Welcome to Cold Spring School where joyful learning is evident in every classroom. We appreciate your interest and look forward to working with your family during your school search. Our campus is closed to all visitors at this time, but it is very much open and buzzing with the sound of students excited to learn and commune with one another every day. We know what an important decision finding the right school for your child is, now more than ever. While the admissions process may look a little different for the 2021-2022 academic year, it is my goal to continue to convey just how special Cold Spring is. Please take a look below at the many different options to connect with us. I look forward to learning about your child and working closely with your family through our admissions process.

Renuka Gandhi Renuka Gandhi
Renuka Gandhi, Director of Admissions

Applying to Cold Spring School

Applying to Cold Spring School

The three different grade levels outlined below follow slightly different application processes and schedules. Select the grade level that applies to your family to learn more.

Please note that the financial aid process is separate from the admissions process. Click here to learn more

Preschool

Cold Spring School has one preschool classroom that serves children ages three and four and can have up to 14 students. Children entering as three-year-olds stay in this classroom for two years. The preschool program is a full school day program with an optional Extended Day until 5:30pm. Preschoolers enjoy a rich, hands-on curriculum that is play and discovery based and includes Spanish, Fitness, Music, and Tinkering. Preschool applicants must turn three years old before November 1 of the year they will begin the preschool program.

PROCESS

  1. Inquire
  2. Experience Cold Spring Virtually
  3. Apply online

DEADLINE

The application deadline is December 15, 2020 for families applying to Preschool for September 2021.

AFTER APPLYING

After we receive the application from you, you will be contacted to schedule your child’s chat with our teachers and your own parent conversation with our director. If applicable, please submit the Student Evaluation form to your child’s current teacher/daycare provider.

Kindergarten and First Grade

PROCESS

  1. Inquire
  2. Experience Cold Spring Virtually
  3. Apply online

DEADLINE

The application deadline is February 1, 2021 for families applying to grades kindergarten through sixth for September 2021.

AFTER APPLYING

After we receive your child’s application and you submit the Student Evaluation form to your child’s current teacher, you will be contacted to schedule your child’s chat with our teachers and your own parent conversation with our director.

Second to Sixth Grade

PROCESS

  1. Inquire
  2. Experience Cold Spring virtually
  3. Apply online

DEADLINE

The application deadline is February 1, 2021 for families applying to grades kindergarten through sixth for September 2021.

AFTER APPLYING

Families applying for admission in these grades complete the application, submit the Student Evaluation form to your child’s teacher, and apply for a Release of Records from your child’s present school. After we receive that information, you will be contacted to schedule your child’s chat with our teachers and your own parent conversation with our director.

Admission Schedule

15 Dec

Preschool Application Deadline

31 Jan

Admissions Decisions sent to Preschool Applicants

01 Feb

Kindergarten- Sixth Grade Application Deadline

10 Mar

Admissions Decisions sent to Kindergarten-Sixth Grade Applicants

11 Mar

Rolling admissions begin dependent upon grade and space available

Step one: Inquire

REQUEST AN ADMISSIONS PACKET

Want to learn more about Cold Spring? See joyful learning for yourself. Request an admissions packet by completing the inquiry form below, and we’ll send your our viewbook in the mail.

COMPLETE INQUIRY FORM

SCHEDULE A CONVERSATION

I’d love to chat with you about Cold Spring on the phone or via Zoom. You can make an appointment using the button below. Don’t see a time that works for you? Send me an email to schedule something.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Step two: Experience Cold Spring Virtually

VIRTUAL TOUR

What does joyful learning look like? While Cold Spring’s campus is closed to visitors, we’ve created an entire virtual tour full of videos and interactive maps for you to explore the school on your own!

ATTEND AN ONLINE EVENT

Virtual Fall Open House
Sunday, November 15th at 2:00 p.m.

In this live Zoom event you’ll hear from our director, faculty, current parents and students. Come find out how a Cold Spring education is one that celebrates curiosity, encourages problem solving, teaches empathy, and maintains the joy in learning. Click to register, and you will receive the link for our Open House via email.

Meet the Director
Friday, October 30th at 9:00am
Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 10th at 9am
Tuesday, January 12th at 7:30pm

Join one of these Zoom events with Cold Spring’s Director, Arati, to hear more about Cold Spring’s philosophy and mission.

MORE EVENTS

Conversations with Current Parents
Preschool Peek
Explore K/1

We will offer multiple opportunities for you to hear from various members of the Cold Spring community including events specific to particular grade levels. Check back soon for dates for these events.

Step three: Apply

Create an account below to begin the application process for the 2021-2022 academic year.

APPLY ONLINE

"Cold Spring School is more than a school to me. The community here has always felt like a second family. I leave home every morning and go to my other home. It's like a shelter where we share our hopes and dreams."
SIMON, SIXTH GRADE

Tuition and Financial Aid

2020-2021 TUITION

Preschool: $15,700
Kindergarten through Sixth Grade: $25,200

It is important to note that our tuition covers all instructional materials, supplies, and field trips.

Extended Day is our optional after-school program until 5:30 p.m. each day. Families can choose full-time or specified part-time options. Full-time extended day tuition is $2,400.

Cold Spring also offers tuition insurance. Find more information here.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Cold Spring School also offers several payment options. By working with FACTS Tuition Management Cold Spring School families can choose to spread their tuition payments over a 10-month span. Outside the minimal enrollment fee, families choosing installment payment plans do not pay more than those paying in lump sumps.

GO TO FACTS TUITION MANAGEMENT

FINANCIAL AID

Since its founding, Cold Spring School has been deeply committed to enrolling children from a spectrum of economic backgrounds with both need-based financial assistance and payment plan options. To this end, over 44% of the current Cold Spring students receive some degree of financial assistance that varies from 10% to 90% of the tuition. Cold Spring School offers tuition assistance to qualified students on the basis of demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. Financial assistance is allocated on a yearly basis and is renewable each year that a family qualifies. Cold Spring School’s financial aid awards are grants, not loans, and therefore, do not need to be paid back to the school.

FINANCIAL AID POLICY

Financial Aid Instructions

Financial Aid Instructions

BELOW ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING COLD SPRING’S FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION FOR THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Apply for Financial Aid (Deadline: February 15, 2021)

Cold Spring’s online Financial Aid Application and the supporting documents must be completed by February 15, 2021.

Complete online Financial Aid application

Please start by reading Cold Spring’s Financial Aid Policy.
Next, go to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) Family Portal to begin working on the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).

The Cold Spring School Code is 1808.

Electronically upload tax documents to the Financial Aid Website

The SSS website requires the following:

1. A finalized copy of your 2019 and 2020 Federal 1040 tax forms (not state), including all supporting schedules*
2. A copy of your 2020 W-2s
*Note: If you have a Partnership or S-Corp, you are also required to submit a copy of the K-1(s) and 1065 forms. Please upload these in the Additional Documents section of your application.

Decision Notification

Cold Spring’s Financial Aid Committee reviews all Financial Aid applications. Using the information families provide via SSS, the committee offers aid to qualified students on the basis of financial need and the availability of funds within our Financial Aid budget. The school is deeply committed to enrolling children from diverse economic backgrounds and proudly made awards to over 40% of our students this year. The Financial Aid process is completely confidential, and a family’s financial information will only be available to the members of the Financial Aid Committee.

Families will receive notification of financial aid awards with the school’s admission decisions.