Admissions 2019-2020

Thank you for your interest in the Episcopal School of Los Angeles! We know the school search and admissions process can often be a little stressful, a little daunting, but we we’re here to support families every step of the way.

Ours is a small, vibrant community, and we hope to maintain its cohesiveness even as we grow in numbers. ESLA is a place that fosters relationships between students and faculty from dramatically different backgrounds—relationships built on a foundation of openness, curiosity, and sincere respect for one another. With that in mind, we look for students who are driven, thoughtful, and generous—students who are excited to come to school every day, students who are inspired to help us pioneer our programs, and students who are eager to learn from and support their peers. We value exceptional academic achievement as much as we value students who show the potential to flourish in our environment and support our community as it expands. We want students who will build this place, and one another, up to the very best they can be.

Step One: Fill out an Inquiry Form and, if you’re applying this season, begin your online application.

To fill out an Inquiry Form, click here.

You’ll receive an automated email with your application portal login credentials.

To access the online application portal, click here. Once you’re inside the portal, click “Apply Now” to begin your application. Instructions for everything we need to receive by Friday, January 18 are listed below in Step Six.

Step Two: Peruse the website!

The best way to get an initial feel for our school and its unique mission and programs is to pour yourself a tall glass of this exquisite, handcrafted online content. We’d love for you to familiarize yourself with our story before you visit campus.

Step Three: Come take a tour with the Director of Admissions at our temporary campus.

We’re in the midst of an exciting, multimillion-dollar renovation of our permanent campus on Lillian Way, and we’re temporarily conducting school just up the road at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. There’s no substitute for seeing firsthand the unique, supportive, and innovative atmosphere that defines our community. The Director of Admissions is delighted to host small groups for sessions at First Pres, during which guests can get a glimpse of our classes in action. Both parents/guardians and prospective students are welcome to attend.

Winter Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 15, 8:15–9:30 a.m.

  • Tuesday, January 29, 8:15–9:30 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood is located at 1760 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Please feel free to park anywhere in the larger lot on Carlos Ave., then find the Director of Admissions at the southern entrance of campus just across the street. (He’s a tall, lanky fellow with longish, strawberry-blonde hair. Kinda hard to miss.)

To register, please email and let us know which date you prefer and the full names of all those planning to attend.

Step Four: Register your student for the ISEE.

ESLA requires every applicant to submit ISEE test scores. 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 schools and families, but we also know there are structural biases in standardized testing, and we interpret scores with these biases in mind.

Our ISEE member code is 570278. The ISEE is a national standardized test administered by the ERB. ESLA does not administer or provide the test. Please visit the ERB website for information about test registration.

Step Five: Attend the Open House at our permanent campus.

The Open House date has passed!

Step Six: Submit all your application materials by Friday, January 18, 2019.


  1. Submitted online application, including the Student Questionnaire, and uploaded student transcripts. (The application is not officially submitted until you complete all sections, hit the final submit button, and receive an automated confirmation email!)

  2. Letters of recommendation from (1) administrator, (2) English teacher, and (3) math teacher. You may send requests for letters through the online application portal. Simply provide the name and email address for a recommender, and the portal will take care of the rest. We understand many elementary-level applicants will have one primary classroom instructor teaching both English and math. In this case, for the English and math recs, we’d love to hear from your student’s current teacher as well as a previous teacher.

  3. Application fee of $100, or a simple request for a waiver. Please download and complete the Application Fee Form here. ESLA accepts check or cash by mail only.

  4. ISEE test scores.

If a family is applying for financial aid, this application is also due by January 18, 2019. For more information, please visit our financial aid page.


Often the admissions committee will invite families to our schoolhouse to conduct individual or small-group interviews. We consider this a vital part of the application process, though given the dramatic increase in application numbers over the past years, we cannot guarantee that every applicant receives an interview.

Invitations are sent out via email only after a majority of a student’s application materials have been received, and interviews take place in January and February.


ESLA is able to offer a limited number of applicants the opportunity to conduct a shadow day, during which they will be paired with a current ESLA student and follow her through a normal day of classes.

We would prefer to reserve shadow days for students who really need the experience to feel comfortable and confident about applying—students, for instance, who are completely new to the independent school world, who don’t have strong connections to ESLA, or who haven’t had a chance to visit ESLA’s campus before. If your student is already familiar with ESLA and feels confident about applying, please do not feel like you need to request a shadow day in order to demonstrate further interest. If, however, you think your student would benefit from a shadow day, we would be delighted to arrange one.

To request a shadow day, simply email our Administrative Coordinator, Steph Zalin, at In your request, please include:

  1. Your student’s name, current school, and current grade.

  2. Emergency contact information.

  3. Any dietary restrictions our kitchen should know about.

  4. Which dates you prefer from the below list of available shadow days.


All decisions will be sent via email. ESLA is a member of the Consortium of Secondary School Admissions Directors (CSSAD). In order to minimize timing dilemmas for applicant families, member schools have agreed to these common notification and reply dates, as well as best practices, for fall 2019 admission:

Grades 9-12:
Notification emails will be sent on Friday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m.
Replies will be due on Tuesday, March 19, by noon.

Grades 6-8:
Notification emails will be sent on Friday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m.
Replies will be due on Monday, March 25, by noon.

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 for 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.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Step Seven: Take a day off. You’ve earned it!