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: 3:00PM TO 6PM

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 get a tour of our environment, meet teachers, parents, alumni, students and the administration. There will be a presentation by the directors along with opportunities to ask questions and learn more about Katherine Michiels School.

Spring 2018 Open House – Due to a high volume of applications we will not be having a Spring open house. Please come see us in the Fall.

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
    • Application accepted beginning September 1st of each year
    • DEADLINE for each school year is December 15th
  3. Submit a Teacher Recommendation Form before deadline.

Katherine Michiels School Preschool Program: 2-4 years

  1. Attend an Open House
  2. Submit an Application

We only accept Preschool applications during September 1st and December 15th of each year for enrollment beginning in June the following year. All applicants submitted during this time frame will be considered equally, no need to rush.  
 

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

  1. Attend and 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 accept 3 new applicants on January 1st, May 1st, and September 1st of each year. We accept applications for the Infant Program on a rolling basis throughout the year.


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

Elementary Program – March

Preschool Program – February

Infant Program – Rolling Basis

Applicantions 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. 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.