Lauren Wolke

Head of School
(818) 782-4001

Sandy Stone

Admissions Administrator
(818) 782-4001 ext. 223

Admissions FAQ

FAQ

What does Laurence look for in its students?

We are looking for families who are committed to their children’s education and to the Laurence School philosophy, and for those who wish to be part of an embracing, close-knit community. We seek to admit students who enjoy learning and are engaged, attentive, and inquisitive learners. Our interest is in children who immerse themselves in the opportunities that the School provides and who enjoy school life to the fullest. In making admissions decisions, we also consider the student’s “fit” with Laurence - his or her ability to succeed in the program Laurence offers.

When should I begin the admissions progress?

We welcome inquiries regarding admissions year-round. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available in June 2016. Completed applications will be accepted online beginning June 1, 2016. Laurence School does not restrict the number of applications we take per school year.

What is your application deadline?

While the application deadline is January 15, 2017, we encourage families to submit their applications as early as possible (prior to that date) so that we can schedule the required applicant evaluation/play-date, as well as a parent meeting with a Laurence administrator.

Return of supporting materials (i.e. teacher evaluation forms and transcripts – if applicable) are also due by January 15th, as this time frame allows us to make decisions based upon the most recent and up-to-date information on the applicant.

To request admissions information, please complete our online form or call the Admissions Office at (818) 782-4001, ext. 223. Online applications can be accessed at www.laurenceschool.com/applyonline.

How many students are admitted to each grade?

Laurence School admits approximately 50 students to kindergarten each fall. Those children are divided among three kindergarten classrooms, each with two full-time teachers.

The availability of space in other grades is tied to attrition of current students and varies from year-to-year.

Do you have tours available?

Yes. We encourage you to get to know us by attending one of our Prospective Parent Visitations this fall. Meet our administrators, faculty, current students, and parents to learn about Laurence’s programs and student life. Tour our beautiful five-acre campus and visit the classrooms, library, technology and science labs, and athletic and performing arts facilities.

Parent visitations are held on a variety of weekday mornings, begin at 9:30 a.m., and are approximately two hours in length.

For families interested in the 2018-2019 school year, there will be special visitations for you in April and May, 2017.

In order to be included in an upcoming visitation, please contact Sandy Stone, Admissions Administrator, at (818) 782-4001, ext. 223.

Do you have transportation service available from my area?

Currently, Laurence has round-trip bus service available for our students from the Hancock Park, Los Feliz, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and various valley locations.

Also, with the help of our Parent Association, we facilitate carpool matching for interested families.

Is there a birth date cutoff for applicants?

Yes. Laurence pays close attention to the importance of a balanced elementary classroom when creating a class. Our conversations and planning include gender, personality, diversity, learning readiness, and age.

The birth date cut-off for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year is August 31, 2012.

Your child must be five years old by September 1, 2017.

What appointments are required to complete my application to Laurence School?

Potentially three:

1.We strongly suggest that you attend one of the many Prospective Parent Visitations we have scheduled throughout the fall 2016. Tours are held on various weekday mornings, begin at 9:30 a.m., and last for approximately two hours. Please contact the Admissions Office at (818) 782-4001, ext. 223 to make a reservation to be included in one of our special visitation dates.

2. After submitting an application, your child will be scheduled to attend a small group evaluation/play-date.

3. Once your application has been submitted for the 2016-2017 school year, parents should call Sandy Stone at (818) 782-4001, ext. 223 to schedule a one-to-one parent meeting with a Laurence Administrator.

When do you notify families regarding admissions decisions?

As a member of a consortium of Los Angeles independent schools, we are varied in our educational philosophies and programs but united in our commitment to ethical practices in our admissions offices.

In order to minimize timing dilemmas for applicant families, we have agreed to these common notification and reply dates for fall 2017 admission:

Grades K-8: Notification letters will be sent on March 17, 2017
Responses will be due no later than March 27, 2017

Is there an after school program to Laurence?

Yes. We have an after school play program that is offered Monday to Friday until 5:30 P.M. In addition, we also offer a wide variety of enrichment classes, which families may sign up for on a trimester basis.

What will it cost to send my child to Laurence?

Kindergarten through sixth grade tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $27,150. At this time, we have not determined the tuition for the 2017-2018 school year.

In addition, there is a one-time new student fee of $2,500.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Financial aid is awarded based on a family’s economic need, as determined by a third party evaluation agency (FAST). If you wish to apply for financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid page of our website under the Tuition & Fees section. Should you have any questions, please contact our Business Office at 818-782-4001, ext. 229. Financial aid decisions are separate from admissions decisions.

All completed financial aid forms are due on February 8, 2017

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