Admissions Process

The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.
JTD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.
Policy & Procedure
Applications for admission are made available online in early August of the year prior to the student's enrollment.
To begin the application process, we ask that you please fill out an inquiry form. Once we receive an inquiry, we will send instructions on how to access the application. You may also contact our admissions office by phone or email for information.

For the 2023-24 school year, Kindergarten girls must be five years old by September 1, 2023 and Kindergarten boys must be five years old by June 1, 2023.

Applications for Kindergarten admission are considered on a first-come basis beginning on September 22, 2022, the first day to submit the application. Please note that we limit the number of Kindergarten applications we process to 70 boys and 70 girls, and often we reach that number in the first few days. Please note that as of September 23, 2022 we are no longer accepting Kindergarten applications for the 2023-2024 school year. While we are unable to meet all of the wonderful families interested in JTD, we wish them success during the upcoming admissions season.


Applications for transfer students in Grades 1 through 6 are accepted through January 6, 2023. Availability at each grade level is limited depending on the number of projected openings we will have in any given year.

Siblings of present students, employees’ children, and children of legacy families who have sustained a positive relationship with our school since graduating will be given preference once they have met the admissions requirements. Sibling, legacy and faculty applicant families are asked to submit their admissions applications by September 12. In addition, the school's policy states that it may accept up to 40% unaffiliated families in Kindergarten.

If you have just found out you are moving to Los Angeles or if you have any questions concerning the admissions process for the upcoming school year, please feel free to contact the admissions office for information at admissions@jtdschool.org.

Application Materials

List of 8 items.

  • Fees

    The application fee is $150 but waived for those asking for financial assistance.
  • Birth Certificate

    A copy of your child's birth certificate/passport is required for all applicants, no matter the grade level. You may scan or upload a copy of the birth certificate/passport to your child’s Admissions Progress page.
  • Photos

    In order to help us remember each candidate, two photos are required as part of your child's application. Please upload a small picture of the candidate and a simple family photo as per the application instructions.
  • Transcript Request Form

    The Transcript Request Form, located on your Admissions Progress page, is to be given to the Director/Registrar of your child's present school and returned along with any academic records. Most preschools will not have student records, but grades First through Sixth applicants have a permanent record at their present school. 

    All information should be emailed to admissions@jtdschool.org no later than January 13, 2023.
  • Teacher Recommendation

    The Teacher Recommendations are specific to grade level. The Teacher Recommendation form, located on your Admissions Progress page, is to be completed by your child's current teacher after November 1, 2022, but no later than January 13, 2023. If your child has not had a formalized school experience please contact the Admissions Office to make other arrangements.


  • Personal Recommendation

    A personal letter is required for Grades One through Six only. Personal recommendations are not required for Kindergarten. Please have recommendations written by someone who knows your child well. All recommendations should be emailed to admissions@jtdschool.org and received by January 13, 2023 for the 2023-24 school year. Multiple recommendation letters are discouraged.
  • Financial Assistance

    The cost of an independent school should not prohibit a qualified student from obtaining a strong elementary education. If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, whether you require a large amount or a small amount, please check the appropriate box on the application. The application fee is waived if you are applying for assistance.

    Please refer to the page on Financial Assistance under Admissions for more specific information.
  • Acceptances

    After carefully reviewing each applicant's file, the Admissions committee will meet in March 2023, to make final decisions for the 2023-24 school year. Notifications stating acceptance, waitlist, or non-acceptance will be sent through your Admissions Progress page under Decision to each family on Friday, March 10, 2023 with contracts due back on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Visiting JTD

List of 6 items.

  • Parking on Campus

    There is a parking structure on the west side of the campus. Please check in with our security and park on the upper level. Security will supply you with a required visitor pass.
  • Tours

    (Optional) We are happy to offer September campus tours to our prospective parents applying for the 2023-2024 school year. Please fill out an inquiry form then contact Kim Bublitz at kbublitz@jtdschool.org in August to schedule a tour appointment. 
  • Interviews

    At this time, we are happy to offer both on campus or virtual tours/parent interviews to our prospective parents. The health and safety of our entire community is of the utmost importance to us so, these on campus tours or parent interviews might have to be changed depending on the Los Angeles Health Department’s recommendations. You will be notified if we need to change to all virtual meetings.

    We will be conducting both on campus and virtual parent interviews from October 11 through February. All visitors to campus must provide their vaccination cards and be masked throughout the interview. Please know we are also happy to do zoom interviews for those prospective parents who might not be comfortable coming on campus.

    The first day to schedule Kindergarten parent interviews is Tuesday, October 4. The first day to schedule transfer student parent and candidate interviews is Tuesday, November 29. Please reach out to Kim Bublitz to schedule your parent interview.
  • Class Observations

    (Optional) In previous years we have been able to schedule observations of our classrooms for prospective parents. This year we are subject to the safety requirements of the Los Angeles Department of Health. We will post the availability of these visits as soon as we have their guidance.
  • Open Houses

    (Optional) On Thursday, November 10, 2022, and Wednesday, November 16, 2022, we will host a Kindergarten Open House. At this time, we will present an overview of our program as well as a review of our admissions process.

    There will be an Open House for parents of Grades One through Six applicants on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

    All Open Houses will begin at 7:00 p.m. You will receive an invitation/reminder of the appropriate Open House during the admission process. Our Open Houses are only for applicant candidates' parents/guardians.
  • Assessments

    The Kindergarten admission process includes an assessment of the child's developmental readiness. Kindergarten screenings will be offered on select Saturdays in January and February. 

    First through Third grade admission is based on a student's social-emotional development, academic ability, previous school record and performance on school testing. 
     
    Fourth, Fifth and Sixth grade admission is based on a student's strength of character, academic ability, previous school record and performance on school testing. Applicants may submit results of ISEE standardized testing or previous school standardized testing. If your child wants to take the ISEE, please use the John Thomas Dye School's code of 054003. Tests are available to be taken remotely. If you do not have previous testing, we have scheduled an assessment for Fourth through Sixth grade candidates through NWEA Map on Saturday, February 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please contact the admissions office for more information.
     
    Siblings of present students, children of legacy families and faculty children will be evaluated on Saturday, November 12, 2022.
Ready to apply?
Applicants for admission are accepted one year prior to the student's enrollment. If you have just found out you are moving to Los Angeles or if you have any questions, please feel free to call the admissions office for information.

The John Thomas Dye School


11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.