Westridge School

Westridge School Photo #1 - Westridge is more than a school. It's a community where academic achievement goes hand in hand with becoming imaginative, independent thinkers - where students discover themselves and the world around them - where they learn what it means to make a difference.
Westridge School Photo #2 - Westridge is an independent, forward-thinking girls school for students in grades 4-12. We are committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders.
Westridge School Photo #3 - Lower School (Grades 4-6) at Westridge is a joyous mix of creativity, intellectual challenge, personal development, and girl power.
Westridge School Photo #4 - Our Middle School (Grades 7-8) students are fierce learners, and we challenge them with a curriculum that is project-centered and highly interdisciplinary, encouraging them to take ownership of their learning.
Westridge School Photo #5 - The Upper School (Grades 9-12) at Westridge is a joyful environment where girls have the freedom to be who they are. Self-consciousness is dispelled and girls are empowered to learn and grow into their best bold selves.
Westridge School Photo #6 - The College Counseling program at Westridge is a rich, intensely personalized, full-service guidance program that embraces the whole girl. It includes two semester-long courses devoted to the process. Find out more about our process at www.westridge.org/college.
Westridge School Photo #7 - Westridge fields teams in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Learn more about our teams at www.westridge.org/athletics.
Westridge School Photo #8 - At Westridge, we emphasize "making" music over "playing" music. While many schools can deliver a stellar performance, few can boast our unique blend of harmony, process, and creativity. Learn more at www.westridge.org/music.
Westridge School Photo #9 - Girls at Westridge have opportunities to experience all aspects of theatre, from acting and directing, to costume construction and stage management. Learn more about theatre at Westridge at www.westridge.org/theatre.
Westridge School Photo #10 - At Westridge, the dance program has something for everyone. With equal opportunities for beginning and experienced dancers, the Westridge dance program is both flexible and student-centered; with the support of seasoned instructors, students build upon their technical skills at all levels and practice a wide range of dance styles, including modern, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop.
Westridge is a community where academic achievement goes hand in hand with becoming imaginative, independent thinkers; where students discover themselves and the world around them; and where they learn what it means to make a difference.
Girls are immersed in a curriculum designed specifically for girls and taught by teachers who are not just experts in their fields, but experts at educating young women.
We are committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders.

School News

  • Westridge eSports Brings Students Together During Social Distancing - 04/09/2020 - At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, sophomore Jaydn I. had an idea to start the first eSports team in Westridge history (eSports refers to competitive video game play ...moreand is part of official high school athletic departments in nine states and the California Interscholastic Federation [CIF]). That idea became a reality this spring, when six Upper School students-Giulia W. `22, Katelyn B. `22, Xochitl M. `22, Mags G. `22, Millie K. `22, and Jadyn herself-came together to form Westridge eSports under the guidance of coach Joe Jacko, who also serves as head coach of eSports at the University of Southern California. hide
  • Annual Love Your Body Week Expands to Include Diverse Perspectives - 03/05/2020 - Peer-to-Peer, the Westridge student-support group, hosted its annual Love Your Body Week, a school-wide effort to raise awareness around issues of body image. Events kicked-off with an Upper School Town ...moreMeeting on Monday where students shared thoughts and experiences about a wide range of topics, from body dysmorphia and weight-consciousness to the lack of body diversity in the media. Then, each day, Peer-to-Peer held a lunchtime conversation dedicated to exploring how factors like race, ethnicity, media, and gender influence body image. hide
  • Westridge Upper Schoolers and Eagle Rock High School Students Run Joint Crisis Committee Simulation on Hong Kong Protests - 02/03/2020 - Late Friday morning, Pitcairn Living Room was packed with students from Westridge`s Upper School World Views class and Eagle Rock High School`s (ERHS) Model United Nations program. Blazer-clad with notebooks ...moreand gavels at the ready, these students convened in a roundtable meeting meant to mimic a real crisis committee-or a conference of representatives focusing on a specific issue. Their topic? The recent protests in Hong Kong. hide
  • Students, Faculty, and Staff Return from PoCC & SDLC Conferences Empowered to Talk about Diversity, Equity, and Justice - 12/12/2019 - Six students and 10 faculty and staff members attended the Student Diversity & Leadership Conference (SDLC) and the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Seattle last week. According to its ...moremission statement, PoCC provides a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking opportunities for people of color and allies of all backgrounds from independent schools. Its goal is to equip attendees with skills to improve the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate at their schools as well as the learning, social-emotional, and work outcomes for students and adults. It was an inspiring experience for all the participants who returned to Westridge energized and empowered to lead some very meaningful conversations on diversity, equity, and justice. hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 4-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1913
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students500 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Westridge School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers57 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses15 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, Latin - Vergil & Caesar, Physics C, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History
Average SAT score1490
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki Pants and/or Khaki Skirt and White T-Shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 11
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,275
Tuition Notes$30,275 for grades 4-6 / $33,570 for grades 7-8 / $39,260 for grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMargaret Shoemaker
Admissions AssociateSha'Trece Slaughter


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBasketballCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.42 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.EPIC (Environmental Protection & Interest Club), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

Club or Organization:
Alliance, Amnesty International, Anime, Asian Culture, Back of the Bus: Podcasting Club, Black Student Union, Chess Club, Christian Affinity, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Film, Girls Who Code, Green Guerillas, History Club, Interfaith Council, Junior Classical League (Latin), Lit Club, Madhatter Knits, Math Club, Middle Eastern Affinity, Middle School Water Warriors, Model United Nations, Muslim Affinity, Ocean Awareness & Conservation Club, Outdoor Corps, Science Olympiad, Service Committee, Skittles (LGBTQ Affinity), Spanish/Hispanic Culture, Spyglass (Student Newspaper), Students for Social Justice, Theater Club, UNITY, Yearbook, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Zine Club

Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Athletic Association, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • Learning is lively, ambitious, and adventurous at Westridge.
  • From grade 4-12, girls` voices are front and center and learning is active and discussion-based. As a result, Westridge students know how to think, to analyze, to make connections. They know how to communicate. And they develop the curiosity, thoughtfulness, and wonder they need to become self-motivated and passionate learners.
  • At Westridge, girls experience a curriculum based on research into how girls learn best, and a program where girls lead every student initiative. They are encouraged to celebrate the individual in a community that prioritizes self-knowledge and reflection. Our curriculum accentuates the female perspective, giving girls the tools they need to consider their role in the world and their relationship to others; they are fully supported in discovering their personal paths to meaningful lives of impact.
  • We believe in the power of girls and girls` education. See why Westridge is the place for you!

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School Reviews

My daughter has attended The Westridge School since grade 4, the first year of admittance. She is currently a freshman. Westridge is indeed a special place where anything is possible. It is a supportive, inclusive environment with an emphasis on academic excellence. A Westridge girl is a force of nature. My daughter has not been shaped or formed, rather engaged in the empowering process of honing her best, bold self in a constructive, expressive manner as to affect good. The Westridge School does an amazing job of admitting quality young woman who are bright, confident and diverse. Its highly educated teachers, administrators, and specialty staff, model a culture of higher mindedness. The campus is stunning and impeccably maintained with attention to safety, architecture, and sustainability. A most gracious institution with deep ties to the community and a history of turning out well adjusted, happy young woman. Among them are many of the best and brightest in our nation. Its an honor to be a part of The Westridge School experience. -E. J-K
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