Admissions Process

Admissions Process

CSLA Admissions Process


Children are admitted to Kindergarten at CSLA through a lottery process during the year BEFORE they enter Kindergarten.  Children must be 5 years old by August 15, 2020 in order to attend Kindergarten in Hamilton County.


TOURS - We would love to have you come tour our school this fall if you are interested in submitting your child's name in the Magnet School Lottery later this year.  Tours are encouraged, but not required, for prospective families.  During these tours you will get to see our building, some classes in action, meet a few of our staff and learn a bit about the Paideia Philosophy that guides our teaching at CSLA.  Tours should last no more than 45 minutes.  We suggest you make alternative arrangements for small children so that you can attend on your own, but if they do come with you, please keep in mind we'll be walking up and down stairs and going into classrooms where we'll need to be quiet.  Tour dates are Sept. 9, Oct. 16 and Nov. 4 in the mornings.

Please consider signing up for your tour as that will greatly assist us in planning for your visit and helping to make the most of your time.  Sign-ups are not required, but certainly appreciated.  Click HERE to sign up for any of the above dates.

APPLICATIONS - Applications will be available online only beginning November 22, 2019 and closing on January 31, 2020 (a link will be posted here when those are available).  The lottery will be held on February 10, 2020 and notifications will be sent to families by February 15, 2020.  Responses accepting or declining offered seats will be due by March 1, 2020.  Families who choose accept a seat at CSLA will then be required to attend a parent meeting or seminar - the date for that will be announced at a later time.


We will accept applications for other grades 1st-8th on a rolling basis throughout the year.  You can scan your completed application and email it to the address on the application.  Currently there are lengthy wait lists for each grade at CSLA.  Your application does not guarantee an offer of admission at any point.  You will receive an email in mid-January each year after you apply that offers you the choice to renew your application each year.  Simply click the sign-up link in your email from CSLA Admissions to confirm you want to keep your student active on the wait list.  Failure to do so by the stated deadline in the email will result in your application being removed from the wait list.  Applications are available on this website under the heading ADMISSIONS on the home page.

If you have any questions about our admissions or our school, please feel free to email us at

Thank you for your interest in CSLA!

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