Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938

Pre-k and Kindergarten

Applicants for pre-kindergarten must be four years old by September 1 of the year they will begin pre-kindergarten. Applicants for kindergarten must be five years by September 1 of the year they will begin kindergarten.

Pre-k and Kindergarten Admission Process

Step 1: Campus Tour

A tour is not required and can be done at any time, but it is often the first step in the admission process. If you have not already visited our campus, please contact us via email or phone (505-243-6659) to schedule a tour and see for yourself what Manzano Day School has to offer your family.

Step 2: Apply

Submit the Application, Parent Questionnaire, and $80 non-refundable application fee. Please apply online or click here for a printable version.

Step 3: Playdate

On selected Saturday mornings, a small group of applicants joins us for an informal classroom visit. These sessions allow our faculty to interact with the children and assess their developmental readiness for our school. Playdates are approximately one and a half hours and are scheduled after the application is submitted.

Step 4: Individual Assessment

The individual assessment is a one-on-one play-based assessment that allows a member of the Admission Office to become acquainted with each applicant. It takes place during the school day and will be scheduled after the group playdate.

Step 5: Complete the Admission Process

Please submit the following information in order to complete the admission process:

  • Teacher Evaluation Form (for Pre-k, K, and 1st grade applicants) : If your child is currently enrolled in school or daycare, please ask his/her current teacher to complete this form.
  • Authority to Release Records form : Deliver to your child’s current school to request school records. (Please click here for a printable version)
  • Scanned copy of child’s birth certificate

Admission Checklist:

Tour the campus

Fill out an Application

Playdate for pre-k and kindergarten applicants or
Visit Day for first through fifth grade applicants

Individual Assessment

Submit required Paperwork

  • Teacher evaluation form
  • Authority to Release Records form
  • Birth certificate photocopy


Admission Documents



of Records

Teacher Evaluation   
(Pre-k and K)

(1st - 5th grade)