|About The School
The goal of the admissions process is to determine whether Eliot-Pearson
Children's School can meet a child's needs and the family's expectations. We
make every effort to inform families about the educational philosophy of our
program and about the expectation that families become involved in school
sponsored activities. We try to develop a collaboration with every family in
order to support the home-school-child relationship.
All admissions decisions are based on the criteria listed below:
Commitment to Diversity
The Eliot-Pearson Children's School actively seeks a student population which
represents a wide range of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and economic
backgrounds. We seek and value diversity within our family population, and do
not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic and national origin, cultural
heritage, color, political beliefs, marital status, religion, disabilities,
sexual orientation, or family style in the administration of the Children's
School admissions and educational policies, financial assistance programs, or
any school administered program. All benefits and privileges are available to
every child and family. Appreciation and respect for all people, regardless of
their differences and similarities is at the heart of our program.
Currently Enrolled Children
Our first obligation is to the children already enrolled in the school.
Families of children currently enrolled are asked to express their preferences
in January for the following year; however, due to physical space limitations in
each classroom, we cannot guarantee re-enrollment from year to year. The number
of openings remaining in each group will be determined from the base of
Whenever possible, priority is given to applicants who are siblings of children
currently enrolled; however, acceptance is not guaranteed.
The Children's School is committed to providing quality education for all
children, and therefore, children with special rights are enrolled in all of our
groups. In a model of inclusion, children who need therapy services receive them
in the context of their school day whenever possible. We have a team of
specialists who collaborate with teachers, families, and others who may be
involved in setting goals for children with special needs. Every attempt is made
to collaborate with school systems to secure the services required for children
and families. The Children's School serves a wide spectrum of learning
differences and all decisions are made on an individual basis.
Tufts Faculty, Staff, and Students
Consideration is given to families who are part of the Tufts community.
Applicants who will add to the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the school's
population are given priority whenever possible. Age and gender are considerations
as they relate to the overall composition of each class.
The minimum age for enrollment is 2.9 by September 1. General age guidelines for groups include:
- Preschool East: 2.9 to 3.9 years old
- Preschool West: 3.9-4.10 years old
- Kindergarten: Age 5 by Oct. 31st
- First/Second Grade: 5.9 to 7 years old
Extended Day Option
Parents of children in the Morning Preschools and Kindergarten may enroll their
child up to 5 afternoons a week in Extended
Day, a mixed-age class which lasts until 3
While applications are accepted throughout the year, families interested in the
school should submit an application in the fall, no earlier than one year in advance
of the September they want their child to begin school. A $25.00 non-refundable
application fee is requested to support our scholarship fund. Most admissions
decisions are made in March, but openings occur when families move or parents
change their plans.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 WAITLIST
Please call the school at 617-627-3434 to learn more about
the application process.
We encourage all prospective families to
visit the school during the application
process. Families are welcome to visit the
School after October 12 and may observe more
than one classroom, if unsure about which
class to request for placement. Please call
the School at least one week in advance to
schedule an observation time. (Because
observation booths are not sound proof, we
request that parents do not bring their
children at this time.) You should also feel
free to schedule a meeting with the
Director, Hanna Gebretensae, or the Associate Director/Special
Rights Coordinator, Daila Davila-Gonzalez.
Admissions decisions are made separate and apart from financial aid decisions.
Financial assistance is based on need and the availability of funds. Our policy
is to support as many families as possible rather than award large grants to a
few families. It is expected that every family will contribute something toward
their tuition. Applications for scholarship may be requested upon application to
the Children's School. The Scholarship Committee will keep all information
confidential, and parents are usually notified of the Committee decisions by
the end of March.
View eligibility guidelines >
Final admissions decisions are made by the Director after close consultation with
the Associate Director/Special Rights Coordinator, and Teaching Staff.
Once accepted, a non-refundable $500.00 deposit is required and an enrollment
contract is signed. When ever possible, we will let families know of their
admissions status by mid-March. Children who do not receive a slot by the
beginning of April are placed on an active waiting list.