My child was just diagnosed with a learning difference. What do I do?
This is the beginning of a new journey, one filled with many wonderful opportunities for your student. It is important for you to become your child’s strongest advocate. Learn all you can about your child’s specific learning challenge. Connect with your child’s doctor, educational therapist, teachers, and other professionals to find out about options and resources available to you.
I'd like to have my child formally assessed and tested. Can Westmark help me?
Yes, Westmark can provide you with a list of referrals for testing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Does Westmark offer tuition assistance?
Yes, Westmark School offers tuition assistance to eligible families. Our need-based program requires that the family complete our online FAST application to determine eligibility. Note: The program does not cover the full cost of tuition. Visit our Affording Westmark page to learn more about tuition assistance at Westmark.
We do not live in Encino or the San Fernando Valley. Can my child attend Westmark?
Westmark families come from more than eighty zip codes throughout Los Angeles County. We offer bus transportation from most LA areas and are happy to connect fellow Westmark families for carpooling.
What is Westmark's homework policy?
Homework is directly related to grade level. We build homework supports into our curriculum via daily Homeroom and Study Skills periods to accommodate homework questions and offer help that is needed.
What reading remediation programs does Westmark use?
Westmark conducts an intensive reading assessment for each student to determine appropriate placement in a reading class that best fits the student's current needs. Westmark uses several research-based and multisensory programs that stimulate and develop concept and symbol imagery. Our highly trained teachers work to develop targeted skills in decoding, language comprehension, and fluency.
Tell me about the admission process.
To begin the admission process, the applicant's parent(s) or guardian(s) should schedule and request and attend a campus tour during a regular school day. Since the campus tour is an important opportunity to learn about Westmark and meet the admission office, the tour should take place prior to completing the online application.
When completing the application, please make sure that all requested paperwork, including current school and/or other professional recommendations, is completed. Eligible applicants will be invited to campus for an interview and shadow visit. After the shadow visit, the Admission Committee will review each applicant to determine if Westmark can properly serve the applicant's learning profile.
What is the application deadline?
Westmark admits students on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Does Westmark offer a summer program?
Westmark’s acclaimed summer academic program, Summer S.M.A.R.T.S., is required for all new students. It includes core classes in reading, writing, and math, plus one elective. The program runs for every day, 8:30 am–12:30 pm, for four weeks each summer. Visit our Summer S.MA.R.T.S. page to learn more about the 2022 session.
What is not covered by tuition?
Westmark’s tuition covers all expenses except uniforms and select optional events and out-of-town trips, such as Junior-Senior Prom, the Grade 8 Boston Trip, and the Grade 12 international trip.