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Welcome to ESLA!


Welcome to ESLA!

Let the Celebration Begin…

Dear newly enrolled students and families,

I write to you from the midpoint of our Spring Break here at ESLA, and hope that you’re enjoying—or about to enjoy—your own. Once again, I can’t tell y’all how thrilled we are to have you joining our community! Admissions season is a wild ride, and now it’s in the rearview. We’ve got plenty of fun stuff (and just a little bit more, well, boring stuff) in store for you through the remainder of the school year, and I want to put a few things on your radar here.

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The Packet, and some Save-the-Dates

In just a couple weeks, you’ll receive a very thick, info-rich packet from our High Priestesses of Student Life. This packet will include the 2019-2020 academic calendar and projected course offerings, a guide to ESLA’s school uniform, information on registering for FACTS tuition management, the 2019 summer reading list, invitations to a couple very important events, and much more. For now, please save these momentous dates:

  1. Saturday, April 27, 9:00–10:45 a.m. Mears Center, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. This is the nuts-and-bolts event, and we get it out of the way first. Newly enrolled students will sit for their math and Spanish placement tests (please, do not stress out about these!), and families will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School and Division Heads, review the enrollment packet, and ask any questions they might have.

  2. Saturday, May 11, noon–2:00 p.m. Mears Center, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. This is the party, and we save it for second. This is your extravaganza, your fiesta. This is when we fete you. Prepare for rousing speeches, delicious snacks, and plenty of meeting and greeting.

  3. Monday, August 26. Making plans for summer already? Right on, here’s the date that really matters. Be back in town and ready to get thoroughly orientated.

Your weekly newsletter and agenda

Every week, I send out a Family Newsletter to our entire community with an overview of all the goings on at ESLA, and I’m adding you all to my mailing list. You can also access each week’s newsletter, and all the year’s past newsletters, on this website. Just navigate to “My ESLA” (yes, it’s now your ESLA!) and click on “Newsletters.” Or simply navigate to You can also access a day-by-day, nitty-gritty calendar of events by clicking “ESLA Agenda.” Or simply navigate to

At this point, a lot of this content will not yet be of the absolute utmost importance to you, but it’s nice to get plugged in.

And now, More fun stuff…

Annie! Save the Dates!

Save the dates for ESLA’s Spring Musical. Annie rehearsals are well underway, and this show promises to be a blast.

April 23, 24, 25, 30
May 1, 2

4:00–6:00 p.m.
Mears Stage
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood

Tickets are $5 for friends and family, and free to ESLA students, including newly enrolled students!
Tickets will be sold at the door to the theatre, and seating is first-come, first-served.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The show runs two hours with one 10-minute intermission.


CoachESLA 2019

Coachella is, like, so two decades ago. The hip kids will be at CoachESLA 2019, ESLA’s third-annual end-of-year arts and music event. Save the date, and stay tuned for further deets!

Wednesday, May 15, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

ESLA Athletics

The basketball season wrapped a few weeks ago, the track season is well underway, and the Middle School soccer season is right around the bend. Your ESLA Coyotes are well-known for running, jumping, hurling objects, and kicking stuff! If you’d like to come out to a meet or a match, howl a little, and show your new Coyote spirit, keep your eyes on the ESLA athletics calendar.

Go Coyotes!

The Tijuana Service Trip

Departing in just a few days on April 3, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and the Service Council will be attending the annual ESLA multi-day service trip to the US-Mexico border cities of San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. During this service learning and cultural immersion trip, students will talk with an active California Border Patrol agent at Borderfields State Park, perform service at Casa del Migrante Tijuana, provide tech and database support at the Deported Vets and Dreamer Moms Support Bunker, experience the local culture at the Mercado Hidalgo and the Centro Cultural Tijuana, take in the beauty of the iconic Playas de Tijuana, and more.

We’re excited to hear from our students after they return, and to grow this opportunity moving forward!

All right! That’s it for now. If you have any questions at all, send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton