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.
The Children’s School’s campus will be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Although our campus is closed, school is still in session and the TCS admission team is available during the campus closure to talk to you about how our expert teachers deliver challenge in a nurturing environment and why our families chose – and continue to choose – TCS.
Applications are still being considered for select grade levels in which a limited number of spaces remain. Contact our Admission Office to inquire about 2020-21 openings.
Schedule a Time to Talk
We are thrilled you are interested in The Children’s School and are eager to talk to you. Please contact Cheri Menosky at email@example.com to schedule a time to talk to Director of Enrollment, Nicole Victor.
Take a Virtual Tour of Our Campus
We invite you to take a virtual tour to get a glimpse into what makes The Children’s School the ideal environment for brave learners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a question about Ravenna, please contact email@example.com. 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.
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.
Master SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy
(Master Policy for the School’s Website)
The Children’s School has received a loan pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). This policy is intended to demonstrate good faith compliance with the regulations issued by the SBA and by other governmental agencies enforcing the laws that attach to the School due to the School’s receipt of federal financial assistance through the SBA loan. This policy shall remain in place from the time the School receives the SBA funding until the loan is paid or forgiven.
School Compliance Officers
The School identifies the following individuals to act as its Compliance Officers under this policy:
Title IX Compliance Officer: Allen Broyles
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Section 504 Compliance Officer: Allen Broyles
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The Compliance Officers shall be responsible for coordinating the School’s effort to meet its responsibilities under this policy. The Compliance Officers will receive and investigate any complaints filed under this policy and make recommendations to the Head of School for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints. The School will provide its Compliance Officers and staff appropriate training on this policy and their obligations hereunder.
Non-discrimination, Anti-harassment, Non-retaliation
The School acknowledges its obligations to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability/handicap, or religion in admission to its educational programs, activities, and services, and in employment opportunities. Retaliation against an individual for filing a complaint under this policy or participating in the informal or formal resolution is prohibited.
Academic and Non-Academic Services for Persons with Disabilities
The School remains committed to excellence in educational programming and acknowledges its obligation to ensure that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This includes both academic and non-academic services, such as counseling, extracurricular services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, clubs, and other activities.
The School will also assess its ability to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals to permit such persons to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the School’s programs and activities so long as doing so does not fundamentally alter the nature of the School’s program. Individuals who seek an accommodation should contact Kathleen Cole (Compliance Officer for 504).
Employment Obligations for Applicants and Employees with Disabilities
The School acknowledges its obligation under the SBA regulations and laws applicable to recipients of federal financial assistance to prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant based upon his/her disability. This obligation extends to all aspects of employment, including the hiring and employment processes.
The School will also assess its ability to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals so long as doing so does not create an undue hardship. Individuals who seek an accommodation should contact Kathleen Cole, the School’s Compliance Officer for Section 504).
The School acknowledges its obligation under the SBA regulations to operate its programs and activities in existing facilities, so they are readily accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. The location in facilities (or movement of classes, meetings, etc. to other facilities) will be scheduled in a manner that will not knowingly deny a student, employee, parent, or visitor with a disability the opportunity to participate on the same basis as such persons without disabilities. Accommodations may be provided to allow access to educational programming or meetings.
Who may make a complaint?
A person (student, parent, employee, or applicant) may use this complaint procedure to report a concern or allegation that s/he is being denied an equal opportunity to access the School’s education programs, activities or services, including employment opportunities.
Who can a complaint be made to?
A complaint may be reported to the Compliance Officer, an Administrator, or to a staff member. Any complaint received by an Administrator or staff member shall be promptly reported to a Compliance Officer for handling.
How do you file a complaint?
A complaint may be made verbally or in writing. The School has an SBA Complaint Form available for those who choose to use it.
A complaint may also be filed with the SBA directly by sending a letter to the Administrator, Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington, D.C. 20416.
Or you can file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). OCR’s electronic complaint form is at the following website:
Are there timelines for filing a complaint?
Timelines are flexible, but a person with a complaint should try to report it within thirty (30) calendar days after an alleged discriminatory incident. If the complaint is filed directly with the SBA or OCR, it must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action.
How long will it take to have a complaint handled?
While the School will try to handle the complaint as expeditiously as possible, there can be unexpected or unforeseen circumstances that cause delay. Complaints involving a handicap/disability and request for accommodation will be promptly referred to a 504 team for handling. Those complaints that require an investigation will be completed within thirty (30) days of the complaint, if possible. Should more time be required, the Compliance Officer will notify the complainant.
Informal complaint process
This policy provides an individual the option of filing an informal complaint (verbally or in writing), which allows a fuller range of options in facilitating prompt resolution of an issue(s). It is the choice of the individual complaining whether to initially pursue an informal complaint procedure. The Compliance Officer, or his/her designee, shall explore an informal resolution with the complainant, which may involve providing advice to the complainant on how to handle the issue(s) or reviewing this policy with persons involved in the issue. If the matter involves the conduct of another person, an informal resolution could involve a meeting with the complainant and that person provided both individuals agreed. Resolution through this informal procedure will be promptly explored. At any time, the complainant may request to end the informal procedure to move to the formal complaint process.
Formal complaint process
An individual may file a formal complaint (verbally or in writing) under this policy. The complainant may use the SBA Complaint Form that the School can provide or should provide the following information: a statement of the complaint that identifies the issue, provides pertinent facts, identifies those involved, and states what remedy is sought. If complainant does not provide a written statement, the Compliance Officer will prepare a statement for the complainant to review for accuracy after interviewing him/her.
The Compliance Officer, or his/her designee (“Investigator”) shall begin a formal investigation into a complaint within three (3) business days of receipt. Should the complaint allege another person engaged in discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct (“respondent”), the Investigator shall notify him/her that a complaint was filed, provide a statement of the nature of the allegations, and provide a copy of this policy and any other applicable school policy. The Investigator shall interview the complainant and any respondent as well as witnesses reasonably believed to have relevant information. The Investigator shall also consider relevant documents submitted by any person interviewed. The respondent may submit a written response to the complaint within seven (7) calendar days of being notified of the complaint.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the Compliance Officer shall submit the written report of the investigator to the Head of School along with recommendations as to whether and how this policy was violated and a proposed remedy for the situation.
The Head of School (or his/her designee) shall review the Compliance Officer’s report and issue a final decision, or, remand the matter back to the Investigator for further investigation. If remanded, the specific areas or issues to be investigated further shall be identified. Once the investigation is complete to the satisfaction of the Head of School, he or she shall issue a final written decision as to whether and how this policy was violated as well as any remedial corrective action that will be taken to redress the matter and prevent further violations. Any corrective action must be age-appropriate and timely. The decision of the Head of School shall be final and shall be communicated to the complainant and respondent separately and simultaneously as directed by the Head of School. The complainant and respondent may appeal the determination by filing a written request to the Head of School asking that the determination be reconsidered and providing the basis for the request. The Head of School shall then reconsider the matter and make a decision thereon. The decision shall be communicated to the complainant and respondent separately and simultaneously as directed by the Head of School.
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**: $14,478
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*: $19,570
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*: $19,570
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: $22,015
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: $23,569
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 on Mondays – Thursdays from 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 2:15 – 5:30 p.m.
2020 – 21 Annual Rate
Annual – $3,200
Monthly – $320
2020 – 21 Monthly Rate
Annual – N/A
Monthly – $412
2020 – 21 Remote Learning Rate
Annual – N/A
Monthly – $250
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.