Admission

Why Viewpoint

Viewpoint School is committed to inspiring leadership in students, in all forms, one student at a time. There are as many ways of being a leader as there are individuals, and our mission is to recognize and develop the individuality in each student.

Walk on campus and you will feel it—a caring community that inspires, supports, and challenges students tobe their best.

Explore our programs and you will find endless ways to engage in new and favorite activities and subjects, a breadth of offerings to challenge children and develop their talents and interests—from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.

Visit our campus and our programs to see how we encourage students to:

We are always seeking highly motivated students who welcome a challenging and stimulating academic experience, and a meaningful social environment.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon.

Warmly, 

The Viewpoint School Admission Team

FAQs

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • When are applications due?

    In the wake of the recent fires and their impact on so many in our community, Viewpoint is happy to provide an extension on our December 17 admission application deadline to those who might need it. Please drop us a line at admission@viewpoint.org for assistance. 
     
    Additionally, 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.
  • Can I submit the application early?

    Yes, we encourage families to submit their applications prior to the deadline in order to schedule the family meeting. Please note we do not release decisions early for early applications, and an early application does not receive a higher priority in regards to admission.
  • How old should my child be to apply to Kindergarten?

    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.
  • When will we be notified of our admission decision?

    March 8: 9-12 Admission decisions released
    March 15: K-8 Admission decisions released
    March 19: Reply deadline for families admitted to Grades 9-12
    March 25:Reply deadline for families admitted to Grades K- 8
  • Are campus tours available?

    Yes! We offer private tours on school days throughout the academic year. Please check out the "Visit" page for more information.
  • How many spaces are available in each grade?

    Kindergarten: : Viewpoint's Kindergarten classrooms are each led by one lead teacher and one assistant teacher with 16-18 children in a classroom.
    Sixth Grade: 25-35
    Seventh Grade: 25-35
    Ninth Grade: 25-35
    Other Grades: A handful of spaces are typically available in Grades 1- 5, 8, and 10- 12. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.
  • How much weight does the admission committee place on standardized test scores?

    Students applying to Grades 5-12 must sit for a standardized test—either the ISEE or the SSAT. Test scores only represent one component of the application process. The admission committee always considers the whole application file (including a student’s report card, interview, application, teacher recommendations) in order to get the fullest picture of a student.
  • Is an interview required?

    Yes. A family meeting is required for all applicants to the school. If possible, both parents and the child should be present.
  • What is the Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)?

    The Character Skills Snapshot is an optional component of the application process for students applying to Grades 6-12.

    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
    Click here for answers to commonly asked questions about the CSS.
     
    How do I register my child to take the CSS? 
    ISEE Test Takers: 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.

    How do I send the Snapshot report to Viewpoint? 
    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
  • Does Viewpoint have a 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.
    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 may be placed in the Wait Pool if no space is available. 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 the same as the deadline for all other candidates.
  • Is financial aid available?

    Viewpoint does offer financial aid to qualified applicants. Click on "Tuition Information" and "Financial Aid" on the left side of this page for detailed information on tuition costs and the Financial Aid application process.
  • What is the student to faculty ratio?

    The student to faculty ratio is an impressive 7:1.
  • Is there a school uniform?

    Students in Grades K-8 wear uniforms. Students in Grades 9-12 abide by our dress code. For more information, visit these links:
                   Primary School Uniform
                   Lower School Uniform
                   Middle School Uniform
                   Upper School Dress Code
  • What are Viewpoint’s ISEE or SSAT school codes? When are these tests administered at Viewpoint? 

    www.iseetest.org. (Viewpoint’s school code is 050423).  

    www.ssat.org (Viewpoint’s school code is 7940).

    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 may 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 can find those dates by clcking here.
  • Does Viewpoint offer bus transportation?

    Yes! Viewpoint offers a robust bus transportation program for an additional fee. You can find more information about transportation by clicking here.
  • Does Viewpoint have a hot lunch program?

    Yes! The talented chefs from SAGE have transformed lunchtime at Viewpoint School into a daily culinary adventure. Our students are treated to real food, cooked from scratch. SAGE`s seasonal menus are custom designed for us, reflecting the students` preferences as well as the fresh products available in the market. SAGE`s registered dietitians review and approve each menu to ensure that it offers a wide variety of nutritious choices. Click here for more information.
  • Does Viewpoint offer boarding or homestay options?

    Viewpoint is a day school with no boarding facilities, and we do not undertake to place international students in homestay programs.

    We strongly prefer that students from abroad — if they are not living with their own family — reside with relatives or friends in the area who have a vested interest in their well-being.
  • Are there special admission requirements for international students?

    Viewpoint School is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The application process is the same for domestic and international applicants. Families of international students considering Viewpoint should keep the following points in mind:

    Viewpoint is a day school with no boarding facilities, and we do not undertake to place international students in homestay programs.

    Viewpoint does not offer ESL courses. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate excellent verbal and written English.

    We strongly prefer that students from abroad — if they are not living with their own family — reside with relatives or friends in the area who have a vested interest in their well-being.

    In the admission process, we prefer in-person meetings with the applicant and parents. When this is not possible, we are able to conduct Skype interviews.
  • Does Viewpoint provide I-20s to international students?

    Viewpoint School is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. A small number of international students study at Viewpoint, and we are able to issue I-20s for international students.

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