Applications for Admission

Most students enter The Center in the Toddler program, Early Childhood 1 “EC1” (the first year of preschool), or Kindergarten. We are sometimes able to enroll a few students in 1st-6th Grades if openings occur, and we welcome applications for these grade levels.
We do not accept applications for Early Childhood 2 “EC2” (the second year of preschool), as there are typically no openings.

1. Complete an Application Online

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  • The admissions application for grades Toddler through 1st Grade 2020-21 is no longer available. If you are interested in applying for grades 2-6, please call (323) 651-0707. The 2021-22 application for all grade levels will be available in July 2020.

    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 unable to apply online, call us at 323-651-0707 for assistance. Please be aware this may delay your application process. If you are applying for Financial Aid, the fee will be waived.

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, tour campus, observe our teachers and students in action, and connect with faculty, staff, and current parents. Open Houses begin in late September and run through mid December.

    You must complete an application in order to attend an Admissions Open House. After your application has been received you will be sent an invitation to an Open House.

3. Complete an Interview (and Student Visit 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.

    After attending an Open House, we will reach out to families with information about how to schedule their Parent Interview.

    In addition to the Parent Interview, Kindergarten applicants first visit for a screening in December or January. The purpose of this visit is for us to learn more about each child both individually and in a group setting. We consider the screening in context of the Parent Application and the Preschool Evaluation Form. 

    Elementary applicants (first through sixth grade) spend a day in the classroom between November and March, giving them an opportunity to experience daily life at The Center and giving us an opportunity to observe applicants with the current cohort of students.

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 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 2020-21 admissions decisions by email on the following dates:

    • Toddler and Early Childhood Programs - February 6, 2020
    • Kindergarten and Elementary Programs - March 13, 2020
    If you have any questions about The Center’s application process, please do not hesitate to 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.