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Growing Together

Choosing a school is an important and often emotional decision. You want your child to be excited to go to school every day, to feel engaged, to be known, respected, and appreciated. My goal is to enable families to confidently answer the question on all of your minds: Will this school be a great fit for my child and my family?

The best way to learn about AltSchool is to visit one of our campuses at an admissions event. During your visit, you’ll get a chance to learn more about our programs, school community, and meet our educators.

We look forward to getting to know your family.

Warmest regards,

Carolyn Wilson

Director of Advancement

A Day in the Life

Every AltSchool student is on his or her own journey to excellence. AltSchool’s whole-child, personalized approach to education enables educators to set individual goals with each student while ensuring class-wide collaboration among peers.

Admissions Process

1. Schedule a visit

We will host Open Houses and additional events this fall for prospective families to learn about our educational approach, meet educators, and tour the school. We encourage you to sign up here to be notified when event registration opens. 

2. Apply online

Our application is an opportunity for us to get to know your child and family. If you are interested in applying for limited spots for the 2017-18 school year, please start your application online.

Applications for the 2018-19 school year will open in September. We encourage families interested in applying for the 2018-19 school year to register here for more information.

3. Get to know each other

After reviewing applications, we invite families in for an interview. As part of this process, you will have the opportunity to meet with a member of our admissions team and take a tour during the school day. Your child will also be able to spend time with our educators in a classroom setting.

4. Receive an admissions decision*

We are accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for limited pre-K through 8th grade spots, and admit students on a rolling basis. If you’d like to be considered for tuition assistance, you will receive instructions to complete your tuition assistance application after you submit the AltSchool online application.

*Please note that we require an evaluation from your child’s current teacher for an application to be considered complete.

Children must be four years old by December 31, 2017 to enroll in our New York schools for the 2017-18 school year. Children must be five years old by December 1, 2017 to enroll in our Palo Alto and San Francisco schools for the 2017-18 school year. If your child is close to the cut-off date, we’re happy to discuss flexible options with your family.

Wait List: Qualified applicants whom AltSchool cannot immediately accept are placed on a wait list. Wait lists are active throughout the admissions period, and candidates are considered for acceptance if a space becomes available.

Mid-Year Transfers: AltSchool accepts mid-year transfers based on availability at each school location. Please indicate in your application if you are interested in a mid-year transfer.

Tuition and Tuition Assistance

AltSchool’s tuition covers the cost of the regular school day program, including field trips and devices. Our after-school programming includes Extended Day and Enrichment offerings for additional fees. Learn more about our after-school offerings.
2017-18 annual tuition varies by school. For more detailed tuition information, please visit the following pages: New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco.

Optional tuition assistance application: If you are interested in applying for tuition assistance, you will receive instructions after you submit your AltSchool online application.


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