Admission Process & Dates

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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. High-quality early childhood education provides the foundation for lifelong learning. As a community of learners, we understand that knowledge is not individually constructed, but co-constructed. Skills that foster collaboration and communication develop in our social learning environment as we play, discover, and grow together.

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

Cynthia Abo

Admission Associate
cabo@wns-la.org

WNS 2023-24 Admission Process & Key Dates

The Admission Process

Select the program that applies to your child. 

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation & Campus Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education.

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, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

After the presentation, you will be able to register for an in-person campus tour. Tours can be scheduled through your Parent Portal after you have applied. If you have not yet submitted an application, please email Naomi Austin at naustin@wns-la.org to schedule a campus tour.

SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL ADMISSION PRESENTATION HERE

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2023-24, children should be 2 years 9 months by September 2023 (birth dates between June 2019 – December 2020). Applications for the 2023-24 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2022. The application deadline for priority consideration for preschool is December 1, 2022. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2022. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent/guardian conversation and play date. The final application deadline is January 9, 2023. Applications received after the deadline 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, 2022 and are due by January 13, 2023. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent/Guardian Conversation & Child Play Date
Please schedule your parent/guardian conversation through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one time slot. These will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between October 2022 and February 2023.

You will be able to schedule a play date after you have applied. We look forward to meeting your child!

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed February 23, 2023 at 2:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on February 27, 2023.

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation & Campus Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. 

During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Director of Early Childhood Education, Director of Lower School, Grades 1-4, and Director of Admission, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

After the presentation, you will be able to register for an in-person campus tour. Tours can be scheduled through your Parent Portal after you have applied. If you have not yet submitted an application, please email Naomi Austin at naustin@wns-la.org to schedule a campus tour.  

SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL ADMISSION PRESENTATION HERE

Step 2

Application
To apply for 2023-24, children should be 5 years old by August 1, 2023. Children with August birth dates are considered for admission based on developmental readiness. Applications for the 2023-24 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2022. The application deadline for priority consideration for kindergarten is December 1, 2022. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2022. Applications received by the priority deadline are guaranteed a parent/guardian conversation and play date. The final application deadline is January 9, 2023. Applications received after the deadline 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, 2022 and are due by January 13, 2023. Your child’s teacher/school will send this form directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent/Guardian Conversation & Child Play Date
Please schedule your parent/guardian conversation through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one time slot. These will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between October 2022 and February 2023.

You will be able to schedule a play date after you have applied. We look forward to meeting your child!

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed March 10, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 17, 2023.

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation & Campus Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education.

During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Division Director, and Director of Admission, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

After the presentation, you will be able to register for an optional in-person campus tour. Tours can be scheduled through your Parent Portal  after you have applied. If you have not yet submitted an application, please email Naomi Austin at naustin@wns-la.org to schedule a campus tour.

SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL ADMISSION PRESENTATION HERE

Step 2

Application
Applications for the 2023-24 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2022. The application deadline is January 9, 2023. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2022. Applications received after the deadline 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, 2022, and are due by January 13, 2023. 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 two years (if applicable) in addition to this year’s first semester report card. Your child’s school will send this directly to WNS.

Step 4

Parent/Guardian Conversation and Student Visit
Please schedule your parent/guardian conversation and student visit through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one time slot.  These will be scheduled as Zoom meetings, occurring between December 2022 and February 2023.

Students participate in a one-on-one assessment and chat with a member of our admission team. These will be either in person or virtual visits, occurring between December 2022 and February 2023.

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed March 10, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 17, 2023.

Step 1

Virtual Admission Presentation & Campus Tour
We believe it is very important for our applicants to fully understand the philosophical foundations of a WNS education. During the Virtual Admission Presentation, you will learn about our philosophy and program, hear from our Head of School, Director of Middle School, Grades 5-8, and Director of Admission, and have an opportunity to ask questions. After the presentation, you will be able to register for an optional in-person campus tour. Tours can be scheduled through your Parent Portal  after you have applied. If you have not yet submitted an application, please email Naomi Austin at naustin@wns-la.org to schedule a campus tour. SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL ADMISSION PRESENTATION HERE

Step 2

Application
Applications for the 2023-24 school year are available online beginning August 15, 2022. The application deadline is January 9, 2023. The sibling application deadline is November 1, 2022. Applications received after the deadline 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
For 6th grade applicants, please send the teacher recommendation form directly to your child’s current teacher through your Parent Portal checklist. 7th grade 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 request to another current teacher, administrator, or coach/tutor. Teacher recommendations must be completed after December 1, 2022, and are due by January 13, 2023. 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 two years in addition to this year’s first-semester report card. Your child’s school will send this directly to WNS. It is of the utmost importance that our admission process is an equitable process for all students. For this reason, WNS no longer requires the ISEE or SSAT as a part of the admission process. 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 which can be taken online at home.

Step 4

Parent/Guardian Conversation and Student Visit
Please schedule your parent/guardian conversation and student visit through your Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must participate together in one parent time slot. Students will participate in a small group experience on campus. Please make every effort to have your child’s recommendations and transcripts in before your scheduled appointment.

Step 5

Notification
Notification letters are emailed March 10, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 17, 2023.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

August 15, 2022: Preschool-8th Online Applications Available

November 1, 2022: Sibling Application Deadline

December 1, 2022: Preschool, DK, & Kindergarten Priority Application Deadline (guaranteed interview appointment)

January 9, 2023: Preschool-8th Final Application Deadline

January 13, 2023: Preschool-8th Teacher Recommendation Letters and Transcripts Due

January 31, 2023: Preschool-8th Financial Assistance Application Deadline

February 23, 2023: Preschool & DK Notification Letters Sent at 2:00 pm Via Email

February 27, 2023: Preschool & DK Contracts and Deposits Due by 12:00pm

March 10, 2023: Kindergarten-8 Notification Letters Sent at 5:00 pm Via Email

March 17, 2023: Kindergarten-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.

Get to Know WNS

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 Heads, and Director of Admission. Prospective families are required to attend this presentation as a part of the admission process.

You will be able to register for an in-person campus tour after attending the virtual admission presentation.

Dates for 2023-24:

9:30-10:45am

Thursday, May 12, 2022 (Preschool – 8th) 

Friday, September 23, 2022 (Preschool – 8th)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (Preschool – 4th) 

Friday, October 28, 2022 (Preschool – 4th) 

Thursday, November 17, 2022 (Preschool – 8th)

Friday, December 9, 2022 (Preschool – 4th) 

Thursday, January 5, 2023 (Preschool – 8th)

Click here to register for a Virtual Admission Presentation on any of the dates listed above  

Middle School Preview Night for Parents/ Guardians and Students:

For middle school admission, in lieu of attending a Virtual Admission Presentation, you may instead attend our evening Virtual Middle School Preview Night. You are also welcome to attend both events if desired. The Middle School Preview Night is an event for student applicants and parents/guardians. It includes fun and interactive classroom experiences for prospective students led by WNS faculty, a Q&A with current 8th grade students, and an information session for parents presented by several middle school administrators and faculty. This event is open to rising 5th, 6th, and 7th graders.

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:30-7:45pm

In-Person Campus Tours:

After attending the virtual admission event, you’ll be able to register for an in-person campus tour. Tour dates run from October – February.

Admission Events

The following optional events are for adults. If you have applied, you can register through your Parent Portal checklist. If you have not yet applied, please contact Naomi Austin at naustin@wns-la.org to register.

ECC Q&A with Faculty and Staff (Virtual)

Please check back for dates and times

K-5 Q&A with Faculty and Staff (Virtual)

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Middle School Q&A with Faculty and Staff (Virtual)

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Q&A with Current WNS Parents (Virtual)

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Information Session (Virtual)

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Questions?

Visit our Admission FAQs page to explore a list of the most commonly asked questions by parents considering WNS. Alternatively, if you don’t see your question answered, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admission team directly at admission@wns-la.org.