Common questions, answered.

How do I apply?

Applying to Mustard Seed School begins with creating an online account. Read more about the process. If you need assistance, contact Imaani F. Sanders, Director of Admissions. ( She’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

I cannot afford tuition. Should I still apply?

Yes, please do not let money get in the way. Over 50% of our families receive need-based financial aid.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Applications are still accepted after the application deadline. However, applications that arrive by the deadline receive priority status. We ask that you submit late applications without the application fee. If we’re able to consider your application, we’ll 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 these schools 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 fund 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 those who profess no faith.

Do you serve bilingual children?

Yes, many of our students speak languages other than English at home. We’re particularly aware of the needs of bilingual children. Several of our teachers speak additional languages including Spanish, Dutch, German, Japanese, Polish, and Portuguese.

Are siblings automatically admitted?

We encourage families of current students to apply for their younger children as well. We give preference to siblings.

If my child attends preschool at Mustard Seed School, will they have a place in kindergarten?

Yes. Mustard Seed preschool students are guaranteed a space in kindergarten. In February, you’ll have the option to re-enroll.

How firm are you about age cutoff dates?

We’re flexible about many things. We’re firm about our cutoff dates. Years of experience and research back up our policy. A child must be five by September 1 to begin kindergarten. A child must be six by September 1 to begin first grade. Read more on this topic.