Apply to Beginning and Lower School

two fifth grade students working on project on table during exploratorium class
3rd graders on oregon beach studying tidepools
four preschoolers sitting on blue dog statue outdoors
three 4th graders working together on math problem in workbook
preschooler writing with chalk on chalkboard
Catlin Gabel Mandarain teacher Guimin Tang answering fifth grade student's question on worksheet

Beginning and Lower School teachers from preschool to 5th grade work side-by-side with their students. They encourage conversation, reflection, and connection with others and the natural world. Students discover the joy of finding their own voice. We look forward to showing you what makes this learning experience extraordinary.

2024-25 Application Update

The Beginning and Lower School priority application deadline has passed. We are now taking applications to the wait pool. If you are interested in applying to the wait pool, please contact us at

Key dates for beginning & lower school applicants
December 14, 2023: Last day for 50% discount $75 application fee (Early Eagle Discount). Waived for re-applicants
January 18, 2024: Beginning & Lower School (preschool to grade 5) priority application deadline
January 18, 2024: Financial Assistance deadline for priority admission consideration
January 27, 2024: Visit & Play Day for applicants to preschool, kindergarten, and grade 1

February 2, 2024: Visit Day for applicants to grades 2-5
PLEASE NOTE: This visit day has been canceled due to comprised access to campus as a result of the recent winter storm. If you had completed your application by the January 18 deadline, please check your email for further details.

March 8, 2024: Admission and financial assistance decisions delivered
March 20, 2024: Signed enrollment agreement & deposit deadline

Application Checklists

We’ve created specific checklists for families as the requirements are slightly different for different ages. Note: These checklists reflect the regular admission timeline.

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