Welcome to the admissions process at West End School!

Before you begin the application below, please carefully review the following and plan for at least 30 minutes to complete the application thoroughly.




Who We Are

WES: Who We Are

West End School (WES) is a college preparatory school serving boys in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade who live in low-income communities. We offer an academically rigorous program in a safe, structured environment filled with joy and high expectations. Our class sizes are small—twenty students or fewer—which allows for more in-depth learning and a strong sense of family that permeates all we do.




Wes: Our Boarding program, Grades 6-8

Additionally, in grades six through eight, the academic experience for WES students is enriched by our boarding school program. Modeled after elite boarding schools throughout the country, our middle school boys have the privilege to live on campus surrounded by a family of brothers who are like-minded in their positive goals and life dreams. This positive peer culture is reinforced in academics, athletics, and other team-building activities. By boarding, our young men learn leadership, independence, responsibility and decision-making skills that will serve them well in high school, college, and beyond. When they head to college, they are well-prepared with what it means to live in a dorm community, to be responsible, and to manage one’s time well. We have an outstanding team of caring, attentive dorm faculty who live on campus to support the positive academic and character development of our young men.




If this sounds like a school in which your son will thrive, please see below for an overview of our admissions process, including key criteria and deadlines!


Please note: WES is not a residential treatment facility. As a small, college preparatory school, we do not have the resources to educate students with significant learning, socio-emotional and/or behavioral challenges.




Admissions Overview


Criteria for Admission to West End School


Successful applicants for grades PreK-8 will:

West End School accepts students in grades PreK-7

Qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches through the federal nutrition program

Demonstrate potential to meet high academic expectations

Demonstrate capacity to contribute positively to our school community with respect, integrity and responsibility

Students in PreK must be four by August 1, 2019 in order to qualify for enrollment



Overview of Admissions Process:


On-line Application, including the following Supplementary Information:

Transcript from Previous School

Two Teacher Recommendations

Proof of Income
(Prior Year 1040 tax return or past 3 months pay stubs)

Shadow Day

Family Interview / Home Visit




Admissions Timeline for School Year 2018—19



October 1, 2018

Admissions process opens



December 20, 2018


Priority deadline for admissions



March 4, 2018

Admissions decisions communicated to all priority deadline applicants



March 25, 2018

Accepted applicants communicate intent to enroll at WES








If you have questions regarding admissions at WES, please call 502-776-5236.



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