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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

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.

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