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How to Apply

The Little School welcomes children and families who are aligned with the school's values and mission. Our admissions process is designed to ensure that students will thrive in our dynamic, hands-on and social learning environment.

The admission process for the 2022-23 school year begins in October 2021. You can start your child’s application on Ravenna, our online portal, which allows you to set up a profile and walks you through all the admission steps outlined below.


January 13, 2022 – kindergarten through fifth grade elementary applications due
February 14, 2022 – preschool and prekindergarten early childhood applications due

Step-by-Step Admission Process

  1. Get to know TLS.

    Virtual Tour (Required): Attend a small virtual exploration of the TLS program. Various times are available throughout the week. Click on the icon below to schedule a time.

Hybrid Open House (Optional): Learn more about our school from the perspectives of TLS parents, teachers and staff.
January 7, 2022, 3:30-5 p.m.

Hybrid Admission Events (Optional): Meet current parents, our specialist teachers and learn more about our blended indoor/outdoor program.
October 27, 2021, 12:30-2 p.m. – Parent Education Event
November 9, 2021, 3:30-4:15 p.m. – Specialist Panel
December 9, 2021, 3:30-4:15 p.m. – Indoor/Outdoor Learning Panel
February 9, 2022, 3:30-4:15 p.m. - Early Childhood Panel

  1. Tell us about your child.

Submit the following online application steps on Ravenna (Required):

  • Current family picture
  • $75 application fee
  • TLS and PSIS parent statements describing your child
  • Teacher evaluation, if available
  • Current and prior year report cards (1st-5th grade only)
  1. Develop a home/school partnership. 

    Personal On-campus Tour (Required): After completing the application steps listed above, we will schedule a time for you to do an on-campus tour to help you get to know our program and 12.5-acre wooded campus better.

    In-person Student Visit (Required): This visit will be scheduled in February or March 2022 to get to know your child as a person and as a learner.

    Virtual Family Conversation (Required): During this conversation, you will get another chance for us to explore how the TLS experience can be a good match for you and your family. You will be able to sign up for a time on Ravenna starting in February 2022.

    Financial Aid (Optional): If needed, please complete a financial aid application by February 3, 2022. More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on our Tuition & Financial Aid page.


We are a welcoming and inclusive community, and The Little School admits students of any race, color and national and ethnic origin.

FAST Financial Aid Application