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Mills College Children’s School


Mills was founded in 1852 as the Young Ladies’ Seminary in Benicia, California—two years after California became a state. In 1865, missionaries Susan and Cyrus Mills (champions for equal education for women) bought the seminary and renamed it Mills College.

Six years later, the school moved to its current 135-acre campus in Oakland, with 125 students. The College grew quickly, with students of diverse faiths and backgrounds enrolling from many states and countries. In 1920, Mills again broke new ground, adding graduate programs for women and men to its academic offerings.

Today, Mills students work closely with our dedicated faculty to explore their interests and gain experience across a variety of fields. And with a rich history rooted in tradition, there are numerous ways to take part in what makes Mills unique, every day.


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