The Admission Process

Welcome, we are glad that you are interested in becoming a part of our school family. If interested in admission for the current school year, please submit an admission inquiry and learn about any openings for the remainder of the year.  For admission for the 2022-2023 school year, we invite you to schedule a visit to see for yourself what our school offers.

Tours are scheduled at a mutually agreed upon date and time to coordinate your time and to offer you the best time to visit the classroom.

We are currently welcoming interested families and creating a wait pool for classrooms exceeding our maximum of 16 students (14 for Junior Kindergarten) for the 2022-2023 school year. Please call the admissions line at (619) 522-6460 to schedule a visit and/or to be put on the current wait pool.

The visits are an opportunity for parents to observe the individual classrooms and ask questions about all aspects of the school experience at CCDS. We believe this is the best tool we can give you as a parent to help you determine if this is the right learning environment for your child. The initial visit is structured to discuss many issues of school life, and we recommend that your child not join you on this visit. Following the visitation, the process for a kindergarten child proceeds differently than children in grades one through six.

Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten

The CCDS Junior Kindergarten is a developmentally rich program that balances the power of play with an appropriate academic experience for those who are four years old on or before September first and meet our admission criteria*  The CCDS Senior Kindergarten is an academically rigorous experience designed for those who are at least five years old on or before September 1st and meet our admission criteria.*

*Our Admissions Committee will recommend the best developmental and academically appropriate placement for each child.

In order to help us better determine if a child is ready for the Junior Kindergarten or Senior Kindergarten classrooms, we administer a developmental readiness assessment. This helps us look at a child's development in several areas, and most importantly provides a picture of cognitive and social maturity. The assessment takes about twenty minutes and consists of such tasks as copying and drawing, building with blocks, and verbal interaction. There are no right or wrong answers, and for the child, it is experienced as structured playtime. A fee of $150.00 is charged for the screening and is due at the time of testing. For the 2022-2023 school year, the assessment sessions will begin in January 2022 for the first group of applicants. It is administered one-on-one with your child. Upon completion of the tour and assessment, our Admissions Committee meets and we contact the parent within a couple of days to discuss any readiness issues and make a recommendation.  If it is decided that your child will attend CCDS, we ask you to respond with a deposit and enrollment contract within approximately two weeks. It is mandatory that all paperwork be returned within this time period.

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN AND SENIOR KINDERGARTEN PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: CCDS does give preference to siblings of all currently enrolled students and families that are pledging Christ Episcopal Church parishioners. All children in these categories will be screened prior to general admission. It is our desire to screen only children for whom we have openings. Preference will continue to be given for students of parishioners and current siblings enrolled at CCDS, and while we hope this does not happen, there is a possibility that there will not be room in the next year's Senior Kindergarten class for all students enrolled in Junior Kindergarten.  Enrolled Senior Kindergarten students do not need to reapply for the following first grade year.

First through Sixth Grade

New applicants in first through sixth grade take an assessment which usually lasts from one hour to one hour and forty-five minutes on designated Saturday mornings. The assessment fee is $150.00 for students entering Junior Kindergarten through Second grade and $175.00 for students entering grades 3-6.  The order of the admissions process includes:
  1.  Visiting the school and observing classrooms.
  2.  Providing the child's current school report card and the report card from the previous school year to CCDS.
  3. Completing the application and providing the current teacher recommendation form to the child's current teacher.
  4.  Attending the student placement assessment  (includes completion of the Registration Form and assessment fee).
  5. Upon acceptance, return Enrollment Contract and nonrefundable enrollment deposit.