Admissions FAQS

Who is an LES student?

A Los Encinos student is one who is curious, creative, and capable. Los Encinos students are eager to learn, and participate fully in the life of the school. Los Encinos students engage in an integrated academic program that fosters the arts and sciences. Los Encinos parents support our programs and work in partnership with the school. Our admissions process takes into consideration the personal, as well as academic, qualities of each applicant.

How old does my child have to be to be considered for Kindergarten?

Normally your child must turn five before September 1st of their kindergarten year, however there are exceptions.

Does LES have a transitional Kindergarten program?

LES holds an optional Kindergarten “Camp” in August before the regular school year begins. During these two weeks the newest members of our community get to know their new teachers in a camp-like atmosphere as they become famililar with the LES campus. When the regular school year begins, our kindergarteners have an easier time separating from their parents because they are more comfortable, confident, and eager to be with their new friends.

 

How big are the class sizes at LES?

For the 2022-2023 school year the average class size is 25 students per class. Grades K-4 are staffed with two credentialed teachers and an assistant. Grades 5 & 6 have one credentialed teacher and an assistant.

How much is tuition?

To see the current tuition, please click here.

What is the LES tuition assistance program?

Los Encinos School’s tuition assistance program provides students and families an opportunity to attend the school when it would not have otherwise been an option. Since 1980 LES has awarded 7.6 million dollars to its community. Currently, approximately 30% of our student body receives tuition assistance. We use FAST (Financial Aid for Student Tuition) to help us determine eligibility. After Dec 1st, 2022, the application for Tuition Assistance can be found HERE. We try to extend the budget to accommodate everyone’s needs; all interested families are encouraged to apply.

When are Admission and Tuition Assistance Applications due?

Admission Applications

We are now accepting Admissions Applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Applications are due January 15th, 2023. We encourage you to apply early so you can begin the process, which includes a parent interview, student interview, submission of school records, and teacher & administrator recommendations.

Tuition Assistance Applications

If you are interested in applying for Tuition Assistance the process of doing so is separate from the Admission Application process. The link for 23-24 Tuition Assistance will be available after Dec 1st, 2022 and need to be completed by Jan 17, 2023. Other required financial documents (2022 tax return, etc) will need to be submitted by Feb 21, 2023. You will receive an admissions decision along with a Tuition Assistance decision on March 10, 2023.

After Dec, 1st 2022, the Tuition Assistance Application can be found in the HERE.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of important dates.

Does LES give preference to sibling applicants?

We pride ourselves on being a community school. Siblings of current Los Encinos School students will be given preference when all other factors are equal, including admission qualifications and the family’s participation and continuous support of the School.

When will I be notified about an admissions decision?

Admission decisions will be announced via email on March 10th, 2023 at 5pm.

How can parents get involved at LES?

We enjoy all types of parent involvement at school, as volunteers help our community thrive. Volunteers are encouraged to help at events and activities. There are many ways to volunteer at Los Encinos such as assisting in the library, driving for field trips, participating in development events, helping with community engagement programs, learning activities, joining the beautification committee, hosting parent socials, organizing our annual event, or being a guest reader. Please check with your teacher or call the office and we’ll put you in contact with the appropriate Parent Association member for more details.

Is there an after-school program at LES?

Los Encinos School offers an after-school program that includes a variety of enrichment classes, homework club, and after school care until 5:00 pm. 

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Important Admissions Dates

Fall 2023-2024 Admissions

July 1, 2022 - Application period opens for the 2023-2024 school year.

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Sep 22, 2022 - Small-Group Campus Tours begin most Thursdays at 4:00pm.

CLICK HERE to register for a tour.

Sep 28, 2022 - Virtual Coffee Q & A Sessions begin every other Wednesday at 10:15am on Zoom.

CLICK HERE to register for a Coffee Q & A.

Nov 2022 - March 2023 - Parent Interviews with Ilene Reinfeld, LES' Head of School, will be scheduled on Zoom.

Nov 1, 2022 - On-Campus Open House #1 at 9:30am.

Nov 30, 2022 - On-Campus Open House #2 at 7pm.

CLICK HERE to register for an Open House.

Dec 1, 2022 - Tuition Assistance online FAST application opens for 2023-2024 school year. 
After Dec 1, 2022 - CLICK HERE to start the tuition assitance application process.

Jan-Feb, 2023 - School day visits for candidates that are applying to 1st-6th will be scheduled.

Jan 15, 2023 - LES Application & Current School Teacher/Admin recommendation forms due.

Jan 17, 2023 - Tuition Assistance online applications & initial documents due.

Jan 28, 2023 - First Kindergarten on-campus small-group playdate. (Candidates will only need to attend one.)

Feb 11, 2023 - Second Kindergarten on-campus small-group playdate. (Candidates will only need to attend one.)

Feb 21, 2023 - Final Tuition Assistance application documents due.

March 10, 2023 - Admissions Decisions emailed at 5pm.

March 17, 2023 - Enrollment Agreement due to LES.

2022-2023 School Year

We currently have no space in our 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grade programs for the 2022-2023 school year.

If you are interested in other grades, please request information below and one of our Admissions staff will contact you.