Admissions

Admissions Process

ROLLING ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

If you missed the priority deadline, Vistamar School will consider new 9th grade and transfer applications (permitting availabilityafter the January 17th deadline. Rolling Admissions applications will be reviewed up until August 15th. Vistamar School has limited availability in upper grade levels, so we encourage transfer students to apply as early as possible. 

Vistamar uses the Standard Application Online (SAO)— to learn more about using the SAO and begin your application, click here. We also encourage you to fill out an Inquiry form to help us learn a little more about you. 

Please note, applications for Moderated Tuition (Financial Aid) closed on January 31, 2019. All funds have been allocated for the 2019 -20 school year.

TIME-LINE
Rolling Admission decisions are released at the end of each month from April - June.

When we receive ALL supplemental forms- Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation- we will move your file to the Admissions Committee and deliver a decision typically within one week. 


VISIT VISTAMAR
Open House season has passed, so we encourage students and families to join us for a Campus Tour. Click here to schedule your tour.

Vista-Visits, sometimes referred to as a "shadow day," are designed for 8th grade and transfer prospective students to “walk a half day in the shoes” of a Vistamar student. Given the time of year, Vista-Visits are offered after you have submitted your application. The Admissions Team will coordinate with you and your family directly.




ADMISSIONS APPLICATION SEASON

Vistamar School will launch events, tours and applications for the 2020 - 2021 school year in September 2019. To receive updates from the Admissions Office directly, please submit an inquiry form.
Apply using the SAO|| Register for the ISEE  OR the SSAT 
Troubleshooting the SAO: Contact the Enrollment Management Association directly by email sending an email to apply@ssat.org or by reach them by phone (Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST) 609-683-4440.


Step - by - Step Instructions

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • STEP ONE: SUBMIT THE INQUIRY FORM

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

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


     
  • STEP TWO: COME VISIT

    Vistamar School hosts Open Houses, V Factor Events and Campus Tours throughout the admissions fall/winter season. Attending an Open House is a great way for you and your parents to see Vistamar School in action and find out what The V FACTOR is all about. 

    Registration for Open House and Campus Tours are available on the  Admissions Events page.
  • STEP THREE: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

    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 annual deadline to submit an application for the 2019-20 academic year is January 17, 2019. Vistamar School wil consider applications beyond the deadline in Rolling Admissions.
    * There is a one-time application fee of $125.

    You will then be directed to complete a Character Skills Snapshot which gives us richer holistic information to make admission decisions beyond just grades and test scores. 

    SAO Issues: apply@ssat.org or by Phone (Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST) : 609.683.4440




     

     
  • STEP FOUR: SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS


    In addition to the application, each applicant is required to submit their transcripts and  letters of recommendation from an administrator, English teacher, and math teacher.  There is a standard form that all members of the LAIS (Los Angeles Independent Schools) Consortium use and they are available to on the right-hand column as a editable PDFs. 

    Please encourage your teachers and administrators to keep a copy of the recommendation for their records. Recommendations can be returned to Vistamar School one of three ways: 
    • EMAIL: (preferred): As a PDF file ONLY to admissions@vistamarschool.org
    • MAIL: Vistamar School, "Attention Admissions, " 737 Hawaii Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
    • FAX: "Attention Admissions" to 310-643-7371

    The Official Transcript request form is also located on the right-hand column.  

  • STEP FIVE: 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.

    You and your parent(s) or guardian(s) will be interviewed 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. 
  • STEP SIX: SCHEDULE YOUR ADMISSION TESTING

    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 October 2018 and the last week of January 2019. Applicants to grades 11 may submit results from the PSAT 10 (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) in lieu of the ISEE or SSAT. All students must submit either an ISEE, SSAT or PSAT 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. Most students should not require any special preparation or tutoring.

    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 or call ERB directly at 1.800.446.0320.  Please keep in mind, dates fill quickly We encourage you to review their website to help you and your family learn more about the test. 

    Please note, arrangements for the completion of the ISEE are the responsibility of each applying family. Reservations for testing and payments are made through the ERB 1.800.446.0320. 

    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 or call EMA directly at 609.683.4440.  We encourage you to review their website to help you and your family learn more about the test. 

    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. 

Decision Dates

ROLLING ADMISSIONS DECISIONS

Rolling Admission decisions are released at the end of each month from April - June.

When we receive ALL supplemental forms- Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation- we will move your file to the Admissions Committee and deliver a decision typically within one week. 

Admissions FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Can I submit my application and supplemental forms early?

    Yes. We encourage students and families to submit their application as early as September 2018 prior to the January 17th priority deadline.  

    Supplemental Forms from the student’s current school, however, are not due until January 31, 2019. We will accept those forms as early as December 1, 2018.

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

    More information to follow. 
  • Q: 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...
  • Q: 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). 
  • Q: Does Vistamar School have a bus service?

    YES. 
    Here are the key details about our bus service:
     
    • Our program serves families who wish to use a bus service to attend Vistamar – those coming from the north and from the east of our El Segundo campus.
    • Families are responsible for covering the cost of bus 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 bus service, click here

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 October 2018 and January 26,  2019. 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.

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. Most students should not require any special preparation or tutoring.

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. 
 
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.




Supplemental Forms

In addition to the application, each applicant is required to submit their transcripts and  letters of recommendation. Recommendations can be returned via: 

Supplemental From FAQs

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

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