Application Process

Step 1 : Learn About Us

Learn more about Cottonwood by exploring our website and reading up on self-directed education. Contact us at with any questions or to schedule a visit us with your child for a free drop in trial day M-Th, 9 AM - 12 PM for children 3 and under and 9 AM - 2:30 PM for children 4 and older.

Step 2 : Apply

Complete our online application and pay the $30 application fee. Upon completion of the application, you will receive an email to schedule a visit if you have not yet visited us in person!

Step 3 : Visiting Week

The next step is scheduling a visiting week. This allows the learner to experience what it is like to be at Cottonwood and lets us make sure the learner is a good fit for the environment. Visiting weeks are $200 for Half Day and $400 for Full Day.

Step 4 : Final Enrollment

At the visiting week, the prospective family will then meet with members of team Cottonwood to ask questions, develop a greater feel for the community and expand their understandings of the philosophy of the learning center. At this meeting, the prospective family will let team Cottonwood know if they would like to pursue enrollment. The Cottonwood Team will make a final determination and email the family notifying them of it.

Step 5 : If Accepted

If accepted, team Cottonwood will send you the Enrollment Paperwork and means of paying your deposit of 15% of annual tuition ($8,500 HD M-Th 9AM-12PM, and $12,000 FD M-F 9AM-2:30PM; activities fee of $175 and supplies support of $50 not included in deposit) within 2 weeks of acceptance. After 2 weeks you are welcome to join but the spot will no longer be secured and guaranteed without deposit and fees paid.

Deadlines and discounts:


Priority Application Deadline is March 1st

Final Application Deadline is April 1st

Feel free to contact us after the deadline to inquire about any open spots


Refer a friend after enrolling and have them give your name on the application and you will receive 10% off if they enroll

Sliding Scale scholarships available; don't be discouraged if you can't afford full tuition

Sibling discounts available based on family need and scholarship availibility