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The 2020-21application to The Croft School: Boston is now available. Apply by clicking HERE.

Admissions Overview

We are admitting 20 pre-Kindergarten students and 20 Kindergarten students for the 2020-21 school year. The application for admission to The Croft School can be accessed above. 

We will be conducting our admissions for the 2020-21 school year in two rounds. Families seeking to designate their application as a Round 2 application may submit their application at ANY time. As part of the application, you will choose whether you would like your application to be considered in Round 1 or Round 2. Please read the differences between our rounds below.


Not ready to apply, but still intrigued? Join our Interest List here.

Eligibility: 3-Year Olds, 4-Year Olds, and 5-Year Olds

For Pre-Kindergarten (K1) admission: We are excited to offer an intentionally multi-age pre-Kindergarten classroom.  Approximately 14 of our pre-K students will be 4-years-old as of September 1, 2020. Additionally, we intend to enroll approximately 6 exceptional students who will be 3-years old as of September 1, 2020.  Most of these 3-year-old students will experience our pre-Kindergarten program over two years before entering into Croft’s Kindergarten classroom.

For Kindergarten (K2) admission: Most kindergarten students will be 5-years-old as of September 1, 2020.  However, every child is different and we are open to engaging in conversation about Kindergarten enrollment for exceptional students who are slightly younger than this traditional “cut-off.”

There are no geographic restrictions.  We welcome applicants from Boston and surrounding communities.

Information about Round 1

Dates: October 10, 2019 - January 10, 2020 (or as soon as all Round 1 seats have been filled)

Decisions Communicated: Rolling Basis

This round of admission is designed for families who are certain that The Croft School is their top choice for their child’s education or for families who value the peace of mind of securing a seat via a non-refundable security deposit. Another advantage of applying in Round 1 is that there tend to be fewer applicants than in Round 2, which is highly competitive. The disadvantage of applying in Round 1 is that, if admitted, you will need to make a decision about enrollment before knowing enrolling options at other private and/or public schools.

Seats Available in Round 1: 

  • Grade pre-K: Up to 10 seats

  • Grade K: Up to 10 seats

Information about Round 2

Deadline: March 4, 2020 (Round 2 applications may be submitted any time beginning on October 10, 2019.)

Decisions Communicated: March 9, 2020

This round of admission is more closely aligned with timelines of other top private schools as well as Boston charter school lotteries.  The advantage of applying in Round 2 is, if awarded a seat, being able to choose whether to accept the seat from among other known options.  The disadvantage is that the number of applications is expected to far exceed the number of seats open.

Seats Available in Round 2: 

  • Grade Pre-K: 10 seats

  • Grade K: 10 seats

Advanced Admission: Applying Early for the 2021-22 School Year

We have heard from a number of families who would love to send their child to Croft, but not until the 2021-22 school year.  For some families, this is because they intend to stay with their current pre-school until their child is kindergarten (K2) age.  For some families, it is because their child will not be old enough for Croft until the 2021-22 school year. Many of these families have asked: “Is there any way to lock in a seat for the future to ensure our child will have Croft as an option in 2021-22?”  

The answer is: yes.

We’ve decided that a small number of 2021-22 seats may be sought between October 10, 2019, and March 4, 2020.  Specifically, we are reserving three (3) seats in our 2021-22 pre-K classroom and three (3) seats in our 2021-22 Kindergarten classroom for “advanced admission.”  Families interested in pursuing advanced admission to reach out directly to Co-Founder Scott Given via email ( to begin the process.  Applicants for advanced admission will be held to the same admission standards as all other applicants.  If selected for advanced admission, families may secure the seat with a 25% tuition deposit.


What is our Admissions Process?


1. Express interest and get to know the school.

While not required, we encourage families to add their name to our enrollment Interest List here. Once you do this, we’ll invite you to join one or both of our Co-Founders for coffee and a conversation (our treat!).

2. Complete our online application.

The first “formal” step in our admissions process is to complete a short online application and submit a $50 application fee. A link to the application system will be available on October 10. As part of your application, you will decide if you want the application to be considered in Round 1 or Round 2 (see above).

3. Schedule and complete a family/child interview/activity with the Croft team.

Once we receive an online application, we will schedule an in-person meeting with each family and applicant (to be held at a local family-friendly location). This will include fun activities for the applicant to complete with members of the Croft team, as well as an opportunity for family members to engage in conversation with our Co-Founders. Occasionally, following the in-person activity, we will seek permission from a family to speak with representatives from the applicant’s current school or childcare program to gather further information about an applicant.

4. Determine if you qualify for financial assistance and the amount for which you may qualify. 

During the application process, families will have the option to submit a short application for financial assistance.  Typically, families will find out their estimated financial assistance before they find out if their child has been admitted to the school. 

5. Receive the admissions decision and determine whether to enroll at The Croft School.

Families will be notified of The Croft School’s admissions decision shortly after their admissions activity (Round 1) or on March 9 (Round 2).  We ask all families to make their enrollment acceptance decision within two weeks of receiving their admissions notification. A seat at The Croft School is secured via a signed enrollment contract and a 15% non-refundable tuition deposit.


Tuition and Fees


We have worked hard to set tuition at a rate that enables us to provide extraordinary quality at outstanding value.

Boston is blessed to have some incredible independent schools.  We share with those schools a commitment to excellent teaching and a strong sense of community. What sets us apart is that we’re small enough to personalize the learning experience for each child. And, these schools have beautiful campuses. We will have a nice, but smaller, facility. That is one of the factors that allows us to charge about 60% of the tuition of the most expensive private schools in the Boston area.

School Tuition
Dexter-Southfield (Grade K-5 average, 2018-19) $37,433
The Park School (Grade K-5 average, 2019-20) $33,535
The Croft School: Boston (2020-21) $18,790

Our Monday-Friday drop-off window begins at 7:30am and our regular kindergarten program ends at 3:00pm. We offer two Monday-Friday extended day options for K1 and K2 students:

  • 3:00pm-4:15pm – $13/day (includes Extended Day Enrichment)

  • 3:00pm-5:30pm – $25/day (includes Extended Day Enrichment plus additional after school activities)

Financial Support and Customized Tuition Solutions

The Croft School: Boston is committed to enrolling a diverse student body. We offer a unique approach to financial support so that the school can be accessible to families and students from a broad range of economic circumstances. Our process for determining whether a family and child may qualify for a customized tuition solution is straightforward, efficient, and transparent. Please contact us for additional information.




The Croft School: Boston does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We encourage families and students of all backgrounds to apply.