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Key Admissions Dates
Sept. 1 – Dec. 15, 2017 Application requests and submissions
October 16, 2017 2018/2019 Sibling and Alumni Applications Deadline
September 27, 2017
Enrollment Open House: An RSVP to, is appreciated, but not required. This event is just for the grown-ups. 
October 23, 2017
Enrollment Open House: An RSVP to, is appreciated, but not required. This event is just for the grown-ups. 
December 15, 2017 2018/2019 New Student Application Deadline
February 3, 2018 Financial Aid Applications due
October 18 – Mid-Feb. Parent tour and visit with Associate and Executive Directors
March 10, 2018 Admissions letters sent
April 24, 2018 New Family Social


BHNS is still enrolling for the fall of 2017!  Limited preschool mornings spots and afternoon toddler spots are still available.  

Since its inception, the Beacon Hill Nursery School has been committed to providing an environment which supports and nurtures children’s curiosity, protects and respects their trust in the adults around them, and understands and utilizes the learning opportunities that abound in a child’s daily delight in life. Furthermore, BHNS has long recognized what family involvement is an essential element of a child’s preschool experience, and that parental confidence in teachers and curriculum is key to successful learning in the young child. As early childhood educators, we recognize that a positive, social-emotional atmosphere created by a healthy, supportive community increases the ease with which all learning takes place. Partnerships between staff and families benefit our children in ways no other single factor may.

This is the philosophy which drives the admission decisions at Beacon Hill Nursery School. Our families come from a variety of metropolitan Boston and Cambridge neighborhoods, but all come because they believe in our mission and are able to wholeheartedly support their children’s experiences. Building and maintaining a strong, healthy, and diverse community is of the utmost importance. We welcome back legacy families and all siblings and each year we celebrate the inclusion of new families.

Beacon Hill Nursery School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.


January Clementine Class

We are excited to announce that we are planning a 2-day January Clementine class!  The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-4:15pm and will begin on Monday, January 8, 2018. If you have a toddler who will turn 2 before that date and you are interested in this class, please contact Lisa Dias in the admission’s office. While preference will be given to current and alumni BHNS families until the sibling deadline of October 15, 2017, please feel free to spread the word to new families who may be interested as well.


Applications for admission to the Beacon Hill Nursery School, accompanied by a $55 application fee, may be submitted beginning September 15 of the year prior to entry and must be received by December 15.  Late applications will be considered after March 20, space permitting.
Applications for siblings and alumni must be received by October 16 to receive special consideration.

Parent Visit

Once the application has been completed, families can schedule a visit to the school online, via their Application Checklist. These visits take place beginning in mid-October and continue through the early winter. The visit consists of a tour of the school (for parents who have not previously attended an open house), an opportunity to observe in a classroom and an interview with the executive director and the associate director.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are sent out on March 10th. A signed contract with a deposit ensures a child’s enrollment for the fall. If the school is unable to offer an enrollment contract due to the number of applicants, the child may be placed on our waitlist. Families placed on our waitlist will be notified as soon as an appropriate space becomes available.

Visits for enrolled children

Toddlers and Preschoolers visit in the school in early September, just prior to the start of school. During these visits, children and parents will have the opportunity to visit their classroom and meet their teachers. These visits take place in small groups and serve to make the transition a little easier.