Frequently Requested Information


We enjoy getting to know applicants and parents during the application process. As a community, we look for students who have potential to thrive and be successful in the Chadwick School environment, making the most of their academic abilities and enjoying the many opportunities available outside of the classroom. As a result, admission is competitive. The admissions committees consider the candidate’s school record, teacher and administrator recommendations, and test scores. Students applying to kindergarten will have opportunities to meet with our staff and with our Village School teachers as part of the admission process. Given Chadwick’s emphasis on our core values — respect, responsibility, fairness, compassion and honesty — the student’s character and integrity are significant in our decision-making. Other factors include age appropriate considerations of leadership, work ethic and commitment, and talent — both potential and demonstrated. We consider each student in the context of the total applicant pool. Each year, the admissions committees bring together a diverse group of new students, each of whom brings the ability and desire to thrive in our community — academically and personally.


There are four major entry points to Chadwick School. We admit approximately 40 new students to the kindergarten program each year. It is important to note that all students entering kindergarten must be five years of age by Sept. 1 in the year they plan to enroll. With a larger 6th grade class, we have the opportunity to offer admission to approximately 35 new students. We admit approximately 10 to 15 new students in 7th grade, and 20 to 25 new students to 9th grade. Applications for Grades 1-5 and Grade 8 are considered on a space availability basis, in addition to the normal admission criteria. Under special circumstances, we may consider a new student in Grade 10 or 11.


Age appropriate standardized testing is one part of each applicant’s profile. They provide us with a common measure that is used in conjunction with all of the information that we gather about a student. Given that our students come from varied educational backgrounds and different schools, these scores are one way that we can objectively assess our applicants. Chadwick accepts the ISEE or the SSAT exams.  Testing for applicants applying for admission in 2021-2022 are as follows:

Kindergarten Evaluations

 January 2021

Grades 1 - 4 Testing

February 2021

ISEE testing on campus

Administration Dates will be Announced When Available


Chadwick School Issues the I-20 permit once a student has been accepted and is enrolled. We do not offer an ELL (English Language Learner) program. It is absolutely necessary that a student be fluent and literate in English, as full English fluency is required for all course material. We do not have a home-stay program or offer boarding, nor do our students live with guardians. Because of expected parental involvement, International students seeking to enroll at Chadwick School must live within commuting distance, with one or both of their parents.


Chadwick’s beautiful hilltop location above a residential area requires the school to make every effort to be considerate to our neighbors, reducing traffic and threats to air quality. To that end, we have a transportation policy that requires carpooling or busing for all families. This policy requires that each vehicle bring two or more students to campus. The school staff will assist new families in making appropriate carpool arrangements. In order to further reduce traffic and for the convenience of our families, bus service is available and recommended.. Service is provided from Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, Lomita, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach and Torrance. Morning, afternoon and round-trip fare options are available for each location. The fares vary according to location and incurred costs. Actual costs and schedules will be made available to students and their families each summer, as locations may vary each year. In the school year 2019-2020, annual bus fees ranged: $425-$800 one way; $1,200-$2,000 round trip.


Margaret Lee Chadwick, the founder of Chadwick School, believed that choice of dress is a means of self-expression for students, so we do not have uniforms. However, we do have a dress code that requires that all students dress appropriately and in good taste for school. Students receive guidelines to help them in making their choices about what to wear.


We are a dynamic community made up of students, parents, alumni, trustees, faculty, administrators, staff and supportive friends. We welcome parent participation in the school; this spirit of involvement enhances our community and the experience of all concerned, especially the students. All parents are automatically made members of the Chadwick Parents’ Association (CPA), which provides a range of opportunities to participate and to support the school’s mission. The CPA was founded for the purpose of “giving assistance to the faculty and administration of the school, and carrying on activities generally intended to promote and support the school.” The Annual Fund depends on a network of parents who volunteer their time to contact fellow parents to encourage their support of Chadwick’s programs through charitable giving. Chadwick’s Friends of the Library (FOL) supports the library and reading at Chadwick, and among other activities, supports an exceptional book fair every fall. The Dolphin Booster Club supports Chadwick’s extensive athletic program. The Limelighters support the performing arts and all its activities, programs and productions. Chadwick's STEM program also has a parent support group. Other opportunities include driving for Chadwick’s extensive community service program or volunteering in the admissions office to welcome prospective parents. We rely on the richness and diversity of talent in our parent body; there is something for everyone. The CPA also provides opportunities for educational and social engagements with parents.


Throughout the application cycle, we will provide parents and prospective students with a variety of ways to learn about Chadwick. As this process allows us the opportunity to get to know your family, we hope you will get to know us, as well, through visiting our website and attending some of our events. We will also be happy to connect you with a current parent who can answer your questions; there is a box to check on the application for this purpose. We have Village School (K-6) weekday morning tours for parents so you can visit our classrooms and see the campus. We will have on-campus weekday open house programs for parents and students looking at our Middle and Upper schools. For students looking at 6th grade, we will have a special event for you and your parents. Families interested in kindergarten will have the opportunity on a Sunday afternoon for a mini-version of some kindergarten experiences. Please visit our Admission Events page for more details about these events and to register. We look forward to getting to know you!


Chadwick is one of 1,900 members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), representing 700,00 students. Independent Schools are private, pre-collegiate learning institutions, and each has a distinct mission that expresses its philosophy, values and goals. Independent schools are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions and endowment revenue.All independent schools meet accreditation standards and each is held accountable by its Board of Trustees. This means that Chadwick meets and exceeds all local, state and national standards and sets its own benchmark and standards and decides how it will meet those goals. According to NAIS, and this is true of Chadwick, independent schools are successful because they offer “close-knit communities, individualized attention for students, supportive learning environments, high-quality and committed teachers, hands-on learning opportunities, educational experiences beyond the classroom, motivated and interesting peer groups and actively engaged parents.” NAIS affirms that their member schools “recognize that exceptional schools prepare students for not just this year’s tests, but for all of life’s tests. And they understand that the best education is a values-added experience where young people learn not only reading, math and science, but also the importance of hard work, leadership, personal responsibility and good citizenship.” Chadwick School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Consistent with our strategic plan, mission and diversity statements, we are committed to providing opportunities for qualified students to attend Chadwick School without regard to their families’ financial circumstances. Chadwick has always been dedicated to enrolling a diverse student body that reflects a broad economic, cultural and ethnic mix. For the academic year 2020-2021, more than $5 million in need-based financial aid has been committed to approximately 20% of our students. Chadwick’s financial aid program is designed to bridge the gap between what a family can contribute (based on a confidential and standardized needs analysis) and what it actually costs to attend Chadwick. It is our expectation that all families will participate financially in their child's education. All financial aid is awarded based on a family's demonstrated financial need.

In addition to tuition assistance, Chadwick will assist families demonstrating financial need supplemental support for indirect costs of education, as needed, including transportation, textbooks, technology, global travel, opportunities, after-school care or co-curricular activities. Nearly 10% of the 2020-2021 financial aid budget is earmarked to cover these costs enabling students to participate in all aspects of school life.

Adding to the school's financial aid program, Chadwick offers a select number of need- and merit-based scholarships through generous donations from the Malone Foundation and the MacFarlane family. The Malone Scholarship assists in providing an outstanding education to students who demonstrate exceptional intellectual ability and achievement. This scholarship is offered to new students entering Grades 7 – 12. The MacFarlane Leadership Scholarship provides opportunities for promising students, new to ninth grade, to benefit from the academic opportunities, character-forming experiences, and co-curricular activities offered by Chadwick School. The amount of the scholarships will vary according to the need documented by the scholar’s family. Both scholarships will receive public recognition.



Chadwick School offers three tuition payment options: Option 1 - Single payment of full year’s tuition, due in June; Option 2 - Twelve monthly payments, beginning with the deposit in February through January; Option 3 - Ten monthly payments for families who receive financial aid, June - March.

Tuition for the school year 2020-21 is:

   Grades K-6    $34,600    

   Grades 7-8    $38,770  

   Grades 9-12  $40,860

In addition to tuition, there is a one-time new student matriculation fee of $1,500. Other expenses may include transportation, lunches, global travel, technology, after-school care or co-curricular activities.  

• Third and fourth grade families will purchase a ChromeBook that will be used throughout grades 3-5.                

• Fifth graders will continue to use their previously purchased iPads for the 2020-21 academic year.

• Sixth graders will need their own, family-owned and managed Mac laptop.

• Students in Grades 9-12 provide their own technology device.

Upper and Middle School students buy their books at an approximate cost of $500-$800 per year. Overnight field trips, and outdoor education programs, including the three-week senior expedition, are included in the tuition.