Your 2021-22 Admissions Process

While most students enter The Center in the Toddler program, Early Childhood 1 “EC1” (the first year of preschool), or Kindergarten, we welcome applications at all grade levels!
Please contact the Admissions Office with questions about our wait list for 2020-21.

1. Complete an Application Online

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  • The 2021-22 application for all grade levels is open now.

    The online application process is quick and easy, and you may pay your one-time $100 application fee with a credit card. If you are applying for Financial Aid, the fee will be waived.

    If you are unable to apply online, please call us at 323-651-0707 so we can help!

2. Attend an Admissions Open House

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  • After submitting an online application, parents and guardians are invited to attend an Open House, which includes a campus tour.

    The Open House is designed to help applicant families learn more about our program, philosophy, and community. Parents are introduced to our campus and connect with faculty, administrators, and current parents. Open Houses begin in late September and run through mid January.

    You must complete an application in order to attend an Admissions Open House. After your application has been processed, you will be able to schedule your Open House through your applicant portal.

    **For application to 2021-22, we are currently offering virtual Open Houses for health and safety reasons. Thank you for your understanding!**

3. Complete an Interview (and Student Screening for Kindergarten-6th)

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  • Parent Interviews are an opportunity for applicant families to meet with us, share more about their family, and ask any questions. We look forward to getting to know applicant children during Kindergarten and Elementary Screenings!

    After attending an Open House, we will reach out to families to schedule their Parent Interview. For the 2021-22 admissions process, Parent Interviews will take place remotely in order to best care for the health and well-being of our applicant families and current community. The Parent Interview is a 30-minute conversation between the applicant child's parent(s)/guardian(s) and a member of our admissions team. We ask all parent(s) in a family to attend.

    In addition to the Parent Interview, Kindergarten applicants visit us for a screening in January or February. The purpose of this visit is for us to learn more about each child. We recognize that the Screening is a short period out of a child's life and we consider it the screening in context of the Parent Application, Parent Interview, and the Preschool Evaluation Form. 

    Elementary applicants (first through sixth grade) complete an academic screening as well as a group visit in January or February. These appointments will be scheduled after the parent interview.

    **For the 2021-22 admissions process, we are working to create a great screening experience for applicant children while carefully supporting the health and well-being of all applicant families and community members. We will notify applicant families by December 15 about details of the screenings, including whether we will offer small in-person and/or virtual screenings. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility!**

4. Submit Additional Documents

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  • Kindergarten-6th Grade applications are not considered complete without a Teacher Recommendation Form completed by a current core teacher, submitted directly to, and received by, The Center’s Admissions Office (online or hard copy).

    Additionally, students applying to elementary grades beyond Kindergarten must submit a Release of Records Form to their current school, requesting that the school send copies of their progress reports and any completed standardized testing to The Center.

5. Notification of Admission

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  • The Center for Early Education will notify families of 2021-22 admissions decisions by email on the following dates:

    • Toddler and Early Childhood Programs - February 5, 2021
    • Kindergarten and Elementary Programs - March 12, 2021 (shared Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools date)
    If you have any questions about The Center’s application process, we would love to help! Please contact Katrina Lappin, Director of Admissions, or Lindsay Watson, Assistant Director of Admissions.
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.