Financial Aid

Community Scholars Program

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.

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.

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  • Community Scholars Program Background

    In 1993, Viewpoint School established what would become the Community Scholars Program. It 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 ChanceYESKIPP, and The Independent School Alliance 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 ChanceThe Independent School AllianceYES, 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. The amount of each award and the items covered are slightly different based upon each family’s individual circumstances.

    Some Community Scholars may receive additional recognition 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 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.
  • 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

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.
“At Viewpoint, the wonderful teachers and enormous variety of classes broadened my view of the world and made my future more promising. I was so well prepared for the challenges of college after I left Viewpoint.”

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend Viewpoint School. Thank you for the academics and the preparation, of course. But thank you even more for the life lessons, the memories, and the friendships I will always cherish.”

“I can’t imagine that it was already six years ago when I first laid eyes on Viewpoint: I remember how huge the swishing stage curtains and bright spotlights in the Carlson Family Theater seemed. I remember the high-ceilinged library, and the many, many curvy balustrades winding throughout campus to keep nature at bay. I remember those evenings I stayed to either rehearse or do homework, listening to the cacophonous frog symphonies emanating at sunset from the flowing stream that meanders through campus. I spent a brilliant time cradled by the mountains in this gem of a school. This is as close to a physical home as has ever gotten to my heart. So, I’ll just say thank you. Thank you so, so much.”

“Attending Viewpoint enriched not only my academic dreams, but my artistic passions as well. I was involved in so many plays and concerts over my time at the school. Looking back, it was the well-roundedness of all I got that meant the most to me."

“I had a wonderful time. I truly realize that the school has shaped who I am more than I could have ever fathomed. Or rather, it conserved and celebrated who I am: it let me be me, at the same time that it encouraged my ambition and curiosity. There really aren’t words to express how grateful I am. I’d love to do it all over again!”
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