Admission FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore a list of the most commonly asked questions by parents considering Westside Neighborhood School. If you have a question that we don’t answer in the FAQ’s contact us directly for a response.

What type of school is Westside Neighborhood School?

WNS is a private, independent, preschool through eighth grade day school. Our hands-on, minds-on, constructivist, and project-based learning approach combines the power of a growth mindset, the tools from a strong social-emotional program, and the opportunities to apply all of this to a nearly limitless range of learning experiences. This is essential to our commitment to educate children today for an unknown world of tomorrow.

What are your daily hours (including earliest drop off and latest pick up)?

Early Childhood Center arrivals and pick-ups are staggered and occur between 8:30 am – 9:00 am and 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm, respectively.

For kindergarten through eighth grade, our school day begins at 8:10 am. Dismissal times occur between 2:45 pm and 3:30 pm, depending on the grade level.

WNS offers early and late care through our ACE (After Class Enrichment) Program for all students Preschool-8. Early drop-off (free of charge) for all students begins at 7:30 am, and late pick-up (for a fee) extends until 6:00 pm.

Is toilet training required for entry to the preschool?

Yes, all students must be toilet learned before entering preschool, (i.e. be consistently out of diapers and using the toilet).

Is WNS accredited?

WNS is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.

Will my child automatically matriculate into the K-8 program after the Early Childhood Center?

Yes, students enrolled in WNS’s preschool and DK automatically matriculate into the WNS K-8 program.

Does WNS offer a Parent/Toddler program?

Yes. Please click here for more information. Please note that matriculation into the ECC is not automatic for families participating in the Parent/Toddler program, and you must apply separately to the WNS Early Childhood Center, if interested.

How old should my child be to apply to preschool, DK, or kindergarten?

Preschool: 2y 9m by September 2020 (DOB between June 2016 – December 2017)

DK: 4y 4m by September 1, 2020 (DOB between June 2015 – May 2016)

Kindergarten: 5y by August 1, 2020 (DOB August 1 and September 30 are considered based on developmental readiness)

The August 1 cutoff date of birth remains as a guide for grades 1–7.

How many students are in each class in each division?

ECC (Preschool & DK): Six classrooms of 12-16 students in each, with two teachers per class.

Kindergarten: Three classrooms of 18 students each, with two teachers per class.

Grades 1-5: Two classrooms with 22-26 students in each, with two teachers per class.

Grades 6-8: Departmentalized, with 50-60 students per grade level; students are placed in groups of 8-17 depending on the subject area.

What is your policy on admission for siblings?

WNS’s sibling policy is consistent with our philosophy of supporting families. Although we cannot guarantee admission, siblings are granted preferential consideration if the student is well qualified and the family has supported the school’s mission and philosophy.

Are campus tours and admission presentations available for the Early Childhood Center, elementary, and middle school?

Yes. Please join us to learn about the philosophy of WNS, and meet the Head of School, students, and current parents, followed by a tour of our campus. Reservations are required. Click here for the dates of our Admission Presentation and Tours and to reserve your space.

Does WNS require students to wear a uniform?

K-8 students wear a PE t-shirt for the entire day on PE days. WNS does not require a uniform on non-PE days. Early Childhood Center students do not wear a PE uniform, nor a regular uniform.

Does WNS have a lunch program? Are snacks provided?

WNS is pleased to offer families the option to order delicious and healthy lunches during the school year for all grades Preschool-8 through the Freshlunches program. Ordering and payment is convenient through their simple, secure online system and must be done so in advance. Their program uses natural, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible, and all poultry and dairy products are antibiotic- and hormone-free. To maintain their commitment to being kind to the environment, their program uses 100% recyclable and compostable packaging.

In the Early Childhood Center, snacks are provided for all students. In grades K-8, students bring their own snacks from home.

Does WNS offer transportation?

For students 4 years and older, WNS offers morning bus service, for an additional fee, in the following areas every day:

Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach Route: Serving Palos Verdes, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Lawndale, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo every week.

View Park/West LA Route: Serving View Park, Windsor Hills, Baldwin Hills, the Crenshaw communities, Ladera Heights, Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills, Palms, Beverlywood, Century City, and Beverly Hills every other week.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. WNS offers need-based financial assistance for all levels PS-8. Click here to learn more.

What is WNS's ISEE code?

The school code for WNS is 054214. You may register for the exam at www.iseetest.org.

When will we be notified of our admission decision?

Preschool: Notification letters are emailed February 27, 2020. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 2, 2020.

DK-8: Notification letters are emailed March 13, 2020. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 23, 2020.

Schedule a Tour

We invite you to come and witness the magic that makes up WNS and its thriving community in person. Register online and book your spot on the next tour.