Overview

ADMISSIONS OVERVIEW

APPLYING TO PS1 Pluralistic School

To be eligible to enroll, a student must be at least 5 years old by December 1. If you are interested in submitting an application for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact our Admissions Office at 310-394-1313 ext. 107.

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to apply for a sibling is Friday, September 27; for a new applicant it is Friday, December 13, 2019. We give priority to applications received by the deadline which means we are able to guarantee the Parent Interview and Child Visit appointments (required appointments in order to be considered for admission).


A non-refundable application fee of $125 must be submitted with your application. Teacher evaluation forms (and transcripts) are required. If you have any questions regarding the application fee, please contact Evelyn Cazun at 310-394-1313 ext. 107 or email us at admissions@psone.org.

ADMISSIONS CHECKLIST

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SCHOOL TOUR

Both parents (when applicable, even when living in separate households) are required to tour the school before their Parent Interview. An application does not have to be submitted before taking a tour. Tours are for parents only and give you a chance to ask questions and experience our program in-depth. Space is limited and reservations are required. We highly recommend you attend a tour as soon as you are able. Click here to sign-up for an upcoming tour.

PARENT INTERVIEW

Once an application has been submitted and both parents have toured, the Admissions Office is able to schedule the appointments, one being the Parent Interview (the other is the Child Visit). Both parents (when applicable, even when living in separate households) are required to attend the Parent Interview. Parents meet with the Director of Admissions for approximately 45 minutes to discuss their family’s educational expectations and goals.

CHILD VISIT

Once an application has been submitted and parents have toured, the Admissions Office is able to schedule the appointments, one being the Child Visit (the other is the Parent Interview). This is a time for your child to try PS1 on and to interact with their age group. They will get to participate in the daily life of the school. The Child Visit lasts an hour for 4-6 year olds and a half or full day for applicants ages 7 and above. Parents will get more exposure to the daily life if PS1. Specific Child Visit guidelines are shared with an applicant family ahead of the Child Visit appointment to ensure a great visit.

EVALUATION FORMS AND TRANSCRIPTS

Evaluation Forms (and transcripts for children applying for grades 1st-5th) are to be completed by your child’s current school are available for download below. They should be returned to PS1 directly either electronically, by fax or U.S. Mail. To expedite the return of the completed form, you may want to provide your current school with an envelope pre-addressed to PS1 along with the form.

Please Note: There are two different forms, one for students already enrolled in elementary school and one for preschool students. The deadline to receive the following forms is January 14, 2019 for all new applicants.

Download a preschool evaluation (PDF, 1.0Mb)

Download an elementary evaluation (if applying for grades 1-5) here (PDF, 127Kb)

Download Transcript Release Form here (PDF, 413Kb)

If other professionals are working with, have worked with, or assessed your child, please include those assessments/reports along with your application form by emailing them to beth@psone.org. All information a family shares with PS1 through the admissions process is kept strictly confidential.

FINANCIAL AID

Twenty-four percent of our families receive Financial Aid. Our Financial Aid Committee meets in early March to allocate all the available funding for the year. Financial Aid forms must be completed by the assigned deadlines. To notify us you are interested in receiving the Financial Aid application materials, simply click the checkbox in the admissions application.

NOTIFICATION OF APPLICATION STATUS

Acceptance letters are sent in March for enrollment the following September. In order to meet this date, the application process must be completed by early February. After our first applicant pool is complete, late applications are processed on a space-available basis.

Once accepted, we require a non-refundable tuition deposit, a signed enrollment contract, and a completed set of enrollment forms to reserve a place for your child.

WAITPOOL

Because we cannot make an offer of enrollment to every applicant, we maintain an active waitpool. To be in the waitpool, a family must have completed all application requirements and received a waitpool decision from Admissions Committee. Applications in the waitpool are non-prioritized, and are considered based on our need to balance class groupings. The waitpool does not, however, roll over to the next year. To be considered for the following school year’s enrollment, a family must reapply.

Other Ways To Visit For The Whole Family

Circle Time

Select Fridays
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Circle Times are our tradition of the all-school gathering which serves to "pass on the culture of the school," and are opportunities to come together as a whole to share in music, songs, dramatic play, and performance. Participating in Circle Time is an important part of a student's education in developing public speaking skills and an appreciation for the performing arts. Original class and cluster performances showcase the curricular learning.

Family Festival

One Sunday in the Fall
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Themed activities and games bring the PS1 community together. There is something for everyone at the Family Fall Festival.