Now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year for Grades TK-7



We are excited to help you learn more about our community and our programs! 

We know that finding the right school can be a challenge. Therefore, we are committed to partnering with prospective families throughout the process with open and honest communication.

ILS values diversity in all respects and is committed to ensuring that our program remains accessible and affordable to families from a broad range of economic circumstances. We strive for an economically diverse student body and offer indexed tuition to qualifying families who may need support while attending ILS. Currently, 35% of our students participate in the indexed tuition program. Families who are concerned about their ability to pay full tuition are encouraged to contact us directly for more information. 


January 15, 2021: Online Application Due

January 29, 2021: Supplementary Application Materials Due

March 18, 2021: Admission decisions published after 12pm

ILS accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applications received after the Priority Round deadline will be processed as soon as possible, and prioritized based on available spaces in our classes. 

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Getting started

The first step is to create an account with Ravenna, a web-based application system used by many Bay Area Independent Schools. 


Once you have created the account, you will be able access the required forms for the application process and see all of your application forms that have been submitted. If you already have an account with Ravenna, please use the same login information. There is no need to create another account.

STEP 1: Visit ILS

Come visit! The best way to get to know our community is to attend a daytime school tour and/or evening open house. Tours take place on Tuesday mornings and open houses are held throughout the year. Please note that school tours and open houses are for adults only.


Sign up for a School Tour

STEP 2: Application

ILS has a rolling admissions program. This means that we accept applications and partner with families to make appropriate admission decisions throughout the calendar year. 

Your application will not be received by our admission team until you press the “Submit” button. A $50 application fee is due with the application. We offer fee waiver codes to eligible families upon request.

**We prefer that you submit an online application. However, if you do not have reliable access to the internet, please call the school to request a paper application.

STEP 3: Student Visit

Applicants are invited to participate in a weekend Play Group and/or Shadow Visit once their applications are complete. 


Student Visits are a great way for prospective students to learn more about our community and to begin to develop relationships with their potential peer group and our learning guides. 

STEP 4: Parent Meeting

Prospective parents/guardians will meet with a member of the admission team following the applicants participation in the Play Group / Shadow Visits.


The goals of this meeting are to learn more about your child, your hopes for their school experience, and answer any questions you have about our community and program. 

STEP 5: Admission Decisions

Admission decisions for the priority admission round are shared on March 19, 2020. After the priority round, applications are accepted and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis based on availability. 




Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $30,000. Tuition includes early care, after care, school supplies & materials, snack, and daytime field trips/excursions. ILS offers three tuition payment plans: a one-time payment (July); two-time payments (July & December); or, a ten-month payment plan (July - April). 


Imagination Lab School values diversity in all respects and is committed to the accessibility and affordability of a quality education. We strive for an economically diverse student body and offer indexed tuition to families who may need support while attending ILS. Currently, 30% of our families pay a reduced tuition through the indexed tuition program. Families who are concerned about their ability to pay full tuition are encouraged to contact us for more information about this program.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

Imagination Lab School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.