NWC+ | Admissions Policy

Number of Student Admissions

Each grade at our school has 25 students. The exact number of students we admit to each grade level is dependent on the number of openings at the time of enrollment. If no openings exist, students will not be admitted but placed on a waitlist and will be contacted as soon as there is an opening in their grade level. We will be accepting applications for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors for the 2019-2020 school year with 25 guaranteed openings in 9th grade only. Spots in other grades are dependent on the number of openings we have at the time of enrollment.


No Residency Requirement

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


No Application Fee, Tuition, or Donation Required

NWC+ 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.


NWC+ Open Houses

Parents of applicants must attend a NWC+ Open House as a mandatory part of the admission process; students are encouraged to attend.

Open House presentations for the 2020–2021 will be held on February 1, 2020, at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School. The one-hour informational sessions are held at 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am.

NWC+ Drop-In Tour

Students and parents interested in touring our facility and meeting our staff must RSVP for a time slot. Tours and talks last 20 – 30 minutes. Click here to sign up for a tour spot.

Application Form

Access to the application form is only available by attending a NWC+ Admissions Open House. The completed application form must be submitted before the application deadline. If you do not have computer access or need assistance with the application, please email NWC+ Admissions or contact the admissions line at 310-384-8676.

Admissions & Enrollment Process for 2020-21 school year.

*There are a few open spots for 9th and 10th graders for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Mr. Straka at 310-943-5444 for more information.

Becoming a student at NWC+ is a multi-step process:

  1. Attend an Open House. (See information above).
  2. Application for Admission. Interested applicants must complete and submit their application electronically or in person by February 21, 2020. 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 to verify their application submission and receive their lottery number. Pico Campus: March 7, 2020, 10:00 am–2:00 pm; Armacost Campus: March 21, 2020, 10:00 am–2:00 pm .
  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 NWC+ when school starts the following Fall. Once accepted by NWC+, all families must attend an Enrollment Meeting. Meetings are set up with families at their convenience. An Enrollment Meeting must be complete before a student can begin classes.

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. Attendance is not required. Lottery results will be posted on the school’s website within 48 hours of the lottery. The date for the 2020–2021 lottery is March 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm at the Armacost Campus.


Wait List and Late Applications

*There are a few open spots for 9th and 10th graders for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Mr. Straka at 310-943-5444 for more information.

Applicants not admitted through the lottery have their names 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 waitlist based on the date the completed application form is received by the school office.


Home School Agreement

Parents of students admitted to NWC+ must sign and agree to the terms of the Home School Agreement as a condition of enrollment.


Master Independent Study Agreement

Parents of students admitted to NWC+ must sign and agree to the terms of the Master Independent Study Agreement as a condition of enrollment. Students and parents must also initial that they understand the penalties for missed assignments and that five missed assignments could result in removal from the program.



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



NWC+ 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

NWC+ does not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or disability. Any parents and or guardians who have problems completing the application, or enrollment forms, should contact the main office for assistance.