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Prospective parents are encouraged to arrange a classroom visit in order to experience our programs first-hand. Curriculum Days and Community Observation Days are listed on our website and you may call the School Administrator to schedule a visit. If you cannot attend a scheduled day, you can make arrangements to visit on an alternate day.


Currently enrolled students, Mountain Tots children, siblings and children already on a waitlist receive enrollment priority prior to open-enrollment. Parents will be notified of re-enrollment (including qualifying Mountain Tot families and siblings) by the second week of March and will be sent a registration form or admissions paperwork.


For children who are new to the program, parents will submit a completed Application Form, a $25 non-refundable application fee, and an Interview Questionnaire. The School Administrator will then contact the parents to arrange an interview with the class teacher. This interview is an opportunity for parents to speak with the teacher about their child and to learn more about Lakeside School’s programs. After the faculty reviews the application and interview, parents will be notified by email within two weeks of the child’s admission status. 

Parents will have a financial meeting with the School Administrator to sign the tuition responsibility contract and discuss volunteer commitments. All financial information is confidential. Parents are asked to read the parent handbook prior to this meeting. Completed and signed enrollment forms are required prior to start of school.

Lakeside School, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of

race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or

ethnic origin in its admission.

Please note that children attending daycare and pre-K through 12th grade in New York State must receive all required doses of vaccines on the recommended schedule in order to attend or remain in school. This is true unless they have a valid medical exemption to immunization. This includes all public, private, and religious schools. A medical exemption is allowed when a child has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving a vaccine. There are no nonmedical exemptions to school vaccine requirements in NYS.



"Everyday, my sons are given new opportunities to explore the changing seasons, the natural landscape, and thier growing abilities as human beings. I can't think of a better way to be introduced to the magic of learning."

Application Process

  1. Contact our School Administrator to set up an observation during the school day. You can come during an Open House day or schedule another time. Visits are usually between 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays

  2. After you have visited the school, set up an interview with the program teacher and the school administrator to learn more about the program you're interested in and to tell them about your child. (Children should not be present during this discussion.)

  3. Once you've decided Lakeside School is a good fit for your family's needs, submit an Application Form and a $25 application fee.

  4. After the faculty has reviewed your application and tuition needs, you will receive a decision letter, medical forms, and questionnaire to complete and return to us before your child's first day of school. 

  5.  Before your child's first day of school, the program teacher may contact you to arrange a home visit. This is an opportunity for your child and the teacher to begin building their relationship and parents are not expected to actively participate. 

Applications are accepted through the TADS online system. Link here

Early Withdrawal Policy

If a family should decide to withdraw their child from Lakeside’s programs, cancellation must be made in writing before July 1, in order to receive a full refund.


Families who choose to withdraw a student:

  • prior to October 13th (end of the six week trial period) will have tuition prorated and any unused portion returned.

  • prior to January 1st will be responsible for 50% of tuition costs.

  • prior to April 1st will be responsible for 75% of tuition costs.

  • after April 1st will be responsible for 100% of tuition costs.


Any parent contemplating withdrawal should set up a meeting with the teacher or School Administrator to address any questions or concerns that the parent or teachers may have.

Application Process


Founded as a grassroots, parent-organized school, Lakeside has built our organization to meet the needs of and be accessible to families of all backgrounds. As a 501(c)3 non- profit organization, we keep our costs to run the school as low as possible and rely heavily on volunteer efforts and fundraising to complete our budget needs. 

Please follow the links below to see our tuition schedules.

Sprouts Tuition (including summer)

Pre- K and Kindergarten Tuition



Lakeside School offers a limited amount of Tuition Assistance each year to families who cannot meet the Oak Tier costs. We encourage you to talk with the Administrator about the financial aspects of attending Lakeside. We want to help every family find a way to send their children to Lakeside School!  


Please note, the Essex County Child Care Subsidy program still has funding available for working parents with children under the age of 6 whose family income meet the requirements. Please visit the Essex County Department of Social Services for more information or call their Day Care Unit at (518) 873-3431.

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