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Meet the Admissions Team

Nicole Victor
Director of Enrollment Management
404-835-4617
nicolev@tcsatl.org

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

What does a commitment to childhood, play, and learning look like for children ages 3 – grade 8? We’d love to show you. TCS offers several different types of visit options where you can tour the campus, meet current students and parents, talk with faculty and staff, and learn more about our application process.

Schedule a Visit Today!
Campus tours allow 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.

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. To sign up, please visit Ravenna.

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345 10th Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

P: 404.873.6985
F: 404.607.8565

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We are delighted that you are considering The Children’s School for your child! We are still accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year for select grade levels. Please call Cheri Menosky at 404-835-4603 for information on availability. 

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 decision.

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.

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.

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 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.)
2019-20 Tuition**: $14,478
Activity and Tech Fee***: $550

Optional Fee:
Tuition Refund Insurance: $332.99 

Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Full Day (8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
2019-20 Tuition*: $19,570
Activity and Tech Fee***: $550

Optional Fee:
Tuition Refund Insurance: $450.11

Ages 4 yrs. to 5 yrs. Full Day (8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.)
2019-20 Tuition**: $19,570
Activity and Tech Fee***: $550

Optional Fee:
Tuition Refund Insurance: $450.11

*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)

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.

2019-20 Tuition: $22,015

Activity and Tech Fee*:
K–Grade 2: $550
Grade 3: $875
Grades 4-5: $1,375

Optional Fees:
Milk or Juice per year: $125
Tuition Refund Insurance: $506.35

* 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., Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. on Fridays.

2019-20 Tuition: $23,569

Activity and Tech Fee*:
Grades 6-7: $1,725
Grade 8: $1,875

Optional Fees:
Milk or Juice per year: $125
Tuition Refund Insurance: $542.09

* 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 vaughnb@tcsatl.org for semester rates.

2019-20 Rates for TCS Students
5 days – $3,087
4 days – $2,662
3 days – $2,113
2 days – $1,429
1 day –   $756

2019-20 Rates for Extended Day-Only Students

5 days – $3,543
4 days – $2,952
3 days – $2,372
2 days – $1,792
1 day –   $911

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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 2.

Plan C
A 10-month payment plan available through FACTS

Visit factsmgt.com for more information.

Nicole Victor
Director of Enrollment Management
404-835-4617
nicolev@tcsatl.org

Cheri Menosky
Registrar and Enrollment Management Coordinator
404-835-4603
admission@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 2018-2019 Academic Year, 21% of TCS students received over $650,000 in financial aid. 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.

Applying For Financial Aid

Complete the financial aid application by Jan. 1, 2019. Click here to apply at tads.com. The deadlines to apply for financial aid are:

  • Jan. 1, 2019 for current TCS families
  • Jan. 11, 2019 for early decision applicants to our Early Learning program (3’s/4’s and 4’s/5’s)
  • Feb. 22, 2019 for all applicants applying for our March 30 admission notification

 

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

Tax Documentation

  • Submit Form 1040 for 2017 including all schedules, W-2’s and/or 1099 for 2017, and year-end paystub for 2018 to TADS via upload, fax or mail

Apply for admissions (students who do not currently attending The Children’s School must complete the admission application on or before Feb. 15, 2019).

 Re-enroll (students currently attending The Children’s School must be re-enrolled by March 1, 2019).

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.

Our 3’s/4’s classrooms range from a 6:1 to a 7:1 student to teacher ratio, and our 4’s/5’s classrooms range from 8:1 to 9:1. Kindergarten through grade 8 has a student-teacher ratio of 12:1.

Our 3’s/4’s, 4’s/5’s, kindergarten and grades 6/7 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 campus tours as well as host a number of on-campus events throughout the fall and early winter including these See Us In Action dates:

Kindergarten- Grade 8
Wed., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Early Learning–Kindergarten
Thurs., Nov. 15, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Thurs., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

All Grades
Thurs., Dec. 13, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Thurs., Jan. 17, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

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. Prospective parents will be scheduled to interview with a member of our community.

Jan. 4, 2019 for Early Decisions to our Early Learning Program
Jan. 18, 2019 Application Deadline with Early Fee of $50.00
Feb. 15, 2019 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. 15, please contact Cheri Menosky (404-835-4603) to find out if there are openings in your desired grade level.

The financial aid application deadlines and deadlines for all supporting application documents are:

Jan. 1, 2019 for current TCS families
Jan. 11, 2019 for early decision applicants to our Early Learning program (3’s/4’s and 4’s/5’s)
Feb. 22, 2019 for all applicants applying for our March 30 admission notification

Families applying after the deadline will need to wait until funds have been allocated to those that have already applied. Please contact Cheri Menosky (404-835-4603) to find out if funds are available.
Does The Children’s School require additional testing to be submitted with the application?
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 admissions@tcsatl.org.

We find it very helpful to receive all reports for applicants who have received psychoeducational testing. Please send these evaluations to admissions@tcsatl.org.

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 admissions@tcsatl.org.

We find it very helpful to receive all reports for applicants who have received psychoeducational testing. Please send these evaluations to admissions@tcsatl.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 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.

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. 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.