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 Accepting Applications for 2024-2025

We have a few spots left for September start.
Please call (510) 839-4227 or email 



Application Process:
1. Complete this form:  2024-2025 Enrollment Application here.   Be sure to hit Submit after completing the application.

2. Submit your  $40 non-refundable application fee via PayPal for your application to be processed. 
3. Send an email to the school: School director will confirm submission and processing.

Other Information:
​In the early spring you will receive notice of acceptance or being placed on a waiting list. 

All applications received by January 15th are considered early enrollment and will be sorted into priority categories.   
   1. Returning students from the previous year
   2. Siblings of previous-year students, in good standing
   3. Children of former preschool families, in good standing
   4. New to the school

When the number of applicants exceeds the number of openings, a waiting list will be established, prioritized as above.  Names are placed on the list in the order received.
If accepted, you will have 2 weeks to sign the admission notice and pay the $500 non refundable deposit which will be applied to your tuition once your child starts.

A 2nd non refundable deposit (equivalent to two tution payments)  is due two months prior to the starting date.  Additionally a  facility and technology fee totaling approximately $140 will also be due.

All required information and health forms for your child will need to be submitted prior to the first day of attendance.

In order to be eligible, a child must be at least 2 years of age as of September 1st and toilet trained.  For the Hummingbirds class, we at least ask the child is familiar with the toilet and training has began at home so we can re-enforce it at school.



  • Do children have to be potty-trained to join Lake School?
    Children attending the youngest programs, Hummingbird & Finches should be at a minimum, marginally trained by the first day of school.A monthly diapering fee of $45 will apply until the child is potty trained. Children are assisted and encouraged to use the toilet. Families must provide diapers and wipes of their choice.
  • Are you a full time program?
    We believe in a gradual approach to schooling, so young children start at either 2 or 3 days a week for 3-4 hours a day. As students grow older, we offer 4-5 day programs with the option to extend their daily hours with our Enrichment and Aftercare programs. The longest a child can attend would be Mo-Fri from 8 am- 3:45 pm (added fees apply for Extracare).
  • What is the teacher to student ratio?
    For core time our ratio is generally 1:8, but often it is closer to 1:6 or 1:5, since we have 2-3 teachers in the classrooms. During extended care (i.e. enrichment, after care) the ratio may be 1:10.
  • How many child are on site at one time?
    We have a maximum of 46 children onsite at one time, divided into 3 classrooms. Each class has 14-18 children. Up to 2 classrooms may share our big backyard, giving the children a chance for age-mixed play with the students from the different classes.
  • Does The Lake School provide snacks?
    Since COVID, for safety purposes, we are asking families to pack a small snack (crackers/chips and fruit) in a separate bag for our snack times. Children staying for Lunch Bunch must bring a healthy lunch from home that is ready to be eaten. We are a Nut Free school. Every child should bring their own water bottle to school each day. Please label all items from home.
  • Is The Lake School a non-profit?
    The Lake School is a private, non-profit preschool. It has been sustained and governed for over 40 years by a rotating Executive Board made up of current parent volunteers and is supported by a very active Parent Association who assist as Room Parents, and Social Event Coordinators .
  • How much is school tuition?
    Visit our Tuition Rates page to view the tuition scale per program. Tuition may change annually and will be posted each spring. Families are asked to donate additional funds yearly for the Teacher Appreciation Fund (suggested sliding scale $75-$125) and the in lieu of Fundraiser ask (minimum suggested donation $300) which funds special school programs such as Tuition Assistance, Music , Pets and Garden.
  • What is the current Air Quality Index near The Lake School?
    The current AQI as reported on, by a sensor located nearby the school on Lester Ave. See the map and more information here.
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