Mills College Childrens School

  • 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

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Laboratory Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-5
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedOur school supports a wide range of learners within a mainstream setting.
Year Founded1926
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students137 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
54%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Mills College Childrens School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio27:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / Feb. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,349
Tuition NotesTuition 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 DirectorWhitney Walker

Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Dance, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, VolleyballBasketballDance,
Flag FootballLacrosse,
SoccerSwimming,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Cooking, Legos

Arts and Music Programs:
Hip Hop Dance, 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!
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  • Oakland
    Grades: NS-9
    2.4 miles
    3650 Dimond Ave
    Oakland, CA 94602
    (510)531-8566
    2.4 NS-9
    n/a
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-5 | 109 students
    5 miles
    40 Dulwich Rd
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510)428-2606
    5 K-5
    109
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-12 | 686 students
    5.8 miles
    1 Hiller Dr
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510)843-2512
    5.8 K-12
    686
  • Oakland
    Grand Lake Montessori
    Montessori School
    Grades: NS-6 | 180 students
    4.4 miles
    466 Chetwood St
    Oakland, CA 94610
    (510)836-4313
    4.4 NS-6
    180
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-12 | 876 students
    2.4 miles
    4315 Lincoln Ave
    Oakland, CA 94602
    (510)531-1300
    2.4 K-12
    876

School Reviews

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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!
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The average private school tuition in Oakland, CA is $17,744 for elementary schools and $20,946 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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