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To register your interest, attend an event, and begin your application, visit OpenApply and create an account. Please be sure to use an email address you will have access to throughout the admissions cycle, as this will be your primary email contact with our school. OpenApply allows you to efficiently track the status of your application online. Additionally, OpenApply allows your family to schedule admissions events and view decision notifications. 

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Although Khan Lab School is coeducational, we receive many questions specific to female applicants throughout our admissions process. In an effort to address these questions in a meaningful way, we have created resources for families of girls. Families of girls may also sign up here to receive a personalized introduction from our Admissions Director.

Admissions Deadlines

September 16, 2016: Applications open for the 2017-18 school year

December 9, 2016 – March 2, 2017: Select students invited to a KLS in Action Day (shadow day)

January 13, 2017: Preliminary applications due*

February 4, 2017: Supplementary materials due (transcripts and teacher evaluations)

March 16, 2017: Admissions decisions emailed, application for financial aid available

*If you would like to be considered for the 2017-18 school year but have missed the deadline, you are also encouraged to send a personal email to Erica Cosgrove at We are full in the majority of our Levels, with few exceptions.

For all families who have an interest in our school: please visit OpenApply and take the following actions: 1) fill out the "Request Information" form and 2) RSVP to a Parent Tour.


We provide answers to our most frequently asked Admissions questions on the FAQ page

Admissions Tours

Parents of applicants who are interested in applying to Khan Lab School may register for a tour online at OpenApply. Tours during the school day are intended for parents only. Due to our small school size, we cannot accommodate students or other children on these tours. Our evening Open Houses are best suited for applicants eight and over and their parents. In addition, student applicants who move forward in the process will be invited to special KLS in Action Days (shadow days).

Admissions tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and include an overview presentation, a tour of the space, an opportunity to observe the learning experience, and a Q&A session. Registration on OpenApply is required to attend an admissions tour.

Process Overview

Applications must be completed through OpenApply. There is a $100 application fee for all applicants.* For students who are enrolled in grade 2 or higher at their current school, there are reflection questions to complete. In addition, all parents must respond to parent questions and submit student transcripts and teacher evaluations.

Middle and Upper School applicants must complete a principal evaluation in addition to the teacher evaluation, and they may have an additional interview scheduled. They must also submit ISEE scores. Our school code for ISEE is 571065. Information about taking the ISEE test can be found here.

After preliminary applications have been reviewed and supplementary materials received, we will invite eligible students for a KLS in Action Day. On this day, students will have an opportunity to shadow current students as well as participate in group challenge activities.

Admissions decisions for 2017-18 will be emailed to parents at noon on March 16, 2017, at which time families needing to apply for financial aid may do so.

*If the application fee represents a significant financial burden for your family, a waiver is available. Please email to request a waiver.

How to Submit School Transcripts

We require current + two prior year transcripts as part of the application process. We accept report cards, transcripts (or preschool parent reports for 4- and 5-year-old applicants) via OpenApply. 

Applicants can upload these documents directly to OpenApply under "Student Details" in the Application Checklist. 

If your school requires parental authorization to release such records to Khan Lab School, you can complete the Khan Lab School Transcript Request Form and submit it to your current school. School administrators can send us transcripts electronically using the directions on that form. 

Tuition & Tuition Assistance

The 2017-18 tuition is as follows:

  • Lower School (Independence Levels 1-4):  $27,000
  • Middle School (Independence Level 5):  $29,000
  • Upper School (Independence Level 6):  $32,000

The enrollment fee is $750.

KLS is dedicated to providing tuition assistance to qualified applicants. While our available tuition assistance may be limited, we encourage families who are experiencing financial hardship to complete the preliminary tuition assistance request form. More information about FACTS Tuition Management and financial aid may be found on OpenApply.

Current Enrollment

For the 2016-17 school year, we enrolled nearly 100 students between the ages of 5 and 14. For 2017-18, we are launching our Upper School, and we will have 130+ students between the ages of 5 and 15+. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds.


Students must be 5 years old by September 1 of the year of entry to be eligible to attend KLS.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for students who are excited to take an active role in their education and for parents who hope to support their children in becoming lifelong learners. The recruitment goal is to bring together families who are committed to the learning community and will contribute to it in any number of ways. KLS seeks to create a racially and economically diverse group of learners, representative of the community we are a part of, in order to facilitate cross-cultural communication and broaden the worldviews of students.

Transcripts will be reviewed to ensure a level of academic proficiency that will allow students to be successful. Applicants to the Lower School are not evaluated based on test scores. We look for students who are exceptionally curious, excited to create something out of nothing, who thrive in an exploratory setting, and who are eager to lead, teach, and collaborate with their peers. We are looking for families who want to be part of discovering and implementing new education models and who bring valuable experiences and resources to the school community.

Waiting Pool

Students who apply and are not admitted due to inadequate space are automatically placed in the waiting pool. The waiting pool is not a sequential list. Students will be admitted based on maintaining a balanced school population. Spots are filled on a rolling basis whenever a space opens up for a new term.  We will contact you using the phone number or email listed on the application if a spot opens up.

Statement of Intent

Khan Lab School (KLS) strives to create a demographically diverse community so that students can learn from peers with a variety of backgrounds and become better prepared for our increasingly global world. We use applications, tours, interviews, and shadow days to determine if a family is a good fit for our rapidly evolving education model.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

Khan Lab School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national, and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Meet the Career and College Admissions Director

Erica Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Erica Cosgrove

Our Admissions Director, Erica, is passionate about working with teens to explore the world around them and discover their talents and personal purpose. She thrives on supporting students in learning about themselves and navigating the transition from high school to college and careers. For the last four years, Erica has worked as an independent advisor for students in California and around the world, exploring what they want to learn and why and leading them through the college and graduate school admissions process.

Prior to becoming a college counselor, Erica taught Public Policy and International Relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Erica earned her Ph.D. from Cambridge University and completed a one-year fellowship at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She earned her B.A. at U.C. Berkeley, and she completed her certificate in College and Career Planning at U.C. Berkeley Extension. Erica is fluent in French and is currently learning Spanish.