Most Selective Private Preschools in California

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The average private preschool acceptance rate in California is approximately 86% per year (2021).
The most selective school in California is currently Camelot Kids Preschool, with an acceptance rate of 10%.
The most selective private preschools are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Most Selective Private Preschools in California (2021)

  • School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • Rank: #1-41.-4.
    Camelot Kids Preschool
    Camelot Kids Preschool Photo - water day, summer program
    Daycare / Preschool
    Acceptance Rate: 10%
    Grades: NS-K2880 Rowena Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90039
    (323) 662-2663

  • Rank: #1-41.-4.
    Centennial Montessori School
    Centennial Montessori School Photo - A natural play yard for our 3 to 6 year olds provides a multi sensory and creative experience. The children use the space to garden, dance, jump, play games, run, twirl, build, dig and create masterpieces in our art area, mud kitchen, and music area.
    Montessori School
    Acceptance Rate: 10%
    Grades: PK-527 10th Ave
    San Mateo, CA 94401
    (650) 340-1230

  • Rank: #1-41.-4.
    Montessori Academy-Glendale
    Montessori School
    Acceptance Rate: 10%
    Grades: PK-K1920 W Glenoaks Blvd
    Glendale, CA 91201
    (818) 841-9096

  • Rank: #1-41.-4.
    One Fifty Parker Avenue School
    One Fifty Parker Avenue School Photo - The Little Red School Bus
    Daycare / Preschool
    Acceptance Rate: 10%
    Grades: NS-PK150 Parker Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    (415) 221-0294

  • Rank: #55.
    Write Start Learning Center
    Daycare / Preschool
    Acceptance Rate: 15%
    Grades: NS-44453 Precissi Lane
    Stockton, CA 95207
    (209) 956-5437

  • Rank: #66.
    St. James' Episcopal School
    St. James' Episcopal School Photo - Students at St. James' engage with reading throughout the year, once a year on Read Across America Day we drop everything and read!
    (Episcopal)
    Acceptance Rate: 20%
    Grades: NS-6625 S. St. Andrews Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90005
    (213) 382-2315

  • Rank: #7-97.-9.Acceptance Rate: 25%
    Grades: NS-81671 E. Monte Vista Ave., Suite N-106
    Vacaville, CA 95688
    (707) 474-4710

  • Rank: #7-97.-9.
    New Covenant Academy
    New Covenant Academy Photo
    (Christian)
    Acceptance Rate: 25%
    Grades: NS-123119 W. 6th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90020
    (213) 487-5437

  • Rank: #7-97.-9.Acceptance Rate: 25%
    Grades: PK-1211052 Independence Ave.
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    (818) 882-8121

  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.Acceptance Rate: 30%
    Grades: PK-51335 Guerrero Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 821-0130

  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.
    The Nativity School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 30%
    Grades: PK-86309 El Apajo
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
    (858) 756-6763

  • Rank: #12-1312.- 13.Acceptance Rate: 35%
    Grades: NS-126501 Linda Vista Rd
    San Diego, CA 92111
    (858) 596-7900

  • Rank: #12-1312.- 13.
    Peninsula School
    Peninsula School Photo - Peninsula School's Core Values include: Authentic Interactions; Community; Equity; Freedom and Responsibility; Meaningful Academics and Play.
    Acceptance Rate: 35%
    Grades: NS-8920 Peninsula Way
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    (650) 325-1584

  • Rank: #1414.
    Alverno Heights Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 45%
    Grades: PK-12200 N Michillinda Avenue
    Sierra Madre, CA 91024
    (626) 355-3463

  • Rank: #1515.Acceptance Rate: 48%
    Grades: PK-1217100 Superior Street
    Northridge, CA 91325
    (818) 349-1394

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Adda Clevenger School
    Adda Clevenger School Photo - The Adda Clevenger School is an independent elementary school providing an accelerated academic and arts curriculum to San Francisco Bay Area students grades TK-8 since 1980.
    Special Program Emphasis
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-8180 Fair Oaks Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 824-2240

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Brookfield School
    Brookfield School Photo - Brookfield has been educating students in the Sacramento area for over 50 years. Our graduating students are regularly accepted to their first choice of high school.
    Special Program Emphasis
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: NS-86115 Riverside Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA 95831
    (916) 442-1255

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Evergreen Montessori School
    Evergreen Montessori School Photo - Yerba Buena Rd School, San Jose
    Montessori School
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: NS-K3403 Yerba Buena Road
    San Jose, CA 95135
    (408) 238-7001

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Hayden Child Care Center
    Hayden Child Care Center Photo - Hayden Child Care Center: Educating for Life with the mind and heart of Christ
    Alternative School (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: NS-K819 Buena Vista St
    Duarte, CA 91010
    (626) 359-9592

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Millbrae Montessori School
    Montessori School
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: NS-PK797B Santa Margarita Ave
    Millbrae, CA 94030
    (650) 588-2229

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    My Own Montessori
    Daycare / Preschool
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-K5723 Oak Grove Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510) 652-5979

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Northstar School
    (Islamic)
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-8 22502 Woodroe Ave., Hayward
    Hayward, CA 94541
    (510) 397-1501

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Ocean View Christian Academy
    Ocean View Christian Academy Photo
    (Baptist)
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-122460 Palm Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92154
    (619) 424-7875

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-122636 Latham Drive
    Sacramento, CA 95864
    (916) 481-8811

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Turning Point School
    Turning Point School Photo - In their final year of foreign language study in Latin or Spanish, Level 8 students will culminate their Middle School experience with a 12-day European tour. A collective adventure in Italy and Spain is the perfect conclusion to their Middle School linguistic program, in which the rich culture and history of the languages they learn are celebrated.
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-88780 National Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (310) 841-2505

  • Rank: #16-2616.- 26.
    Young World Preschool and Kindergarten
    Daycare / Preschool
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: NS699 Serramonte Blvd, #217,219,220,221,222,233
    Daly City, CA 94015
    (650) 994-6599

  • Rank: #2727.Acceptance Rate: 59%
    Grades: NS-522555 Oxnard St
    Woodland Hills, CA 91367
    (818) 348-6563

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-126990 65th St
    Sacramento, CA 95823
    (916) 391-3333

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: NS-123051 El Cajon Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 584-2454

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.
    The Hilldale School
    The Hilldale School Photo - Hands-on Science is an important part of the Pre-K through Middle School curriculum.
    Special Program Emphasis
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-879 Florence St.
    Daly City, CA 94014
    (650) 756-4737

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.
    Montessori Institute Of San Diego Child House
    Montessori School
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-68745 La Jolla Scenic Dr N
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 535-0500

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.
    Oak Grove School
    Oak Grove School Photo - At Oak Grove High School preparing for college also means tapping into your interests, exploring your natural creativity, and developing lifelong practices of intellectual discipline, good communication, self-reflection, understanding, and clear thinking.
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-12220 West Lomita Ave
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-8236

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.
    The Pegasus School
    The Pegasus School Photo - The faculty at The Pegasus School contribute to students' success on a daily basis. The Pegasus School is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of lifelong learners who are confident, caring, and courageous.
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-819692 Lexington Lane
    Huntington Beach, CA 92646
    (714) 964-1224

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.
    The Seven Hills School
    The Seven Hills School Photo
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: NS-8975 N San Carlos Drive
    Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    (925) 933-0666

  • Rank: #28-3528.- 35.
    Turtle Rock Preschool & Kindergarten
    Turtle Rock Preschool & Kindergarten Photo
    Alternative School
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-K1 Concordia West
    Irvine, CA 92612
    (949) 854-7611

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