Why? Because character matters to us.
We know that your child is much more than just test scores and grades in an application folder. Those are important, but they tell us only part of who your child is. The Character Skills Snapshot
(CSS) helps us to know your child better from multiple angles beyond grades and scores.
You may be considering Viewpoint because you are seeking an education that prizes and develops not only academic excellence, but also character, values and social-emotional growth. To that end, the Snapshot provides an opportunity for us to explore the ways in which Viewpoint’s community might enrich and benefit from your child’s intellectual curiosity, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, resilience, open mindedness, and social awareness.
Is this required?
No, the Snapshot is optional, and no one will be penalized in our process for declining to participate. However, the Snapshot can provide our Admission Committee with a clearer picture of your child’s personality and character. It complements traditional cognitive assessments and can illuminate your child’s unique attributes to a greater degree, helping us know your child better. On the Character Skills Snapshot, there are no “wrong answers.”
How much does it cost?
While the CSS normally charges a fee, for applicants to Viewpoint, there is no charge to take the Snapshot. In keeping with Viewpoint’s commitment to character, values, and personal excellence as well as academic excellence, the fee that candidates would normally pay to take the Snapshot is included as a complimentary supplement to our application.
What’s involved in taking it?
Your child takes the Snapshot at home, online, at any time that’s convenient for them. It’s about 20 minutes long. The Snapshot is accessed via a link provided to the parents upon registering.
How can I learn more?
for answers to commonly asked questions about the CSS.
How do I register my child to take the CSS?
ISEE Test Takers: How do I send the Snapshot report to Viewpoint?
Viewpoint is pleased to provide CSS fee waivers for applicants to Viewpoint School.
As you work on completing your application, please contact Patrick LaBo (Patrick.Labo@viewpoint.org
or 818-591-6560) to receive a CSS fee waiver code.
After you receive the fee waiver code, you can create an account to register for the CSS here
. For detailed instructions on how to register for the CSS as an ISEE test taker, click here
SSAT Test Takers:
For SSAT test takers, The Snapshot is included free of charge. When you register for the SSAT, you will also be able to register to take The Snapshot - you will see a Snapshot button on the homepage of the student SSAT account. For detailed instructions on how to register for the Snapshot as an SSAT taker, click here
Once the results report has been posted (about two weeks after completion), parents/guardians can send reports to any schools that have opted to receive Snapshot results. You cannot choose report recipients prior to report release. For detailed instructions on how to send the report, click here