Admission FAQs

List of 17 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What type of school is Westside Neighborhood School?

    WNS is a private, independent, preschool through eighth grade day school. Our hands-on, minds-on, constructivist and project-based learning approach represents a blend of best practices drawn from the progressive, developmental, and traditional educational philosophies and is designed to prepare students for success in the 21st century through a blend of academic and social learning curricula.
  • Q: What are your daily hours (including earliest drop off and latest pick up)?

    A: WNS offers early and late care through our ACE (After Class Enrichment) Program for all students Preschool-8. Early drop-off (free of charge) for all students begins at 7:30am, and late pick-up (for a fee) extends to 6pm.
  • Q: Is toilet training required for entry to the preschool?

    A: Yes, all students must be toilet trained before entering preschool. 
  • Q: Is WNS accredited?

    WNS is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Q: Will my child automatically matriculate in the K-8 program after the Early Childhood Center?

    A: Yes, students enrolled in the ECC automatically matriculate into the WNS K-8 program.
  • Q: Does WNS offer a Parent/Toddler program?

    Yes, the WNS Parent/Toddler Program will meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, starting in September. Families may choose to attend one, two, or all three days of the week. Please click here for more information. Families participating in the Parent/Toddler program must apply separately to the WNS Early Childhood Center, if interested. Matriculation into the ECC is not automatic.
  • Q: How old should my child be to apply to preschool, DK or kindergarten?

    Hummingbirds (2y 9m by September 1, 2018)

    Meadowlarks (3y 6m by September 1, 2018)

    DK (4y 6m by September 1, 2018)
    Admission decisions take developmental readiness into consideration . If your child’s DOB just misses an age cutoff, please contact the admission office to discuss applying.
    Kindergarten (5y by August 1, 2018): Children with birth dates between August 1 and September 30 are considered for admission based on developmental readiness.
    The August 1 cutoff date remains as a guide for grades 1–7.
  • Q: How many spaces are available for admission at each grade level for 2018-19?

    Preschool: 24
    DK: approximately 12 spaces
    K: approximately 25 spaces
    Grades 1-7: contingent upon attrition
    Westside Neighborhood School admits students of any race, religion, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
  • Q: How many students are in each class in each division?

    Preschool: Four classrooms of 10-12 students each with a lead teacher and a dedicated assistant

    DK: Two classrooms of 12 students with a full time lead teacher and a shared assistant

    Kindergarten: Three classrooms of 18 students with two lead teachers per class
    Grades 1-5: Two classrooms with 22-26 students with two teachers per class

    K-5th Grade Specialists for Music, PE, Art, Science and Technology with 12-16 students per class. Grades 6-8: departmentalized, with 50-52 students per grade level; students are placed in groups of 8-14 for math and Spanish, and in classes of 15-17 for English, science, history, art, computer science, and PE.
  • Q: What is your policy on siblings?

    A: WNS’s sibling policy is consistent with our philosophy of supporting families. Although we cannot guarantee admission, siblings are granted preferential consideration if the student is well qualified and the family has supported the school's mission and philosophy.
  • Q: Are campus tours and admission presentations available for the Early Childhood Center, Elementary, and Middle School?

    A: Yes. Please join us to learn about the philosophy of WNS, and meet the Head of School, students, and parents, followed by a tour of our campus. Reservations are required. Click here for the dates of our Admission Presentation and Tours and to reserve your space.
  • Q: Does WNS require students to wear a uniform?

    A: K-8 students wear a PE uniform for the entire day on PE days. WNS does not require a uniform on non-PE days. Early Childhood Center students do not wear a PE uniform, nor a regular uniform. 
  • Q: Does WNS have a Hot Lunch Program? Are snacks provided?

    A: WNS is pleased to offer families the option to order delicious and healthy student lunches during the school year for all grades Preschool-8. Our Hot Lunch Program, Freshlunches, provides well-balanced, appealing meals that are high in nutrients and low in fat, sugar, and salt. Ordering is convenient through their simple, secure online system, and can be done so in advance. They also offer emergency walk-up meals to students who do not have a lunch. Their program uses natural, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible, and all poultry and dairy products are antibiotic- and hormone-free. To maintain their commitment to being kind to the environment, their program uses 100% recyclable and compostable packaging.

    In the Early Childhood Center, snacks are provided for all students. In grades K-8, students are to bring their own snacks from home.
  • Q: Does WNS offer transportation?

    A: For K-8 students, WNS offers morning bus services in the following areas:
    • Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach Route: Serving Palos Verdes, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Lawndale, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo every week. 

    • Santa Monica/Venice Route: Serving Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, and Mar Vista every other week.

    • View Park/West LA Route: Serving View Park, Windsor Hills, Baldwin Hills, the Crenshaw communities, Ladera Heights, Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills, Palms, Beverlywood, Century City, and Beverly Hills every other week. 
  • Q: Is Financial Assistance available?

    A: Yes. WNS offer need-based financial assistance for all levels PS-8. Click here to learn more.
  • Q: What is WNS's ISEE code?

    WNS will host the Independent School Entrance Exam for grades five and six. The school code for WNS is 054214. You may register for the exam at

    The WNS test date is: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Q: When will we be notified of our admission decision?

    A: Preschool: Notification letters are mailed February 8, 2018. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than February 14, 2018.
    DK-8: Notification letters are mailed March 16, 2018. Enrollment contracts and the non-refundable deposit are due no later than March 26, 2018.