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Letter from the Director

Dear Prospective Parent,

We are pleased to help you explore your interest in Neighborhood School (NS). Our classrooms and outdoor areas are buzzing with the sounds of learning and friendship. We’re grateful for community commitment to health protocols that help us gather safely and joyfully.

Our student body includes children who are 4½ through 12 years old from all families of all economic means. A team of excellent teachers and 60 children in two houses amidst a neighborhood campus share the joy of learning. Our school is valued for its intimacy and therefore openings are limited. We offer siblings of current students and children of our staff first consideration for openings.

All ages of children and adults are involved with Social and Racial Justice learning and anti-bias curriculum. We are raising young activists here, and they are helping us look at NS and weed out characteristics of white dominant culture. For example, power sharing (for all ages) replaces power hoarding; realistic work plans take the place of a sense of urgency; and teamwork becomes an antidote to individualism. NS is a great place for transformative learning!

How to Apply

  1. Submit an online Family Interest Form.
  2. Applicants for September 2023: Once we receive your online Family Interest Form, we will email you an admissions information packet. Group tours for prospective parents are held each year from October through mid-January (after that time, individual tours are offered if an appropriate opening for your child should arise).
  3. Download and fill out the Student Register and Student Information. Send these forms in by January 15, 2023.

If you are re-applying from last year, you do not need to send new application forms unless your family’s situation has changed. Email your reapplication request to nsadmissions@gmail.com, and ask your child’s current teacher to provide a report detailing your child’s learning and how s/he functions in the classroom.

All applications will be reviewed, and child visits will be offered if the possibility of an appropriate opening exists. After January 15, applications will continue to be received on a rolling admissions basis. As we work to balance and broaden many aspects among a classroom of returning students, we invite a few student applicants to visit for each known vacancy. Applicants not being offered a position have an option of joining a short-term waiting list through later spring to early fall, in the event that an unanticipated opening arises.

We hope this information is of help as you consider learning opportunities for your child.

Warm regards,

Tricia Morrow, Director