There are two campuses. The Kindergarten is located across the street from the main campus. There are three Kindergarten classrooms and one science lab used for K-3 science program and a small out door amphitheater.
The Main Campus has the computer lab, concert hall, 10 classrooms, gym, library, art rooms, playing field, and the brand new Michaud Academic Center.
Children in grades K-3 are grouped into three classes of 14 and are instructed by two teachers in each class room, one lead instructor and an associate- this means class have a very low 7 to 1 student to teacher ratio! Children stay together in self-contained classrooms.
When students reach 4th grade, they start rotating classrooms for different subjects like they will in middle school or highschool. The school does this to get students ready to graduate. Students are also permitted to play sports, write for the school paper, and participate in student government.
In addition to all these academics and programs, there are a bunch of annual events- like back to school picnic, Halloween, Spring Fair, the Candle Lighting Ceremony.
Parents who send their children to John Thomas Dye are very high networth. There is a natural connection between families that attend JTD and the local country clubs like Brentwood, Bel Air, and The Jonathan Club. They take exotic vacations to places in Europe and Martha’s Vineyard because they have more money than they know what to do with.
It is extremely difficult to get in. There are only 36 Kindergarten spots. The school adds some seats up to a class size of 40-48 in 1st grade so that is the second good entry point. Siblings of present students and children of legacy families who have maintained a good relationship with the school receive preference in admissions. This follows the schools family values- they do not like to split up families if it can be helped. Unfortunately this policy makes it even harder for new parents to get in. You definitely want to apply to multiple schools because it’s harder to get into JTD than Harvard!
Standard Private school tuition of approximately $30,000 a year when you factor in giving and other costs.
John Thomas Dye is a “feeder” school for Harvard-Westlake. John Thomas Dye also send a large number of students to Brentwood School. Almost all students Matriculate to another private school.