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—Fifteen students or fewer—which allows for more in-depth learning and a strong sense of family that permeates all we do.


Please note that admissions for the 2022-2023 academic year are now closed.  Please consider WES for the 2023-2024 academic year and see the timeline below.

Wes: Our Boarding program, Grades 6-8

In grades six through eight, the academic experience for WES students is enriched by our mandatory boarding school program. Modeled after elite boarding schools throughout the country, our middle school students 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 entering 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

For the 2023-2024 school year, students in Kindergarten must be five by Aug. 1, 2023.

Overview of Admissions Process:

On-line Application

After we have received your application, we will contact you with the additional information needed, including transcripts, teacher recommendations, student response (5th-7th grade applicants), proof of income, proof of residency, and proof of birth.

We will also contact you about a campus tour and a shadow day.  All families must have a tour, and all students must shadow the class for which they are applying.  Tours and shadows must be scheduled in advance; drop-ins will not be accepted.  

Finally, we will work with you to schedule a family interview.

If you have questions about the admissions process or paperwork, please email Stacie Farris at [email protected] or call 502-776-5236 and ask for Stacie Farris.

Admissions for the 2022-2023 academic year have closed.

Admissions Timeline for School Year 2023-2024

August 1, 2022

Admissions process opens

December 31, 2022

Priority deadline for admissions

Mid March 2023

Admissions decisions communicated to all priority deadline applicants

April 1, 2023

Accepted applicants communicate intent to enroll at WES


If you have questions regarding admissions at WES, please call 502-776-5236, ext. 17, ask for Stacie Farris, or email [email protected]

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