying childhood for children ages three to eighth grade. Step onto our joyful campus and inside our busy classrooms to see hands-on learning in action. Hear from the head of school, current parents, teachers and students during your visit. Students applying to fifth grade and higher are encouraged to attend with their families.
Talk with our incredible, highly-engaged parents in an informal, off-campus setting and learn more about TCS from their perspective. Dates for each Parent-to-Parent Social will be announced in November. RSVP is required.
Ravenna Solutions hosts our online, web-based admission process. The TCS Admission Office uses Ravenna to guide families through the entire application process from inquiry to application to decision.
If you have any questions about our process, please contact Cheri Menosky at 404-835-4603 or email@example.com.
If you have a question about Ravenna, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Ravenna is happy to answer your question by phone, however, they require that all support inquiries are initiated through the email address you used to create your Ravenna account.
Steps to Apply
- Go to Ravenna and create an account using an email address you will have access to throughout the admissions season. This will be your primary email contact with The Children’s School.
- Select The Children’s School from the list of Atlanta schools who are using the online tool.
- Click on The Children’s School and select “Apply.”
- Complete the preliminary application and pay the non-refundable application fee. Payment should be made by credit card online.
All parents will complete the Parent Questionnaire in Ravenna. Applicants to sixth – eighth grade will complete the Student Statement in Ravenna.
- Age 3 – first-grade applicants will be scheduled for a Saturday morning visit with other applicants in the same grade to determine the developmental readiness of a child for our program. Once your application has been submitted, parents/guardians can schedule their child’s visit through Ravenna.
- Second – fifth grade applicants are invited to spend the day in their current grade to get to know their peer group at TCS. The visit also allows us to observe children in a classroom setting as well as assess an applicant’s academic readiness in reading, writing, spelling, and math. The Admission Office will contact you to schedule your child’s visit to campus once your preliminary application is completed.
- Sixth – eighth grade applicants are scheduled for a Saturday morning visit in late February/March. The visit will include sample classes, an academic assessment, and fun activities. Applicants are also invited to spend a half-day in their current grade to experience student life at TCS. Once your application has been submitted, parents/guardians can schedule their child’s visit through Ravenna.
- The Parent One-on-One is a time for you and a member of TCS’s admission or academic team to engage in meaningful dialogue about TCS’s educational philosophy and your hopes for your child. This is a great time to ask additional questions and to continue the conversation about your family’s goals. Parents can schedule their one-on-one once the Shared Application and the Parent Questionnaire have been submitted. The Parent One-on-One takes place on a weekday starting in January and last approximately an hour.
Teacher Evaluation Forms
- Delegate the grade-specific Teacher Evaluation forms and the Principal/Counselor Evaluation form to your child’s current school via Ravenna. Have your child’s current school fill out the forms after Jan. 1, 2020.
- For applicants applying for early decision to the Early Learning Program (3’s/4’s and 4’s/5’s), forms must be received by Jan. 10, 2020. All other applicants must return the forms to The Children’s School by Feb. 21, 2020. Incomplete files will not be reviewed for an admission decision.
Transcript Release Form
All applicants to first – eighth grades should download and print the grade-appropriate AAAIS Transcript Release form and submit to your child’s current school.
The school must send the report card or transcript directly to The Children’s School Admission Office.
Families can apply for Financial Aid starting Nov. 1 through TADS. The application is due by Jan. 10, 2020 for applicants applying for early decision to the Early Learning Program. For all other applicants, the application must be received by Feb. 21, 2020 for a decision on April 4, 2020.
Sign our Memorandum of Understanding.
As a member of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS), The Children’s School has agreed to abide by certain common admissions procedures. The uniform date for mailing admissions decisions is Fri., April 3, 2020. Online notifications will be posted after 8:00 a.m. on Sat., April 4, 2020, and the reply date is Thurs., April 16, 2020.
All member schools have agreed not to initiate contact with families between those dates. While we will return phone calls, this policy does not allow for visits to campus or meetings with representatives of our school during this period. To learn more, follow this link to the AAAIS Principles of Best Practice.
Early Learning (ages 3–5) Tuition
The Early Learning Program is for children ages three-years to five-years-old and offers a combination of half and full-day options. Children in the 3’s/4’s program must turn three-years-old by the first day of school, Aug. 13, 2019.
Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Half-Day (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
2020 – 21 Tuition**: $14,985
Activity and Tech Fee***: $569
Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Full-Day (8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
2020 – 21 Tuition*: $20,255
Activity and Tech Fee***: $569
Ages 4 yrs. to 5 yrs. Full-Day (8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.)
2020 – 21 Tuition*: $20,255
Activity and Tech Fee***: $569
*Tuition includes lunch, choice of milk or juice, and Extended Day program fees.
**Tuition includes lunch and your choice of milk or juice.
*** The activity and tech fee covers student consumables, books, individual and class photographs, technology, yearbook, performing arts performances, Parents’ Association fees, childcare during parent meetings and day field trips. For grades 3–8, the activity fee also includes outdoor education, apps and insurance on iPads.
Elementary Learning (K–Grade 5) Tuition
The Elementary Learning Program begins with full-day kindergarten and continues through fifth grade. Children entering kindergarten typically have turned five-years-old by September 30. The school day for kindergarten through grade 5 is from 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. on Fridays.
2020 – 21 Tuition: $22,786
Activity and Tech Fee*:
- K–Grade 2: $569
- Grade 3: $906
- Grades 4-5: $1,423
* The activity and tech fee covers student consumables, books, individual and class photographs, technology, yearbook, performing arts performances, Parents’ Association fees, childcare during parent meetings and day field trips. For grades 3–8, the activity fee also includes outdoor education, apps and insurance on iPads.
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Tuition
TCS middle school encompasses sixth through eighth grades. The school day for sixth through eighth grades is from 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. on Fridays.
2020 – 21 Tuition: $24,394
Activity and Tech Fee*:
- Grades 6-7: $1,785
- Grade 8: $1,941
* The activity fee covers student consumables, books, individual and class photographs, technology, yearbook, performing arts performances, Parents’ Association fees, childcare during parent meetings and day field trips. For grades 3–8, the activity fee also includes outdoor education, apps and insurance on iPads.
Extended Day Program
The TCS Extended Day program includes after-school programming for age 3 – grade 8 students from TCS and local Atlanta schools on Mondays – Thursdays from 3:15 – 6:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 2:15 – 6:00 p.m.
All rates are for the Discovery and EPIC programs and are for the school year. The drop-in fee is $35 per day. Contact Vaunghn Benjamin at email@example.com for semester rates.
2020 – 21 Rates for TCS Students
5 days – $3,195
4 days – $2,756
3 days – $2,187
2 days – $1,480
1 day – $782
2020 – 21 Rates for Extended Day-Only Students
5 days – $3,667
4 days – $3,055
3 days – $2,455
2 days – $1,855
1 day – $943
Tuition Payment Options
Total payment with contract at time of enrollment or no later than July 1.
Two semester installments due July 1 and December 2.
A 10-month payment plan available through FACTS
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The Children’s School (TCS) is committed to providing access to qualified students from all socioeconomic backgrounds and to providing financial aid to students who could not otherwise attend. All financial aid awards are based on demonstrated need; no merit scholarships are awarded.
For the 2018-2019 Academic Year, 21 percent of TCS students received over $650,000 in financial aid. Please note that Financial Aid is not available for our Early Learning 3’s/4’s Half Day Program
Because admission to TCS is need-blind we use a separate application process for determining financial aid awards. Applicants are evaluated for admission without regard to a request for financial aid. However, because we often admit more students that require financial aid than we are able to fund, admitted students do not always receive aid even if they qualify for admission.
The financial aid program is designed to bridge the gap between what a family can afford to pay and the full cost of tuition. The amount of the aid awarded is based on the family’s ability to pay per guidance provided by Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS), as well as the ability of the school to meet the family’s demonstrated financial need.
Once awarded, financial aid will continue through graduation, as long as need is demonstrated each year. All financial aid award amounts are revised and awarded annually and the Financial Aid Committee requires a TADS application and updated financial statement each year. Financial aid information is held strictly confidential and not shared with the faculty or students.
Applying For Financial Aid
Parents can apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year starting on Nov. 1, 2019.
The deadlines to apply for financial aid are:
- Jan. 3, 2020 for current TCS families
- Jan. 10, 2020 for early decision applicants to our Early Learning program (3’s/4’s and 4’s/5’s)
- Feb. 21, 2020 for all applicants applying for our April 4 admission notification
– Step 1
– Step 2
Sign Memorandum of Understanding regarding the financial aid program (print, sign and return to TADS via upload, fax or mail).
– Step 3
- Submit Form 1040 for 2018 including all schedules, W-2’s and/or 1099 for 2018, and year-end paystub for 2019 to TADS via upload, fax or mail
Director of Student Life & High School Counseling
Our graduates are passion-driven young adults who lead lives of empathy and purpose in an interconnected world. Counseling our eighth graders in their next steps after The Children’s School is an essential part of our educational process. TCS works closely with students and their families to ensure they find a school that matches the student’s talents, needs and interests and which complements their intellectual, physical, and social development.
The Children’s School has strong ties with all of our receiving schools, and each school values the fact that TCS has prepared our students to meet the demands of their next educational environments.
The director of student life and high school counseling works closely with each eighth-grade family. The process begins in the spring of the student’s seventh-grade year with an individual meeting with each student and their parents. Our approach is highly individualized and collaborative and also includes close partnerships with each student’s advisor and teachers.
High School Counseling Timeline
- Students and their families have individual planning meetings with the director of student life and high school counseling
September – November
- SSAT prep classes begin at TCS
- Set up Ravenna accounts
- Students and families begin visiting prospective schools
- Parents register students to take the SSAT. Parents submit special accommodation request to TCS via SSAT website
- Public high schools release transition-to-high-school dates for middle school parents
- Ongoing check-in meetings/phone calls with the director of student life and high school counseling
- Parents applying for financial aid begin the process as detailed by the prospective schools
- Students take the SSAT at TCS
- Parents submit transcript release form to TCS
- Parents send teacher evaluation requests to Middle Grades faculty via Ravenna
- Parents and students begin filling out applications
- Students begin preparing for interviews with the director of student life and high school counseling
- Teachers complete evaluation forms and submit them to the Learning Support Team for review
- Ongoing interview prep the director of student life and high school counseling
- Submit all applications to prospective schools
- TCS uploads sixth, seventh, eighth-grade report cards and CTP4 scores to Ravenna
- Students attend visit day/interview at schools
- The director of student life and high school counseling has ongoing conversations with each school regarding applicants
- Atlanta-area schools (AAAIS) mail decisions and decisions are posted on Ravenna
- Get ready to register for public high school
- AAAIS reply deadline for accepted families
Learning at The Children’s School is a joyful adventure. Play is woven into everything we do because through play, children gain the confidence to dive in, follow their curiosity and courageously explore their world.
As children mature play-based learning transitions to learning playfully. Campus diversity intentionally reflects our local and global communities, because learning with and from each other is critical to fostering the cultural fluency and compassion our future leaders need to take on the big global issues and thrive.
Our nationally recognized curriculum engages and inspires young minds through immersive, project-based learning. Our faculty is exceptionally gifted at recognizing unique strengths and bringing out the fearless, enthusiastic learner in every child. And our central location in Midtown provides an ideal launch pad for students to engage with the broader community.
Our 3’s/4’s classrooms typically have twelve to fourteen students per classroom and two teachers for a maximum student-teacher ratio of 7:1. Our 4’s/5’s classrooms typically have fifteen to eighteen students and two teachers for a maximum student-teacher ratio of 9:1. Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms have an average class size of 22 students and a student-teacher ratio of 11:1. There are two full-time teachers in each classroom. Our sixth through eighth grade classrooms have a student-teacher ratio of 15:1. Due to our unique project-based learning curriculum, students in these grades can expect to work in small groups ranging in size.
Our 3’s/4’s, 4’s/5’s, kindergarten and sixth grade classrooms are the starting point for many families. However, there are varying entry points depending on the year and the particular grade for which you are applying. We accept applications for all grade levels.
It is best to begin the application process the year before you would like your child to enter The Children’s School. We highly recommend that you visit campus before submitting an application.
We highly recommend that parents visit the school. We offer small group tours as well as monthly open houses called See Us In Action visit days.
Once an application has been submitted, you can schedule your child’s campus visit. Children applying to Early Learning (3’s/4’s and 4’s/5’s), kindergarten, and first grade visit on a Saturday morning. During these visits, the children engage in developmentally appropriate and child-friendly activities. Applicants to second – fifth grade spend a day shadowing a student in their current grade level. Applicants to sixth – eighth grade attend a Saturday morning session and spend half a day in their current grade level. Prospective parents will be scheduled for a parent one-on-one meeting with a member of our admission or administrative team.
Jan. 3, 2020 for Early Decisions to our Early Learning Program
Jan. 17, 2020 Application Deadline with Early Fee of $50.00
Feb. 7, 2020 Application Deadline with Regular Fee of $80.00
Recognizing that there are reasons why a family may need to submit an application after the February deadline, we do accept late applications. We cannot, however, guarantee that we will have openings beyond our initial round of acceptances, and inform families that we will be happy to consider their application if space becomes available.
If you’re applying after Feb. 7, please contact Cheri Menosky (firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-835-4603) to find out if there are openings in your desired grade level.
We require no standardized testing beyond what your child’s current school administers in the course of the year. We also do not require the JATP. If your child takes the SSAT or ISEE and you want to share the scores, please send them to email@example.com.
We find it very helpful to receive all reports for applicants who have received psychoeducational testing. Please send these evaluations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Learning Program 3’s/4’s: Children must be three-years-old by the first day of school in August of the year they enter TCS. Children who turn three after the first day but before Sept. 30 can be considered for admission.
Early Learning Program 4’s/5’s: Children should be four-years old by Sept. 1 of the year they enter TCS.
Kindergarten: Children should be five-years old by Sept. 1 of the year they enter TCS.
Each child’s developmental readiness is assessed in house during their visit. When making an admission decision, we take into account developmental readiness, academic and social cohort groups, and the appropriate class placement for each applicant.
Sibling, alumni, and faculty/staff applicants are given special consideration during the admissions process. We strive to keep families together. All applicants (regardless of prior family connection to the school) are evaluated according to the same criteria, and all admission decisions consider the best interest of each individual child.
Diversity is our strength. Our founder, Lila McDill, determined from the beginning that the school would be open to “all elementary children whose emotional and intellectual endowment will enable them to work within this group, regardless of race, ethnic, or religious background.” Inclusivity is part of our DNA. Our faculty, staff and families are some of the most diverse among our fellow independent schools in Atlanta and nationally. In fact, 48 percent of our students identify as being a person of color. TCS students come from 50+ zip codes and 24 percent of our students are enrolled in our Flexible Tuition Program. We believe that when children learn among peers from broadly varying backgrounds, they come to value the possibilities inherent in multiple perspectives. This awareness leads to strong local, cultural and global competencies that enables our children to fully, sensitively and effectively engage in the broader community.
Our Resource program collaborates closely with classroom teachers to identify individual learning needs to offer differentiated instruction. The Resource team can support students with mild learning disabilities. However, there are occasions when our program cannot adequately support a child’s needs and it will be in the family’s best interest to find another setting for their child’s success. These situations are approached carefully and thoughtfully in partnership with parents and with the school reserving the right to make the final decision.
Our graduates have the knowledge, skills and character to thrive in many different high school environments. Empathetic and bold, they are prepared to engage in and impact their immediate environment and make their mark on a complex and constantly changing world.
The director of student life and high school counseling works closely with each eighth-grade family. The process begins in the spring of the student’s seventh grade year with an individual meeting with each student and their parents. Our approach is highly individualized and collaborative and also includes close partnerships with each student’s advisor and teachers. In addition to attending various Atlanta-area public schools, during the last five years, our graduates have been accepted to:
- Academe of the Oaks
- Atlanta Girls’ School
- Atlanta International School
- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
- Holy Spirit Preparatory School
- Landmark Christian School
- Marist School
- Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School
- Pace Academy
- Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
- The Galloway School
- The Lovett School
- The New School
- The Paideia School
- The Westminster Schools
- Woodward Academy
Absolutely! Parents are a vital element of our community, and there are many ways that they can choose to contribute their time, energy and talents to The Children’s School. All parents are members of our Parent Association which is involved with a wide range of programs and events.