Admissions Process

Policy & Procedure

Applicants for admission are accepted one year prior to the student's enrollment. The application will be available online starting August 1, 2019. Please fill out the inquiry form as found online and we will contact you with instructions on how to access the application. You may also contact our admissions office by phone or email for information. We limit the number of Kindergarten applications we process to 70 boys and 70 girls. Applications for Kindergarten admission are considered on a first come basis beginning, Thursday, September 26, 2019. As of now, we have reached our maximum number of applications. If you are still interested in applying, please fill out our inquiry form and we will contact you if a space in the applicant pool opens.  Our First through Sixth grade applications, are accepted through winter break and are limited depending on the number of projected openings we will have at each grade level, the time constraints of conducting individual evaluations of each student, and the number of siblings and legacies to be considered.

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 states that it may accept up to 40% new families in Kindergarten.

If you have just found out you are moving to Los Angeles or if you have any questions, please feel free to call the admissions office for information.


Girls must meet the five year old age requirement by September 1, 2020.
Boys must meet the five year old age requirement by June 1, 2020.


Application Materials

List of 8 items.

  • Fees

    The application fee is $125 but waived for those asking for tuition assistance. If requiring financial assistance, please call the Admissions Office to receive the waiver code.
  • Birth Certificate

    A copy of your child's birth certificate/passport  is required for all applicants, no matter the grade level. You may scan or upload a copy of the birth certificate/passport along with your application.
  • Photos

    In order to help us remember each candidate, two photos are required as part of your child's application. Please upload a small picture of the candidate and a simple family photo as per the application instructions.
  • Release of Information Form

    The Release of Information form is to be given to the Director/Registrar of your child's present school and returned along with any academic records. Most preschools will not have student records, but grades First through Sixth applicants have a permanent record at their present school. 

    All information should be returned to us via email to admissions@jtdschool.org no later than January 16, 2020.
  • Teacher Recommendation

    The Teacher Recommendations are specific to grade level. Please give the forms to the appropriate teacher/school. The Teacher Recommendation form is to be completed by your child's current teacher after the first grading period or parent conference. Please click below to download the forms -


    All information should be returned to us via email to admissions@jtdschool.org no later than January 16, 2020.
  • Personal Recommendation (Optional for Kindergarten)

    A personal letter is required for Grades One through Six only. Personal recommendations are not required for Kindergarten. Please have recommendations written by someone who knows your child well. All recommendations should be sent via email to jhirsch@jtdschool.org and received by January 16, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. Multiple recommendation letters are discouraged.
  • Financial Assistance

    The cost of an independent school should not prohibit a qualified student from obtaining a strong elementary education. If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, whether you require a large amount or a small amount, please check the appropriate box on the application. The application fee is waived if you are applying for assistance. You may contact the Admissions Office to get the waiver code. Please refer to the page on Financial Assistance under Admissions for more specific information.
  • Acceptances

    After carefully reviewing each applicant's file, the Admissions committee will meet in March 2020, to make final decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. Notifications stating acceptance, waitlist, or non-acceptance will be sent through your Admissions Progress page under Decision to each family on March 13, 2020 with contracts due back on March 23, 2020.

Visiting JTD

List of 7 items.

  • Parking on Campus

    There is a parking structure on the west side of the campus. Please check in with our security and park on the upper level. Security will supply you with a required visitor pass.
  • Tours

    (Optional) Spring tours for prospective applicants' parents are given each year in May. Tours take approximately 90 minutes. 

    Contact Kim Bublitz at kbublitz@jtdschool.org to make an appointment.
  • Interviews

    Interviews are scheduled from October through February. Please call or email us starting October 7 for Kindergarten parent interviews and December 2 for First through Sixth grade  parent/candidate interviews to arrange a time that is convenient for you.

    Kim Bublitz kbublitz@jtdschool.org or (310) 476-2811 x1302

    Kindergarten parent interviews take approximately one hour. We will not meet the Kindergarten applicant at this time.

    Students applying for First through Sixth grades will have a one on one interview with the appropriate grade level teacher when their parents come for their parent interview and First through Fourth grade candidates will come back on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m for a classroom morning.
  • Class Observations

    (Optional) Observations are limited to those families included in the applicant pool. Parents may call to schedule a fifteen minute observation of a class starting October 14, 2019 and after you have received an email stating your child is in the applicant pool.

    Please call or email Mrs. Bublitz to schedule your appointment.

    Mrs. Kim Bublitz
    (310) 476-2811 x1302

    kbublitz@jtdschool.org
  • Open Houses

    (Optional) On Thursday, November 14, (for prospective parents whose child's last name begins with A-K) and Wednesday, November 20, (for prospective parents whose child's last name begins with L-Z) we will host a Kindergarten Open House for prospective parents of Kindergarten applicants. We will present an overview of our program as well as a review of our admissions process.

    There will be an Open House for parents of Grades One through Sixth applicants on January 22.

    All Open Houses will begin at 7:00 p.m. in John Dye Hall. You will receive an invitation/reminder of the appropriate Open House. Our Open Houses are only for applicant candidates' parents.
  • Evaluations

    Kindergarten admission to The John Thomas Dye School is based on a thorough assessment of the child's developmental readiness. First through Sixth grade admission is based on a student's academic ability, previous school record, and performance on testing administered at our school.

    School-developed evaluations are used for Kindergarten. First through Fourth grade applicants will complete their testing when they come on Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fifth and Sixth grade applicants must submit results of ISEE standardized testing.

    Registration for these can be found at ISEE at least 3 weeks prior to the testing date. The John Thomas Dye School's code is 054003. Tests can be taken at any test site. These assessments are given to determine the applicant’s readiness and ability to achieve success in our program when compared to the students presently attending our school.

    We also require a teacher recommendation and student records (if applicable) from the present school for Kindergarten through Sixth grade candidates.

    Group screenings for Kindergarten applicants will be offered on Saturday, December 14,  January 11 and February 1. Screening times are 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. Once in the applicant pool, please check with other schools to see when they need to see your child, then, call us to arrange the time and date you would prefer.

    While the children work with our teachers, parents are invited to stay on campus for a question and answer session with Rose Helm, our Head of School, Carla Cretaro, our Lower School Head and Haley Roberts, our Director of Curriculum.

    Siblings of present students will be evaluated on November 16.
  • Parent Coffees

    (Optional) We will host 5 prospective parent coffees during the admissions season for interested parents in the applicant pool to attend a discussion panel of JTD parents. These are opportunities for prospective parents to ask questions of our present parents. They will be held in JTD Hall from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on December 2, January 15, January 27, February 10 and February 19.
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.

Important Dates

List of 10 events.

  • Nov
    14

    Open House for Kindergarten Parents in the applicant pool (child's last name begins with A-K)

  • Nov
    16

    Sibling Kindergarten Evaluation

  • Nov
    20

    Open House for Kindergarten Parents in the applicant pool (child's last name begins with L-Z)

  • Dec
    2

    First date to schedule Grades 1-6 interviews

  • Dec
    2

    Parent Coffee

  • Dec
    14

    Kindergarten Evaluation 8:00 am, 9:30 am and 11:00 am

  • Jan
    11

    Kindergarten Evaluation 8:00 am, 9:30 am and 11:00 am

  • Jan
    15

    Parent Coffee

  • Jan
    22

    Open House for Grades 1-6 Parents in the applicant pool

  • Jan
    27

    Parent Coffee

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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.