Admissions Overview

Thank you for your interest in Katherine Michiels School and Open Mind. 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.

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 October 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 KMS.

Spring 2018 Open House – Check back March 1, 2018 for time and dates

Fall 2018 Open Houses – Check back September 1, 2018 for times and dates


How to apply

Elementary Program: PreK - 5th Grade

  1. Attend an Open House
  2. Submit an Application
    • DEADLINE for the 2019-2020 school year is December 15th
  3. Submit a Teacher Recommendation Form

Preschool Program: 2-4 years

  1. Attend an Open House
  2. Submit an Application

We only accept Preschool applications for 3-year-olds between September 1st and December 15th of each year for enrollment beginning in June the following year. Children must be 3 years old by September 1 of the year of enrollment. The Preschool Program is a 100% potty-trained program. All applicants submitted during this timeframe will be considered equally, no need to rush.

We do not accept applications for 2 -year-olds due to our limited capacity for young toddlers, and their matriculation from the Infant Program. Each year we only have 2-3 openings in mid-June and those opening are filled with siblings, children of alumni and applicants who were not accepted in the Infant Program.  


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 infants under 1 year of age. The usual enrollment age to the Infant Program is 3-6 months old. We accept 3 new infants 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.



Elementary Program – March

Preschool Program – February

Infant Program – Rolling Basis

Applicants that do not proceed to the enrollment process, 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.


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.