Westridge School

Westridge School Photo #1 - 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 #1 - 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 #2 - 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 #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 - 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 AP Bio Research to Expand to Schools Across the U.S. with National Science Foundation Grant - 05/09/2018 - Westridge`s AP Biology students are conducting original research in a year-long experiment in partnership with the University of Washington (UW). Students have been working since October 2017 to create antifungal-resistant ...more"super-yeast" and analyze their samples` genetic evolution with the assistance of researchers at UW. Long-term, open-ended research conducted by entire high school classes is extremely rare and the project inspired UW researchers to seek National Science Foundation funding to expand the experiment to other high schools across the U.S.hide
  • Water Warriors Club Students Visit Clean Water Systems They Support in Kenya - 05/04/2018 - When they held a bake sale outside a local Trader Joe`s six years ago, seniors Maya B., Ashley W., and Siena G. had no idea the ongoing, passionate commitment to ...morebringing safe water to Africa it would inspire, and they definitely didn`t think it would ultimately lead them to Kenya. After studying the global water crisis in 7th grade, they formed the Water Warriors club to help children in the developing world gain access to clean water. But the club has grown far beyond a bake sale and a dream to make a difference.hide
  • Students Discuss the Definition and Power of "Weapons" in 6th Annual Voices in Literature & Culture Conference - 04/27/2018 - What is the definition of a weapon? How can one use words, media, or culture as a weapon, and can we ever fully predict the outcome of wielding their power? ...moreMiddle & Upper Schoolers discussed these themes and more on Wednesday, April 25 during the English department's 6th Annual Voices in Literature & Culture Conference. hide
  • Inspired by Personal Experience of Sexism in Debate, Junior Creates All-Women's Tourney For her Community Action Project (CAP) - 04/20/2018 - For her CAP project on mitigating sexism in debate, Rachel H. `19 recently hosted a female-only debate tournament at Westridge. The tournament was designed to create a space free of ...morethe sexism encountered by Rachel and many girls and femme-identifying students in competitive programs. Eight novice and middle school teams from local schools participated in the round-robin tournament and the hour-long forum that followed. During the forum, people shared a wide range of experiences with sexism in the debate space, including facing "mansplaining" in cross-examination, being pushed out of co-ed debate teams, and receiving judges` comments on appearance or attire.hide
  • Students Lead Work to Destigmatize Conversations about Body Image - 03/13/2018 - In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Month in February, Westridge's Peer-to-Peer (a group that helps students build skills to become conflict mediators, peer educators, and peer mentors) held its ...morefourth annual all-school "Love Your Body" Week, a series of events that engaged students in healthy, open discussions about body image and promoted body positivity. 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
Year Founded1913
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students500 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%

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$26,970
Tuition Notes$28,180 for grades 4-6 / $31,180 for grades 7-8 / $36,470 for grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorSarah Jallo
Admissions AssociateMargaret Shoemaker


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Alliance, Amnesty International, Anime, Art, Asian Culture, Athletic Association, EPIC (Environmental Protection & Interest Club), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Film, French, Girls Who Code, Harry Potter, Interfaith Council, Jazz Band, Junior Classical League (Latin), Math, Red Cross, Science Fiction, Science Olympiad, Service Committee, Spanish/Hispanic Culture, UNITY, Young Democrats, Young Republicans

School Notes

  • Our students learn in a joyful environment that develops critical thinking and leadership in its many forms.  They are supported by a purposeful community that values personal challenge, inclusion, connection, and enriching our world. 

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  • Pasadena
    Grades: K-12 | 858 students
    1.7 miles
    1030 E California Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91106
    1.7 K-12
  • Los Angeles
    Grades: 7-12 | 533 students
    10.5 miles
    250 S Rossmore Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90004
    10.5 7-12
  • Pasadena
    Grades: K-8
    2.2 miles
    1005 Armada Drive
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    2.2 K-8
  • Pasadena
    La Salle High School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 651 students
    5.6 miles
    3880 E Sierra Madre Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91107
    5.6 9-12
  • Pasadena
    Grades: PK-12 | 326 students
    0.8 miles
    67 W Bellevue Dr
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    0.8 PK-12

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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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