We know applying to preschool can be stressful. That’s why at the Downtown Little School we try to keep this process as simple and fair as possible. We don’t screen children or families; instead we use a lottery system for admissions. We believe that a high quality program does not need to pick and choose the children who can attend; rather we bring together a diverse range of children and families who form a cohesive community and build relationships that last well beyond the preschool years.

Because we cannot do in-person tours at this time, we've put together this video-- enjoy! 

Application Steps


  1. Apply.  Complete the online Application Form for 2022/23.  (If you would like to apply for the current school year, please contact us directly.)

  2. Pay Application Fee. Click the PayPal button at the bottom of this page to pay the nonrefundable application fee of $65.

  3. Tours. Due to COVID-19, we are not scheduling in-person tours of the school at this time.  We hope to resume in-person tours in October 2021.

  4. Admissions Lottery & Notification. Spots are filled by lottery. Admissions letters for the upcoming school year are sent via email in early February. After the lottery we continue to accept applications for our waiting list.  If a family declines their spot, we contact the next family on the list. 

Financial Aid is available for qualified families.  Please let us know on your application if you plan to apply for aid; this does not affect admissions decisions which are made via lottery.  


The Downtown Little School is a not-for-profit organization. The Downtown Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.