FAQs | The Westwood School | PK-12 Private School | Dallas, TX
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Westwood require admission testing?
Westwood accepts any standardized testing no more than two years old for admission to grades 4th and up.

Do Westwood students wear uniforms?
Yes, beginning in Lower Elementary students begin wearing a school uniform. Toddler and Preschool students do not wear uniforms.

What is the student/teacher ratio?
1:10

How long is the school day for each level?
Toddler
9 – 11:45am Half Day
9 – 2:45pm Full Day
(two, three and five day options available)

Preschool
8:45 – 12pm Half Day
8:45 – 3pm Full Day
(three and five day options available)

Lower Elementary
8:30 – 3:15pm

Upper Elementary
8:15 – 3:30pm

Upper School
8 – 3:50pm

Does Westwood provide before and after school care?
Yes, Westwood opens at 7:15am and all students can start their school day at no charge as soon as school opens. After school supervision is offered until 6pm. Families can choose from a variety of enrichment activities as well as supervised homework and outdoor play.

Does Westwood have a religious affiliation?
No, Westwood is a diverse community with families from all the major world religions.

Do siblings have preference for admission?
Yes, as long as the sibling is an appropriate match for Westwood, siblings are given preference.

What documents are required for the admission process?

  • Complete application form with photo and application fee
  • Teacher recommendation forms (kindergarten and up)
  • School records (kindergarten and up)
  • Standardized testing (grade 4 and up)

Does Westwood have a waiting list?
the list varies from year to year depending on age groups.

Does Westwood accept International Students?
Yes, Westwood issue I-20’s for International students.

What Foreign Languages are offered and when?
Westwood offers classes in Spanish, Mandarin and Latin.

Toddler and Preschool children are immersed in Spanish with a Spanish speaker every day. They receive weekly Mandarin classes.

Elementary students have both Spanish and Mandarin classes weekly and in addition, take Latin in grades 6 and 7.

Upper School students choose either Spanish or Mandarin to study in depth on a daily basis.

Does Westwood give standardized tests?
Yes, beginning at grade 4, Westwood students take a nationally recognized standardized test.

At High School, grades 9, 10 and 11 take the PSAT.

Does Westwood have any other type of testing?
Yes, beginning at elementary school, Westwood students take curriculum specific tests throughout the year.

High school uses comprehensive testing to prepare students for comprehensive essay exams given for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in grade 12.

Does Westwood provide scholarships or tuition assistance?
Yes, Westwood offers both scholarships and financial assistance. Families applying for financial assistance use the FAST program.

When are Westwood’s application deadlines?
Westwood’s application deadline is generally the last Monday of January although rolling enrollment is accepted when spaces are available.

What openings are available at each level?
Depending upon current enrollment, Westwood generally accepts a few new students each year, at each level.

The most openings occur at the Toddler level.

When will a family hear about their application status?
Letters are sent to the applicant’s home during rolling environment, families generally receive their letter within two weeks.

“School administration has gone all out over the past couple of years to provide a great athletic program for its students. A parent volunteer has handled the preschool and elementary grades most notably getting Westwood students involved with Marathon Kids. The school emphasizes lifetime fitness. By Middle School and High School students can participate in volleyball, flag football, soccer, swim and track and field. But again, most importantly, students participate in ALPS – Adventure Leadership Programs for students. Students attend overnight trips that include scuba diving, mountain biking, surfing, canoeing and rock climbing. These are the types of activities that build student confidence, respect for the outdoor environment and encourage lifelong fitness. My children have only had wonderful athletic experiences at Westwood!”
— J. Wilson