Simple 5-Step Admission Process (Newport Mesa Preschool)


Thank you for your interest in our school.  We are a Pre-Kindergarten only program comprised of 15 students with 2 teachers who hold credentials in Early Childhood Education. Your year at Susan Phillips Day School will serve as your child’s Pre-K year prior to Kindergarten entrance.


Step 1: Obtain Program Application

Program applications are available to download and print from our website.  Applications may also be picked up in person by visiting the classroom on any school day after September 14th.  



Step 2: Submit Program Application

To be considered for admission, parents must submit their completed application for the Susan Phillips Day School.* Once we receive your family’s application, we will contact you personally to schedule a parent observation time.
* The Susan Phillips Day School supports a rolling admission policy for any remaining available spaces.


Step 3: Schedule a Parent Observation and School Tour

At Susan Phillips Day School, it is our pleasure to welcome you to visit our school and observe the classroom.  We will be conducting these observations every Wednesday from 9:15a to 10:00a beginning October 7th.  Once we have received your application, we will contact you to schedule the observation.


Step 4: Schedule Child Observation

All prospective students are required to participate in a child observation appointment conducted by the school’s director. This small group event takes place either during or after our school day depending on preference and availability.  These observations last approximately 45 minutes and are designed to assess children for basic pre-kindergarten readiness.  


Step 5: Admission Notification

All perspective students will be notified of their child’s admission status (i.e. program acceptance or placement in waiting pool) within 10 business days of the child’s completed observation session.  Parents have 5 business days from receipt of the acceptance to notify the school of their intent to enroll their child as well as submit their security deposit and necessary paperwork.  Submission of required forms and payment serves as confirmation of program acceptance. 


The Susan Phillips Day School (SPDS) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school administered programs.