Beginning School

Learn more about the Beginning School program

Please complete the follow steps to apply to preschool.

Please note the application deadline to apply for kindergarten for 2019-20 has passed. We will begin the application process for 2020-21 September 3, 2019.

Campus Tour

An tour of the campus including classroom observations and a conversation with an admission officer. To avoid disruption to our current students, we ask that these tours be attended by adults only.

Available September through early February.

Application Forms

The online application includes a series of questions for parents/guardians. This is one of the best opportunities to share information about your family. All applications will be read by the admission committee.

Teacher Evaluation

Send the online evaluation form to your child's current teacher. Please do not send this request until after November 1; this will allow the teacher time to get to know your child. You should have the teacher's full name and email available when you are ready to send the evaluation.

Student Visit

Applicants who have completed the application for admission by the final deadline will be invited to participate in a student visit.

Shortly after the regular fee application deadline, we will email you with the details of your child's visit, including their assigned date and one-hour time slot.

During the visit, children will join approximately 10 other applicants and spend time in a classroom doing a variety of activities. It is an opportunity for teachers to observe and interact with each applicant in our environment. We realize this can be a particularly worrying part of the admission process and we work hard to ensure students have fun during their visit.

Take the First Step

Key Dates

Dec 20, 2018: Reduced Fee ($50) application deadline

Jan 22, 2019: Regular Fee ($75) application deadline for Kindergarten

Feb 5, 2019: Regular Fee ($75) deadline for Preschool

Feb 8, 2019: Financial Assistance application deadline

Feb 8-9, 2019: Visit Days for Kindergarten applicants

Feb 22-23, 2019: Visit Days for Preschool applicants

Mar 8, 2019: Admission & Financial Assistance decisions delivered via email

Mar 20, 2019: Signed enrollment agreements & deposits due

Fee Waiver

To request an application fee waiver, please complete the fee waiver request form

Request Waiver

Please Note

By September 1 of the school year to which you are applying:

Preschool applicants must be four years old

Kindergarten applicants must be five years old

An independent preschool through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,
Portland, Oregon 97225 |
503-297-1894 |

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