Prospective Families

Waitlist for the 2024-25 School Year is open!

Interested in joining us for this school year or next? Complete our interest form here!

We invite you to enroll your child in the Early Learning Community at Pacific University. At the ELC we engage children from preschool - 4th grade in high quality play and project-based learning experiences. 

We believe that children learn best in a place where they feel good about themselves, where they are allowed to explore their world, and where the learning materials match their interests and needs. As a model school embedded within Pacific's College of Education, our approach to teaching and learning is research-based and reflects our commitment to doing what is developmentally appropriate for children at every stage.

Requesting Enrollment for Your Child in the ELC

If you are considering having your child attend the ELC, please fill out an Enrollment Request at this link to be placed on a waitlist.  Requests to enroll are accepted only for the current and upcoming school year.  It is important to indicate on your form the school year for which you would like to enroll. Your child is eligible to attend the Early Learning Community when he/she has turned three years old and is completely independent in toileting (potty trained).  

Enrollment Request renewal - All Enrollment Request forms expire on September 30, and a new wait list begins on October 1 of each year. Prior enrollment requests are not automatically renewed or rolled over to the new wait list. Even if you submitted an Enrollment Request form previously, a new submission is required on or after October 1 to continue to be wait-listed for the current or next school year.  

Submitting your request - Requests are placed on a waitlist in order of receipt of the the online form submission.


Current School Year (September 2023 - June 2024) - Wait-listed families will be contacted and offered enrollment as space becomes available, and in the order of receipt of the request.

Upcoming School Year (Sept 2024 - June 2025) - Enrollment Requests for school year 2024-2025 are accepted on or after October 1, 2023 (early submissions will not be valid). The ELC will contact families on the waitlist for school year 2024-2025 sometime in March-April of 2024 if a space becomes available.

Confirmation of Enrollment - If a place in the school is offered for your child, a registration fee and application fee are required to hold the spot until the fall.

Fees and Payment Policies

Tuition is based on a yearly rate and is divided into 10 equal monthly payments, which are due each month from August to May. Reduced tuition based on family income is offered for a limited number of openings in the school. Tuition-reduced spots are awarded in order of wait list position, and pending approval of income verification documentation. There is a non-refundable (one-time) registration fee due when placement is confirmed in the ELC.  

Tuition Rates for the 2024-2025 school year (subject to change).

Annual Calendar

  • The school year starts the day after Labor Day and ends in mid-June.
  • The following holidays are observed:  Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and Memorial Day.
  • There are two recesses during the school year — winter break and spring break.

There are five staff development (no school) days throughout the school year.