Admissions Overview

Thank you for your interest in Katherine Michiels School  Infant and Preschool Programs and Open Mind Elementary Programs. The Elementary, After School, Enrichment, Summer Camp, and Y.U.M. Chefs Programs are owned and operated by Open Mind: A Project for the Development and Education of Children, a Not for Profit Corporation DBA Katherine Michiels School. The Infant/Toddler and Preschool Programs are a licensed component, owned and operated by Katherine Michiels School, Inc., a private corporation. We invite you to visit us to find out more about our progressive, Reggio influenced style of education and programs.

STAFF RATIOS

KMS staff are experienced early childhood education specialists. We maintain a teacher to child ratio as follows:

INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAM: 1 teacher for every 3 infants 1 teacher for every 4 toddlers

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: 1 teacher for every 10 preschoolers

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 1 teacher for every 12 elementary students for classroom instruction

 

SCHOOL HOURS

INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAM: 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: 7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 8:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES: 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

Open House

The first step in our admission process is to attend an Open House. We have Open Houses for adults only every fall starting in September for all programs and one Open House in March for the Infant and Preschool Programs.  No RSVP is required. You will enjoy a self guided tour of our environment, meet teachers, parents, alumni, students and the administration. There will be plenty of time to talk to teachers, parents, and the directors to ask questions and learn more about Katherine Michiels School. Adults Only but babies in a front pack carrier are ok.

Fall 2018 Open Houses – Saturdays 9 am to noon - September 29th, October 27th and December 8th 2018!

 
 
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How to apply

Open Mind dba KMS Elementary Program: PreK - 5th Grade

  1. Attend an Open House

  2. Submit an Application

    • Applications accepted beginning September 1st of each year

    • DEADLINE for each school year is December 15th

  3. Submit a Teacher Recommendation Form before deadline.

Elementary School begins the day after Labor Day each year. Multi aged level classrooms with individualized age appropriate learning focused on project based instruction actively engages students in the learning experience. Our students love to learn. Currently accepting applications for all Elementary grade levels, contact the office at kmsoffice@openmindsf.org to schedule an Elementary Program visit on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 9:30 am.

Katherine Michiels School Preschool Program: 2-4 years

  1. Attend an Open House

  2. Submit an Application - applications are accepted September 1st through December 15th

We accept Preschool applications annually until December 15th of each year for enrollment beginning in June the following year. Applicants are selected for program tours that begin in January. All applicants will annually be considered equally, no need to rush.  Selected applicants will be asked to accept for June enrollment no later than February.

If an unexpected opening arises, we will turn to the application pool and schedule program visits. 

As a small school our ability to accept students in the Preschool program is limited, we always wish we could accommodate more, and we thank you for your interest in our school!

Katherine Michiels School Infant & TOddler Program: 3 months – 24 months

  1. Attend an Open House

  2. Submit an Application

Every year we have 9 planned openings in the Infant & Toddler Program for ages 3 months to 24 months. The enrollment age to the Infant Program is most often 3-6 months old. We enroll 3 applicants annually January 1st, May 1st, and September 1st of each year. We accept applications for the Infant Program on a rolling basis throughout the year.

If an unexpected opening arises, we will turn to the application pool and schedule program visits. 

As a small school our ability to accept students in the Infant/Toddler program is limited, we always wish we could accommodate more, and we thank you for your interest in our school!

You are welcome to visit us at any or all Open House to find out more about KMS and our admissions process. Thank you for your interest in our school and we will look forward to hearing from you.


Admissions Application

Welcome to the Katherine Michiels School and Open Mind Elementary Application. Please complete one per child and make a one time non refundable application payment of $85. This will allow us to complete your online application for Katherine Michiels School  Infant/Preschool or Open Mind Elementary Program dba KMS. 

Submit Application

Completed applications will not be submitted to KMS without payment. After completion Select submit application and then please proceed to cart for payment.


KMS Financial Aid is available and is based on the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) which is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Email kmsoffice@openmindsf.org for more information.

 
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Notifications of Acceptance

Elementary Program – March

Preschool Program – February

Infant Program – Rolling Basis Jan, May & Sept

Applications will remain active until we are able to accept your child. Please let us know at any time if you would like to make your application inactive. Email updates regarding an active application are welcome. If an unexpected opening arises, we will turn to the application pool and schedule program visits. The annual specific acceptance notification dates follows the Independent Schools of the Bay Area (ISSFBA) recommendation.


KMS admits students of any race, color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin, and sexual orientation, and accords to them all the privileges, programs, and activities made available at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, income, or family structure.