Admissions

Steps to Apply

2019 - 2020 School Year Applicant Information

We know you are a digital expert so Vistamar’s application is only available online— it goes live on August 1, 2018.

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 18, 2019.

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

email: admissions@vistamarschool.org or by phone: 310-643-7377

 

Step - by - Step Instructions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • STEP ONE: COMPLETE THE ONLINE 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 to 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 will launch on August 1st from the Admissions Events page.
  • STEP THREE: FILL OUT AND COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION

    Vistamar’s application is only available online— it goes live on August 1, 2018. 

    The annual deadline to submit an application for the 2019-20 academic year is January 17, 2019. 
    • If you are applying for need based Moderated Tuition - Vistamar's exceptional take on Financial Aid, your application is due on January 17, 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 check back for details on how to request a fee waiver.*

    Supporting Materials: All supporting materials, such as recommendations and transcripts, must be received by January 18, 2019. Please look to the right hand column to access the 2019 - 2020 Supplemental Forms. 
  • STEP FOUR: 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 November 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. 
  • STEP FIVE: REGISTER FOR AND TAKE THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAM (ISEE)

    Vistamar School requires that all 8th and 9th grade applicants take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as part of the application process. 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 “What to expect on ISEE," a guide published by the ISEE to help families learn more about the test. 

    The ISEE 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 for the ISEE. 

    In order to be considered for the first round of applications, 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:  
    • October 6, 2018
    • 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.

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 4 frequently asked questions.

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

    More information to follow. 
  • Q: Can I submit my application and supplemental forms early?

    Yes. We encourage students and families to submit their applications prior to the January 17th deadline so that the required interviews can be scheduled as early as possible.

    Supplemental Forms from the student’s current school, however, are not due until January 18, 2019. 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 November 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: 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

Rolling Admission Information

If you missed the priority deadline, Vistamar School will consider 8th grade applications after the deadline until June 30thOnce we receive all supplemental forms, we will move your file to the Admissions Committee and deliver a decision within one week. 

Please note, applications for Moderated Tuition closed with our priority deadline on January 31, 2018.

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: I am a rising 9th grader, can I submit an application for the 2018 - 2019 school year?

    Yes.  We do consider applicants beyond the annual deadline date and have limited openings in 9th grade.


  • Q: What are the  Steps to Apply during Vistamar's Rolling Admissions process?

    Here are the steps you should follow to find Your V FACTOR:


    STEP ONE:
     
    SUBMIT AN INQUIRY. Fill out our online form.

    STEP TWO:  APPLY TO VISTAMAR.
    1. Complete Vistamar’s online application
      • Please note, applications for Moderated Tuition closed with our priority deadline on January 31, 2018. 
    2. Submit recommendation forms and transcript request forms to your current school  All forms are available to download on the right hand column. 
      • To monitor the status of your application, please review the checklist within your myVistamar portal.
    * There is a one-time application fee of $125. 
     
    STEP THREE:  SUBMIT YOUR TESTING

    The Independent School Entrance Exam 
    (ISEE) . Vistamar requires that each 8th and 9th grade applicant take the ISEE and that all scores taken within a given year be reported to Vistamar.  Please make sure your scores are sent to Vistamar School by entering the school code 054327 in the “Report to Schools” section of the registration form.

    If you have additional questions about the ISEE, you may call ISEE directly at 1-800-446-0320 or email at isee@measinc.com.

    Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) . Vistamar requires that each 10th and 11th grade applicant who has taken the PSAT within a given year report their scores to Vistamar. Please contact the College Board for any additional questions. 


    STEP FOUR:  SCHEDULE YOUR INTERVIEW.
     After your online application has been submitted, you will be directed to to set up an interview with a member of the Vistamar Admissions Committee or Community. You and your parent(s) or guardian(s) will be interviewed individually, and you can plan on spending no more than one hour at Vistamar.

    We are happy to give you and your family a campus tour while you are on our campus for your interview. Please add that request in the "notes" portion of the interview appointment.
     

    STEP FIVE:  RECEIVE ADMISSIONS OUTCOMES.
    Once we receive all supplemental forms, we will move your fille to the Admissions Committee and deliver a decision within one week.

    Admissions decisions will be released electronically and by mail at 
    5:00 PM on a Friday. If you decide to accept your offer of admission at Vistamar, contracts are due within one week.
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.

Required Testing Information

Vistamar School requires that all 8th and 9th grade applicants take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as part of the application process. 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 “What to expect on ISEE," a guide published by the ISEE to help families 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 and report their scores to Vistamar. 10th graders who have not taken the PSAT should make arrangements to take the ISEE. Please contact the College Board for any additional questions. 
 

Supplemental From FAQs

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

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