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What does a commitment to childhood, play and learning look like? We’d love to show you. TCS offers several different types of visit options where you can tour campus, meet current students and parents, talk with faculty and staff and learn more about our application process.

See Us in Action Visit Days
See Us in Action Visit Days offer prospective families opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of TCS’s unique mission and philosophy of learning. You’ll get to tour classrooms in action and meet with key members of our community, including our head of school, Nishant Mehta and assistant head, Allen Broyles. Students entering grades 5–8 are welcomed to attend.

  • Thurs., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (age 3 – kindergarten)
  • Wed., Nov. 15, 10 a.m. –11:30 am (age 3 – kindergarten)
  • Wed., Dec. 6, 10 a.m. –11:30 a.m. (age 3 – kindergarten)
  • Wed., Jan. 17, 10 a.m. –11:30 a.m. (all grades)
  • Wed., Feb 7, 10 a.m. –11:30 a.m. (age 3 – kindergarten)

To sign up, please visit Ravenna and create a profile or contact Cheri Menosky at 404-835-4603.

Campus Tours
Campus tours allow you you to experience a typical day at TCS. Each tour group is small (one to three families). You will visit classrooms, see students at work and meet faculty. Tours generally last an hour. Please contact Cheri Menosky at admission@tcsatl.org or 404-835-4603 for additional information and to schedule a visit.

Contact Us:

Cheri Menosky
Registrar and Enrollment
Management Coordinator
404-835-4603
admission@tcsatl.org

We are delighted that you are considering The Children’s School for your child! We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year for children ages 3–grade 8 on Oct. 1, 2017. Our early application fee deadline is Jan. 22, 2018, and our standard application fee deadline is Feb. 23, 2018.

Application Instructions
Ravenna Solutions hosts our online, web-based admission process. The TCS Admission Office uses Ravenna for the entire application process from inquiry to application to a complete admission file to help make the admissions process as supportive and straightforward as possible.

If you have any questions about our process, please contact the Admissions Office at 404-835-4603 or email us at admission@tcsatl.org.

If you should have a question about Ravenna, please contact them at help@ravennasolutions.com. Ravenna is happy to answer your inquiry by phone, however, they require that all support inquiries are initiated through the email address you used to create your Ravenna account.

Step 1

Create a Ravenna account


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.

Step 2

Complete the online application


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 application fee.

  • Before Jan. 22, non-refundable fee is $50
  • After Jan. 22, non-refundable fee is $80

Payment should be made by credit card online.

Step 3

Applicant visit to campus


The Admissions Office will contact you to schedule your child’s visit to campus once your preliminary application is completed.

age 3 – first grade applicants will be scheduled for a Saturday session with other applicants in the same grade.

Second – eighth grade applicants will be scheduled for a weekday visit.

Step 4

Submit the required supplemental forms


Teacher Evaluation Forms
Find the grade-specific Teacher Evaluation forms and the Principal/Counselor Evaluation form in Ravenna.

Have your child’s current school fill out the forms after Dec. 1, 2018.

Return the forms to The Children’s School by March 1, 2018.

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 transcript directly to The Children’s School Admission Office.

Step 5

Submit application for financial aid


Complete the financial aid application through TADS.

Sign our Memorandum of Understanding.

Step 6

Admission decisions


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., March 30, 2018, online notifications will be posted at 8:00 a.m. on Sat., March 31, 2018, and the reply date is Thurs., April 15, 2018. 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)

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 this program typically have turned three-years-old or four-years old by September 30.

Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Half Day (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
2017-18 Tuition*: $13,500
Activity and Tech Fee**: $500

Optional Fee:
Tuition Refund Insurance: $409

Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Full Day (8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
2017-18 Tuition*: $18,250
Activity and Tech Fee**: $500

Optional Fee:
Tuition Refund Insurance: $409

Ages 4 yrs. to 5 yrs. Full Day (8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.)
2017-18 Tuition*: $18,250
Activity and Tech Fee**: $500

Optional Fee:
Tuition Refund Insurance: $409

*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)

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.

2017-18 Tuition: $20,540

Activity and Tech Fee*:
K–2nd Grade: $500
3rd Grade: $810
4th–5th Grade: $1,300

Optional Fees:
Milk or Juice per year: $118
Tuition Refund Insurance: $409

* 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 Learning (Grades 6-8)

The Middle Learning Program  encompasses sixth through eighth grades. The school day for sixth through eighth grades is from 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

2017-18 Tuition: $21,990
Activity and Tech Fee*: $1,600

Optional Fees:
Milk or Juice per year: $118
Tuition Refund Insurance: $409

* 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 school year. Contact Kevin Hanson at kevinh@tcsatl.org for semester rates.

2017-18 Rates for TCS Students
5 days – $2,880
4 days – $2,480
3 days – $1,970
2 days – $1,330
1 day – $710

2017-18 Rates for Extended Day-Only Students
5 days – $3,300
4 days – $2,750
3 days – $2,210
2 days – $1,670
1 day – $850

Tuition Payment Options

Plan A


Total payment with contract at time of enrollment or no later than July 1.

Plan B


Two semester installments due July 1 and December 1.

Plan C


A 10-month payment plan available through FACTS.

Visit factsmgt.com for more information.

Cheri Menosky
Registrar and Enrollment Management Coordinator
404-835-4603
admissions@tcsatl.org

Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid beginning Nov. 1.

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 2017-2018 Academic Year, 17% of TCS students received over $540,000 in financial aid. On average, families that are granted financial aid are awarded between 35% and 55% of their demonstrated need.

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.

Selection
A separate Financial Aid Committee determines the award amount of each applicant based on the Financial Aid Application along with tax returns and other required supporting documents. This documentation is submitted directly to TADS.

Renewal
Awards are given for one year and must be renewed annually based on continued financial need (as demonstrated through a complete and on-time financial aid application). Typically, a family receiving aid can expect financial assistance through eighth grade, but awards may vary based on the changing financial circumstances of a family and the TCS budget amount allocated to financial aid. All financial aid awards are contingent upon payment in full of the student account of the prior year.

Priorities
First priority is given to current TCS students receiving financial aid who re-apply on time and continue to demonstrate financial need. Next, currently enrolled TCS students who have never before applied for aid are considered for funding. We expect TCS families who begin paying full tuition to continue doing so, however recognize that unexpected and significant financial changes do occur. Finally, newly accepted students applying for aid will be considered.

Computation
TCS uses TADS to help provide financial aid award guidance. The formula considers a family’s income, assets, debts, and more. An estimated income may be attributed to a parent that is not employed, in fairness to families where both parents work.

Family Resources
In the case of divorced or separated parents, TCS will consider the assets of all parents/guardians before making an award. If the applicant has two households, each household must submit a complete and separate financial aid application. If one or both parents have remarried, the school will consider the finances of any stepparents, keeping in mind their obligation to their own children.

In the case in which one parent has no contact with their child, the custodial parent should submit written verification regarding the other parent’s absence.

Confidentiality
The Financial Aid Committee maintains strict confidentiality over all financial aid information. Faculty and students are not informed about who receives financial aid. We expect all TCS families to maintain confidentiality with regard to their award and award amount. Violations of this policy may affect future awards.

Applying For Financial Aid
1.    Complete the financial aid application by March 1, 2018. Click here to apply at tads.com.

2.   Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Financial Aid Requests (print, sign and return to TADS via upload, fax or mail).

3.   Tax Documentation (submit 2017 taxes, including all schedules and W2 forms to TADS via upload, fax or mail).

4.   Apply for admissions (students who do not currently attend The Children’s School must complete the admission application by February 23, 2018).

5.   Re-enroll (students currently attending The Children’s School must return the re-enrollment agreement and enrollment deposit by March 1, 2018).

 

What makes The Children’s School unique?

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. 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.

What is the average class size?

Our Early Learning classrooms (age 3 – 5) have a student-teacher ratio of 7:1. Kindergarten on up has a student-teacher ratio of 12:1.

What are your entry points for enrollment?

Our 3’s – 4’s, 4’s – 5’s and kindergarten 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.

When should I begin the application process?

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.

Are there any required campus visits for me or my child?

We highly recommend that parents visit the school. We offer campus tours as well as host a number of on-campus events throughout the fall and early winter. Once an application has been submitted, your child’s campus visit will be scheduled. 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. All other applicants spend a day shadowing a student in their current grade level.

What is the application deadline?

January 22, 2018 – Reduced fee application deadline ($50 non-refundable)

February 23, 2018 – Application deadline for all applications ($80 non-refundable)

March 1, 2018 – Financial Aid application deadline and deadline for all supporting application documents.

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 a space becomes available.

What is the age requirement for entering the Early Learning Program and kindergarten?

Early Learning Program 3’s – 4’s: Children must be three-years old by Sept. 30 of the year they enter TCS.

Early Learning Program 4’s – 5’s: Children must be four-years old by by Sept. 30 of the year they enter TCS.

Kindergarten: Children must be five-years old by Sept. 30 of the year they enter TCS.

Are there special considerations for admission?

Yes, sibling, legacy and staff applications are given special consideration, but are not automatically accepted. It is important to us to bring in new families each year.

What is the school’s commitment to diversity?

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. In fact, our faculty, staff and families are some of the most diverse among our fellow independent schools in Atlanta. 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 which will enable our children to fully, sensitively and effectively engage in the broader community.

Can The Children’s School serve the learning needs of every child?

Our Resource program collaborates closely with classroom teachers to identify individual learning needs and differentiate 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.

Are there opportunities for parent involvement at The Children’s School?

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.

Where do students go after graduation?

Our graduates have the knowledge, skills and character to thrive in many different high school contexts. 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.

TCS offers outplacement services for our eighth graders. The process begins in the fall of the student’s eighth 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.

During the last five years, our graduates have been accepted to:

  • Atlanta Girls’ School
  • Atlanta International School
  • The Galloway School
  • Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
  • Holy Spirit Preparatory School
  • The Howard School
  • Landmark Christian School
  • The Little Middle School
  • The Lovett School
  • Marist School
  • Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School
  • Pace Academy
  • The Paideia School
  • The Westminster Schools
  • Woodward Academy