Applying to Mount Tamalpais School

We look forward to getting to know your family through the admission process. We appreciate your time and interest and hope to make the process as smooth, informative, and worthwhile as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions along the way.

 

Kindergarten Applicant Families

Kindergarten is our main entry point and we welcome up to 28 new kindergarteners each year. Children applying to enter kindergarten in 2017 must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017. The steps in the application process include:

  1. Attend a tour, open house, and/or Neighborhood Coffee or Wine, Cheese, & MTS Gathering.
  2. Download and complete the Parent/Guardian Application by January 11, 2017. Please make sure to download the application and save it with a new file name before completing. When answering the questions on page 3, please note that brief and short answers to the questions are absolutely fine.
  3. Email your completed application and attach a recent family photo to apearson@mttam.org. The $100 application fee can be paid by check and mailed to Amy Pearson's attention, or paid via credit card online here.
  4. Schedule a parent/guardian meeting with the director of admissions.
  5. Download, sign, and give the Pre K-1st Grade Confidential Student Evaluation Form to your child's current teacher. Student evaluation forms are due by January 11, 2017.
  6. Schedule a kindergarten applicant visit (you will receive scheduling information after we receive your application).

 

Grades 1–5 Applicants

Space availability in grades 1–5 varies; please contact Amy Pearson to discuss openings. The steps in the application process include:

  1. Attend a tour, open house, and/or Neighborhood Coffee or Wine, Cheese, & MTS Gathering.
  2. Download and complete the Parent/Guardian Application by January 11, 2017. Please make sure to download the application and save it with a new file name before completing. When answering the questions on page 3, please note that brief and short answers to the questions are absolutely fine.
  3. Email your completed application and attach a recent family photo to apearson@mttam.org. The $100 application fee can be paid by check and mailed to Amy Pearson's attention, or paid via credit card online here.
  4. Schedule a parent/guardian meeting with the director of admissions.
  5. Download, sign, and give the 2nd–8th Grade Confidential Student Evaluation Form to your child's current teacher. Then give a second signed 2nd–8th Grade Confidential Student Evaluation Form to your child's teacher from the previous year, or to another teacher that knows your child. Student evaluation forms are due by January 11, 2017.
  6. Sign and submit the MTS Records Release Form directly to your child's current school. School records should be emailed directly to Amy Pearson, or mailed to her attention.
  7. Schedule a student applicant visit (you will receive scheduling information after we receive your application).

 

Grades 6–8 Applicant Families

Sixth grade is our secondary entry point and we welcome up to 9 new 6th graders each year. Space availability in grades 7 and 8 varies; please contact Amy Pearson to discuss. The steps in the application process include:

  1. Attend a tour, open house, and/or Neighborhood Coffee or Wine, Cheese, & MTS Gathering.
  2. Download and complete the Parent/Guardian Application. Please make sure to download the application and save it with a new file name before completing. When answering the questions on page 3, please note that brief and short answers to the questions are absolutely fine.
  3. Students applying to grades 6–8 complete the Student Questionnaire. The parent/guardian application and the student questionnaire are due by February 9, 2017.
  4. Email your completed application and attach a recent family photo to apearson@mttam.org. The student questionnaire can be mailed/emailed to Amy Pearson's attention. The $100 application fee can be paid by check and mailed to Amy Pearson's attention, or paid via credit card online here.
  5. Schedule a parent/guardian meeting with the director of admissions.
  6. Download, sign, and give the 2nd–8th Grade Confidential Student Evaluation Form to your child's current English teacher and give a second signed confidential student evaluation form to your child's math teacher. Student evaluation forms are due by February 9, 2017.
  7. Sign and submit the MTS Records Release Form directly to your child's current school. School records should be emailed directly to Amy Pearson, or mailed to her attention.
  8. Schedule a student applicant visit (you will receive scheduling information after we receive your application).
  9. 6th grade applicants take the ISEE exam and have the results sent to MTS (our school code is 054096). MTS is hosting the ISEE exam for 6th grade applicants on Saturday, January 21, 2017. To sign up for the ISEE exam on January 21, 2017, go to iseeonline.erblearn.org.

 

Decision Mailing Date

Admission decisions are mailed on March 15, 2017 and electronic notifications are emailed on March 16, 2017 at noon. The deadline to return an enrollment agreement and deposit is Wednesday, March 23, 2017 by 10:00 am. Please call if you have other questions.

MTS shares a common notification date with other Bay Area independent schools. Families who are offered admission are given one week to accept and return their signed enrollment agreement and tuition deposit. This is known as the "silent week" when families are not to be contacted directly by the schools, unless they initiate contact with the school first.

Applicants placed in the wait pool will be notified if a space opens after the initial decisions have been emailed/mailed. Candidates who are not accepted are welcome to call the admission office to discuss the decision.