Topanga Mountain School

knowledge naturally

A unique and innovative program that provides for a solid academic foundation in core subjects, inspires a love of learning and cultivates compassionate, well-rounded citizens.



The school has an open admissions policy for grades 6th and 7th with preference given to returning students. Students entering 8th grade are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Socioeconomic diversity in enrollment is a strong commitment of TMS. TMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs. Students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin are granted all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

At TMS we believe the best way to find out if we are a good fit is to try us on for size. After parents attend an initial informational meeting we begin the admissions process with your child in earnest. Students spend a day at TMS and gain true insight into our approach. In this “real world” setting we also get to know your child better and see how he/she responds to our program. Conversely, students get to see if this is the place for them.

A meeting between the parents and the director to assure compatibility rounds out the process. This truly consensual decision makes for enthusiastic students, committed parents and a happy school.

2019-20 School Year
Our official admission process is now complete. However, TMS does have a rolling enrollment option. If you are interested in a place for your child for the 2019-20 school year please call the school office. Inquiries are handled on a case-by-case basis

2020-21 School Year
Tuition $21,000. New student fee $500.

Enrollment process for the 2020-21 school begins in October 2019.

Please fill out an inquiry form, or call to have your name added to our mailing list.


Steps 1-5 MUST be completed by February 14, 2020 in order to be considered for Financial Aid for 2020-21.


1. Complete Application Inquiry Form

2. Attend Informational Meetings/Open House Completed.  At this time, please call 818 346 8355 to schedule your individual parent orientation.

3. Complete Application Package and the Financial Aid Package, if applicable.
Application packages are also available from the school office. Partial scholarships are offered based upon financial need.

4. Parent Interview with the Director
After Application has been submitted an individual appointment can  be made for parents to meet with the Director. 

5. Student day visit
After Application has been submitted prospective students choose one of the following dates for a visit.  Students are asked to stay at TMS for a full day from 8:15am - 3:30pm.

Steps 1-5 MUST be completed by February 14, 2020 in order to be considered for Financial Aid 2020-21. 

6. Admissions offers sent (March 13, 2020)
Notice of admissions and financial aid awards, if applicable, are mailed out to families on March 13th.

7.  Acceptance of place (Deadline April 10, 2020)
Acceptance of place, along with a signed financial commitment letter stating preferred payment schedule (full, quarterly or monthly) and a non-refundable tuition deposit are due by April 10th.

 Financial Aid

Approximately 30% of our families benefit from our financial aid program.

TMS has a “work study” program where scholarship over and above $5000 include a parent participation component. Parents use their skills and talents to contribute to school operations.

There is an additional charge for our camping trips (usually around the $250). On average there are four a year.

There are no other hidden expenses.






Topanga Mountain School  |  5920 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367  |  818.346.8355