How do I apply for Mustard Seed School or The Nest at Mustard Seed School?
Applying to Mustard Seed School or The Nest is a fairly simple process. It begins with filling out a one-page application. Read more about the process. If you need assistance, our Admissions Director is available to walk you through the process.
I cannot afford tuition. Should I still apply?
Yes, families who would not normally consider private schooling because of cost should absolutely apply. Mustard Seed School has an intentional mission to serve those with the fewest options. Over 50% of the K-8th grade student body receives financial aid.
I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?
Applications are still accepted after the application deadline; however, Mustard Seed School and The Nest cannot guarantee that it will be able to consider applications that arrive after the deadline. We ask that you submit late applications without the application fee. If we are able to consider your application, we will inform you and make arrangements to collect the fee.
What does it mean to be an independent school?
Mustard Seed School is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS). Independent schools do not rely upon public funding, but rather are funded through tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue. This enables them to have distinct missions, such as Mustard Seed School's mission to the urban poor. Independent schools are governed by a Board of Trustees.
Does part of the tuition I pay go toward funding other students?
No, the tuition that you pay does not apply toward other students. The tuition that you pay only goes toward the education of your child. Each year, Mustard Seed School raises the money to fund its generous financial aid program.
Do you have to be a Christian family to attend the school?
Mustard Seed School welcomes families of all faith backgrounds. Families who attend the school include those of other faiths and no faith.
Do you serve bilingual children?
Yes, with many of our students speaking languages other than English at home, the school is particularly aware of the needs of bilingual children.
Are siblings automatically admitted?
We encourage families of current students to apply for their younger children as well, and give preference to siblings.
Does my child have to be five by September 1st to start Kindergarten?
Yes. In our experience, children need to be both developmentally and chronologically five to begin Kindergarten successfully. All applicants for Kindergarten complete a development interview to check for readiness. Read more on this topic.