Admissions Process

Policy & Procedure

Applicants for admission are accepted one year prior to the student's enrollment. The application will be available online starting Monday, August 3, 2020. 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 24, 2020.  Our First through Sixth grade applications, are accepted by January 8, 2021 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 concerning the 2020-2021 school year, please feel free to contact the admissions office for information at

Judy Hirsch,
Olivia Mora,

Girls must meet the five year old age requirement by September 1, 2021.

Boys must meet the five year old age requirement by June 1, 2021.

Application Materials

List of 8 items.

  • Fees

    The application fee is $150 but waived for those asking for tuition assistance. If requiring financial assistance, please contact 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 no later than January 15, 2021.
  • 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. (If your child has not had a formalized school experience due to Covid-19, please contact the Admissions Office to make other arrangements.) Please click below to download the forms -

    All information should be returned to us via email to no later than January 15, 2021.
  • Personal Recommendation

    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 and received by January 15, 2021 for the 2021-2022 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 2021, to make final decisions for the 2021-2022 school year. Notifications stating acceptance, waitlist, or non-acceptance will be sent through your Admissions Progress page under Decision to each family on March 12, 2021 with contracts due back on March 22, 2021.

Visiting JTD

List of 6 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) Unfortunately, as long as our school must remain closed due to the Los Angeles Health Dept. 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 through September 23, 2020. Please fill out an inquiry form and then email Kim Bublitz at  to schedule a time. These will be zoom meetings held on Tuesday mornings, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Thursday mornings.
  • Interviews

    Interviews are scheduled from October through February. Please contact Kim Bublitz, or (310) 476-2811 x1302, starting October 6 for Kindergarten parent interviews and December 1 for First through Sixth grade parent/candidate interviews to arrange a time that is convenient for you.

    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 have their parent interview and First through Fourth grade candidates will meet on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m for a virtual classroom morning.
  • Class Observations

    (Optional) In previous years we have been able to schedule observations of our classrooms for prospective parents. This year we are subject to the safety requirements of the Los Angeles Department of Health. We will post the availability of these visits as soon as we have their guidance.

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

    Mrs. Kim Bublitz
    (310) 476-2811 x1302
  • Open Houses

    (Optional)  We are planning to host Kindergarten Virtual Open Houses on November 10 and 18. Grades One through Six Open House will be on January 20. You will receive an invitation to register once we finalize plans.
  • Evaluations

    Please know that our process and dates might change due to restrictions from the Los Angeles County Health Department's Covid-19 virus information. 

    Kindergarten admission to The John Thomas Dye School is based on an 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 school testing.

    School-developed evaluations are used for Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.  Fifth and Sixth grade applicants may submit results of ISEE standardized testing or previous school standardized testing. If your child wants to take the ISEE, please use the John Thomas Dye School's code of 054003. Tests are available to be taken remotely. 

    Screenings for Kindergarten applicants will be offered on Saturday, December 12, 2020, January 9, 2021 and February 6, 2021. 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. Assessments are given to determine the applicant's readiness and ability to achieve success in our program.

    We will be scheduling a few Q&A sessions with Rose Helm, our Head of School, Carla Cretaro, our Lower School Head and Hayley Roberts, our Director of Teaching and Learning, to give you a preview of our curriculum. You will receive a registration to sign-up for these sessions once the dates are determined. Please sign up for only one session.

    Siblings of present students and faculty children will be evaluated on October 24, 2020.

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.


List of 13 events.

  • Oct

    First Day to Set-Up Kindergarten Interview Appointments

  • Oct

    Sibling Evaluation

  • Nov

    Virtual Kindergarten Open House

  • Nov

    Virtual Kindergarten Open House

  • Dec

    First Day to Set-Up Gr. 1-6 Interview Appointments

  • Dec

    Admissions Kindergarten Evaluation

  • Jan

    Admissions Kindergarten Evaluation

  • Jan

    All Teacher and Personal Recommendations Due

  • Jan

    Virtual Grades 1-6 Open House

  • Feb

    Admissions Kindergarten Evaluation

  • Feb

    Admissions Grade 1-6 Evaluation

  • Mar

    Admissions Decision Notifications

  • Mar

    New Family Contracts Due

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.