Admissions FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I get an application?

    Applications for admission are available online, one year prior to the student’s enrollment. Please fill out the inquiry form online making sure you give us your child’s birth date, grade level, address, and phone number. Once submitted we will be able to assign you a username so that you have access to your personal Admissions  Progress Page and our application.  Our application for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted on August 3, 2020. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have trouble accessing the application.

    We limit the number of Kindergarten applicants we process to 70 boys and 70 girls on a first come first served basis. The first date to submit your child's application for the 2021-2022 school year will be Thursday, September 24, 2020. Once our number of applicants is reached, we will close the Kindergarten applicant pool. As of November 2 we have closed our Kindergarten applicant pool based on the number of applications we have received for the 2021-2022 school year.Applications should be accompanied by a picture of your child, a family photo, a copy of your child's birth certificate, and a $150.00 processing fee unless you are applying for tuition assistance.

    We are still accepting First through Sixth grade applicants, depending on how many openings we project or until Friday, January 8, 2021.
  • What birth date qualifies a candidate for a particular class?

    In order to apply to our Kindergarten, boys must be five by June 1, 2021, and girls must be five by September 1, 2021, the year the student is entering the school. 

    The number of new students accepted at JTD varies depending on the number of applicant siblings of present students, faculty children, and openings made available through attrition. Our three Kindergarten classes have a total of 45 students. Each class consists of 15 students and two teachers. There are two classes for each grade level, Grades 1 through 4, and 21 to 24 students with two teachers in each class. Grades 5 and 6 are departmentalized with our students in two groups moving from class to class with a rotating schedule, still with two teachers in each classroom.

    For Grades 1 through 6, the number of new students varies according to openings and qualifications of each year's applicants.
  • Do you have a sibling policy?

    We do consider ourselves a family school and will try, whenever possible, to keep families together. Siblings of present students and children of those legacy families who have sustained a positive relationship with our school since graduating will be given preference once they have met the admissions requirements. In addition, the school's policy is that it may accept up to 40% new families in the Kindergarten grade.
  • How diverse is the student population at JTD?

    JTD is committed to having a diverse and inclusive student body. In the 2020-2021 school year, 40% of our students are students of color based on the NAIS categories. 

    Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • Upon what do you base admission?

    Admission is decided, depending on the grade level, by a thorough assessment of the child's developmental readiness, academic ability, previous school record, and/or performance on testing. Yet, testing is only a part of our evaluation. Our classes are composed of many different types of students who bring their own strengths and gifts to share with us all. Interviews with parents and students help us get to know you.
  • Do you have tours available?

    Unfortunately, as long as our school must remain closed to visitors due to the Los Angeles Health Department regulations, we will have to postpone our on campus tours. We have designed a virtual tour of our campus to be led by our admissions office. These will be held starting August 4, 2020. Please fill out an inquiry form and then email Kim Bublitz at to schedule a tour.

  • What will it cost to send my child to John Thomas Dye?

    Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $34,088 Kindergarten through Grade 6. There is also a one-time new student fee of $2,500.
  • Do you offer financial assistance?

    The John Thomas Dye School budgets over $1,300,000.00 dollars for financial assistance.

    The cost of a JTD education can be a very difficult decision for many families. Financial Assistance is available for those families that need just a little help or a great deal of help in covering the cost of sending their child to JTD. If a family would like to request assistance, simply check the appropriate box on the application and enter the waiver code for admission. The online financial assistance application process is available by hitting the FAST button at the bottom of the Financial Assistance page of the Admissions section of our website. A letter, explaining how to apply for this assistance will be emailed to parents in early December. The usual admissions application fee of $150 is waived for financial aid applicants. To get the waiver code please call the Admissions Office.

    Please refer to the page on Financial Assistance under Admissions for more specific information.
  • What are the dates for your admissions decisions? (See Independent School Heads' Letter)

    Dear Applicant Families,
    As independent schools, we are varied in our educational philosophies and programs but united in our commitment to ethical practices in our admission offices. The Heads of the undersigned Los Angeles schools have agreed to the following principles of good practice for K – 12 admissions:
    In order to minimize timing dilemmas for applicant families, we have agreed to these common notification and reply dates for fall 2020 admission:
    Grades 9-12: Notification letters will be sent on Friday, March 5, 2021
    Email notifications can be sent at 5:00pm on Friday, March 5, 2021
    Replies will be due at 12:00pm on Monday, March 15, 2021
    Grades K-8: Notification can be sent on Friday, March 12, 2021
    Email notifications can be sent starting at 5:00pm on Friday, March 12, 2021
    Replies will be due at 12:00pm on Monday, March 22, 2021
    Once notifications have been sent, schools will not initiate visits, whether for individuals or groups (e.g., through open houses).

    We are mindful of the disruption to students’ education in their current schools that additional visits to prospective schools can cause, so we do not encourage such visits. However, schools that receive requests from newly admitted students and/or parents may grant those requests at their discretion.
    No applicant or applicant family will be contacted by any representative of the school – once admissions notification begins. Of course, admitted students and their parents are welcome to contact schools to have questions answered.
    We share an interest in making the independent school application experience as informative and enjoyable as possible. And we are joined in our conviction that the independent school world can offer unique and rich educational opportunities for young people.
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The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics,  and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.

The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or 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, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.