Thank you for your interest in Cow Hollow School!
We are excited to announce that we will be reopening for in-person school in the fall!
We have developed rigorous and conservative health policies and procedures and are looking forward to opening to small class size, low ratio, and extensive outdoor exploration. Due to new configurations of classes and use of space we are able to add more 4/5 year-old children to our program. The 4/5 year- old classes are held in the afternoon 5 days a week.
“Cow Hollow School, a beautiful little school nestled in the Presidio in San Francisco, offers a part day program for children ages 2-5. Our approach to education comes directly from an absolute love of children and childhood. We believe that every child is capable and competent. We observe, document and interpret children’s thinking and learning in order to understand, support and extend the children’s meaning-making experiences. As a school community we value process, play, inquiry, stewardship for the earth, relationships, and creativity. Within the context of meaningful experiences and reciprocal relationships among teachers, parents, and children, it is our goal to inspire dispositions for life-long learning.”
If you are interested, please email Leslie Norris at [email protected] or call 415-921-2328 for more information.
For entry in Fall 2021 and beyond, once you have reviewed this website and/or talked to members of our community and determined that Cow Hollow School is the right fit for your family, you should:
- Complete an online application for each child and submit your application precessing fee via PayPal. The application is processed and added to our wait pool by the date PayPal processes your transaction (we request that you wait until your child is born before submitting an application). Please notify us if your email changes, as all of our correspondence is done via email.
- Complete a learning tour by February of the year for which you are applying. You may submit an application prior to touring and add information to it later in the admissions process. Due to the large number of applicants, there is a chance you may not be able to tour our school. Don’t worry! Your application will still be considered and should you be offered a spot we will call you to schedule a separate tour.
- In alignment with the San Francisco Preschool Directors Group, Cow Hollow School, along with the majority of preschools in San Francisco and independent schools with pre or transitional kindergartens, will email letters of acceptance on the same date in March 2021.
Cow Hollow School strives to create a rich, vibrant community in our small school in the Presidio. For admissions, we consider:
- Gender and diversity balance within each class; including family structures, ethnicities, languages, and cultures (for more on the diversity of our school community click HERE)
- Child’s age and current developmental range of the class
- Siblings of current families, who are given preference (but we cannot guarantee their acceptance)
- Date of application/fee (applications are organized in order of fee postmark date and are categorized into the appropriate class)
- Completion of learning tour
Cow Hollow School admits students of any race, color, religion, disability, and national or ethnic origin, and accords to them all of 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, or sexual orientation in administration or its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid and other school-administered programs.
Acceptance and wait pool letters are emailed in March Fall 2021 entry. If your child does not receive an acceptance letter the year that you have requested, he/she will remain in the wait pool, moving to next class level, unless you specify that you want your child removed from the pool or we are unable to get in touch with you for confirmation (note that you do NOT need to submit another application for that child).
Age Cut-Off: July 1
If your child is 2 years old by July 1, s/he will be considered for a 2/3-year-old class.
If your child is 3 years old by July 1, s/he will be considered for a 3/4-year-old class.
If your child is 4 years old by July 1, s/he will be considered for a 4/5-year-old class.
For more information, please consult our FAQ.
Cow Hollow School admits students of any race, color, religion, disability, and national or ethnic origin, and accord to them all the privileges, programs, and activities made available at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, national or ethnic or sexual orientation in administration or its educational policies. admissions, policies, financial aid and other school administered programs.
How do I apply?
Click here to complete an application. Cow Hollow School does not have any restrictions as to when an application can be submitted. Once your application and processing fee have been received, your application will be added to the wait pool. Please notify us if your email changes, as all of our correspondence is done via email.
Can I come on a tour?
What ages do you enroll?
We will have seven classes at Cow Hollow School:
- Three 2-3 year-old classes (must be two by July 1)
- Two 3-4 year-old classes (must be three by July 1)
- Two 4-5 year-old classes (must be four by July 1)
How many students are in each class?
There are 9-13 children in our 2-3 year-old classes, 17 in our 3-4 year-old classes, and 16-19 in our 4-5-year-old classes.
I have a younger child and/or twins also. Do I need to fill out a separate application now? Will we be guaranteed a sibling space?
Each child needs a separate application to be added to the wait pool. Please remember that siblings are considered priority, but there is not a guarantee that we will have room and we do work by postmarked application fee date. Siblings of current students attending CHS receive top priority.
I applied to Cow Hollow School previously, where am I on the wait pool?
By mid-February each year we will have a clearer picture of our wait pool for that September after we determine how many students are returning in the fall, and after we know how many siblings need spaces. Please do not contact us to ask where your child is in the wait pool, as we cannot give out that information.
When will we find out if our child has been accepted?
In alignment with the San Francisco Preschool Directors Group, Cow Hollow School, along with the majority of preschools in San Francisco and independent schools with pre or transitional kindergartens, will email letters of acceptance in March 2021 for Fall 2021 entry. If your child does not receive an acceptance letter the year that you have requested, he/she will remain in the wait pool, moving to next class level, unless you specify that you want your child removed from the pool or we are unable to get in touch with you for confirmation (note that you do NOT need to submit another application for that child).
If you have further questions about our admissions process, email is highly preferred:
If you are unable to email, please call (415) 921.2328
Please add your child’s date of birth to all emails and notes.
Thanks again for your interest in Cow Hollow School!
Learning Tours are required for applicants and are given several times a year on Saturdays.
If you have already submitted an application but have not attended a tour, DO NOT WORRY, your application will still be considered and, should you be offered a spot, we will call you to schedule a separate tour.
After attending a Saturday Learning Tour and submitting an application you will have the opportunity to schedule an Observation Tour. The Observation Tour is an informal, self-guided walk-through of the school while children and teachers are present. The Observation Tour is an informal, self-guided walk-through of the school while children are present.
Learning Tour Description
Tours are intended for, but not restricted to, parents whose child(ren) are eligible to attend CHS in Fall 2021. Tours typically last about 1.5 hours and include a pedagogical and philosophical presentation from our director, conversations with parents and teachers, a tour of the classrooms, and light refreshments. Tours are for adults only.
Tours will begin in late September 2020 and will be conducted virtually due to COVID 19. Please check this site again in August to sign-up for a tour date. We look forward to meeting you in the future!
Learning Tour Signup
Thank you for your interest in Cow Hollow School.
Tuition Rates for 2020-2021
Two/Three’s 2-day/week program $8,716.00
Two/Three’s 3-day/week program $13,073.00
Two/Three’s 4-day/week program $16,952.00
Three/Four’s 4-day/week program $15,272.00
Four/Five’s 5-day/week program $20,333.00 (four hour day, cost of lunch included)
(Tuition payments are due in July and December or monthly payments made over 10 months)
Tuition Assistance Program
Cow Hollow School offers tuition assistance, based on need (and availability of funds) to families who qualify. This program supports the school’s commitment to excellence and socioeconomic diversity among the student body. (link to diversity and demographics section) It is our goal that Cow Hollow School be accessible to any and all Bay Area families interested in applying and it is our hope that families will apply to Cow Hollow School regardless of financial circumstances.
Please feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions about our Tuition Assistance Program application process.