Branches Community School enrolls children once/year to begin school in September. We accept children with childcare subsidies as well as private-pay families. We utilize sliding scale tuition, and calculate each family’s tuition at 15% of their adjusted gross income.

We are a year-round, full-day program, honoring national holidays and scheduled breaks throughout the year.

School is open from 8:15am – 5:15pm, Monday-Friday.

Branches is currently full with an applicant pool of 100 families. No further admissions requests or applications are being accepted at this time.

Admissions for families interested in a September 2024 start date will open in Oct. 2023. Please find fall tour dates below!

Enrollment Process


To learn more about our school, we invite you to join an in-person group tour with our director. Tours are offered each Fall for admission in the following school year. To RSVP for a tour, please complete this form.

2023 Fall Tour Dates

October 19- FULL

November 7- FULL

December 12

January 11


After completing a tour, please fill out an application for admission via our digital childcare app, Brightwheel. We charge a one-time $50 application processing fee. Once your application is received your child will join our applicant pool for the upcoming school year. We do not use a numbered wait-list, as we build classroom cohorts that support diversity in all forms.
All families in the applicant pool will be notified of enrollment decisions the first week of March. If you are not offered a space in the upcoming school year, your child’s application will rollover for future years.

Apply for Childcare Subsidy

Families interested in applying for childcare subsidy are encouraged to begin the process here. Please contact with any questions related to Durham’s childcare subsidy program.


Prior to your child’s first day of school, we create opportunities to get to know one another and strengthen relationships between families and teachers. Home visits are offered for children to play with their teachers in a familiar space, while parents share information about their child’s personality and interests. Visiting days offer parents a chance to experience a day in the life at Branches and meet other school families.