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.

Example: For the 2019-2020 school year, applications open on October 1, 2018.

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, 2018 will be considered for placement in the 2018-2019 preschool fours class.

applications for the 2019-2020 school year

Online applications open October 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 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 to request school records 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

Submit an enrollment application

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 Jan. 4 will be invited to visit once applications are complete. Applicants who apply after Jan. 4 will be invited to visit if there is a possible opening.


Jan. 11, 2019: First-round deadline. We will only consider completed applications., i.e. all checklist items must be complete.

NOTIFICATION of enrollment

Our notification dates are in accordance with the guidelines of the Triangle Independent School Consortium, of which The Raleigh School is a member.

Jan. 28, 2019: Re-enrollment contract packages are delivered to re-enrolling students and new preschool siblings.

Feb. 15, 2019: First round preschool and Kindergarten notifications are emailed to families (for students whose completed applications are received by January 11)

Mar. 8, 2019: First round 1st to 5th Grade notifications are emailed to families (for students whose completed applications are received by January 11).

Mar. 15, 2019: Second round preschool notifications are emailed to families (for students whose completed applications are received by March 8).

When an enrollment offer is made, families will have seven business days to return a completed contract, a non-refundable tuition deposit ($500 for half-day preschool, $1000 for full-day preschool and elementary classes), and a one-time elementary entry fee ($900) if applicable.


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

More information about financial aid applications

Apply for financial aid


Contact Karen Peterson in our admissions office at or call 919-828-5351 ext. 117.

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