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 2021-22 Admission Process & Key Dates

The Admission Process

Select the program that applies to your child.

Applying to Preschool

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. For 2021-22 prospective families, please note that due to COVID-19, we have revised our admission process in an effort to be mindful of everyone’s safety.

During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Director of Early Childhood Education, and Director of Admission, among others. In addition, there will be a Q&A and time in breakout rooms to chat with current WNS parents/caregivers.

Once you have applied, you will be able to register for an optional in-person Saturday campus tour.

Schedule a Virtual Admission Presentation

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2021-22, children should be 2 years 9 months by September 2021 (birthdates between June 2017 – December 2018). Applications for the 2021-22 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2020. The application deadline for priority consideration for preschool is December 7, 2020. The sibling application deadline is November 6, 2020. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent interview. Applications received after the priority deadline are scheduled for a parent interview only if time permits. The final application deadline is January 11, 2021. Applications received after January 11, 2021 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 current 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, 2020 and are due by January 15, 2021. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview
Please schedule your parent interview through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview, offered October through January. As of now, interviews will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between October 2020 and February 2021.

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed February 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 1, 2021.

Applying to Developmental Kindergarten (DK)

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. For 2021-22 prospective families, please note that due to COVID-19, we have revised our admission process in an effort to be mindful of everyone’s safety.

During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Director of Early Childhood Education, and Director of Admission, among others. In addition, there will be a Q&A and time in breakout rooms to chat with current WNS parents/caregivers.

Once you have applied, you will be able to register for an optional in-person Saturday campus tour.

Schedule a Virtual Admission Presentation

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2021-22, children should be 4 years 4 months by September 1, 2021 (birthdates between June 2016 – May 2017). Applications for the 2021-22 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2020. The application deadline for priority consideration for DK is December 7, 2020.  The sibling application deadline is November 6, 2020. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent interview. Applications received after the priority deadline are scheduled for a parent interview only if time permits. The final application deadline is January 11, 2021. Applications received after January 11, 2021, 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 current 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, 2020, and are due by January 15, 2021. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview
Please schedule your parent interview through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview. As of now, interviews will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between October 2020 and February 2021.

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed March 5, 2021. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 15, 2021.

Applying to Kindergarten

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. For 2021-22 prospective families, please note that due to COVID-19, we have revised our admission process in an effort to be mindful of everyone’s safety.

During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Assistant Head of School K-4, and Director of Admission, among others. In addition, there will be a Q&A and time in breakout rooms to chat with current WNS parents.

Once you have applied, you will be able to register for an optional in-person Saturday campus tour.

Schedule a Virtual Admission Presentation

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2021-22, children should be 5 years old by August 1, 2021. Children with August birth dates are considered for admission based on developmental readiness. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2020. The application deadline for priority consideration for kindergarten is December 7, 2020. The sibling application deadline is November 6, 2020. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent interview. Applications received after the priority deadline are scheduled for a parent interview only if time permits. The final application deadline is January 11, 2021. Applications received after January 11, 2021, 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 current 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, 2020, and are due by January 15, 2021. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview
Please schedule your parent interview through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview. As of now. interviews will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between October 2020 and February 2021.

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed March 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 15, 2021.

Applying to Grades 1-5

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. For 2021-22 prospective families, please note that due to COVID-19, we have revised our admission process in an effort to be mindful of everyone’s safety.

During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Assistant Head of School K-4, and Director of Admission, among others. In addition, there will be a Q&A and time in breakout rooms to chat with current WNS parents.

Once you have applied, you will be able to register for an optional in-person Saturday campus tour.

Schedule a Virtual Admission Presentation

Step 2

Application
Applications for the 2021-22 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2020. The application deadline is January 11, 2021. The sibling application deadline is November 6, 2020. Applications received after January 11, 2021, 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, 2020, and are due by January 15, 2021. 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 15, 2021. Your child’s school will send this directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent Interview and Student Assessment

Grades 1 and 2: Please schedule your parent interview and student assessment through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview. First and second grade applicants participate in a one-on-one interview/assessment with a member of our admission team. As of now, interviews and assessments will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between November 2020 and February 2021. We ask that a parent/guardian be present during the student assessment time.

Grades 3 through 5: Please schedule your parent interview and student assessment through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview. Applicants participate in a one-on-one interview and academic assessment with a member of our admission team. As of now, interviews and assessments will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between November 2020 and February 2021.

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed March 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 15, 2021.

Applying to Grades 6-8

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. For 2021-22 prospective families, please note that due to COVID-19, we have revised our admission process in an effort to be mindful of everyone’s safety.

During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Assistant Head of School 5-8, and Director of Admission, among others. In addition, there will be a Q&A and time in breakout rooms to chat with current WNS parents.

Once you have applied, you will be able to register for an optional in-person Saturday campus tour.

Schedule a Virtual Admission Presentation

Step 2

Application
Applications for the 2021-22 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2020. The application deadline is January 11, 2021. The sibling application deadline is November 6, 2020. Applications received after January 11, 2021, 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 current teacher, administrator, or coach/tutor. Teacher recommendations must be completed after December 1, 2020, and are due by January 15, 2021. 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 15, 2021. Your child’s 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 or SSAT must be taken no later than February 1, 2021. 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

Please schedule your parent interview and student interview through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent interview. Applicants will participate in a virtual small group interview/activity with other prospective students and current WNS students.

Someone from the admission department will contact you with your interview date and time.

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 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 15, 2021.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

August 15, 2020: Preschool-8th Online Applications Available

November 6, 2020: Sibling Application Deadline

December 7, 2020: Preschool, DK, & Kindergarten Priority Application Deadline (guaranteed play date and interview appointment)

January 11, 2021: Preschool-8th Final Application Deadline

January 15, 2021: Preschool-8th Teacher Recommendation Letters and Transcripts Due

January 29, 2021: PS-8th Financial Assistance Application Deadline

February 1, 2021: 6th-8th ISEE/SSAT Exam Test Date Deadline

February 25, 2021: Preschool Notification Letters Sent at 2:00 pm via email

March 1, 2021: Preschool Contracts and Deposits Due by 12:00pm

March 5, 2021: DK-8 Notification Letters Sent at 5:00 pm via email

March 15, 2021: 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

For 2021-22 prospective families, please note that due to COVID-19, we have revised our admission process in an effort to be mindful of everyone’s safety.

The first step in the admission process is a Virtual Admission Presentation.

Virtual Admission Presentation 

Please join us for one of our Virtual Admission Presentations, where you’ll learn about the philosophy of WNS, hear from our Head of School, Division Head, and Director of Admission, among others. In addition, there will be a Q&A and time in breakout rooms to chat with current WNS parents/caregivers. Presentations are available at each division level – Early Childhood Center (Preschool & DK), Elementary School (K-5), and Middle School (6-8). Prospective families are required to attend the presentation for the division to which they are applying and have the option to sign up for presentations at other division levels.

Once you have applied, you will be able to register for an optional in-person Saturday campus tour.

Sign up for a Virtual Admission Presentation

Virtual Middle School Presentations

For middle school admission, in addition to the required Virtual Admission Presentation, you have the option of attending our evening Admission Preview Night (November 12, 2020). We anticipate that this will be a virtual event this year. The Middle School Preview Night is an event for student applicants. It includes fun and interactive distance learning classroom experiences for prospective students led by WNS faculty. This event is open to rising 6th and 7th graders.

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

Once you have applied, you will be able to register for an optional in-person Saturday campus tour.

Sign up for a Virtual Admission Presentation

Schedule a Tour

Virtual Admission Presentation Dates:

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
ECC (Preschool/DK) – 10:30am – 11:30am | K-5 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 
ECC – 1:00pm – 2:00pm | K-5 – 10:30am – 11:30am | 6-8 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Thursday, September 17, 2020
ECC – 10:30am – 11:30am | K-5 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
ECC – 1:00pm – 2:00pm | K-5 – 10:30am – 11:30am | MS – 9:00am – 10:00am

Thursday, October 1, 2020
ECC – 10:30am – 11:30am | K-5 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
ECC – 1:00pm – 2:00pm | K-5 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
ECC – 1:00pm – 2:00pm | K-5 – 10:30am – 11:30am | MS – 9:00am – 10:00am

Thursday, October 29, 2020
ECC – 10:30am – 11:30am | K-5 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
ECC – 1:00pm – 2:00pm | K-5 – 10:30am – 11:30am | MS – 9:00am – 10:00am

Thursday, December 3, 2020
ECC – 1:00pm – 2:00pm | K-5 – 10:30am – 11:30am | MS – 9:00am – 10:00am

Thursday, January 7, 2021
ECC – 1:00pm – 2:00pm | K-5 – 10:30am – 11:30am | MS – 9:00am – 10:00am

Virtual Middle School Preview Night for Students

Thursday, November 12, 2020: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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 Virtual Admission Presentation

We invite you to virtually witness the magic that makes up WNS and its thriving community. Register online and book your spot.