Frequently Asked Questions

Students asking questions in class

Why does Westridge start in 4th grade?

We believe young girls are capable of nuanced thinking and opinions, as well as having a voice in their world.  At fourth grade, a girl’s sense of self is taking root, shaped by her intellectual pursuits, friendships, and emerging passions and talents.  Students begin to be more conscious of differences between genders at this time, and learning differences between girls and boys become more pronounced.  It is a critical time in her development, and a time where an all-girl environment, designed specifically for how she learns best, will allow her to come into her own in powerful ways.

How many openings will you have in each grade next year?

Our Lower School program (grades 4-6) can accommodate approximately 100 students.  How we meet that goal each year can depend upon the applicant pool, space on campus, and the needs of our program. For the 2018-2019 school year, grades 4, 5, and 6 will all be entry points, and we highly encourage interested families to apply.

The Middle School and Upper School entry points can also fluctuate each year based on current enrollment and the needs of our program. For the 2018-2019 school year, we estimate 15 openings in 7th grade and 25 spaces in 9th grade.

Does Westridge offer financial aid?

Westridge School is committed to enrolling a strong, diverse student body that reflects the cultural and socio-economic diversity of the Greater Los Angeles area. To make Westridge accessible to qualified girls, more than $2.5 million in financial aid is allocated each year.   We highly encourage any family interested in Westridge who thinks they may need financial assistance to apply for financial aid. Visit Affording Westridge to learn more.

What does Westridge look for in a student?

We believe that each child has potential and can use their unique gifts and talents to enhance their communities and find an avenue for success.  While all students have this potential, we are seeking candidates who show the most promise for success in the Westridge program and acknowledge that Westridge may not be the right fit for every child.  Westridge seeks kind and compassionate girls with a demonstrated enthusiasm for intellectual pursuits; a record of academic success; an understanding of and desire for an all-girls education; and, most importantly, a student who will be open and engaged wherever her Westridge educational journey takes her. 

Does Westridge accept international students?

Westridge highly values community and the parent/school partnership for the support of our students’ daily lives.  International students are welcome to apply, but as a day school with no boarding facilities, Westridge expects all students to live locally with their parent(s).  We do not issue I-20 visas and do not offer any English language assistance for students.  Given the rigor of our curriculum, it is essential for students to be fully fluent in English.  

Why do you have uniforms grades 4-12?

Westridge has a school uniform to ensure that girls from all socio-economic backgrounds feel unified, comfortable, and focused in the school learning environment.

Are there opportunities for middle and upper school students to 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 activities such as academic and debate competitions and attendance and involvement with local and national diversity workshops, including service organizations.

How will my daughter be prepared for “the real world” if she only goes to school with girls?

We believe there’s no better preparation for life beyond Westridge than for a girl to develop a strong sense of self, confidence in her beliefs, and the intellectual aptitude and thoughtfulness to thrive in any environment.  Whether at a high school debate tournament, a coed college, or in the board room, women who understand who they are, know the value of their informed opinions, and can collaborate and communicate effectively will be positioned best for life-long success and engagement.  The intentional all-girls environment at Westridge fosters this and gives girls the space in which to learn and test their agency and their potential.  Learn more about the Girls' School Advantage and Why Westridge.

An independent, forward-thinking
day school for girls, grades 4–12

324 Madeline Drive
Pasadena, California 91105
Phone: 626-799-1153
Fax: 626-799-9236
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