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Building the Future

Whole-child. Learner-centric. Personalized. Fostering student agency. These are key components of our educational approach, but they are not the first things that come to mind when I think about our lab schools. What really makes our lab schools special is the incredible community we’ve built with our students, families, and educators, all sharing in unique learning experiences and united by a desire to push the boundaries of modern education.

I’m always struck by how much our students love school. By cultivating a love of learning we show students that school can be engaging, rich, and fun all at once. When students are engaged, they are more open to learning, more receptive to new ideas and experiences, and more willing to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Most importantly they are participants in their own education with an understanding of who they are as learners and what they need to be successful. I see this happening in our classrooms every day—teachers and students working together to build the future.

I would like to invite you and your family to become a part of this amazing learning community. Attend an admissions event for an opportunity to tour a campus, learn more about our programs and school community, and meet our educators.‍

I look forward to getting to know your family.

Sincerely,

Sam Franklin

VP of Schools

Enrollment and High School Admissions Team

Our Enrollment and High School Admissions team has a passion for connecting with parents and students to learn what they are looking for in a school.

Jillian Williams
Head of Enrollment - West Coast

A former preschool teacher, Jillian found her home at AltSchool in 2014, when she joined as a founding member of the Admissions team. Jillian’s passion for connecting with people and building relationships has afforded her the opportunity to work closely with hundreds of prospective families during their school search. As Head of Enrollment, she currently leads the recruitment, evaluation, and selection process for AltSchool’s California lab schools.  

Prior to AltSchool, Jillian held key operations roles at several early-stage technology startups in San Francisco and Toronto. She holds a B.A. in communication from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Jillian Williams
Jillian Williams
Head of Enrollment - West Coast
Anne Bellec
Head of Enrollment - East Coast

Before joining AltSchool, Anne was the Director and driving force behind the development of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) preschool and youth programs for four years. In addition to FIAF, she taught French at the Education Française à New York (EFNY) and the Garden House School.

After graduating from college in France, Anne began her career in business, earning an MBA in international management from the University of Dallas. She held marketing and sales management positions in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries before deciding to follow her passion in education.

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Anne Bellec
Anne Bellec
Head of Enrollment - East Coast
Sumeet Bakshi
High School Admissions Advisor

Sumeet joined AltSchool in 2013 as part of the Admissions team. Her work admitting students to AltSchool has been instrumental in her current role helping students and parents navigate the complex high school application process. Prior to working at AltSchool, Sumeet gained nearly a decade of classroom teaching experience, primarily as a high school and middle school science educator. She also gained experience at a technology startup working at Sidecar (a former competitor to Uber and Lyft), where she was first exposed to the transformative effect that technology could have within a static institution. She holds a B.A. in biology and an M.A. in science education from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Sumeet Bakshi
Sumeet Bakshi
High School Admissions Advisor
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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 (optional)

We host Open Houses and additional events for prospective families to learn about our educational approach, meet educators, and tour the school. These events are optional. Register here

If you would like to tour during the school day, please email admissions@altschool.com and include the campus you are interested in visiting.

2. Apply online

Our application is the first step for us to get to know your child as a learner. It also provides an opportunity to understand your expectations for your child’s school experience. 

We are accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year for transitional kindergarten through 8th grade in San Francisco and pre-K through 8th grade in New York, and admit students on a rolling basis.


There is a non-refundable $50 application fee. If this fee presents a hardship to your family, please contact the admissions office at admissions@altschool.com for a waiver after you’ve started an application.

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 get to experience AltSchool in a classroom setting with our wonderful educators.

4. Receive an admissions decision*

Families will receive admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Enrollment agreements and deposits are due one week after admissions decisions are received. (We hope you say, “yes!”)

AltSchool is committed to diversity and inclusivity. Tuition assistance is one way we ensure AltSchool reflects the wider community. If you’re interested in applying for tuition assistance, you will receive instructions after you submit your AltSchool online application.

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

Age Requirements: Your child must be four years old by December 31, 2018 to enroll in our New York schools for the 2018-19 school year, and five years old by December 1, 2018 to enroll in our San Francisco schools for the 2018-19 school year. If your child is close to the cut-off date, we're happy to discuss a potential delayed enrollment.

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 healthy snacks, frequent field trips, and devices. Our after-school programming includes Extended Day and Enrichment offerings for additional fees. Learn more about our after-school offerings.
2018-19 annual tuition varies by school. For more detailed tuition information, please visit the following pages: New York and San Francisco.

Optional tuition assistance application: AltSchool is committed to diversity and inclusivity. Tuition assistance is one way we ensure AltSchool reflects the wider community. If you’re interested in applying for tuition assistance, you will receive instructions after you submit your AltSchool online application.

Locations

Learn more about our lab schools in San Francisco and New York.

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