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We are delighted that your family is considering a future at Westerly School! At Westerly, we believe that every child and family brings a special gift to our school community. Because of this, our admission process is one of relationship- building, allowing us to get to know one another and to understand the role we will play in each other’s lives in the coming years.

Westerly is a place where it’s safe to take risks, stretch your boundaries, and be your own individual, wonderful self. That goes for students and their families alike. Ultimately, we welcome those who share and support our mission and philosophy – our commitment to academic excellence, celebrating the differences of others, and building an intrinsic love of learning within each and every one of our unique students.


Admission Process
Westerly has a five-step admission process.

Step 1. Campus Tour

Learn more about the school by attending a community tour day or setting up an individual tour. We would love to meet you and help you envision your life at our wonderful school.

Step 2. Application

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are due February 9, 2018.  Applications for all grades can be found by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button, which is located on all Admission pages.

Complete applications include the following:

  • Application for Admission (Grades 6-8 include a student questionnaire portion that must be filled out by the student)
  • Teacher Recommendation Form (for all grades; a request form can be downloaded online within the online application portal)
  • School Transcripts (for Grades 1-8 only; request form can be downloaded online within the online application portal)
  • Application fee of $125

Applicants must be 5 years old by September 1, to be eligible to enroll in our program.

Once your application is received, Westerly will send an acknowledgement email. Someone from the admission office will call you in January to set up Step 4, your parent interview, Shadow Day and / or assessment (see below.)

Step 3. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance should be applied for at the same time you submit your application. Please see the Financial Assistance section of the website for detailed information.

Step 4. Parent Interview & Shadow Day
            or Kindergarten Visit Day

As noted above, the admission process at Westerly School is an interactive one. We want to get to know your child as well as we can throughout the process to ensure a strong long-term fit for both our school and your family. As such, the following campus-based events are a required part of the admissions cycle.

Kindergarten Visit Day                                           

Each Kindergarten applicant is required to attend a Visit Day, which is held on specific Saturdays throughout February. Applicants participate in small group activities, which include a short one-on-one screening of Kindergarten readiness. Applicants must be 5 years old by September 1, to be eligible to enroll in our program.

Student Shadow Day (Grades 1 - 8)      

Your child will have the chance to join his or her grade-level for an entire day to see how he/she would enjoy life at Westerly. A skills-assessment will also be part of the shadowing experience.

Parent Interview 

Parents will have the opportunity to meet with our Head of School, Patrick Brown, to learn more about Westerly, its vision and culture. (In two-parent households, both parents will be required to attend.) To limit interruption to your daily lives, we make all attempts to schedule this interview on the same day as the student shadow day if both parties’ schedules permit.

Step 5. Notification

The admission team will notify all applicants in mid- March if they will be joining the Westerly family! This is an exciting time for our entire school community, as we look forward to seeing so many new and wonderful faces on our beautiful campus.

Westerly School admits students of any race, color, 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, color, national or ethnic origin, gender expression, or sexual orientation  in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

If you have any questions about the admission process, we are happy to help! Please contact Jessica Ngo at or 562-981-3151.