Admissions

Admissions Process

2019 - 2020 School Year Applicant Information

We know you are a digital expert so Vistamar’s application is only available online.Vistamar uses the Standard Application Online (SAO)— to learn more about using the SAO and begin your application, click here.

The annual deadline to submit an application for the 2019-20 academic year is January 17, 2019 so don’t procrastinate. In fact, we recommend you complete your application well before this date.

Supporting Materials: All supporting materials, such as recommendations and transcripts, must be received by January 31, 2019.

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

 
Apply using the SAO|| Register for the ISEE  OR the SSAT || 

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. 
    • If you are also applying for need based Moderated Tuition - Vistamar's exceptional take on Financial Aid, that application is due on January 31, 2019.
    • More information can be found on the Affording Vistamar section of our website.
    * There is a one-time application fee of $125. If this is a hardship for you and your family, please email admissions@vistamarschool.org.*

    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.  We will accept your Official Transcript and Letters of Recommendation after December 1, 2018 but no later than January 31, 2019 to be considered at the priority deadline. 

  • 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.

    Interviews will be held from September through Mid- February. 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 (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. 

    In order to be considered in the priority round, please take your ISEE by January 26th. While you can take the exam at any number of sites, the ISEE will also be administered at Vistamar School on the following dates:  
    • November 3, 2018
    • November 7, 2018
    • December 15, 2018
    • January 13, 2019
    • January 26, 2019
    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. Please email fee waiver requests to admissions@vistamarschool.org. 


    Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
    When registering online to take the exam, make sure to list our  school code, “  .”  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. 

    In order to be considered by the priority deadline, please take your SSAT by January 26th. While you can take the exam at any number of sites, the SSAT will also be administered at Vistamar School on the following dates:  
    • October 13, 2018
    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

Admissions and Moderated Tuition decisions will be released electronically and by mail at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2019.

If you decide to accept your offer of admission (and/or Moderated Tuition) at Vistamar, contracts are due no later than Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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 the last week of January 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

Supplemental From FAQs

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

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