Admissions

Welcome! We’re excited you are considering Westside in your search for a high school.

Westside offers an exceptional experience, including college prep and concurrent credit courses, a diversity of excellent performing and visual arts classes, and a robust and competitive athletic program.

As you learn more about Westside and our admissions process, please call or email with any questions.

Brett Meyers, Director of Admissions
503.697.4711 (ext. 1249) brett.meyers@wchsonline.org

To apply: 2017 – 2018 WCHS Application

 

Timeline for 2017-18 admissions:

October 25th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. : Open House

This is an opportunity to learn more about Westside’s mission, programs, and staff.

January 31, 2017: Applications Due

Application available October 25th, 2016

January 31, 2017: Financial Aid Applications Due

Please see the “Tuition / Financial Aid” section below for additional information on our Financial Aid Application process.

February 2017 : Interviews

Once we receive a completed application, we will contact qualified applicants to set up an interview. Applicants will be contacted to schedule a Parent + Student Interview in January.

Early March, 2017: Decision Letters Sent

Early April, 2017: Final Registration Due

 

RECOMMENDED PREVIEW ACTIVITIES

  • Visit with the Head of School The best way to get to know us is to pay us a visit. In fact, we consider this to be the important initial step in considering a Westside education. A visit is a great opportunity for us to learn more about your aspirations and goals for your teen and address how Westside can partner with you during these critical years. The visit will include a one-on-one meeting with the Dr. Debi Miller, Head of School, and Brett Meyers, Admissions Director, as well as a tour of the campus. Both parents (with or without their teen) are encouraged to attend. Contact Brett Meyers at 503.697.4711 ext. 1249 or brett.meyers@wchsonline.org to set up your visit.
  • Student Visit We strongly encourage students to spend a day at Westside to get a feel for the school’s daily activities. The visiting student will be paired up with a current student for the day. Please contact Brett Meyers at 503.697.4711 ext. 1249 or brett.meyers@wchsonline.org to set up a visit.

NOTE: International students, please see our international admissions page (below) for information on international student applications.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

Westside Christian High School admits students of any race, color, national origin, gender, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities, generally accorded to or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected by law in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

At Westside Christian High School, Christian education is not a commodity. It’s a ministry, commitment, and connection with your child. We strive to keep our tuition as low as possible while still ensuring a top-notch college-prep program. WCHS has a robust needs-based scholarship program to assist families who demonstrate a financial need through School and Student Services (SSS), a confidential third-party process. Details for applying for assistance are provided below.

Westside Christian High School

Registration FeeTuitionBook & Tech FeeStudent Life Fee
2016 - 2017$250$11,800$600$125

Financial Aid Checklist
Note: If you are a current Westside family, skip step one and proceed with steps two and three.

Step 1: Indicate your need for financial aid on the admission application
On the Westside Christian High School admission application, simply check the appropriate box to indicate that you are applying for financial aid.

Step 2: Complete the online Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS)
Westside Christian High School uses School and Student Services (SSS) to handle a major portion of the computation in our financial aid process. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). SSS does charge a fee (approximately $41) for their computation and evaluation.
Based on the information you provide, SSS calculates an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses.
Follow these easy steps:

  • Beginning anytime after our fall Open House, go to http://sss.nais.org and click on the prompt to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement. You will create a user name and password which will allow you to complete the PFS over more than one session. This allows you time to gather the required information and ensure its accuracy. Only one PFS is needed per family regardless of the number of children applying. All material submitted to SSS will be secure.
  • Financial aid applications must be submitted no later than January 31 for the following school year. Be sure to indicate that Westside Christian High School (SSS code 3953) should receive a copy of the results.

Step 3: Upload application documentation to NAIS.org
By January 31 please upload the following:

  • Federal tax return including attachments
  • W-2 forms
  • Letter of explanation concerning current family circumstances

NOTE: Their website does not have a specific prompt for this letter, but it is required.

Questions?
Questions regarding the financial aid application form are best answered by SSS customer service representatives who can be reached at 1.800.344.8328. Questions for Westside should be directed to Cassandra Jenks at 503.697.4711 X1240 or cassandra.jenks@wchsonline.org

Please note that it is the family’s responsibility to make sure that the file is complete. You may verify this by going to the parent portal at http://sss.nais.org.

 

Westside accepts transfer student applications for entry in the fall as well as mid-year. Mid-year transfer applications are handled on an individual basis with no set deadlines. Applicants should contact our Admissions Department to set up an appointment with the Director of Admissions and the Academic Counselor.

The application process for transfer students is available here: WCHS Application.

Westside Christian High School is currently accepting international students applications. Westside processes many of our international applications through a local organization, Private School Exchange (website: www.pse-edu.org). If you are interested in applying for international admission, please contact Kristina Neiman with Private School Exchange at 503.222.9803 or kneiman@pse-edu.org. In addition, there are other agencies that have sponsored some students in the past.  If you are currently linked with another agency you may contact us to determine whether you may apply through them.  If you have any questions about Westside, contact our International Student Program Director, Don Westerberg, at 503.697.4711 ext. 1232 or Westerberg@wchsonline.org.

APPLICATION

International students should submit their entire application through PSE before our admission team will consider them for admission. The entire application should be completed in English, including school records. Once we have a completed application, we will contact you regarding admissions.

RELIGION

Westside Christian High School is a non-denominational high school. The philosophy of the school is distinctly Christian and is Biblically based. All WCHS students are required to take Bible class and attend Chapel. Students will be living with a Christian host family and will be expected to attend church and church activities with their family.

HOST FAMILY

International students needing a host family will typically be placed with a Christian family from our Westside community. The host family will provide food, household amenities, sleeping quarters, and transportation to and from school and school events. Students will be expected to conform to the rules established by the host family.

FINANCES

The application and international registration fee must be paid in full before Westside will issue an I-20. There are two payment options, annual or semester. With either option complete payment must be made before the student may begin attending classes. Please inquire about International Fees and Expenses. Students will be expected to provide transportation to and from the United States. Students will be expected to pay for such things as school trips, materials for class, gifts, clothing, travel, entertainment, etc. Host families will only be responsible to provide for housing, regular meals, and transportation to and from school and school events.

HEALTH INSURANCE

Students will have to show that they have health/medical and liability insurance coverage before they can attend classes.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Students should arrive in Portland a week before the first day of school. Travel arrangements should be communicated to the School Counselor or International Student Program Director.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TUTORING

WCHS will provide a fixed number of tutoring hours for international students, to be determined at the beginning of each year.

HOST FAMILIES

We are currently looking for host families for the current school year.
Host Family Guidelines