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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 21 students with 2 teachers and instructional support staff 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 20th.  



Step 2: Submit Program Application

To be considered for admission, parents must submit their completed application for the Susan Phillips Day School with the $25 application fee. Once we receive your family’s application, we will contact you personally to schedule your parent tour.
The Susan Phillips Day School supports a rolling admission policy for any remaining available spaces.


Step 3: Tour Facility and Learn about Our Program

It is our pleasure to welcome you to visit Susan Phillips Day School and tour our facility.  During your visit you will learn more about our program and educational goals for your child. Parent tours are held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:30 - 2:30 beginning in October.  Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule your tour.


Step 4: Attend Child Observation

All prospective students are required to participate in a child observation conducted by the school’s director and staff. This small group event takes place in late January after our regular school day.  These observations last approximately 45 minutes and are designed to assess children for basic pre-kindergarten readiness.  


Step 5: Admission Notification

All perspective families will be notified of their child’s admission status (i.e. program acceptance or placement on wait list) within 10 business days of the child's completed observation session.  Parents have 2 calendar 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.

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