Clark Fork School, Missoula  Kindergarten student in Art Class Clark Fork School, private K-4, Missoula, Kids

Thank you for your interest in Clark Fork School! 

Preschool Waitlist Application (pdf)  - For families interested in being put on the waitlist for potential mid-year openings for the 2017-2018 School Year or for future years!

Kindergarten Application (pdf) - For Kindergarten and Early Foundations students. We still have openings for the 2017-2018 School Year

Scholarship Application (pdf)  - Fill this out if you are interested in applying for financial assistance. 


Thank you for your interest in Clark Fork School! Founded in 1982, Clark Fork School is Missoula’s natural alternative for Preschool and Kindergarten education. Our progressive, parent-guided co-op offers small classes, a nature-based curriculum, and structured academics taught by exceptional educators in a play-based environment. For 30 years, our student-centered philosophy and experiential learning have been inspiring wonder, nurturing growth, and developing the best in our community’s children.



Families are enrolled in the following order: 1) currently enrolled students; 2) siblings of currently enrolled students; 3) children from families formerly enrolled at CFS; 4) families currently on the waitlist; and 5) new families. Clark Fork School has an open enrollment policy and processes applications in each category on a first-come, first- served basis in accordance with available openings.

Admissions Statement

Clark Fork School seeks students of diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents with potential to benefit from and contribute to the school community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

Applicant requirements

As part of the application process, families may be asked to:

  • Provide contact information for an individual who has observed the child with his/her peers in an educational setting
  • Offer short written responses to a brief questionnaire
  • Participate in a short meeting with the Executive Director and tour our school

Questions? Email