Come Visit ESLA!

It’s true, the secondary-school application process in Los Angeles can be pretty stressful. But we try to make interactions with ESLA as warm and welcoming as possible. That’s why we’ve covered this webpage with pictures of extremely cute dogs hanging out in our chapel area, even though they have essentially nothing to do with our admissions process. It’s also why we’d love for you to come visit our campus as you begin your search for a middle school or upper school. There’s no better way to welcome and introduce you to the ESLA community—you’ll get a firsthand taste of the unique, supportive, and innovative atmosphere that defines this school. Whether you’re interested in applying this season or you’re looking ahead to the future, we’d love to host you.

There are several ways for you to visit our campus, and we hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities in the near future. In general, if you can attend an afternoon tea first, then bring the whole family to an open house, that’s the best way to sequence your visits, but this isn’t strictly necessary. If you have questions about any of the events listed below, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We look forward to seeing you soon!

Recommended Visits

Step One: Join the Directors of Enrollment for Afternoon Tea

If you’re relatively new to the school, this is an ideal first step. Once or twice every week during the fall, the Director and Associate Director of Enrollment host a small, casual meeting on campus. These meetings are slightly more geared toward parents and guardians, though of course students are encouraged to attend. Mentors, outplacement advisors, and community leaders are also more than welcome to attend.

Each gathering includes a general introduction to ESLA’s mission, curriculum, and student life, followed by a full tour of campus. And, indeed, our kitchen provides a few things to sip and snack on, including spectacularly sweet iced tea.


  • Please register for this event if you plan to attend. Email with the names of individuals in your party and which date you prefer.
  • If you are driving, plan on finding street parking near the school. The campus is also accessible via several forms of public transportation.
  • Our address is 6325 Santa Monica Boulevard. The school’s entrance is on Lillian Way just north of Santa Monica. If you are an individual with a physical difference or if you are currently using a wheelchair, please let us know beforehand as we are still working to make both of our buildings accessible to all. If you have any trouble finding us, please don’t hesitate to call! 323.462.3752.


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Step Two: Attend an Open House

ESLA will host two open houses during the fall. These are large, group events, and both prospective students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Open houses tend to run for a few hours over the course of an afternoon. There is no strict schedule of events. Families are welcome to arrive and depart at their convenience, and the entire campus is open to explore.

Senior faculty will host mini-classes, club leaders and arts faculty will conduct brief workshops, administrators will be on hand to answer questions about curricula and student life, and athletic faculty will host a few rotating activities on the basketball courts. (Visitors are encouraged to wear sneakers and dress casually.)

We believe this take on open houses reflects our general approach to education. Rather than put students and parents through a gauntlet of prescribed programming, we would prefer to simply provide a playful, stimulating environment in which to learn about our institution. We want to both challenge and empower our students to take charge of their own education, and the admissions process can serve as a powerful first step in this endeavor. We love to see young people step onto our campus and take it upon themselves to ask questions and engage our faculty. Please register for either date using the form below.

Fall 2018 dates:



Optional Visits

Individual Meetings with the Directors of Enrollment

We realize not everyone’s schedule will accommodate the dates and times listed above. The Director and Associate Director of Enrollment are happy to schedule individual meetings with prospective parents, guardians, and/or students. If you’d like to set up a time to visit our campus for a brief conversation and tour, please email with a list of times that work for your party, and we’ll do our best to get something on the books.

Community Events

From student rock concerts to morning chapel, holiday celebrations, plays, and musicals, the ESLA community calendar is full of exciting events—many of which we open up to prospective students and their parents or guardians.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to engage in our community events during fall 2017, please email