Our Mission: The Raleigh School is a cooperative community of children, parents and teachers that fosters a love of learning in an atmosphere of challenge, inquiry and respect.

Applying to TRS

Our best advice to prospective families is, apply early! Many families are surprised to learn that our enrollment timeline begins the year before the school year in question.

We begin accepting enrollment applications for the next school year in October of the current year.

Please check with our Admissions Office about availability for the 2020-2021 school year.

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STUDENT placement by age
We place children according to their age on August 31 in the year of admission.

Example: A child who is four years old on August 31, 2020 will be considered for placement in the 2020-2021 preschool fours class.

applications for the 2021-2022 school year

Online applications open October 1, 2020 for the 2021-2022 school year.

priority order for placement

As a general rule, we place students in the following order:

  1. Re-enrolling students
  2. Siblings of re-enrolling students
  3. New students
supporting Documentation

During the application process you'll be prompted to provide a copy of your child's birth certificate and vaccination records. You'll also be asked for a copy of your child's latest progress report from your child's previous school, and confidential teacher evaluations for Preschool 4s through 5th grade. The online application will guide you through the steps and provide a checklist of required documentation.

The non-refundable application fee is $90 per child.

Disclosure of Important Information: If your child has been recommended for or received any of the following services or assessments, we will ask you to provide further information along with copies of assessments, therapy reports and/or individualized education plans (IEPs).

  • psychological, behavioral or educational
  • occupational or physical therapy
  • visual, hearing or speech
  • academic tutoring

CLASS VISITS FOR elementary applicants

Kindergarten applicants are required to attend a kindergarten applicant visit, typically scheduled in January. This two-hour visit is structured like a preschool class, with center time, circle time, snack, and outdoor play. Applicants who have applied by Jan. 5 will be invited to visit once applications are complete.

Applicants for grades 1-5 are required to attend a two-day visit in the classroom with the applicant's current grade cohort. The applicant participates in all activities as a student during those two days. Applicants who have applied by our first application deadline (TBA) will be invited to visit once applications are complete. Applicants who apply after our first application deadline will be invited to visit if there is a possible opening.

While the school is closed due to precautions taken for COVID-19, virtual class visits will be arranged for candidates where vacancies are available.


Families who apply for and are granted financial assistance will receive a preliminary aid award at the time of the enrollment offer.

More information about financial aid applications

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The most amazing thing about this is that my children were in an environment that has fostered a love of learning. Not only is the learning fun but the teachers allow the kids to be kids and use their own creativity. No matter where they go to middle school I believe that TRS has set the foundation of how teachers should treat students and how people treat people.

Lauri Andrews, TRS parent