The 2022-23 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!

1. Complete an Inquiry Form

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  • The Inquiry Form for 2022-23 is now available.

    Please submit your inquiry here. Once our office processes your inquiry, you will receive an email with instructions for completing your application form (available July 1). For inquiries submitted before July 1st, please expect your login instruction email the week of June 28th.

2. Complete an Application Online

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  • Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now closed.

    While we are fully enrolled for the 2021-22 school year, we are accepting applications to the waitlist at select grade levels. To inquire about submitting a late application to grades 1-6, please call the Admissions Office at 323-651-0707.
    The online application process will begin after you submit your inquiry form. The application form includes general information as well as longer questions so that we can learn more about your family. At the end of the application, you will be asked to submit a $100 application fee by credit card before submitting the application. If your family is applying for financial aid, the application fee will be waived.

    If you are unable to apply online or need support, please call us so we can help!

Applications Open July 1!

2022-23 Admissions Applications will be available here on July 1, 2021.

3. Attend an Admissions Open House

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  • After submitting an online application, parents and guardians will be invited to attend an Open House.

    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 September and run through December.

    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.

4. Complete Your Parent Interview

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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. All parents/guardians should attend the interview. Please let us know in advance if a parent is unable to attend.

    After attending an Open House, we will reach out to families to schedule their Parent Interview. The Parent Interview is a 30-45 minute conversation between the applicant child's parent(s)/guardian(s) and a member of our Admissions Interview Team.

    We have a wonderful, diverse interview team made up of administrators and faculty as well as the Admissions team. Interviewers are assigned based on availability and grade level--we are not able to accommodate requests for specific interviewers.

5. Student Screening (Kindergarten-6th Grade/C6 applicants only)

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  • We look forward to getting to know applicant children during Kindergarten and Elementary Screenings!

    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.     
    Elementary applicants (first through sixth grade) complete an academic screening as a part of their school visit in January or February. These appointments will be scheduled after the parent interview.
    We recognize that the Screening is a short period out of a child's life and we consider the screening in context of the Parent Application, Parent Interview, and the Preschool Evaluation Form/Elementary Recommendation Form and, for elementary applicants, the previous school records.
    **For the 2022-23 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 of the format of the screening/visit several weeks in advance of their screening and will be sure to offer a remote option as well. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility!**

6. Submit Additional Documents (Kindergarten-6th Grade/C6 applicants only)

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  • Kindergarten-6th Grade applications are not considered complete without a Teacher Recommendation Form and Student Records

    Kindergarten-6th Grade applications must include 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.
    The Teacher Recommendation Form and the Release of Records Form can be downloaded from the Applicant Checklist only after a family has applied to The Center.

7. Submit your financial aid application (if applicable)

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  • If your family is applying for financial aid, submit your financial aid application and documents by the deadline.

    The financial aid process is outlined here. Please call us with any questions!

8. Notification of Admission Decisions!

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  • The Center for Early Education will notify families of 2022-23 admissions decisions after 5 p.m. on the following dates:

    • Toddler and Early Childhood Programs - February 10, 2022
    • Kindergarten and Elementary Programs - March 11, 2022 (shared by Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools)
    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.