Applying to Pacific Crest School

We have completed admissions for the 2017-18 School year. We may still accept applications for the waiting list for Elementary and Middle School contact us to inquire. If you have any general questions about our process please email us! We will be posting our upcoming admissions event dates soon!

Pacific Crest School provides an exceptional Montessori education for children as they progress through three distinct developmental stages:  Primary (3 to 6 year olds); Elementary (6 - 11 year olds) and Early Adolescents (11 - 14 year olds).  Our admissions process is designed to give you the opportunity to get to know our school and the Montessori philosophy that grounds all that we do.  Our Introductory Night Events will give you an important overview, while visits to the school and classroom observations will allow you to see how children thrive in our carefuly prepared classrooms and our nurturing community. Detailed information on the application process for each level is found under the Primary, Elementary, and Middle School tabs below.  Contact Sophie Zifcak Saunders, our Admissions coordinator, to schedule an observation.

Selecting the right school for your family and child is an important process that takes some time. Before applying, take advantage of all the opportunities we provide for you to get to know us. Through teacher led Introductory Nights, classroom observations and school tours, you will discover the richness of our programs and find out if Pacific Crest is a great fit for you and your family. 


Introductory Nights

We invite prospective parents to join us for these informative events that describe our Montessori Primary, Elementary, and Middle School Programs. Faculty from each level explain how our classrooms, our curriculum and our teaching approaches are designed to engage children in accordance with the needs and abilities of each developmental stage. Attend the Introductory Night specific to the level your child would enter or join us for all of them. No RSVP is required.

Introductory Nights 2016-2017

Primary & Elementary (Parents only): 

  • November 15, December 1, January 5. All Intro Nights are at 7pm

Elementary (For parents of currently enrolled Pacific Crest Primary or Lower Elementary students who will be enter a new classroom in the fall):

  • January 10th, 7pm

Middle School (Parents and prospective MS Students): 

  • November 10, December 7, January 4. All Intro Nights are at 7pm

Prospective Middle School students are encouraged to attend with their parents. Please try to attend an Intro Night before scheduling a Middle School tour.

Applying to the Primary and Elementary programs

Classroom Observation: Prospective parents can e-mail our admissions coordinator Sophie Zifcak Saunders to schedule a classroom observation. Observations begin in November and end in early February. The classroom observation is an opportunity for parents to see how children thrive in our classrooms. Primary applicants will observe in both the Primary and Elementary classrooms. Elementary applicants will observe in both the lower and upper Elementary classrooms (serving 6 - 9 year olds and 10 - 11 year olds, respectively).  After the observation, you will have a tour of our campus and meet with admissions personnel who will answer any questions you might have. You will receive an admissions packet on the morning of your observation.

Application: Children who have attended other programs may be asked to submit school transcripts with their completed application, depending on grade level and school history. There is an application fee of $75 per family.

Interview: After receiving your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. If you are applying for Preschool through Second Grade, students will not participate in the interview. If you are applying for Third through Fifth Grade, both parents and child will attend the interview.

School Visit: After the interview, we will arrange for prospective primary children, five or older (by September) to have a brief afternoon visit in a Primary classroom. Elementary age children will spend part of a morning in an Elementary classroom. 


Applying To The Middle School

Introduction to Our Program: Students and parents should be sure to attend one of the Middle School Intro Nights to meet our teachers and discover how our Montessori program uniquely nurtures students in early adolescence.

                    Intro Night Dates: November 10, December 7, January 4, at 7pm.

School Tour: E-mail our admissions coordinator Sophie Zifcak Saunders to schedule a tour. School tours are for both prospective students and their parents. Tours begin November 15th.

Application: Middle School age applicants will be asked to submit school transcripts, at least one teacher recommendation, and a personal recommendation as part of their completed application. There is an application fee of $75 per family. All application materials are due February 15th.

Interview: After receiving your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Both students and their parents participate in the interview.

School Visit: After the interview, we arrange for a current student to host your child in a half-day visit, joining scheduled classes and activities. 



2017-2018 Tuition & Fee Schedule:

Tuition                              Annual            Sibling

Morning Primary               $8,030            $7,629

Primary w/Lunch               8,910              8,465

Primary Extended Day      12,870            12,227

Elementary                        12,870            12,227

Middle School                  16,500             15,675


Class Fees per Student

Elementary Activity Fee  - $150

Middle School Activity Fee - $250

Middle School Retreat Fee - $60

Middle School Book Discussion Fee - $50


Payment Schedule Options

Tuition is based on the full academic year. Tuition options are:  

2 payments (due July 1st and December 1st)

3 payments (due July 1st, October 1st and January 1st)

10 monthly payments - (due on the 1st of every month starting July 1st)*

 *$50 annual service fee applies. If you set up auto pay with your bank, or EFT,   (enrollment form available) this fee is waived. Please send proof of auto-pay or EFT enrollment.

A 2% tuition reduction will be applied if tuition is fully pre-paid by June 15. The full year tuition is due regardless of absences, vacation or holidays. The tuition deposit is non-refundable.


Class Levels

Morning Primary - M-F 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Primary w/Lunch - M-F 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Primary Extended Day* - M-Th 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., F 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

*Enrollment in the Primary Extended Day program is dependent upon a recommendation from the teacher and a discussion with the parent.

Elementary - M-F 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Middle School - M-F 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m


*Families can anticipate annual tuition increases, which allow us to adequately compensate our faculty and staff, and enhance our school environments and programs.

Pacific Crest School admits students of any race, gender, color, sexual orientation national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.