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Admission Process

Before You Begin

Requirements by September 1

  • Preschool – 3 years old
  • Pre-Kindergarten – 4 years old
  • Kindergarten – 5 years old
  • Children must be potty-trained

Step 1: Inquire and Schedule an Open House Tour

This step is essential to get you started, but it is not a commitment to apply to PBS.

Complete and submit an online inquiry. This will create an account for you in our Application Portal (operated by Ravenna Solutions), through which you can schedule tours and playgroups, complete and submit all other application documents, and check the status of your application.

Once you’ve submitted your inquiry, schedule an Open House tour. Tours run just about every week, but they fill up quickly. We like to start the application process with a tour so that you’ll be well acquainted with the school when you come in for your interview.

Step 2: Start the Application

A complete application will include

  • the Preliminary Application form and the $100 application fee (contact us if a fee waiver is needed)
  • the Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • complete transcripts (as applicable)
  • report cards and standardized testing results (as applicable)
  • a financial aid application through the FAST system (as applicable)

Step 3: Set up a Parent Interview

This is an opportunity for the Admission team to learn more about your family and for you to learn more about PBS and get your questions answered.

We strongly recommend that you submit your preliminary application and parent/guardian statement and complete a campus tour before your scheduled visit.

To set up a visit, please schedule via the Application Portal; you can also call us at 650-854-4545 x137 or email us any time at

Step 4: Set up Applicant Visits

Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten Applicants

The Preliminary Application must be completed online prior to your sign-up for the following.

  • Schedule a one-on-one child visit by contacting the Admission Office at or at 650-854-4545 x137. The student will meet with the Admission team for some fun exploratory activities (in the spirit of our actual classroom instruction) and have the opportunity to visit the classroom space and current students.

  • Sign up online for one of our playgroup sessions. The students will gather for a faculty-guided playgroup experience in the ELC or Kindergarten classroom. Playgroups are offered for sibling applicants on October 26 (K) and 28 (ELC) and for all other applicants on January 6 and February 3.

1st- through 5th-grade Applicants

The Preliminary Application must be completed online prior to your sign-up for the following.

  • Sign up online to arrange a classroom visit for your child. They will spend a full day in their current grade-level class with current PBS students and faculty and will meet with the Admission team for an informal assessment.

Step 5: Learn About Financial Aid

  • If you are applying for financial aid, complete the online financial aid application and submit it to FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) by January 31, 2018. Resources: FAST Family Manual and FAST Worksheet.
  • Your completed tax forms for the 2017 tax year are due to FAST by February 14, 2018.
  • You may contact the FAST customer service call center directly any time by calling 877-326-FAST (3278) if you have any questions about your application.
  • If you have questions about financial aid at PBS, check the Affording PBS page or contact Director of Finance Kim Normington at

Dates and Deadlines

October 26
Sibling Playgroup (K)

October 28
Sibling Playgroup (ELC)

December 1
Sibling Applications Due

January 6
Applicant Playgroup

January 12
Application Deadline

January 24
PBS Information Night

January 25
Sibling Decisions Sent

January 31
Financial Aid Applications and Teacher Recommendations Due

February 3
Applicant Playgroup

February 14
Financial Aid Tax Documentation Due

March 15
Decision Emails Sent

March 23
Enrollment Contracts Due

April 4
New Family Welcome Reception