Though it is no longer a strictly required part of the application process, ESLA accepts test scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). The ISEE is one small part of the overall application, and the ESLA admissions committee reads applications holistically—there are no bottom lines. Test scores can provide valuable information to both students and schools, and the admissions committee would appreciate receiving a students scores if they are available. But we also know there are structural biases in standardized testing. For instance, one of the strongest statistical predictors for success on a standardized test is still family income. This isn’t surprising; students who have more resources to dedicate to test preparation will likely fare better.

With that in mind, ESLA offers free ISEE test prep that is completely open to the public. Students are welcome to attend regardless of whether they intend to apply to ESLA, and preparation for the ISEE can be valuable preparation for standardized testing in general.

The prep course is a four-week intensive that focuses on all sections of the ISEE. Students will arrive at the ESLA schoolhouse at 4:00 p.m. and will spend thirty minutes taking a section of the exam. Then students and instructors will spend the remaining hour and a half going over every problem from the section. Instructors address testing strategies, mathematical concepts, essay writing, and student questions. Students are divided into Lower Level, Middle Level, and Upper Level depending on the grade for which they are applying. Our goal is for everyone to leave the course with strategies that will help them on any standardized test they face in the future.

We recommend that students attend each session, though this is not a strict requirement. Registration for fall 2018 will be live in August. Please check this page for updates.

  • Our address is 6325 Santa Monica Boulevard. The school’s entrance is on Lillian Way just north of Santa Monica, and the campus is accessible via several forms of public transportation.
  • If you are driving, please find street parking near the school and walk your student to our door. For safety purposes, we would prefer not to have students dropped off at the sidewalk.


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