Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Park Day School! Whether you want to learn more about the school through parent tours and open houses, or are ready to dive into the application itself, we are here to support you throughout the process. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Step 1 – Request Information
Submit an online inquiry to let us know you are interested in learning more about Park Day School. We will mail you an admission packet and you will begin to hear from us about upcoming admission events.

Step 2 – Visit Our Campus 
Parent/Guardian Tours 
We have limited spaces available in select grades for the 2017-18 school year. Sign up to visit campus if you are interested in learning more or contact or 510-653-0317 x101. If you are thinking about schools for the 2018-19 school year, our tour and open house program will begin in Fall of 2017. Middle School Tours take place on select Thursdays. Lower School Tours take place on select Tuesdays and Fridays.
Open Houses 
Open Houses take place on the following Sundays: October 29, November 12, December 3. There is childcare for children 4+ during the K5 Open Houses, and students are encouraged to attend the Open Houses if applying to 6th, 7th or 8th. In early January we have "free play" on the yard for students entering Kindergarten, first and second grade. 
Parent Association Admission Events
The Park Day School Parent Association hosts events at the homes of current Park Day School families for prospective parents-- stay tuned for dates. We also hold an on-campus campus mixer on Saturday, January 20 where prospective parents can talk with staff, teachers, board members and current parents.

Step 3 – Complete the online application

Apply now! Applications are due by January 19, 2018. Current Park Day School families with sibling applicants, and faculty or staff with children applying to school should return the completed application by December 1, 2017We require a complete application (including school forms) before scheduling your child’s visit and learning assessment. All sections of the application can be accessed through the application portal and are also downloadable below.

Application Requirements:
Step 4 -- Confirm Teacher Recommendations & Transcripts
Your child’s current teachers/school may need a gentle reminder to complete and send in the recommendation form (all applicants) and transcript (1-8 applicants) by the January 19, 2018 deadline. Sign in to review your child’s application status prior to the deadline and confirm that your child’s forms have been received by Park Day. If not, please  follow-up with your child’s current teachers/school.
Step 5 -- Student Visit
Visiting and Assessment Days
 Upon receipt of your complete application (including school forms), Park Day School will contact you to schedule your child’s visit. Assessments help us observe students in a group setting and are only one aspect of our admission process. We know that being in a new place, surrounded by new people can be challenging for some. Our teachers and learning specialists are expertly trained to facilitate these visits.
  • Kindergarten Applicants: 90 minute group visit & assessment. Once we receive your application and teacher recommendation form, you will receive a link to sign up for your visit day. We urge you to submit your application early if you have scheduling concerns.  At least one parent should plan to stay on campus during your child’s assessment. During that time, you will participate in a group activity and have a chance to talk one on one as a family with a member of our staff.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Saturday, Feb 3, 2018
          Friday, Feb 9, 2018
          Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 
  • 1st & 2nd Grade Applicants: 90 minute group visit & assessment on Thursday, Feb 8 or Friday, Feb 16.  At least one parent should plan to stay on campus during your child’s assessment. During that time, you will participate in a group activity and a chance to talk one on one as a family with a member of our staff

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Applicants: Individual all-day student visits and assessments take place on: Weds, Jan 31, Thurs, Feb 1, Tues, Feb 13, Thurs, Feb 15, Weds, Feb 28, Thurs, March 1.

  • 6th Grade Applicants

    • Required group assessment in math, writing, and reading comprehension on Sunday, Feb 4. The visit also includes time for drama games and other social activities. 
    • Shadow visit days are: Mon, Jan 22, Tues, Jan 23, Mon, Jan 29, Tues, Feb 7, Mon, Feb 12, Tues, Feb 13, Mon, Feb 26, Tues, Feb 28, Mon, March 5. 
  • 7th & 8th Grade Applicants: Individual visits scheduled on Feb 7 and Feb 28. The Admissions office will contact you to schedule your child’s visit once your application is received. 

Step 6 -- Admission Decisions Notification
Park Day will send admission decisions on Friday, March 16, 2018. Tuition information for the 2018-19 school year will be included in the acceptance packets. Families who have applied for financial assistance will be notified of any financial assistance allocation at the same time they receive their offer of admission.

Step 7 -- Enroll in Park Day School
To enroll, families must return their signed enrollment contract and the required deposit no later than 9:00 AM on Friday March 23, 2018. We know that choosing a school is a monumental decision, and are here to support you every step of the way.