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Admissions Overview


Children and parents alike spend a great deal of time and energy at CNS. For those parents who are committed to the cooperative philosophy, the benefits are enormous. Our admissions procedures reflect the interactive nature of the school. We hope that they give you the opportunity to closely examine the unique qualities of our program. When your family joins CNS, you are making a commitment to the school just as the school is making a commitment to your family. As a cooperative, CNS operates only with the active involvement of every parent member of its community.

The purpose of the application process is for you to establish whether CNS is the right school for your child and your family. After visiting our website or reading our literature, those interested in continuing through the process make an appointment to visit CNS for an individual information session. This may be done virtually or in person, and will be scheduled at the discretion of the Director. The information session will last no more than an hour. Parents meet with the director for an exchange of ideas. We explain our educational philosophy as well as the obligations of all families who participate in our program. Parents have a chance to ask questions and share their expectations and goals for their children. We then take you on a tour of the school so that you may see the classrooms and grounds.

After your visit to CNS, you should have a better sense of the school and its appropriateness for your child and family. Applications will be made available at this point. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee which must be returned with the application. All written applications received by January 15th will be included in our lottery for admission entry in the fall. The order in which applications are received before the lottery is of no consequence. If openings remain after the lottery is conducted, they will be filled utilizing a waitlist or rolling admissions process, until all spots are filled.

Preference in selection is given to siblings and returning families to the school. The number of new openings is then determined. This varies greatly from year to year. The final selection for the remaining openings – after sibling placements have been established – will be made by lottery from those families who have completed the application process. Families will be notified by late January of admissions decisions. To fulfill the enrollment process and secure a spot in the program, families submit a signed enrollment agreement and tuition deposit in February.

Community Nursery School does not discriminate in hiring, employment, or admission practices on the basis of race, color, cultural heritage, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.


Tuition 2024-2025


Tour Schedule

Tours run ~45 minutes long and are offered in person or virtually, by appointment only. Applications are made available at or after the tour. Please email to schedule your visit.

*Tuition for the 2024-2025 school year is based on a 37 week school year calendar running from the second full week of September through the second week of June.

CNS maintains a financial aid fund through our annual budget. Financial aid applications are need-based, reviewed by the Director (and anonymously by the finance committee), and held in the strictest confidence. Applications will be made available when requested during the enrollment process. Please contact the Director to learn more.

Financial Aid

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