Admission
How to Apply

Applying to Grades 6 - 12

Timeline

Timetable for Applying for the 2017-18 School Year:

The information that appears below represents the general steps and timeline to be considered to submit an application for admission. Our annual deadline for applications is December 15. However, we do welcome late applications when spaces for the grade exist. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about submitting a late application and whether we still may be considering candidates for that grade. We will be happy to work with you.

Fall 2016: Check our Web site for details on admission events and plan to attend one. You are also welcome to contact us to schedule a private tour of campus during the school day where you can see classes in session.

December 15, 2016: Admission application due date. We also welcome late applications when spaces for the grade may exist. Please feel free to contact us.

January 17, 2017: Financial Aid deadline for all applicants.

February 10, 2017: Application files must be complete with evaluation forms and transcripts received. Testing results do not need to be received by this date.

November 2016 through February 2017:
  • All applicants: Candidates for all grades and their parents are interviewed on campus in their family meeting.
  • Grade Six through Twelve applicants: Applicants must sit for a standardized entrance exam. Viewpoint is proud to offer applicants the opportunity to decide whether they would like to submit scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or from the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Click on "Testing" in the list below for more information.
March 10, 2017: Decision letters mailed for applicants to Grades Nine through Twelve.

March 17, 2017: Decision letters mailed for applicants to Grades Six through Eight.

March 21, 2017: Grades Nine through Twelve Reply Deadline: Families admitted for Grades Nine through Twelve must notify us of their intent to enroll or to decline the offer of admission for their child no later than this date.

March 27, 2017: Grades Six through Eight Reply Deadline: Families admitted for Grades Six through Eight must notify us of their intent to enroll or to decline the offer of admission for their child no later than this date.

Additional Information

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  • Space availability

    • 25-35 spaces per year in Grade 6.
    • 25-35 spaces per year in Grade 7.
    • 25-35 spaces per year in Grade 9.
    • A handful of spaces are typically available in Grades 8, 10, 11, and 12. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.
  • Visit us ahead of time

    The best way to become familiar with Viewpoint School is to make an appointment to take an individual tour when school is in session. We offer these every day of the week to prospective families. You just need to phone us to set up a visit.

    A member of the Admission staff will gladly escort you through actual classes in session in Middle School (Grades Six through Eight) or Upper School (Grades Nine through Twelve), so that you and your child can become more familiar with our programs.

    Tour Hours:
    By appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.* on school days.
    *While tours later in the day can be accommodated if necessary, they would not be able to include visits inside classrooms.

    In addition, in the fall, we host a number of admission events for prospective applicants to Middle and Upper Schools and their parents. Click on Visit Viewpoint on the left side of this page, and then Admission Events.

    We welcome you to let us know ahead of time of any special accessibility needs you may have, such as wheelchair access.

    You may also wish to look over the entire Middle and Upper School curriculum guide, which is online. Click on Middle School or Upper School at the top of the page.
  • To start the application process...

    We need:
    • Parent Application for Admission.
    • Student Portion of the Admission Application.
    • Application Fee of $125.
    • A copy of your child's birth certificate.
    • A recent photograph of the applicant (requested, not required).
    • A recent photograph of the applicant and parents together (requested, not required).
  • Confidential Teacher Evaluations and School Records

    As part of our admission process, we request confidential principal and English and mathematics teacher evaluation forms from your child's current school to be completed and sent to us. Downloadable copies of blank forms are located at the far right side of the page, as well as on the Downloads and Forms page.

    Parents of applicants to Grades Six through Twelve should distribute the Administrator's Evaluation, the two Teacher’s Evaluation forms, and the Consent for Release of Information form with the parents’ portion completed to the child’s current school after January 1. The educators completing these forms should return them directly to Viewpoint School by February 10.

    The Consent for Release of Information form, signed by you, and given to your child's current school, will permit them to release your child's academic records to us.
  • Testing

    Applicants to Grades Five through Twelve sit for a standardized entrance examination.  Viewpoint is proud to offer applicants the opportunity to decide whether they would like to submit scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or from the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). 
     
    We consider scores from either exam equally.  Additionally, students and parents may, of course, sit for these tests more than once if they like.  They can also sit for both if they wish.  The tests can be taken anywhere, but as a convenience, we offer both exams on our campus.
     
    You may learn more about these exams and register for them:

     
    PSAT, SAT, OR ACT
    In the case of transfer student applicants (those applying to 10th, 11th, or 12th grades), Viewpoint will accept PSAT, SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the ISEE.
  • Family Meeting

    Applicant Family Meetings occur on school days once we have received the Application for Admission. We ask that both parents and the student visit with us in the Office of Admission for their family meeting. We will contact you after we receive both the Parent Application and Student Application Supplement to schedule your Family Meeting.
  • Student Interview

    A portion of the Family Meeting will be reserved so that we can get to know your child one-on-one. A member of the Admission Committee will conduct your child's applicant interview.

    We would like your child to bring with them something from home that is of great interest to them (or a picture representing it) that they can share with us. This could be a book, a piece of artwork, a picture of a family member or pet, a piece of memorabilia, anything at all that is meaningful to them. We find that this is often the most fun part of getting to know the uniqueness of your child.
  • When will you hear?

    Applicants to Grades Six through Eight:
    Candidates for admission whose applications were submitted by December 15, 2016 will receive the decision on March 17, 2017, in keeping with the deadlines established citywide the the Los Angeles Consortium of Admission Directors. Those families whose children have been admitted have until March 27, 2017 to reply to our offer of admission.

    Applicants to Grades Nine through Twelve:
    Candidates for admission whose applications were submitted by December 15, 2016 will be mailed the decision on March 10, 2017, in keeping with the deadlines established citywide the the Los Angeles Consortium of Admission Directors. Those families whose children have been admitted have until March 21, 2017 to reply to our offer of admission.
  • How much does it cost and is there Financial Aid available?

    Click on "Affording Viewpoint" on the far left side of this page for detailed information on costs and the Financial Aid application process.
  • Sibling Policy

    Viewpoint is proud to be a family-oriented community enriched by many families with more than one child at the School. We are committed to working closely with our current parents to determine if Viewpoint School is the best match for each of their children. We recognize that no one school is the perfect match for every child. Thus, our goal in the admission process is to enroll children who will find personal and academic success at Viewpoint.

    To this end, Viewpoint gives priority in the admission process to siblings of currently enrolled students under the following conditions:

    1. Provided all other factors are equal and the sibling is academically qualified to enter Viewpoint.

    2. Provided the family has maintained a positive relationship with the School, supporting its programs, policies, teachers, and administrators, including its fundraising programs.

    3. Provided there is space available in the grade to which the child is applying. Keep in mind that Viewpoint's entry grades are Kindergarten, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Grades. A sibling who is qualified for admission but applying to a grade other than these may be placed in the Wait Pool if no spaces open. We cannot ever guarantee the availability of spots in a non-entry-point grade.
    Please note that we encourage all our Viewpoint families to apply to several schools since we cannot ever guarantee admission for any applicant.

    The application deadline for siblings of current students applying to any grade is December 15, the same as for all other candidates.