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 first step of your process is completing an Inquiry Form online.

    Please submit your inquiry here. Once our office processes your inquiry, you will receive an email with follow-up instructions.

    Click here to view important dates for applying to CEE.
    If you have any difficulty accessing or completing the inquiry form, please contact the Admissions Office by phone or email so that we can help!

2. Complete an Application Online

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  • Please see below for information about 2022-23 Applications.

    The 2022-23 application deadline for Toddler and Early Childhood was December 1, 2021. We are not currently processing late Toddler and Early Childhood applications.

    The 2022-23 application deadline for Elementary was on December 10, 2021. Though we are currently fully enrolled for 2022-23, we are accepting late Elementary applications to the wait list at select grade levels. Families should contact the Admissions Office for more details.

    The online application process begins 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!

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3. Attend an Admissions Open House (virtual)

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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 receive an invitation to schedule your Open House.
    **We intend to offer an optional in-person small-group tour at some point during your admissions process. As the health landscape evolves, we will keep applicant families updated with opportunities to visit our campus.**

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 October through January. 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 that carefully supports the health and well-being of all applicant families and community members.**

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 an Administrative Recommendation Form (LAIS) as well as a Release of Records Form to their current school. The Administrative Recommendation should be completed by a current school administrator and sent by the school to The Center. The Release of Records Form requests that the school send copies of the child's progress reports and any completed standardized testing to The Center.
    The Teacher Recommendation Form, Administrative Recommendation Form, and the Release of Records Form can be downloaded from the Applicant Checklist 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.