Admissions

Admissions Process

Rolling Admissions

Vistamar is still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Students applying during our Rolling Admissions phase are considered on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, Moderated Tuition, our version of Financial Aid, is not available to families applying during this phase. Due to COVID-19, we are waiving the ISEE/SSAT requirement for any applicant during this phase. Please email admissions@vistamarschool.org for additional details.

Applying to Vistamar

Vistamar uses the Standard Application Online (SAO)— to learn more about using the SAO and begin your application, click here.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2021-22 academic year will be in mid-January 2021.

Supporting Materials: All supporting materials, such as recommendations and transcripts, must be received by the application deadline.

Please feel free to contact us throughout the admission season if you have any questions about applying.

Email: admissions@vistamarschool.org or  Phone: 310-643-7377

 

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  • Time-Line for Fall 2021 Application Season

    The application season runs from September 2020 - March 2021. 

    Application Deadline: mid-January 2021
    Admission Notification: first week of March 2021
    Admission Response: mid-March 2021
  • Decision Dates

    Decision notification letters for the 2021-22 school year will be mailed and emailed in the first week of March 2021 to each candidate who has a complete file. 

    Should you apply after the mid-January 2021 deadline, the Admission Committee will make decisions on a rolling basis depending on space availability.

Step - By - Step Instructions

List of 6 items.

  • STEP ONE: SUBMIT THE INQUIRY FORM

    Future Applicants: Please fill out the online inquiry form. By doing this, you and your family will be added to our admissions database. This step lets us know of your interests and ensures you receive important communications from the Admissions Office. 

    Please note: If you have already completed the inquiry form, you are in our database and do not need to fill out the form again. 
     
  • STEP TWO: COME VISIT

    The best way to get to know Vistamar School is to visit our innovative campus to see for yourself what we are all about. Whether you’re in 8th grade or a transfer student, grab a few friends and come to one of our Open Houses, or take a campus tour while school is in session. Our founders knew that there was a better way to do high school - come see how we do it.

    Registration for Open House and Campus Tours are available on the Admissions Events page.
     
  • STEP THREE: APPLY ONLINE

    Vistamar School uses the Standard Application Online (SAO) To begin your application, click here. Make sure to select "Vistamar School" from the school list.

    The deadline to submit an application for the 2020-21 academic year will be in mid-January 2021. Vistamar School will consider applications beyond the deadline in Rolling Admissions. 

    *There is a one-time application fee of $125. If you would like to request a fee waiver, more information is included below.

    The Character Skills Snapshot will not be required as part of the application process. We will accept the report if a family chooses to submit it. 
  • STEP FOUR: SCHEDULE YOUR ADMISSION TESTING

    Typically students who apply to Vistamar for grades 9 and 10 may take either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). Applicants to grade 11 may submit results from the PSAT 10 (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) in lieu of the ISEE or SSAT. Due to the changing situation around the world the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) will offer their at-home testing solution for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). While this option will give students the opportunity to take their assessment safely from the comfort of their homes, Vistamar remains committed to reducing the level of anxiety surrounding the application process. As such, the ISEE and SSAT remain optional for families currently in our applicant pool interested in a fall 2020 start. As an alternative, we can proctor an exam (virtually) that will test students on their writing capabilities. Admission tests should be completed between August 2020 and the last week of January 2021. All students must submit either an ISEE, SSAT, or PSAT test result to Vistamar School.

    All test results must come to Vistamar School directly from the testing company. We will not accept scores from an applicant’s family or consultant. 

    The standardized test results are just one factor we consider in gaining a clear academic picture of each applicant. If your student takes the test more than once, we hope you will send us all of the results as more data helps us make an even more informed admissions decision.
     
  • STEP FIVE: SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS

    In addition to the application, each student is required to submit transcripts and three letters of recommendation -- one from an Administrator, one from an English teacher, and one from a Math teacher.  The standard recommendation forms that all members of the LAIS (Los Angeles Independent Schools) Consortium use are available below. 

    We will also accept the forms requested through your SAO portal. 

    These forms can be submitted between December 2020 and mid-January 2021.
  • STEP SIX: SCHEDULE YOUR INTERVIEW

    After your online application has been submitted, we will contact you to set up an interview with a member of the Vistamar Admissions Committee.

    We will interview you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) on the same day. At least one parent or guardian is expected to attend the interview with you. Interviews typically last an hour at Vistamar.
     
ADMISSIONS FEE WAIVERS:  To request fee waivers for the Admissions Application or Admissions Testing, please email admissions@vistamarschool.org. Please include your student's first and last name and fee waiver type you are requesting.
 
MODERATED TUITION FEE WAIVER: Schools and Student Services (SSS) will use the Federal poverty guidelines to consider family size, income and asset information in the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) to assess the family's situation, and automatically apply a waiver if the family qualifies. Our school code is "4027."

PLEASE NOTE: 
Unfortunately, due to budget limitations, Moderated Tuition is only offered to returning families and new 9th grade families who apply by the priority deadline.

Admissions FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I sign up for a Vista-Visit (Shadow) Day?

    Vista-Visits are held on select dates throughout the Admissions Season from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Select dates for Vista-Visits will be by invitation only to prospective students who have completed their application. 

    To receive sign up information, please fill out an inquiry form. 
  • Does Vistamar have support for students with Learning Profiles?

    Applicants currently receiving or anticipate to receive educational support from Vistamar School need to email current (within the last 3 - 5 years) pertinent educational or neuropsychological
    testing to admissions@vistamarschool.org.
     
    Please note, Vistamar does not grant accommodations based on doctor's note, IEP or 504 plan. We do offer the accommodations of 50% extended time as well as use of a laptop for notes and in class essays (for a diagnosis of disorder of written expression/dysgraphia not for ADHD). 
  • Can I submit my application and supplemental forms early?

    Yes. We encourage students and families to submit their application as early as September 2020 prior to the mid-January priority deadline.  

    Supplemental Forms from the student’s current school, however, are not due until January 31, 2021. We will accept those forms as early as December 1, 2020

    We recommend these forms be submitted to us as close to January 31st as possible so we can have the most recent and up-to-date information regarding the student. Once we have received all the pieces of an application can we begin the evaluation process.
  • How do I apply for Moderated Tuition (Financial Aid)?

    We at Vistamar are deeply committed to working with qualified students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to assist with tuition costs. To do this, we’ve developed a robust, need-based program we call Moderated Tuition. Many schools refer to these programs as financial aid, but Vistamar’s program is preferable because it serves a wider variety of family circumstances including families who have moderate need. Click here to read more...
  • Is an Admission Interview Required?

    Yes.  After your online application has been submitted, we will contact you to set up an interview with a member of the Vistamar Admissions Committee.

    Interviews will be held from October through Mid- February. You and your parent(s) or guardian(s) will be interviewed individually on the same day. At least one parent or guardian is expected to attend the interview with you and you can plan on spending no more than one hour at Vistamar.
  • Does Vistamar School have a bus or transportation service?

    YES.  
    Here are the key details about our transportation service:
     
    • Our program serves families who come from the north and from the east of our El Segundo campus.
    • Families are responsible for covering the cost of transportation one-way or round trip.
    • Vistamar partners with families who are participating in Moderated Tuition on an individual basis to help make the program affordable.
    For more information about the transportation service, click here

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Transfer Applicant Deadlines

Vistamar School will accept transfer applications for the 2020-2021 school year. We have spaces in grades 9 and 10, with limited spaces in grade 11. Vistamar runs on a trimester system and students considering a mid-year entry should check with their school registrar to make sure they can receive quarter or trimester credit. 

Please review the entry point dates and deadlines below. The steps to apply are in the center column. 
 
Entry Point 1 - 2nd Trimester start, first week of December 2020
  • All applications and supplemental materials must be in no later than the first week in November.
  • Decisions rendered by mid-November.
Entry Point 2 - Midyear start, first week of January 2021
  • All applications and supplemental materials must be in no later than the first week of December.
  • Decisions rendered by mid-December.
Entry Point 3 - 3rd Trimester start, mid-March 2021
  • All applications and supplemental materials must be in no later than mid-February.
  • Decisions rendered late-February.


Required Admission Testing Information

Students who apply to Vistamar for grades 9 and 10 may take either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) standardized admission test. Admission tests must be completed between August 2020 and January 2021. Applicants to grades 11 may submit results from the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) in lieu of the ISEE or SSAT. All students must submit either an ISEESSAT or PSAT result to Vistamar School. There are fees associated with each test and those fees are directly determined by the test administrator. If you need assistance paying for a test please email admissions@vistamarschool.org

All test results must come to Vistamar School directly from the testing company. We will not accept scores from an applicant’s family or consultant. 

The standardized test results are just one factor we consider in gaining a clear academic picture of each applicant. If your student takes the test more than once, we hope you will send us all of the results as more data helps us make an even more informed admissions decision.

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
When registering online to take the exam, make sure to list our  school code, “054327.”  You can register with Educational Records Bureau (ERB) online at www.iseetest.org .
 
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
When registering online to take the exam, make sure to list our  school code, “7976.”  You can register with the Enrollment Management Association (EMA) online at www.ssat.org .
  
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
Vistamar requires that each 10th and 11th grade applicant who has taken the PSAT within one year report their scores to Vistamar. 10th and 11th graders who have not taken the PSAT should make arrangements to take the ISEE or SSAT. Please contact the College Board for any additional questions. 
 

Supplemental Forms

In addition to the application, each applicant is required to submit their transcripts and letters of recommendation. Recommendations can be returned via:
  • EMAIL: (preferred): As a PDF file ONLY to admissions@vistamarschool.org
  • MAIL: Vistamar School, "Attention Admissions, " 737 Hawaii Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
  • FAX: 310-643-7371

Supplemental Form FAQs

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Vistamar School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, gender orientation or expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, or 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, disability, color, religion, gender, gender orientation or expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial access programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.

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