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Viewpoint is committed to enrolling an inclusive and diverse student body. We strive to understand and engage issues of difference, privilege, and oppression so that all voices in our community are aware and empowered. Viewpoint is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of our world, both visible and invisible, to ensure a safe environment. We do this, not just for ethical reasons, but because a diverse classroom creates the most powerful and effective learning environment.

The Board of Trustees, Head of School, and faculty actively promote strategies and policies that support diversity among all of the School’s constituencies. The Office of Admission actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a range of talents and interests and who possess an intellectual curiosity, a high level of motivation, and an eagerness to become involved in our community.

Diversity Statement

Viewpoint School is committed to building an inclusive community of teachers and learners who reflect and welcome the diversity of Southern California. The School teaches with respect the wisdom and traditions of the world’s cultures and faiths.

Viewpoint defines a diverse community as one which embraces students from a wide range of family, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and religious backgrounds. The School affirms that students should learn in an environment that reflects the world in which they live and will pursue their professional careers.

The Board of Trustees, Head of School, and faculty actively promote strategies and policies that support diversity among all of the School’s constituencies, and the Admission Office actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a range of talents and interests and who possess an intellectual curiosity, a high level of motivation, and an eagerness to become involved in our community.

Viewpoint School’s Community Scholars Program

The purpose of the Community Scholars Program is to increase socioeconomic diversity among the student body by enrolling highly qualified, talented, and deserving students who would otherwise be unable to attend Viewpoint without financial assistance.

Viewpoint’s Community Scholars Program seeks to enroll in Viewpoint’s Middle and Upper Schools academically talented students of African American or Hispanic/Latino backgrounds.

Community Scholars Program, Background

In 1993, Viewpoint School established what would become the Community Scholars Program, which was created to increase the enrollment of African American and Latino students who demonstrated academic and extracurricular success, and who otherwise would not have been able to afford an education at Viewpoint. Over the years, this program has served a talented group of students who have enhanced and enriched Viewpoint's community both in and out of the classroom.

Funding had always been provided by a combination of foundation grants and portions of the School’s annual financial aid budget. However, in 2012, Viewpoint’s Board of Trustees, underscoring the School’s commitment to diversity, established an endowment to support the Community Scholars Program, and to tie it in perpetuity to the School’s mission.

With students of color representing one third of our student body, we continue to seek capable, deserving students from diverse backgrounds to experience the rich variety of opportunities offered in Viewpoint’s Middle and Upper Schools. We work closely with A Better Chance, HYPE, KIPP, and The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs to recruit qualified applicants. We also conduct visits to schools and promote community outreach efforts to help prospective students and families learn more about Viewpoint’s excellent academic, arts, and athletic programs.

Selection Criteria for Viewpoint Community Scholars

Viewpoint admits Community Scholars based upon a full review of the application and all supporting materials, including transcripts, recommendations, standardized test scores, family meetings, and student interviews.
  • There are no supplemental applications needed for the Community Scholars Program. Please submit Viewpoint’s admission application and follow the online financial aid application process. For those applying from A Better Chance, The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs, HYPE, or KIPP, we also accept those admission application forms. There is no need to complete an additional Viewpoint application.
  • Applicants should be applying to Upper or Middle School, and should be African American or Hispanic/Latino. Priority is given to Upper School candidates, but the School also welcomes and considers Middle School applicants as funding permits.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants should possess outstanding academic records and service to their school or community.
  • Applicants may indicate their interest in being considered for the Community Scholars Program by contacting September Bongiorno, Associate Director of Admission, via email at Applicants to Grades Six through Twelve who choose to self-identify on the application as African American or Hispanic/Latino and who also apply for financial aid will automatically be considered for the Community Scholars Program.
  • Applicants should meet all deadlines for admission and financial aid applications.

Selection and Awarding of Community Scholars

Students eligible for financial aid and admitted as Community Scholars will receive financial assistance toward tuition and fees. Depending upon the level of need, they may also receive additional assistance to help defray other costs, such as books, transportation, or ancillary fees, such as Class Retreats in Grades 6, 7, 8, and 9. Financial assistance, however, does not extend so far as to include Upper School optional trips such as trips abroad or to the East Coast. The amount of each award and the items covered are slightly different based upon each family’s individual circumstances. While there is no distinction among students, Viewpoint does require its Community Scholars to maintain high academic and citizenship standards.

Some Community Scholars may receive additional accolades as Scholars awarded in honor of a particular donor‘s directed fund. Such an award may carry the donor’s name, as well as special acknowledgement of a student having met additional or separate awarding criteria.

Recipients of these special donor-directed awards may be asked to provide regular written updates of their activities and accomplishments while at Viewpoint. In some instances, donors may ask to meet their Scholars.

Impact of the Community Scholars Program

The endowment for the Community Scholars Program ensures that we maintain our ability to reflect the ethnic and socioeconomic composition of our community, preserve our educational mission, and support students of outstanding personal and academic promise.

Graduating recipients of these awards earned offers of admission from a wide range of fine colleges throughout the country, including:
American University
Arizona State University
Bard College
Boston University
Bucknell University
California Lutheran University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
Colby College
The College of William & Mary
Colorado College
Columbia University
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
Darthmouth College
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dominican University of CA
Drexel University
The George Washington University
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Hampton University
High Point University
Hofstra University
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Lindenwood University, Belleville
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Macalester College
Marist College
Menlo College
Miami University, Oxford
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oregon State University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University, U Park
Pepperdine University
Point Park University
Reed College
Rhodes College
Rice University
Salve Regina University
San Francisco State University
Santa Clara University
Sonoma State University
St. John's University (New York)
Stetson University

Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
Tufts University
Tulane University
The University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Riverside
The University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Miami
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Ursinus College
Washington State University
Washington University
Whitman College
Willamette University
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