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:

    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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    (510)632-6000
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    (510)729-6384
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    (510)530-0266
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  • Oakland
    Dr Herbert Guice Christian Academy
    (Baptist)
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    Oakland , CA , 94621
    (510)729-0330
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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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