Admission Process

Admission Steps

  1. Apply - We accept applications anytime after your child is born, from both Congregation Emanu-El synagogue members and non-members. Members are given priority in admissions decisions. 
  2. Take a Preschool tour (required for consideration)
  3. Preschool Fee Agreements due for siblings & returning students: February
  4. Acceptance letters mailed to new families: March 1

Timing of Admissions

Your application will be taken under consideration for potential admission provided that your child is between 2 years and 5 years 4 months old by the fall (September) term.  If your child is within this qualifying age group, you will receive information about tours which kicks off our admissions process. Tours are given during the months of October through January prior to the fall term. 

Preschool Tours

After submitting an application, parents should attend a tour.  

Tours will be held  through February 1, 2014. We invite parents of children eligible to begin school Fall 2014 to attend a tour. This will give you the opportunity to visit  the classrooms and facilities as well as hear from other parents and our preschool director. A member of the clergy, a Parent Association representative, and the Early Childhood Director will accompany each tour.

If you have not yet applied, please contact the Preschool. 

Age Eligibility for Fall 2014:
Young Twos - born between May 2012 and September 2012;
Preschool - born between October 2010 and April 2012;
Pre-K/Transitional-K - born between May 2009 and September 2010

Registration for Tours will be open on October 1


Preschool fundraisers, in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, provide scholarships to eligible families. Scholarship applications are available after a placement offer is made.

Download an Application


Thanks to a generous Emergency Grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, the scholarship award process is being implemented in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley; the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay; and the Bureau of Jewish Education. The Jim Joseph grant will enable families to keep their children in Jewish preschools, day schools, and Jewish overnight summer camps throughout the Bay Area.

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