Admissions: Policies & Process


Number of Student Admissions

The exact amount of students we admit to each grade level is different every year and is contingent on how many students return and how many “preferenced” students we have apply. We hope that all interested families will come attend one of our open houses and decides to apply.


No Residency Requirement

New West is open to all students without regard to where they live in California, which school district they live in, or which school they currently attend.


No Application Fee, Tuition, or Donation Required

New West does not charge an application fee, does not charge tuition, and does not require a monetary contribution, pledge, or promise as a condition for application, admission, or enrollment.


No Admissions Tests or Interviews

There are no admission tests, applicant interviews, or parent interviews required as part of the application process.


New West Open Houses

Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to attend one of the Open House sessions as vital information about our school philosophy, course offerings, and student and family expectations are discussed. Students are encouraged to attend.

Application Form

The application form is immediately made available during the Open House for all interested families to apply. If you have missed the application deadline, please click on this link to be added to the waitlist

Admissions & Enrollment Process

Becoming a student at New West is a multi-step process:

  1. Attend an Open House.
  2. Application for Admission. Interested applicants must complete and submit their application by the application deadline (see Important Dates). If too many students apply for the available spaces, then admission priority is determined by a public lottery.
  3. Verification. Parents/Guardians must come to New West during the verification period (see Important Dates) to verify their application submission and receive their lottery number.
  4. Enrollment. Admitted students are mailed a notice of admission and an enrollment packet. The enrollment packet and all its required documents have to be completed and returned to the school by the enrollment deadline to confirm and guarantee their place at New West when school starts the next fall.


Important information on New West Admissions
In 2012 New West Charter located all school operations to 1905 Armacost Avenue, Los Angeles, 90025. The New West Armacost Avenue school site requires a conditional use permit (CUP) to operate a school in this particular location in West Los Angeles. The current CUP restrictions include a maximum student enrollment of 825 students. Given the enrollment restrictions in place for the New West school site – it is anticipated that open admission spaces will be severely restricted. In addition, admission preferences will be applied as it relates to New West Charter School.


Admissions Preferences

The following order of preferences applies to students who are continuing enrollment or applicants who are seeking admission to New West (listed in declining order of priority)

  1. Continuing Students: These are presently enrolled students who plan to continue attending New West the next school year. To maintain eligibility for this preference, parents must: (1) have their child enrolled at New West on the last day of the school year (i.e., their child has not been withdrawn or expelled); (2) certify in writing during the spring of each year that they are meaningfully interested in having their child continue attending New West; and (3) return all re-enrollment forms and documentation by the announced deadline.
  2. SB 740 Preference: This preference is available to incoming 6th grade applicants who attend or live in the attendance area of Brockton Elementary School. New West may be eligible to receive funds through the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program [EC 47614.5(c)(2)(A)]5 if students attend from this particular school.
  3. LAUSD In-District Sibling Preference: (applied to 6th grade only). This preference is available to applicants whose brother(s) or sister(s) are continuing their enrollment at New West.
  4. LAUSD District Applicants: Applicants who reside within the LAUSD district boundaries.
  5. Children of Employees: Applicants of New West staff.
  6. New Applicants: This category includes all other applicants who wish to attend the Charter School (i.e., applicants residing in other school districts throughout California).


Admissions Lottery

All students who submit a completed application form are admitted and enrolled unless the number of applicants exceeds the school’s capacity at a grade level. If there are more applicants than available spaces, then admission priority is determined by a public random drawing for each grade level with consideration given for the above admission preferences. The lottery is held at the school or online on the day listed under Admissions: Important Dates (attendance is not required).


Waitlist and Late Applications

Applicants not admitted through the lottery have their name placed on a waitlist in the same order they are selected in the lottery. Students on the waitlist are notified immediately by phone when space becomes available and must complete and return all enrollment documents before being admitted. Applications received after the application deadline are not entered into the lottery and are placed at the end of the wait list based on the date the completed application form is received by the school office.



A student who gains unfair advantage in the admission process by some misrepresentation of information is prohibited from enrolling.



New West participates in various outreach activities throughout the school year that include; in-school events, large venue open houses in Santa Monica, middle school events hosted at various LAUSD elementary schools, Brockton Avenue Elementary parent coffee mornings and community-sponsored open houses.


Equal Rights Statement

New West does not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or disability.

Any parent and/or guardian who has problems completing the application or enrollment forms should contact the main office for assistance.