Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What makes Westridge unique?
Westridge develops in its students their confidence and intellectual potential in a learning environment where leadership, academic excellence, athletic strength, and artistic expression are role modeled by girls, for girls. Since its inception in 1913, the school has based programs on girls’ developmental stages of learning, balancing intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. From Lower and Middle through Upper School, Westridge girls are taught to think critically and independently, work collaboratively, and trust their own judgment.Read More >
- 2. Does Westridge offer financial aid?
Westridge has a strong commitment to providing support through scholarship endowments for families who may not be able to meet the tuition costs. Financial aid grants are awarded on the basis of the candidate's financial need. Please visit the Tuition & Financial Aid page of our website for additional information.Read More >
- 3. What are the key entry points?
The primary entry points are 4th, 6th, 7th, and 9th grade. We typically have very few, if any, openings for non-entry grades of 5th, 8th, and 10th-12th. For non-entry grades, please call to inquire about openings each year before applying.Read More >
- 4. Why does your school start in 4th grade?
We believe that there are developmental benefits, both social and academic, to begin at Grade 4 in a single gender school. Read More >
- 5. What type of student are you looking for?
Westridge is a school for many types of girls. We try to make the best match possible between a student's strengths and what Westridge has to offer. Current and previous academic performance is evaluated through transcripts and teacher recommendations.
Beyond academics, admitted students have a variety of talents, backgrounds, and personality traits. We look for a variety of personal qualities, such as a positive attitude, maturity, motivation, initiative, intelligence, creativity, perseverance, leadership abilities, talents, character, and the ability to work and relate well with others. We look for students who can enrich the Westridge community and for whom Westridge can add something to their lives.Read More >
- 6. Do you have uniforms?
Yes, the school uniform is designed to make girls feel comfortable while maintaining a respectful academic learning environment for all members of the school community. At the highest level, the uniform consists of a khaki skirt or pants and a plain white shirt or a white Westridge uniform shirt.Read More >
- 7. What sports, clubs and activities are available?
At Westridge, girls lead and participate in student government, clubs, and student-run publications. There are more than 100 leadership opportunities available in Upper School alone. Our robust athletics program includes participation in the highly-regarded Prep League of the CIF-SS and fields teams in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Middle and Upper School students also compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian League, a team club sport.Read More >
- 8. Do your Middle School and Upper School students interact with boys?
Westridge creates a single-gender space for girls to discover themselves so they’re confident in any social, academic, and athletic situation. That does not mean, however, the lives of Westridge girls are void of coed interaction.
Middle School students socialize with boys at dances, community service activities, debate, and San Gabriel Valley Middle School Consortium Activities. Upper School students are invited to local dances and social events and also participate in the following coed activities: academic and debate competitions throughout the country; collaboration in theatre and other performing arts productions; attendance and involvement with local and national diversity workshops, including service organizations such as SPARC (Student Philanthropists Advancing Real Change).Read More >
- 9. Does Westridge accept applications from international students?