Admissions

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Please note:
Due to the current coronavirus situation, the Children’s School is closed during the Summer 2020 term, and will be opened for a limited number of families for Fall. We will not be conducting tours or accepting applications, and no visitors are allowed at this time. The information below is the standard Admissions process we hope to return to soon.

At Pacific Oaks Children’s School, we believe in living out our mission and values. We don’t just teach respect, social justice, diversity, and inclusion—we make sure our admissions process reflects them.

Pacific Oaks Children’s School admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, offering the privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Prospective families are invited to attend a tour of the Children’s School, and once they’ve done so, they are welcome to apply by submitting an enrollment application along with a nominal fee.

We also offer tuition assistance based on financial need. Families may apply for financial aid only after having been offered a place at the Children’s School. Parents requesting a scholarship are asked to complete the Financial Aid application form and sign and attach a copy of their most recent federal income tax form.

The Financial Aid application is evaluated and a needs assessment is done to determine scholarship awards. This determination considers taxable and non-taxable assets, assets other than equity in the primary residence, size of household, and number of children for whom financial aid is requested. Special circumstances must be documented and explained in writing and should accompany the financial aid application.

The Financial Aid Committee makes the final decisions regarding the allocation of available funds. Families are notified of these decisions by June. Those who do not qualify will be sent the full payment contracts. Those who do qualify will be sent the financial aid payment contracts with a monthly payment plan. Return of the payment contract with a deposit by the due date constitutes acceptance of the financial aid reward. If contracts are not returned by the due date, funds will be canceled and reallocated.

Parents interested in applying for financial assistance can use the online service for Financial Assistance for Student Tuition (FAST), a tool commonly used by independent schools throughout the country. If you’re interested in learning more about our community, please fill out the Request for Information form.