Admission Process & Dates

Welcome From Your WNS Admission Team

At WNS, we believe that a school should be a community for both the student and the family. We seek families who support and embrace our philosophy, and students with a broad range of backgrounds, talents, and interests who will benefit from our program and contribute positively to the school community. The admission team looks forward to working with you and your family throughout the admission process.

Dayna Hollins

Director of Admission &
Enrollment Management

WNS 2020-21 Admission Process & Key Dates

The Admission Process

Select the program that applies to your child.

Applying to Preschool

Step 1

Admission Presentation and Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. At the Admission Presentation and Tour, you will learn about our philosophy and program, tour the campus, and meet faculty, students, administrators, and current parents.

Schedule a Tour

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2020-21, children should be 2y 9m by September 2020 (Birthdates between June 2016 – December 2017). Applications for the 2020-21 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2019. The application deadline for priority consideration for preschool is December 9, 2019. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2019. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent interview and play date appointment. Applications received after the priority deadline are scheduled for a parent interview and play date only if time permits. The final application deadline is January 13, 2020. Applications received after January 13, 2020 are considered on a rolling basis as space allows. Please create a Parent Portal account to begin the application.

Please note that we do not hold wait lists for future years. Please apply the year before your child ages into the program.

Admission decisions take developmental readiness into consideration. If your child’s DOB just misses an age cutoff, please contact the admission office to discuss applying.

Step 3

Teacher Recommendation
For children who already attend a daycare or preschool program, please send the recommendation form directly to your child’s teacher through your Parent Portal checklist. If your child is not enrolled in a daycare or preschool program, please contact Naomi Austin in the admission office via phone at (310) 574-8650, x146 or email at naustin@wns-la.org. Teacher recommendations must be completed after December 1, 2019 and are due by January 13, 2020. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview and Play Date
Please schedule your parent interview and play date through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview, offered October through January. Please keep in mind that the interview is for adults only.

Preschool play dates are scheduled on school day afternoons in January. The play date is a 45-minute classroom visit with a small group of applicants. We recommend that only one parent attends per child to allow enough space in the room for the children to feel comfortable. Children will have play time followed by a short circle/story time. (If you have participated in our Parent/Toddler program in the past or are currently registered for sessions one and/or two for the 2019-20 school year, your child does not need to attend a play date.)

Step 5

Notification
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.

Applying to Developmental Kindergarten (DK)

Step 1

Admission Presentation and Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. At the Admission Presentation and Tour, you will learn about our philosophy and program, tour the campus, and meet faculty, students, administrators, and current parents.

Schedule a Tour

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2020-21, children should be 4y 4m by September 1, 2020 (Birthdates between June 2015 – May 2016). Applications for the 2020-21 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2019. The application deadline for priority consideration for DK is December 9, 2019.  The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2019. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent interview and play date appointment. Applications received after the priority deadline are scheduled for a parent interview and play date only if time permits. The final application deadline is January 13, 2020. Applications received after January 13, 2020, are considered on a rolling basis as space allows. Please create a Parent Portal account to begin the application.

Admission decisions take developmental readiness into consideration. If your child’s DOB just misses an age cutoff, please contact the admission office to discuss applying.

Step 3

Teacher Recommendation
For children who already attend a daycare or preschool program, please send the recommendation form directly to your child’s teacher through your Parent Portal checklist. If your child is not enrolled in a daycare or preschool program, please contact Naomi Austin in the admission office via phone at (310) 574-8650, x146 or email at naustin@wns-la.org. Teacher recommendations must be completed after December 1, 2019, and are due by January 13, 2020. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview and Play Date
Please schedule your parent interview and play date through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview, offered October through February. Please keep in mind that the interview is for adults only.

DK applicants are invited to attend a play date at WNS. DK play dates are scheduled on Friday afternoons in January and February. The play date is a one hour visit in a classroom with a small group of applicants, beginning with a story read by a teacher. Parents then meet for a Q & A while children continue to play in the classroom.

Step 5

Notification
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.

Applying to Kindergarten

Step 1

Admission Presentation and Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. At the Admission Presentation and Tour, you will learn about our philosophy and program, tour the campus, and meet faculty, students, administrators, and current parents.

Schedule a Tour

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2020-21, children should be 5y by August 1, 2020. Children with birth dates between August 1 and September 30 are considered for admission based on developmental readiness. Applications for the 2020-21 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2019. The application deadline for priority consideration for kindergarten is December 9, 2019. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2019. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent interview and play date appointment. Applications received after the priority deadline are scheduled for a parent interview and play date only if time permits. The final application deadline is January 13, 2020. Applications received after January 13, 2020, are considered on a rolling basis as space allows. Please create a Parent Portal account to begin the application.

Step 3

Teacher Recommendation
For children who already attend a daycare or preschool program, please send the recommendation form directly to your child’s teacher through your Parent Portal checklist. If your child is not enrolled in a daycare or preschool program, please contact Naomi Austin in the admission office via phone at (310) 574-8650, x146 or email at naustin@wns-la.org. Teacher recommendations must be completed after December 1, 2019, and are due by January 13, 2020. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview and Play Date
Please schedule your parent interview and play date through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview, offered October through February. Please keep in mind that the interview is for adults only.

Kindergarten applicants are invited to attend a play date at WNS. Kindergarten play dates occur between November and February. The play date is a 45 minute visit in a kindergarten classroom with a group of applicants. Parents meet for a Q & A while children play in the classroom.

Step 5

Notification
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.

Applying to Grades 1-5

Step 1

Admission Presentation and Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. At the Admission Presentation and Tour, you will learn about our philosophy and program, tour the campus, and meet faculty, students, administrators, and current parents.

Schedule a Tour

Step 2

Application
Applications for the 2020-21 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2019. The application deadline is January 13, 2020. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2019. Applications received after January 13, 2020, are considered on a rolling basis as space allows. Please create a Parent Portal account to begin the application.

Step 3

Teacher Recommendation
Please send the recommendation form directly to your child’s current teacher through your Parent Portal checklist. Teacher recommendations must be completed after December 1, 2019, and are due by January 13, 2020. Your child’s teacher/school will send this directly to WNS.

Please send the transcript request directly to your child’s school official or registrar through your Parent Portal checklist. We require transcripts going back at least three years (if applicable) in addition to this year’s first semester report card. Transcripts are due by January 13, 2020. Your child’s teacher/school will send this directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview and Student Assessment/Classroom Visit

Grades 1 and 2: Please schedule your parent interview and student assessment through your Parent Portal. During the parent interview, first and second grade applicants participate in a one-on-one Gesell Developmental Observation (a developmental screening) and then spend time in a classroom with WNS students at their current grade level. This appointment is scheduled during school hours, from November through February.

Grades 3 through 5: Please schedule your parent interview and student assessment through your Parent Portal. Applicants and parents participate in an interview with an administrator. An academic assessment is administered and applicants spend time in a classroom with WNS students at their current grade level. This appointment is scheduled during school hours, from December through February.

Step 5

Notification
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.

Applying to Grades 6-8

Step 1

Admission Presentation and Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. At the Admission Presentation and Tour, you will learn about our philosophy and program, tour the campus, and meet faculty, students, administrators, and current parents.

Schedule a Tour

Step 2

Application
Applications for the 2020-21 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2019. The application deadline is January 13, 2020. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2019. Applications received after January 13, 2020, are considered on a rolling basis as space allows. Please create a Parent Portal account to begin the application.

Step 3

Teacher Recommendation and Transcripts
Middle school applicants are required to submit two teacher recommendation letters (English and math). Please send the recommendation forms directly to your child’s current English and math teachers through your Parent Portal checklist. If your child has the same teacher for English and math, please submit the second recommendation to another teacher, administrator, or coach/tutor. Teacher recommendations must be completed after December 1, 2019, and are due by January 17, 2020. Your child’s teacher/school will send this directly to WNS.

Please send the transcript request directly to your child’s school official or registrar through your Parent Portal checklist. We require transcripts going back at least three years in addition to this year’s first-semester report card. Transcripts are due by January 13, 2020. Your child’s teacher/school will send this directly to WNS.

Middle school applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Please visit https://iseeonline.erblearn.org/ or https://ssat.org for a list of test sites, dates, and registration information. The ISEE school code for WNS is 054214. The ISEE must be taken no later than February 22, 2020. The SSAT must be taken no later than February 1, 2020. Students do not need to take both exams, we will accept either. Please be sure to release your scores to Westside Neighborhood School.

In addition, applicants are welcome to submit the Character Skills Snapshot, which is an optional part of the admission process. Please visit https://ssat.org/snapshot for more information on the Character Skills Snapshot. This can be taken in conjunction with the SSAT or as a separate add-on if an applicant has taken the ISEE.

Step 4

Parent Interview and Student Interview/Tour
Please schedule your parent interview and student interview through your Parent Portal. Applicants participate in a small group interview with other prospective students, tour the school, and visit classrooms. At the same time, parents participate in an interview with an administrator. This appointment is scheduled on weekdays, during school hours, from January through February.

Please make every effort to have your child’s recommendations, transcripts, and ISEE/SSAT scores in before your scheduled appointment.

Step 5

Notification
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.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

August 15, 2019: Preschool-8th Online Applications Available

November 1, 2019: Sibling Application Deadline

December 9, 2019: Preschool, DK, & Kindergarten Priority Application Deadline (guaranteed play date and interview appointment)

January 13, 2020: Preschool-8th Final Application Deadline

January 13, 2020: Preschool-5th Teacher Recommendation Letters Due

January 13, 2020: 1st-5th Transcripts Due

January 17, 2020: 6th-8th Teacher Recommendation Letters and Transcripts Due

January 31, 2020: PS-8th Financial Assistance Application Deadline

February 22, 2020: 6th-8th ISEE/SSAT Exam Test Date Deadline

February 27, 2020: Preschool Notification Letters Sent

March 2, 2020: Preschool Contracts and Deposits Due by 12:00pm

March 13, 2020: DK-8 Notification Letters Sent

March 23, 2020: DK-8 Contracts and Deposit Due by 12:00pm

Admission Forms

All recommendation and transcript forms are conveniently located in your Parent Portal Checklist. Forms can also be downloaded via the link below.

Download Forms

Tour Dates

The first step in the admission process is a visit to our campus.

Preschool through Fifth Grade Tours 
For preschool through fifth grade, please join us on a morning Admission Presentation & Tour, where you’ll learn about the philosophy of WNS, meet the Head of School, and listen to student speakers. Next, we’ll take you on a tour of our campus where you will see our students in action. We will conclude the tour with a Q&A session. This tour is for parents/guardians only.

Middle School Tours
For middle school admission, you have the option of attending a morning tour (September 19 or January 9 only) or our evening Admission Preview Night (November 14). You are welcome to sign up for either or both the morning and evening tour.

The morning Admission Presentation & Tour is for parents/guardians only and gives you the opportunity to see the school while classes are in session. Additionally, you will learn about the philosophy of WNS, meet the Head of School, and hear from student speakers.

The Admission Preview Night includes fun and interactive classroom experiences for prospective students with WNS faculty. In addition, you will hear from the Head of School and learn more about the WNS middle school program. This event is open to parents/guardians and students (rising 6th and 7th graders).

Please click the link below to submit an inquiry and register for a tour. If you’ve already submitted an application, you can login to your Parent Portal to schedule your tour through your checklist. Reservations are required.

Schedule a Tour

Preschool-Fifth Grade Tours

Admission Presentation & Tour (Parents Only)

9:30am-11:45am

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Middle School Tours

Admission Presentation & Tour (Parents Only)

Thursday, September 19, 2019: 9:30am-11:45am

Thursday, January 9, 2020: 9:30am-11:45am

Middle School Admission Preview Night (Parents & Students)

Thursday, November 14, 2019: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Your Admission Team

The team responsible for crafting the WNS Community

Dayna Hollins

Director of Admission & Enrollment Management

dhollins@wns-la.org

Alice Arutiunian Wyman

Assistant Director of Admission & Enrollment Management

awyman@wns-la.org

Naomi Austin

Admission Database Coordinator

naustin@wns-la.org

Charlie Jordan Brookins

Admission Associate

cbrookins@wns-la.org

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.