Early Childhood Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood Program at The Tatnall School! We are proud to provide a complete educational experience for students in PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten. A Tatnall education balances character development with active exploration to encourage kind, thoughtful, curious individuals. Tatnall's Early Childhood Approach includes;

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum in language arts, math, science, and global studies
  • Learning balances structured instruction with exploration and discovery
  • Small and whole-group instruction to enrich and support every child
  • Responsive classroom approach at all grade levels
  • Emotional intelligence curriculum and public speaking practice
  • Outdoor learning and play every day

Early Childhood Application Process

The Tatnall School considers applications for admission on a rolling basis. Beginning in November 2019, once a family completes the application process, the Committee will review all materials, including Financial Aid applications, and communicate the admission and financial aid decision. The decision package will include information regarding the time frame for family response to secure students' enrollment. 

In addition, please keep in mind that the majority of admission decisions occur in January and February. It is recommended that all admission application materials and Financial Aid applications for prospective students be completed by February 1, 2020.

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  • Step 1: Inquire

    To begin the application process, please complete an online inquiry by clicking here.  Once your inquiry is processed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into your parent page. This will allow you to track your student's progress through our admissions process and complete our online application.  

    If you are applying for more than one student, please complete one inquiry.  Once you receive your parent page log in, you will be able to add additional students.
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  • Step 2: Schedule a "Hornet For A Day" Visit

    Parents will need to schedule an admissions visit for their student. Tatnall welcomes student visitors beginning October 1st.  Scheduling for admissions visits begins on September 1st.  

    PK3 candidates will spend an hour in our Early Childhood Division, where they will have an opportunity to interact with peers in a classroom environment set up to observe developmental milestones. We will hold these sessions on Wednesday, February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. Please click here to register now.

    PK4 and Kindergarten candidates will spend a full morning in our Early Childhood Division. A developmental assessment will take place at the time of the visit. Please find below a list of our available dates. Please select a first and second choice date to visit and then complete the below "Hornet For a Day" inquiry form. The Office of Enrollment will follow up within two business days to confirm your child's visit.

    PK4 and Kindergarten: Available Dates To Visit
    October: 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
    November: 1, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22
    December: 4, 6, 17, 18, 19
    January: 7, 9, 10, 28, 30
    February: 4, 6, 11, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28
    March: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 31
    April: 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28, 30
    May: 1, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29
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  • Step 3: Submit Your Application

    Tatnall's application process requires a completed online application, current school records and teacher recommendations (if your child is currently enrolled in a preschool program).  The online application and records release form can be found on your MyTatnall parent page. For ease of reference, please click here to access the Permission for Release of Records.

    You may complete an application prior to or after your child's visit.
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  • Visit Us!

    Early Childhood and Lower School Open House
    We welcome and encourage our families to join us for the Early Childhood (PK3-K) and Lower School (Grades 1-5) Open House on Sunday, October 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet all of our administration, faculty, staff and current families, as well as, have hands on interactive experiences in both divisions. 
    To pre-register, please click here. Walk-ins are welcome.

    Busy Bees Program (Ages 2-4)
    Tatnall's Early Childhood program invites children, ages 2 to 4, and their families 
    for an hour of creation, exploration, and education.

    Join us for this complimentary program from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Our Early Childhood educators will engage your child in activities that explore movement, music, art, and science!

    To register now, please click here.

    Private Tour
    We welcome our families to tour our campus and meet with The Office of Enrollment. To schedule a private tour, please click here or call 302.892.4296.
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"Anna had a wonderful kindergarten experience! I feel she has built a solid foundation both academically and socially. We are grateful that Tatnall provides so many unique opportunities. Thank you for everything you do each and every day."

-The Morgenstern Family

The Tatnall School

The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.