Admission
How to Apply

Applying to Kindergarten

Timeline

Timetable for Applying to Kindergarten for the 2018-19 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 Kindergarten 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. We will be happy to work with you.

Fall 2017: Check our Web site for details on private daily campus tours, and make an appointment for one. You are also welcome to attend our Kindergarten Saturday Open Houses on October 28 and December 2.

December 15, 2017: Application due date for 2018. We will also welcome a late application when spaces for the grade exist. Please contact us!

January 16, 2018: Financial Aid deadline for all applicants.

February 9, 2018: Application files must be complete with evaluation forms and academic records received.

November 2017 through February 2018:
  • All applicants: Candidates for all grades and their parents are interviewed on campus in their family meeting.
  • In January and February, Kindergarten applicants attend a Saturday screening.
March 16, 2018: Decision notifications released.

March 26, 2018: Kindergarten Reply Deadline: Families admitted to Kindergarten 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

List of 11 items.

  • Spaces in Kindergarten

    Viewpoint's Kindergarten classrooms are each led by one lead teacher and one assistant teacher. There are about 45 spaces available each year.
  • Visit Us Ahead of Time

    The best way to become familiar with Viewpoint School is to make an appointment before you apply to tour when school is in session in order to learn more about our Kindergarten program. We encourage you to become as familiar with the School as possible before you decide to apply.

    In the fall, we welcome you to contact the Admission Office to arrange a private weekday tour, where you can see classes in session. To make an appointment, call 818-591-6560 or email patrick.labo@viewpoint.org.

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

    Kindergarten 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.

    You might also wish to peruse our detailed curriculum guide, which is entirely online. Click on Primary and Lower Schools at the top of the page.
  • Consider our Age Guideline

    Be aware of our age guideline. Applicants to Kindergarten should have turned five years old no later than August 1 of the year they wish to enter Viewpoint. Please don't hesitate to speak with a member of the Admission staff if you have questions about this; we will be happy to give you planning advice if you are the parent of a child with a late summer or fall birthday.
  • To start the Kindergarten application process...

    We need:
    • Application for Admission.
    • Application Fee of $125.
    • A copy of the child's birth certificate.(Applicants to Kindergarten should have turned five prior to August 1 of the year they wish to enter Viewpoint.)
    • 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 preschool director and teacher evaluation forms 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 Kindergarten should distribute the Preschool Director’s Evaluation, the Preschool Teacher’s Evaluation, and the Consent for Release of Information form with the parents’ portion completed to the child’s current school after January 1.

    If your child attends more than one preschool, please arrange to have evaluations completed by each school. The educators completing these forms should return them directly to Viewpoint School by the beginning of February.

    If your child's preschool provides academic progress reports, the Consent for Release of Information form, signed by you, and given to them, will permit them to release those records to us.

    For families applying their children to repeat Kindergarten with us: If your child currently attends Kindergarten, we ask that you provide us with recommendations and records for their most recently attended school. In some cases, we may contact you for additional information from the child's preschool of the prior year.
  • Testing

    Our goal in the admission process is to ensure an appropriate match between Viewpoint and new students. We want students to thrive while achieving both personal and academic success. To that end, we carefully consider students' readiness for our program, using different assessment tools depending upon the grade to which the child is applying. Testing results are only one factor of many considered by the Admission Committee.

    For Kindergarten:
    Developmental Screenings

    Kindergarten developmental readiness screenings typically take place on a Saturday in January or early February for one and a half hours. Students will have the opportunity to spend time in the classroom with a small group of other Kindergarten applicants, while teachers present age-appropriate experiences.

    We may also screen children in the Admission Office during school days, depending upon the time of year and the scheduling.

    The children engage in activities that they are already comfortable and familiar with from their pre-kindergarten programs. The main focus of the screening is to assess a child's developmental maturity and readiness for Viewpoint's Kindergarten program.
    Many areas are considered including cognitive development, fine and gross motor skills, attention span, ability to focus, ability to make smooth transitions between activities, and social interaction.
  • Family Meeting

    Applicant Family Meetings occur on schooldays once we have received the Application for Admission, and prior to your child's scheduled Screening Day. We ask that both parents and the child visit with us in the Office of Admission for their family meeting. We will contact you after we receive your applicaton for admission to scheule your Family Meeting.

    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.
  • Kindergarten Screening

    One of the activities we most look forward to is our visits with our youngest applicants. All applicants to Kindergarten get to spend a little bit of time with us in a special screening that helps us get a sense of their developmental maturity and readiness for our full-day Kindergarten program. Screenings are held in January and February in Viewpoint’s Primary School classrooms, after we've had the chance to meet with an applicant family in the office. Once we receive an application for admission, we will contact you to arrange a convenient screening day and time for your child. For more information about our Kindergarten screening, click on the word "Testing" located at the far right of this page.
  • How much does it cost and is there financial aid available?

    Details on tuition amounts and the Financial Aid process are located on the left side of this page under "Affording Viewpoint"

    Families of the youngest students who may require Financial Aid to attend Viewpoint should be sure to take the following important information into consideration:

    Because Financial Aid is a scarce resource, with far more applicants than funding available, we do not distribute the awarding of Financial Aid dollars evenly throughout the grades.

    Viewpoint's Board of Trustees has mandated that students who are closest to their high school graduation have the highest priority to be awarded Financial Aid. This means that we favor Upper School students first in the awarding of assistance, followed by students in the Middle grades.

    Although there may sometimes be exceptions, as a general rule, Financial Aid for families with children in Viewpoint’s Primary and Lower Schools, regardless of need, is very difficult to obtain. This is true for both currently enrolled families as well as those applying for admission.
  • When will you hear?

    Candidates for admission whose applications were submitted by December 15, 2017 will be mailed the decision on March 16, 2018, 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 26, 2018 to reply to our offer of admission.
  • 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.