Mills College Childrens School

5000 Macarthur Blvd,
Oakland, CA, 94613-0946
Tel: (510)430-2118
Grades: NS - 5 | 132 students
Located on 135 lush acres in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mills College Children’s School has been a model for excellence in child-centered education for more than 85 years.
The oldest laboratory school on the West Coast and part of the renowned School of Education at Mills, the Children’s School serves children from age 0–10 in three developmentally appropriate programs:
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool
  • K–5 Elementary School   
MCCS is a special place where everyone has a stake in the value of learning, with the result that each child is engaged at her or his own level of ability, challenged to take the next step, encouraged to make hypotheses, and provided with the tools to test her or his ideas.
This constructivist model of education can be seen in the infant room just as concretely as in the elementary school room for the oldest children.
All learning is respected, documented, and celebrated.
Here, the students are teachers just as our teachers are learners.MCCS is a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA), the National Association of Laboratory Schools (NALS), and People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS). 

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Laboratory Schools
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 5
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Our school supports a wide range of learners within a mainstream setting.
Year Founded 1926

Student Body

Total Students 132 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 60%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade Mills College Childrens School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 99%
Average Class Size 20 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / Feb. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $16,349
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $8,433 to $19,096, depending on the program and pick-up time required.
% on Financial Aid 50%
Average Financial Aid Grant $8,000
Acceptance Rate 85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Whitney Walker

Sports

Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Basketball, Dance, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, VolleyballBasketballDance,
Flag FootballLacrosse,
SoccerSwimming,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Cooking, Hip Hop Dance, Legos, Puppetry/drama Cooking, Hip Hop Dance, Legos, Puppetry/drama,

School Notes:

    From its inception in 1926, Mills College Children’s School (MCCS) has had the dual mission of providing quality education for both children and adults. In February 2000, state-of-the-art buildings were designed for the Children’s School with teaching and learning in mind. Facilities feature light-filled rooms, outdoor porches, expansive age-appropriate play areas, and an outdoor classroom. As part of Mills College, students have access to the campus’ athletics facilities, woods, trails, and open spaces, all in the heart of a vibrant, urban setting. Our Mission
    • To provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate educational programs for children from infancy through fifth grade
    • To provide a clinical setting in which students preparing for careers working with young children can observe and participate in the application of theory into practice
    • To facilitate educational research oppor­tunities that engage participants in the process of investigation, reflection, and documentation
    • Our Core Values
    • Children learn by building their own understanding of the world around them; the teacher’s role is to nurture that process in developmentally appropriate ways.
    • Teaching and learning occur in collaborative relationships with parents, teachers, faculty, and students.
    • Everyone learns best in a safe, supportive context with tolerance for a diversity of opinions and experiences.
    • Reflection and critical thinking are seen at all levels—from discussions, explanations, and presentations by our children to ongoing research and investigations by our student teachers, head teachers, and professors.
    • Our Curriculum In our multi-age classrooms, children learn to appreciate their own increasing competencies while sistaffmultaneously developing a strong sense of community. They also benefit from having ex­panded opportunities to teach one another and from more time with the same teacher. Both students and teachers are challenged to pursue learning independently and engage collaboratively, think critically and creatively, and share their learning with peers and the wider community. Our focus is on:
    • a strong social-emotional componentcultivating readers and writers, mathematicians, and scientists
    • learning environments designed to reflect our philosophy
    • integrated curriculum in language arts, math, science, visual and dramatic arts, music and movement, and physical education
    • MCCS provides an exciting, rich, and accessible education for children and adults in a unique setting that offers access to the academic and artistic aspects of a college campus. Graduates from our preschool and elementary school are accepted at the full range of private and public schools in the Bay Area. We welcome inquiries and visits and look forward to showing you around our beautiful school!

    Profile last updated: 04/21/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Julia Morgan School for Girls (0 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Sts.cyril-louis Bertrand Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Dr Herbert Guice Christian Academy (1.1 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended January 31, 2013 - Our son is in Kindergarten at MCCS and we are so pleased. It is a small school with small class sizes and multi grades in each class. K/1, 2/3 and 4/5. The teachers are wonderful and very welcoming. His is excelling academically, and loves the extracurricular activites that are also part of the class. They include, art, music, culture and Spanish. Highly recommend! - Posted by Parent

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