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Our Mission

Welcome! LAIS – Los Angeles Independent Schools – is a consortium of over 60 Los Angeles-area independent schools serving children from preschool to 12th grade that share a common mission: assisting families in their exploration of independent school education. We do so by following the best practices of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); by establishing and adhering to ethical, consistent policies and procedures, most notably, our common decision notification and response dates. We are also committed to sharing resources and expertise in a collegial manner to support the recruitment, access, and enrollment of students.

Many of the LAIS schools are accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) which provides guidance and standards to ensure independent schools provide a high quality education. It is our hope, that through this website and through our school fairs, we increase awareness of and access to independent school options in the Los Angeles area.

Upcoming Events

LAIS is hosting a few Informational Admission Seminars to discuss the importance and impact of independent schools. These virtual events will be held Thursday evenings, from 6pm-7pm, throughout the fall and winter. We hope you'll join us. Please click on one of the registration buttons below to register today.

October 1, 2020

November 5, 2020

December 3, 2020

January 7, 2021

LAIS Financial Aid Night

Join us to learn more about the financial aid process at independent schools. During this webinar, you’ll hear about some common misconceptions, affordability at independent schools, basics about the general financial aid process, and recommendations. Presenters for the event are Steve Casey, Director of Financial Aid & Affordability, Crossroads School and Greg Gonzalez, Director of Financial Aid, Harvard-Westlake School. The session will be moderated by Oscar Cancio, Director of Admissions, Vistamar School.

ADMISSION TESTING REQUIREMENTS 2020-2021

In an effort to increase transparency and efficiency for families applying to Los Angeles-area independent schools during the 2020-2021 admission cycle, we have created this one-sheet reference about admission testing requirements, specifically for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) and the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) and a reminder of our common transcript forms request.

WILL NOT REQUIRE or CONSIDER ISEE-SSAT:

(do not send scores)

  • Archer School for Girls
  • Berkeley Hall School
  • Brentwood School
  • Bridges Academy
  • The Buckley School
  • Campbell Hall
  • Chadwick School
  • Country School
  • Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
  • de Toledo High School
  • Heschel Day School
  • Marlborough School
  • Marymount School
  • New Roads School
  • Oakwood School
  • Pilgrim School
  • Rolling Hills Prep
  • Sinai Akiba Academy
  • Turning Point School
  • The Wesley School
  • Westside Neighborhood School
  • Wildwood School
  • Willows Community School
  • Windward School

TEST-OPTIONAL POLICY:

  • Calvary Christian School
  • Episcopal School of Los Angeles
  • Harvard-Westlake School
  • Milken Community Schools
  • Mirman School
  • Sierra Canyon School
  • St. Matthew’s Parish School
  • Viewpoint School (CSS Character Skills Snapshot required)
  • Vistamar School

WILL HAVE SCHOOL-SPECIFIC ADMISSION TEST:

  • Archer School for Girls
  • Windward School

COMMON TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM:

Please note that the Common Transcript Request Form will ask for the last 3 years of each applicant’s school record, to include “an official transcript of all grades and evaluations, testing results, and information regarding disciplinary actions at your school for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 academic years.”

Updated August 28, 2020

Featured Schools

Each month, we highlight five Los Angeles area independent schools who are members of our consortium.