Admission FAQs

List of 15 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: 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: When will the WNS preschool open? Will my child automatically matriculate in the K-8 program after preschool?

    A: The preschool will open in the fall of 2017. Students enrolled in the preschool automatically matriculate into kindergarten. 
  • Q: Does WNS offer a parent/toddler program?

    Yes, the WNS Parent/Toddler Program will meet on Saturdays, starting in September.  Please click here for more information.  Families participating in the parent/toddler program must apply separately to the WNS preschool, if interested.  Matriculation is not automatic.
  • Q: How old should my child be to apply to preschool, DK or kindergarten?

    For children to be eligible for our preschool Hummingbirds class, they should be 2y 9m by September 1 and for the Meadowlarks 3y 6m by September 1, 2017.

    For children to be eligible for DK, we recommend they are four and a half years of age by September 1 of the academic year for which admission is sought.

    For eligibility to kindergarten, we recommend children are five years old by August 1 of the academic year for which admission is sought; children with birth dates between August 1 and September 30 are considered for admission based on developmental readiness.

    The kindergarten cut-off date remains as a guide for grades 1–7.
  • Q: How many spaces are available for admission at each grade level for 2017-2018?

    Preschool: 44
    DK: 24 spaces
    K: approximately 28 spaces
    Grades 1-7: contingent upon attrition

    Applications for eighth grade are not considered except in special circumstances, which are discussed individually with prospective families.
    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 elementary and middle school?

    Kindergarten: two classrooms of 20-26 students with 2 full-time co-teachers per class

    Grades 1-5: two classrooms with 22-26 students with 2 full-time co-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 Kindergarten and Elementary 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: WNS students wear a PE uniform for the entire day on PE days. WNS does not require a uniform on non-PE days.
  • Q: Does WNS have a Hot Lunch Program?

    A: WNS is pleased to offer families the option to order delicious and healthy student lunches during the school year. 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. We also offer emergency walk-up meals to students who do not have a lunch. Our program uses natural, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible, and all poultry and dairy products are antibiotic- and hormone-free. To maintain our commitment to being kind to the environment, our program uses 100% recyclable and compostable packaging.
  • Q: Does WNS offer transportation?

    A: WNS offers morning bus services with stops in the South Bay, View Park, West LA, Santa Monica, and Venice.
  • Q: Is Financial Assistance Available?

    A: Yes. WNS offer need-based financial assistance.
  • 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, January 7, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Q: When will we be notified of our admission decision?

    A: Preschool admission notifications will be sent on February 9, 2017. Admission notifications will be sent on March 17, 2017.