Gan Shalom accepts children who are 2 years, 9 months of age and older as of Sept. 1 of the enrolling year. Enrollment applications, together with a $50 application fee, are accepted as of mid-November. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in February.

Preference in admission is given to:

  • Children of Congregation Beth Israel members who have been members in good standing for one full year prior to application
  • Siblings of previously enrolled Gan Shalom children
  • Residents of the immediate neighborhood

Enrollment is also based upon the readiness of the child, and on the need to balance age and gender in the class. Gan Shalom does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin.

Visits to the school can be arranged on Wednesdays between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. beginning in November and continuing through mid-February.


For more information on admissions and scholarship opportunities, please call Gan Shalom’s director, Laura Lipman, at (510) 848-3298.