Frequently Asked Questions
When should I begin the admission process for CPS?
We recommend beginning the admission process the fall before a student wishes to enroll in CPS. We are currently accepting applications for students who wish to join the CPS community in September 2013. Please Office of Enrollment to join the mailing list, to request application materials, and for an admission information session schedule.
Does CPS accept students for all grade levels?
CPS serves students from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade, and welcomes applications at every grade level. However, CPS has the largest number of openings, approximately 12, in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Open spaces in other grades are filled on an as needed basis. Please contact the Office of Enrollment directly, regarding admission to 5th grade.
What can my child expect during a play date?
Children can expect to spend approximately 60 minutes in a simulated classroom setting. At this time, teachers will observe how your child interacts with other children, participates in classroom activities and follows teachers’ instructions. Your child should wear comfortable, school-appropriate clothing.
What can I expect during a family interview?
Families meet with members of the admission staff for about 45 minutes on the day of their child’s visit. We want to know what you are seeking in a school, what strengths your child possesses, as well as any challenges your child may be facing. We want to share with you information about CPS and answer any questions you may have about our school community.
When will I know if my child has been admitted?
Please make every effort to complete the admission process by mid-March. The admission committee gathers in late March to make decisions, and families are notified soon after. All families will be alerted to about admission decisions no sooner than April 1st. Applications received or completed after April 1st will be considered on a rolling basis, as spaces become available. Please be advised that all qualified applicants may not be admitted due to space limitations.
How much does it cost for the child in my life to attend CPS?
CPS is committed to educating talented students, regardless of a family’s ability to pay full tuition. Therefore, the School does not require a set tuition. All parents/guardians are expected to contribute financially to their child’s tuition. Families pay what they can, according to their own finances and a sliding scale. You should apply for financial aid while you are going through the admission process. Our admission process is need-blind, meaning that your request for financial aid does not influence your child’s application for admission in any way. You will receive your notification of financial aid after your receive your admission decision.
What kinds of support services does CPS provide?
Because academic, behavioral, and psychological supports are limited, preference may be given to students requiring fewer services.