Dates & Testing

Admission Notification Dates

As independent schools, we are varied in our educational philosophies and programs but united in our commitment to ethical practices in our admission offices. The Heads of the undersigned Los Angeles schools have agreed to the following principles of good practice for K – 12 admissions:

In order to minimize timing dilemmas for applicant families, we have agreed to these common notification and reply dates for fall 2021 admission:

Grades 9-12:

Grades K-8:

Once notifications have been sent, schools will not initiate visits, whether for individuals or groups (e.g., through open houses).

We are mindful of the disruption to students’ education in their current schools that additional visits to prospective schools can cause, so we do not encourage such visits. However, schools that receive requests for newly admitted students and/or parents may grant those requests at their discretion.

No applicant or applicant family will be contacted by any representative of the school once admissions notification begins. Of course, admitted students and their parents are welcome to contact schools to have questions answered.

We share an interest in making the independent school application experience as informative and enjoyable as possible. And we are joined in our conviction that the independent school world can offer unique and rich educational opportunities for young people.

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 reference about secondary schools 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. This list is intended for reference only. Additionally, elementary schools may require assessments or student screenings. Please refer to individual school websites and admissions offices to confirm the most current testing requirements.

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.”