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Welcome to The Children’s School

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Meet the Admissions Team

Alison Schers
Advancement Associate
404-873-6985
alisons@tcsatl.org

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 TCS admission team is available to talk to you about how our expert teachers deliver academic challenge in a nurturing environment and why our families chose – and continue to choose – TCS.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Coffee and Conversation
Grab your favorite morning beverage and join the admission team as well as other members of our community to learn more about The Children’s School, our programs, and the admission process. 

To attend a “Coffee and Conversation,” please register in advance using one of the following methods:

  • Contact Alison Schers, advancement associate, at 404-873-6985 or alisons@tcsatl.org
  • Log in to Ravenna (new users will need to create an account). From the dashboard, select “School Directory”. Click “The Children’s School”, then click “Upcoming Events”

Virtual Open Houses
Virtual Open Houses offer prospective parents a wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of TCS’s commitment to nurturing and challenging children ages 3 – grade 8. Hear from the head of school, the directors of Lower and Upper School, current parents, and students during each open house.

To register:

  • Contact Alison Schers, advancement associate, at 404-873-6985 or alisons@tcsatl.org
  • Log in to Ravenna (new users will need to create an account). From the dashboard, select “School Directory”. Click “The Children’s School”, then click “Upcoming Events”

Individual Family Tours
On select Saturdays between October and February, prospective parents are encouraged to tour our Midtown Atlanta campus. Visit our classrooms and learn more about our program and curriculum as well as ask questions about the admission process. Tours are for parents only and generally last forty-five minutes to an hour.

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Campus
Peek into classrooms, view family resources, and hear from parents, teachers and students about what makes The Children’s School the ideal learning environment for brave learners.

Take a Virtual Tour

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345 10th Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

P: 404.873.6985
F: 404.607.8565

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Application Deadline

The priority application deadline for the 2021 – 22 school year has passed, however we would still love to connect with your family if you are looking for a new school community. Please contact Alison Schers, advancement associate, at 404-873-6985 or alisons@tcsatl.org.

Application Instructions

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 Alison Schers, advancement associate, at 404-873-6985 or alisons@tcsatl.org.

If you have a question about Ravenna, please contact help@ravennasolutions.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. New users will need to create an account with Ravenna using an email address you will have access to throughout the admissions season. Return users can log in using their username and password. 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.”
    • Applicants to our Early Learning 3’s/4’s program must be at least 3-years old and toilet trained by the first day of school of their year of entry
    • Applicants to our Early Learning 4’s/5’s program must be at least 4-years old by Sept. 1 of their year of entry
    • Applicants to our kindergarten program must be at least 5-years old by Sept. 1 of their year of entry
  • Complete the preliminary application and pay the non-refundable application fee. Payment should be made by credit card online.

Tuition

Early Learning (3’s/4’s and 4’s/5’s) 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 our Early Learning 3’s/4’s program must be at least 3-years old and toilet trained by the first day of school of their year of entry. Children in our Early Learning 4’s/5’s program must be at least 4 years old by Sept. 1 of their year of entry.

TCS has staggered morning and afternoon carpools so start and end times are dependent on grade-level and if students have siblings who attend TCS

Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Half-Day (8:00/8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

2021 – 22 Tuition**: $14,478
Activity and Tech Fee***: $569

Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Full-Day (8:00/8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. on Friday)

2021 – 22 Tuition*: $19,570
Activity and Tech Fee***: $569

Ages 4 yrs. to 5 yrs. Full-Day (8:00/8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. on Friday)

2021 – 22 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, and Parents’ Association fees. 

Elementary Learning (K–Grade 5) Tuition

The Elementary Learning Program begins with full-day kindergarten and continues through grade 5.

Children entering kindergarten typically have turned 5-years-old by Sept. 1.

TCS has staggered morning and afternoon carpools so start and end times vary and are dependent on grade-level and if students have siblings who attend TCS. The school day for kindergarten through grade 5 is from 7:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 7:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Fridays.

2021 – 22 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, and Parents’ Association fees. For grades 3–8, the activity fee also includes apps.

Middle School (Grades 6-8) Tuition

TCS middle school encompasses grades 6 – 8.

TCS has staggered morning and afternoon carpools so start and end times are dependent on grade-level and if students have siblings who attend TCS. The school day for grades 6 – 8 is from 7:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 7:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Fridays.

2021 – 22 Tuition: $23,569
Activity and Tech Fee*:

  • Grades 6-7: $1,785
  • Grade 8: $1,941

* The activity and tech fee covers student consumables, books, individual and class photographs, technology, yearbook, and Parents’ Association fees. For grades 3–8, the activity fee also includes apps.

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. This year, we cannot accommodate drop-ins.

Click here for 2020 – 21 program details and pricing. Please contact Vaunghn Benjamin at vaughnb@tcsatl.org with any questions.

2021 22 Annual Rate
Annual – $3,200
Monthly – $320

2021 – 22 Monthly Rate
Annual – N/A
Monthly – $412

2021 – 22 Remote Learning Rate
Annual – N/A
Monthly – $250

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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.

Financial Aid

The Children’s School (TCS) is a  highly engaged, compassionate, and diverse community of student and adult learners. We believe that the socio-economic diversity of our student body is essential to developing each student’s intellectual, social, and cultural competency, and we are committed to making a TCS education accessible to as many children and families as possible with whom our mission resonates. 

Through our Financial Aid Program, each family pays the tuition amount they can afford based on their unique circumstances. Today, almost 25 percent of our students receive financial aid. The average financial aid award for the 2020-21 school year is $11,000.

To learn more about Financial Aid at TCS, contact Alison Schers at 404-873-6985 or alisons@tcsatl.org.  

Applying For Financial Aid

TCS’s Financial Aid Program is based on demonstrated financial need; merit scholarships are not awarded.

To learn more about the financial aid application process at TCS, call Director of Enrollment Management Nicole Victor at 404-873-6985. 

– Step 1

Complete the financial aid application in TADS. Click here to apply at tads.com. (Note: Parents/Guardians living in separate households must submit separate applications.)

– Step 2

Sign Memorandum of Understanding regarding the financial aid program (print, sign and return to TADS via upload, fax or mail).

– Step 3

Tax Documentation

  • 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

Financial Aid FAQs

What is the TCS Financial Aid Program? 

At TCS, each family pays tuition to their capacity. Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees and to support the community with their time, talents and philanthropy as their personal circumstances allow. We are proud that nearly 25% of TCS students receive Financial Aid, with an average award of $11,000. Please note that Financial Aid is not available for our Early Learning 3’s/4’s Half Day Program.

How is Financial Aid Determined?

TCS’s Financial Aid Program is based on demonstrated financial need per guidance provided by Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS). An application for Financial Aid must be completed and submitted to TADS. The online application can be found at mytads.com. Many factors are considered in determining a family’s Financial Aid award, including annual income, assets, family size, the number of children in tuition charging schools, unusual expenses (such as care of an aging parent and/or educational loan payments), and other discretionary costs and financial obligations. Each family’s circumstances are unique and are considered individually. 

Does an application for Financial Aid affect my child’s chances of being admitted  to TCS?

Absolutely not. TCS has a need-blind admission process. Applicants are evaluated for admission without regard to a request for Financial Aid. The Financial Aid Committee operates separately from the admission process. 

When will my family learn if we have been offered Financial Aid?

Current TCS families will be notified of any  Financial Aid award at the time they are re-enrolling for the next school year. 

New TCS families will receive a  Financial Aid notification when admitted to TCS. 

If my family receives a Financial Aid award this year, will we receive financial aid in future years?

If your family demonstrates the same level of financial need each year, your family can expect your Financial Aid amount to stay within the same range. All Financial Aid applications are reviewed annually and the Financial Aid Committee requires a TADS application and updated financial statement each year. 

Is my family’s financial information and financial aid award confidential? 

Yes. The Financial Aid Committee maintains strict confidentiality and TCS also expects families receiving Financial Aid to maintain confidentiality with regard to their Financial Aid amount. 

Erin Joyner
Director of Student Life & High School Counseling
404-835-4631
erinj@tcsatl.org

 

 

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.

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High School Counseling Timeline 

March – June

  • 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

November – December

  • 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 

January – February 

  • 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 CTP5 scores to Ravenna
  • Students attend visit day/interview at schools

Late February – March

  • 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

April

  • AAAIS reply deadline for accepted families

May

  • Graduation!

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.

During the global pandemic, The Children’s School is following the CDC’s health and safety recommendations to break classes into pods, or a small, stable grouping of students and teachers. 

Pod sizes are determined by classroom dimensions and the number of students that can fit in the space with physical distancing measures in place. This means that pod sizes range from 8 – 9 in Early learning 3’s/4’s, 10 – 11 in Early Learning 4’s/5’s, 10 – 12 in our kindergarten – grade 5 classrooms, and 12 – 17 in our Middle Grades (grades 6 – 8) classrooms.

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 get to know our community of brave learners by attending a virtual event and/or visiting campus before submitting an application.

Understandably, 2020-21 is a different kind of school year and it will impact the ways in which families get to know The Children’s School. We highly recommend that parents visit the school- either through one of our virtual events or on one of our Saturdays designated for individual family tours. We look forward to helping you discover our community of brave learners and doers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reimagining our campus visits  for and assessments of our applicants to Early Learning through grade 8. More information will be communicated in November. Once an application has been submitted, prospective parents can schedule their parent one-on-one meeting with a member of our admission or administrative team.

The application deadline for the 2021 – 22 school year has passed.

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 the deadline, please contact Alison Schers, advancement associate, at 404-873-6985 or alisons@tcsatl.org 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 admission@tcsatl.org.

We find it very helpful to receive all reports for applicants who have received psycho-educational testing. Please send these evaluations to admission@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 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 virtual 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. 

TCS is proud to be a family school and we strive to keep families together. All applicants (regardless of family connection to the school) must apply for admission and  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 Financial Aid ProgramProgram. 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 differences. 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 and thrive at range of secondary schools including:

  • 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.