Qualifications for Admission
WPS admits students of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, or religious persuasion that are willing to live in harmony with the principles and objectives of the school. It is understood that each student accepted to WPS will agree to live by all its regulations and will perform with excellence all duties assigned in connection with the school. Every effort will be made to help the student understand the necessity of such rules to the development of Christian character.
Application may be made by contacting the principal or office manager at: Whispering Pines Seventh-day Adventist School
211 Jericho Turnpike
Old Westbury NY 11568
Completed application documents should be submitted to the office manager. All admissions are subject to approval by the principal and the WPS Board of Trustees.
Minimum School Age
Students applying to enter Pre-Kindergarten shall have reached the age of four(4) years by December 31st of the current calendar year. On occasion, students younger than four years of age may be admitted, but only at the discretion of the principal and Pre- Kindergarten teachers.
Students applying to enter Kindergarten shall have reached the age of five (5) years by December 31st of the current calendar year.
Students applying to enter Grade 1 shall have reached the age of six (6) years by December 31st of the current calendar year.
Students who transfer to WPS from another school are required to furnish the following documents:
(1) academic transcript
(2) most recent report card, showing the last grade completed
(3) if transferring from a school that charges tuition, a statement from that school’s business office that the student’s account balance has been closed at zero
If the transfer occurs after October 31st, the student may also be asked to supply two letters of recommendation (neither of which may be written by a relative).
WPS reserves the right to screen new students via entrance exam and/or family interview. Exam results are used to help determine the student’s appropriate academic placement. Parents/guardians and children may also be asked to undergo a family entrance interview. One purpose of this interview is to review the student’s academic history up to the time of his/her application to WPS. In addition, the interview helps to ensure that family and child(ren) are fully apprised of the school’s requirements and expectations.
Upon admission, parents/guardians of all students will be asked to sign the School Fees Payment Agreement, in which they agree to pay all school fees in a timely manner. Additionally, parents/guardians and students will be asked to sign the Student Code of Conduct, obliging them to uphold all standards of conduct established by the school.
Physical and Dental Examinations
WPS’s health requirements are aligned with those of New York State and the Westbury Union Free School District, which read as follows:
New York State law requires each student enrolled in public school to have a health examination conducted by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner upon entrance into school at any grade level and for each student entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, and in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th grades. Physical should not have been given more than twelve (12) months prior to the commencement of the school year. Each physical must state the student’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and Weight Status Category.
Each student is also required to provide proof of immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Hemophilus influenzae Type B, hepatitis B, and varicella, in accordance with the provisions of Public Health Law Section 2164. Westbury School Board Policy requires all new entrants to the Westbury Union Free School District to have a Mantoux test and reading. Mantoux test cannot be more than one year old.
All students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade must present a Dental Health Certificate. The Dental Health Certificate must contain a comprehensive dental examination performed on the child.
The school supplies examination forms at the time of registration. Parents/guardians should return the completed forms to the school before the first day of classes.