2015 School Guide

BUG_LOS FELIZ_SCHOOL GUIDE_OCTOBER 2015CORRECTION: Pilgrim School was incorrectly listed as having 303 students; Pilgrim has 420 students. 

This parents’ primer was compiled using information from schools, their websites and LAUSD.net. The list is comprised of elementary and secondary schools in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and surrounding neighborhoods, but is not meant to be exhaustive.

Parents interested in Magnet Schools, Public School Choice and other Los Angeles Unified School District program options should visit echoices.lausd.net for more information.

All API (Academic Performance Index) scores listed here are from 2013. The API previously served as a measure of academic performance but is no longer being used by California public schools. Historically, the state’s goal for schools was 800 or above on a scale of 200 to 1,000.

Tuitions listed for private schools are for the current (2015-16) academic year.

Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School

2930 Fletcher Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

(323) 739-0560


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 550

Public or private: Public Charter (3-year API 869)

Tours: Open House and BBQ in November (date and time TBA)

ESAT’s themed curriculum concentrates on college-readiness that integrates experiential learning with a focus on environmental science and technology. ESAT enrolls students regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socio-economic background and was named Newsweek’s 81st top U.S. high school for “beating the odds” and getting students into college.

Artlab at Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academy

2050 San Fernando Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

(323) 276-5515


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 275

Public or private: Public (API 633)

Artlab offers an arts-integrated, project-based curriculum that prepares students for the academic challenges of post-secondary learning and develops the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in media or other arts.

Atwater Avenue Elementary

3271 Silver Lake Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 665-5941


Grades: K-5

Student body: 374

Public or private: Public (API 781)

Established in 1922, Atwater Avenue Elementary School seeks to educate and develop lifelong learners in a nurturing environment that enables children to become productive, responsible citizens. Accountability, integrity, and creativity are among the core values at this neighborhood elementary school.

Betty Plasencia Elementary School

1321 Cortez St.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 482-1815


Grades: K-6

Student body: 975

Public or private: Public (API 786)

Betty Plasencia Elementary consists of a home school of about 1,000 students and a Math/Science Magnet of about 140. Through a comprehensive technology program, they work to improve communication and problem-solving skills. Special programs offered include Inner City Arts, Dance, Music and Chorus and Drill Team.

Brawerman Elementary School of Wilshire Boulevard Temple

3663 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 388-2401


Grades: K-6

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $19,500 per year plus school fees. Tuition for non-Temple members is $22,500.

Tours: 9:30am on October 15, October 27, November 19,

December 9

Brawerman Elementary balances topnotch academics with a Judaic curriculum. Their website states: “Our school is a family connected by the values we share.” Communication, courage, compassion, competence, and critical thinking are all part of the school’s core values. Brawerman’s Wilshire location (there is a second on Olympic Blvd.) includes newly-designed classrooms and recreation facilities, along with an historic sanctuary and family center.

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

3435 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 417-3400
(888) 990-2622


Grades: Pre-K-12

Student body: Eight campuses serving approximately 1,500 students

Public or private: Public (API K-8 Range 763-864; High School: 792)

Founded in 2000, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy seeks to educate students via a college preparatory program to be literate, critical thinkers and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice and change. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. If there is more interest than openings, entrance is determined by a public lottery held in February.

Campbell Hall

4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91607

(818) 980–7280


Grades: K-12

Student body: 1,115

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $29,200-$34,400

Tours: Tours are offered throughout the fall.  Elementary Open Houses are October 24, 2015 and January 9, 2016. Open Houses for grades 7-12 are on September 26 and November 7, 2015. Contact Admissions at (818) 505-5316 for more information.

Campbell Hall is a college preparatory Episcopal day school that combines technological sophistication with a strong sense of community and enthusiasm for the arts, sciences and communications. It offers an intentional, inquiry-based community that embodies teaching a curriculum of the heart as well as a curriculum of the mind. The academic program is structured and challenging.

Chandler School

1005 Armada Dr.

Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 795-9314 x177


Grades: K-8

Student body: 450

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $21,370-$23,175

Tours: By appointment October through January, after an application is received.

Chandler School is an independent, coeducational K-8 school with a mission to provide students with the highest quality and most academically challenging education in a nurturing, balanced and diverse environment. Chandler students gain a love of learning, a means of thinking independently and an ability to work collaboratively. Chandler also seeks to develop good character, self-reliance and a commitment to community.

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary

6017 Franklin Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 464-1722


Grades: Pre K-6

Student body: 298

Public or private: Public (API 846)

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary seeks to be a high-achieving school where kids, teachers, administrators, parents and neighbors collaborate to support and promote the academic and personal growth of students. Cheremoya was acknowledged by the California Dept. of Education as a Distinguished School for academic achievement and community participation in 2014. The school partners with the Hollywood YMCA offering students pool access. The school also provides art, PE, music, advanced studies and after-school programs.

Children’s Community School / Van Nuys

14702 Sylvan St.

Van Nuys, CA 91411

(818) 780-6226


Grades: K-6

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $26,528 with additional fees.

Tours: The 2015 Open House is on Saturday, November 21 from 9:30-11:30am. Parents only and reservations are required.

CCS’s focus is to prepare today’s children for “citizenship in a democracy…We believe that children, just like adults, learn best when they are active participants in the world around them.” The curriculum is geared towards helping children reach their academic potential and contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Citizens of the World Charter Schools


Grades: K-8

Student body: 770

Public or private: Public Charter (API 847)

CWC Hollywood

1316 N. Bronson Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 464-4292



CWC Silver Lake

North Campus (Grades: K-1)

5616 Carlton Way

Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 462-2840


South Campus (Grades: 2-4)

5620 DeLongpre Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 464-4063


Citizens of the World Charter has two schools—CWC Hollywood and CWC Silver Lake—housed across three campuses. Opened in 2010, CWC now serves over 700 students in K-8. Their mission is to create high-achieving schools for a diverse community of students – developing their abilities, confidence, and sense of responsibility for themselves and their community. CWC cultivates leadership, independence, self-knowledge, appreciation for different perspectives and respect, both within and beyond school walls.

Flintridge Preparatory Academy

4543 Crown Ave.

La Cañada, CA 91011

(818) 790-1178


Grades: 7-12

Student body: 489

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $32,250-$33,200

Tours: Individual and group tours are held in the fall and spring of each year. Tours are given on weekday mornings and afternoons between 8:20 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call the Admissions Office at (818) 949-5514 to schedule a time. Open House: December 6th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shadow visits are available from January to March.

The Flintridge Prep community offers a broad liberal arts-based education for students grades 7-12, a small class size and a student-faculty ratio of 8-1. The non-religious independent school provides for each student the knowledge, critical skills, community values and creativity essential for an engaged and responsible life. Students take risks, examine the status quo and consider their ways of thinking through the introduction of opposing viewpoints. Campus life is rich with opportunities for students to participate in leadership, play on CIF-ranked athletic teams and in a variety of visual and performing arts.

Franklin Avenue Elementary School

1910 North Commonwealth Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 663-0320


Grades: K-5

Student body: 530

Public or private: Public (API 916)

Built in 1926, Franklin Avenue Elementary is one of LAUSD’s oldest and most popular neighborhood schools, consistently scoring well on state tests. Students are challenged to become fluent readers, effective communicators and strong problem-solvers in mathematics. The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) program at Franklin is designed to address the needs of the large numbers of gifted and high-achieving students. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are available online or from the school office.

Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary

3955 Glenfeliz Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 666-1431


Grades: K-5

Student body: 478

Public or private: Public (API 813)

This neighborhood school in the heart of Atwater Village is dedicated to creating a community of lifelong learners that involves parents, teachers, staff and local partners. Glenfeliz Elementary supports academic excellence, creative arts, and innovation and fosters a culture of achievement among the diverse student body. All students receive weekly music instruction, as well as dance, visual arts, and drama classes.

Grand Arts High School

450 N. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 217-8600


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 1,700

Public or private: Public (API 737)

Tours: Tours begin in early December. Call the school for a schedule.

Grand Arts High School (formerly known as Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts) is a state-of-the-art $232 million high school located in downtown Los Angeles in the “Grand Avenue Cultural Corridor,” home to Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center, Colburn School of Music, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The 9.8-acre campus is a public school architectural wonder, consistently listed among the top 10 worldwide. It boasts: a conical library; 927-seat professional concert hall with Broadway-sized proscenium stage and orchestra pit; a 250-seat black box theatre; outdoor ampitheater; professional scene shop; photography and broadcast studios; multiple science and computer labs; specialized spaces equipped for art, music, and theatre classes and four dance studios.


Harvard-Westlake Middle School (Grades 7-9)

700 North Faring Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90077

(310) 274-7281

Harvard-Westlake Upper School (Grades 10-12):

3700 Coldwater Canyon

North Hollywood, CA 91604

(818) 980-6692


Grades: 7-12

Student body: 1,596

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $34,700, plus a new student fee of $2,000

Tours: All applicant families have can tour and visit the Middle School during a weekday interview (applicants for 7th grade) or during one of the Family Visiting Days (applicants for 9th grade). There are also “Weekday Coffees” at the Middle School and Upper School campuses. Contact the Admissions Office for reservations.

Harvard-Westlake ranks among the top high schools in the U.S. in number of National Merit Semifinalists. The prestigious, coeducational, college preparatory school resulted from the merger of Harvard School (for boys), founded in 1900, and Westlake School for Girls, established in 1904. The student to faculty ratio is 8:1 and average class size is 16.

Hollywood Schoolhouse

1233 North McCadden Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

(323) 465-1320


Grades: Pre K-6

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $15,101-$18,366, plus New Student and Enrollment fees, and additional fees based on grade.

The mission of the Hollywood Schoolhouse is to nurture the whole child within a diverse community, combining challenging academics with creative learning, where each child is known, encouraged and valued. The school’s philosophy is that children thrive academically in a nurturing environment that provides them with challenges and encourages them to take risks.

Holy Trinity Parish School


Public or private: Private

Holy Trinity Academy

2714 St. George St.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 661-9200

Grades: K-5

Holy Trinity Prep School

3716 Boyce Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 663-2064

Grades: 6-8

Holy Trinity is a Roman Catholic, coeducational, non-profit school dedicated to the full academic and spiritual growth of culturally diverse children. The school embodies the teachings, values and beliefs of the Catholic Church by providing a compassionate, nurturing environment in which students develop a solid moral character, realize their fullest potential and share their gifts with others. Holy Trinity School also offers Art, Music, Ballroom Dance, Karate Class, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School

5515 Franklin Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 461-3651


Grades: 6-12

Student body: 701

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $14,600 plus fees

Tours: “Academic Playday” for 8th graders November 21st 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Open House, December 6th at 1:00 pm. Contact the director of Admissions to schedule a half-day Shadow day.

A neighborhood fixture since 1906, Immaculate Heart is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for girls. Today, the school remains true to its original mission: the intellectual, spiritual, moral and social development of women. The hillside campus, located near Griffith Park, welcomes a student body of geographic, ethnic and religious diversity. Immaculate Heart’s challenging academic curriculum includes 17 Advanced Placement courses, 14 honors classes, and 50 UC and Cal-State-approved elective courses. Students can also take advantage of such enrichment programs as Marine Biology Exploration of Catalina Island.  The school’s competitive sports program fields teams in basketball, cross country, diving, equestrian, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball. The Visual and Performing Arts Department features an annual art exhibit, choral performances, theatrical productions and a dance troupe.

Ivanhoe Elementary

2828 Herkimer St.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 664-0051


Grades: K-5

Student body: 408

Public or private: Public (API 944)

This beloved Silver Lake elementary school has served the local community since 1889, celebrating its 125th anniversary this October. Sitting on Rowena Avenue, a stone’s throw from Silver Lake Reservoir, Ivanhoe boasts an excellent academic record, active parent involvement and a strong sense of neighborhood spirit.

John Marshall High School

3939 Tracy St.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 671-1400


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 2,700

Public or private: Public (API 757)

John Marshall High School first opened its doors on January 26, 1931. Today, it is a comprehensive high school with an enrollment of over 2,500 students from Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Koreatown and Elysian Valley, and a teaching staff of over 100. Marshall seeks to provide the academic, social and multicultural environment needed to give students a positive direction for their future. The school has traditional and Gifted/High Ability magnet programs as well as smaller learning communities including the School for Environmental Studies, Performing Arts Academy, Artistic Vision Academy, STARS Academy, Renaissance Academy and Social Justice Academy.

Larchmont Charter Schools


Grades: K-10

Public or private:

Public (API Scores: 908-931)

Tours: Tours take place during fall and winter. Please refer to the website to register for an

upcoming tour.

Fairfax (Grades K-3)

1265 N. Fairfax St.

West Hollywood, CA 90046

(323) 656-6418

Hollygrove  (Grades K-5)

815 N. El Centro Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

(323) 836-0860

Selma (Grades 4-8)

6611 Selma Ave.

Los Angeles 90028

(323) 871-4000

La Fayette Park Place (Grades 6-10)

2801 W. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90057

(213) 867-6300

Larchmont Charter School is a continuous K-12 program situated on four campuses. It offers a project-based, constructivist curriculum within a public school setting and seeks to provide a socio-economically, culturally and racially diverse community of students. It also participates in the Edible Schoolyard program, one of only a handful of schools nationwide to be handpicked by Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters to help revolutionize the way children think about food, farming and the environment. Admission is by lottery. Applications are available in October and the lottery is held in February.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

LACHSA (Building #20)

5151 State University Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90032

(323) 343-2550


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 600

Public or private: Public

The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) offers a specialized program combining college preparatory academic instruction and conservatory-style training in the visual and performing arts. Founded in 1985, the public school is run by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with and on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).

Recognized as one of the premier public arts high school in the U.S., LACHSA is the recipient of numerous awards, including California Distinguished School for Academic Excellence, Golden Bell Award, Grammy Signature School, Bravo Award for Excellence in Arts Education and the Exemplary School Designation by the Arts Schools Network. LACHSA is also routinely identified as one of “America’s Best High Schools” by Newsweek and one of L.A.’s best high schools by Los Angeles magazine.

The school serves culturally and socioeconomically diverse teens from more than 80 school districts in the county. Students must meet minimum academic, attendance and behavior standards, and must audition for acceptance into one of five departments: Cinematic Arts, Dance, Music (vocal and instrumental), Theatre, or Visual Arts. Each department selects its own students through a juried audition or portfolio review process.

Los Angeles River School

2050 San Fernando Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

(323) 276-5535


Grades: 9-12

Student body:  303

Public or private: Public (API 658)

Los Angeles River School’s mission is to graduate young adults who are ready to be builders and stewards of ecologically sustainable and socially just communities. The school teaches students to be actively engaged in building and sustaining healthy, environmentally sound communities. It also coaches them to act as civic partners.

Los Feliz Charter School 

for the Arts

2709 Media Center Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

(323) 539-2810


Grades: K-6

Student body: 483

Public or private: Public (API 836)

Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is a parent-initiated, innovative, public elementary school serving a socio-economically, ethnically and linguistically diverse student population. LFCSA seeks to provide a high-quality education that embraces learning in and through the arts. Enrollment is decided by a public random drawing. In early spring, LFCSA conducts its drawing for the following academic year. In order to be part of the drawing, a family must complete and submit an application form.

Los Feliz Elementary School

1740 N. New Hampshire Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 663-0674


Grades: K-6

Student body: 422

Public or private: Public (API 792)

Los Feliz Elementary School’s dedicated staff provides students with a rigorous standards-based curriculum that encourages students to become life-long learners who appreciate cultural diversity. More than 20 different languages are spoken at this diverse school. Parent involvement and support play an important role.

Loyola High School

1901 Venice Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90006

(213) 381-5121


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 1,293

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $18,700 plus additional fees

Loyola is a Catholic college preparatory school for young men who represent the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of greater Los Angeles. Founded in 1865, Loyola is committed to the development of the whole person, through a challenging educational experience of academic, co-curricular, and religious opportunities.

Lycee International of Los Angeles (LILA)


Grades: Preschool-12

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $14,800-$17,700

Los Feliz

4155 Russell Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 665-4526

Grades: Preschool-5

Student body: 313


30 N. Marion Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91106

Grades: Preschool-5

Student body: 146


1105 W. Riverside Dr.

Burbank, CA 91506

(818) 900-1895

Grades: 6-12

Student body: 263

A bilingual French-American school, LILA is committed to academic excellence in an intimate and international environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity and curiosity. Students are challenged through a rigorous and well-balanced bilingual curriculum promoted by the French and International Baccalaureate institutions.

Marlborough School

250 South Rossmore Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 935-1147


Grades: 7-12

Student body: 530

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $36,365

Tours: Open House October 10th for grades 7-8 and November 21st for grades 7-11 (reservations required). An interview and school tour is also required of all applicants. Shadow days are also available by reservation.

Marlborough is an independent, urban day school for young women nestled in Hancock Park. Its staff is committed to delivering a superior college preparatory education in an environment imbued with high ethical values. Over 30 athletic teams and a state-of-the-art facility help to create an inspirational and high-achieving atmosphere.

Mayberry Street Elementary School

2414 Mayberry St.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 413-3420


Grades: Pre K-6

Student body: 385

Public or private: Public (API 780)

Nestled between hills and palm trees in a quiet residential area, Mayberry is a school with a strong sense of community and family, claiming it “may be the best-kept secret in Silver Lake and Echo Park.” Among the many programs it offers are Buddha Walks, Digging Up, Barnsdall Arts, and after-school enrichment classes. Mayberry’s vision is that all children receive a standards-based education in a nurturing environment.

Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus

405 South Euclid Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91101

(626) 796-2774


Grades: K-8

Student body: 508

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $19,504 along with new student fees

Tours: Admissions Open Houses and Tours can be registered for online.

Mayfield is a coeducational institution guided by a Catholic heritage and commitment to spiritual goals. Its academic and extra-curricular programs are designed to address the particular needs of the community. Mayfield encourages achievement while emphasizing participation, and believes children thrive when excellence and good character are valued.

Micheltorena Street Elementary School

1511 Micheltorena St.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

(323) 661-2125


Grades: Pre K-6

Student body: 330

Public or private: Public (API 741)

Focused on building students’ 21st century learning skills, Micheltorena provides programs in the Arts, Science, Technology, and English/Spanish Dual Language, along with a fully integrated Social/Emotional Learning curriculum focused on building a “Positive Culture” that extends beyond the classroom. A true “local school,” Micheltorena collaborates with neighboring businesses and organizations and features an on-site community garden, free parent workshops and a variety of free after-school clubs and classes.

Notre Dame High School

13645 Riverside Dr.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

(818) 933-3600


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 1,205

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $14,050, plus an annual registration fee of $600 and technology fee of $600. Books and uniforms are not included.

Tour: 8th Grade visit Day on Friday, December 4, 2015

Notre Dame is a Catholic, coeducational secondary school offering a college preparatory curriculum with honors and advanced placement courses in art, English, foreign languages, mathematics, science and social studies. As a faith community, Notre Dame strives to provide each student with a rich academic background, an appropriate sense of self, an opportunity for growth and a commitment to family, community, nation and world.

The Oaks School

6817 Franklin Ave.

Hollywood, CA  90028

(323) 850-3755


Grades: K-6

Student body: 149

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $22,563 plus additional fees for new students

Tours: Tours are held Thursday mornings at 10am, beginning September 17. RSVP is required.

The Oaks is a developmental elementary school with a curriculum designed to promote intellectual, artistic, social, emotional and physical growth. The school provides a safe, non-competitive educational environment where children are given time to take risks, make mistakes and master skills. Small class size and flexible teaching strategies address each child’s unique learning style and personal development.

Oakwood School


Grades: K-12

Student body: 765

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $30,880-$36,200, plus additional fees for new students and activities

Tours: At the elementary campus, there are six Prospective Parent Mornings from September to December. At the secondary campus, there are two Prospective Parent Events, one on a weekday evening and one on a Saturday morning. You must complete an online inquiry to register to attend a Prospective Parent Event.

Oakwood Elementary School

11230 Moorpark St.

North Hollywood, CA 91602

(818) 752-4444

Oakwood Secondary School

11600 Magnolia Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 752-4400

Oakwood School is a coeducational, K-12 independent day school. It was founded in 1951 by parents who wanted to provide their children with an educational experience that was rich in the arts, sciences, and humanities and challenging to their creative and intellectual capacities. The school facilities include science labs, art studios, computer labs and a play space used by K-6 students.

Our Mother of Good Counsel School

4622 Ambrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 664-2131


Grades: K-8

Student body: 140

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $4,983 per year for parishioners. $5,635 for non-parishioners.

A fixture in the heart of Los Feliz, Our Mother of Good Counsel School sits at the corner of Hillhurst and Ambrose avenues. The Catholic, coeducational elementary school educates with an emphasis on Christian values. OMGC School has a highly involved student body and parent group. The school ensures a strong Catholic identity through religious activities that occur daily at the school and helps students develop a sense of belonging and responsibility.

Pasadena Waldorf

Lower School:

209 E. Mariposa St.

Altadena, CA 91001

(626) 794-9564

High School:

1539 East Howard St.

Pasadena, CA 91104

(626) 204-0786


Grades: Preschool-12

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $11,330-$21,970 with additional fees.

Tours: Pre-K through 8th tours held the second Thursday of each month. High school open houses take place October 10 and November 5.

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena Waldorf offers a hands-on learning environment along with arts and academics “to foster imagination and independent thinking in our students.”

Pilgrim School

540 South Commonwealth Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 385-7351


Grades: Pre-K-12

Student body: 303

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $18,000-$29,920, plus additional fees for new students

A division of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Pilgrim School is an ethnically and culturally diverse, coeducational day school offering a traditional college preparatory curriculum emphasizing mastery of fundamental skills and critical thinking. With all of Los Angeles as a classroom, academic skills are applied to real-world challenges and opportunities.

Renaissance Arts Academy

1800 Colorado Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90041

(323) 259-5700


Grades: 6-12

Student body: 321

Public or private: Public Charter (API 897)

Applying: Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted between Februray 1 and April 25, 2016 only

Renaissance Arts is a small Music and Performing Arts school providing an integrated classical education for middle and high school students from all backgrounds. RenArts offers rigorous academics, collaborative small-group instruction and professionally guided arts training.


Robert A. Millikan Affiliated Charter Middle School, Performing Arts Magnet and Science Academy

5041 Sunnyslope Ave.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

(818) 528-1600


Grades: 6-8

Student body: 2,168

Public or private: Public Charter (API 875)

For 50 years the faculty at Millikan Middle School have dedicated themselves to providing each student the opportunity to achieve academic excellence. Millikan’s mission is for all students to become self-motivated learners and self-reliant, disciplined citizens. Teachers promote academic and character development as they foster individuality, creativity, and teamwork. The Performing Arts Magnet is co-located on the regular school campus with access to activities and experiences being shared by the whole school, including five theme-based Academies: Civics, Science, Math, Performing Arts and Cinematic Arts.

St. James’ Episcopal Day School

625 South St. Andrews Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 382-2315 x255


Grades: Pre K-6

Student body: 360

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $15,690 (Preschool), $16,830 (Junior Kindergarten), $20,260 (Kindergarten through sixth grade)

Tours: Open Houses are held throughout the fall. Call to RSVP.

Grounded in traditional methods, St. James prepares bright and capable students for the best secondary schools in Los Angeles. The St. James curriculum incorporates independent critical thinking with basic skills to develop students for the challenges of the 21st century.

St. Brendan Catholic School

238 S. Manhattan Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

(213) 382-7401


Grades: K-8

Student body: 300

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $535 per month for parishioners. $680 per month for non-parishioners.

Tours: Tours are offered on the first Thursday of each month. Call for an appointment. Open House is January 31st from 11:00 a.m. to

1:00 p.m.

St. Brendan is a Catholic elementary program that provides a concrete environment for the development of Christian values along with an academically challenging curriculum. Registration for the 2016-2017 academic year is January 31st to February 12th.

Applicant Testing occurs in March, with notification in early April. Tours of the school are on the second Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. by appointment.

St. Teresa of Avila School

2215 Fargo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 662-3777


Grades: Pre K-8

Student body: 150

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $335 per month

Tours: School tours are available upon request.

An educational community committed to teaching, modeling and helping others, St. Teresa of Avila offers an academic curriculum that includes Religion, Family Life, Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Health, Music, Art and Physical Education.

School of History and 

Dramatic Arts

2050 San Fernando Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

(323) 276-5500


Grades: 9-12

Student body: 310

Public or private: Public (API 755)

Located at the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academy, the School of History and Dramatic Arts utilizes a thematic, interdisciplinary, project-based approach, facilitating creative expression. An in-depth study of history develops an expansive perspective that encourages local action and global citizenship.

Sequoyah School

535 S. Pasadena Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 795-4351


Grades: K-8

Student body: 250

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $22,750, plus addtl. fees

Tours: Tours are offered from October through January. Register online.

Sequoyah is a progressive elementary and middle school founded in 1958 and committed to education that “challenges the mind, nurtures the heart, and celebrates human dignity.” Over 200 students are grouped into seven multi-age classes spanning kindergarten through 8th grade. Teachers challenge students to be creative, idealistic and practical both in the classroom and out in the community.

Studio Middle School

2050 San Fernando Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

(323) 225-4542


Grades: 6-7 (will include 6-8 next year)

Student body: 160

Public or private: Public

This LAUSD pilot school is currently in its second year. It seeks to advance the academic, social and emotional skills students need for future success and to respond creatively to 21st century challenges with integrity, discipline, compassion and courage. As a Pilot school, students receive a unique academic curriculum with a focus on arts instruction.

Temple Israel of Hollywood

7300 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 876-8330 x4005


Student body: 210

Grades: K-6

Public or private: Private

Tuition: Approx. $19,000

Tours: Call the admissions office to make a reservation for a tour.

Temple Israel of Hollywood is a private, elementary school that provides children with a dynamic, developmental education designed to serve the whole child. Lessons are interactive, teachers nurture development of the mind, heart and with a Jewish values based perspective.

Third Street Elementary School

201 South June St.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 939-8337


Grades: K-5

Public or private: Public (API 947)

Tours: Prospective Kindergarten Orientation Meeting, Thursday, October 15 at 5:00pm

Third Street has earned a reputation as one of the most respected public elementary schools in LAUSD. Nestled in Hancock Park, it was chosen as “one of the 60 great elementary schools you should know about – public or private” by Los Angeles Magazine. The school provides high-level academics, strong community connections, and extensive parental involvement within a charming neighborhood setting.

Thomas Starr King Middle School

4201 Fountain Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 644-6700


Student body: 1,505

Grades: 6-8

Public or private: Public (API 843)

Tours: Tours for the magnet programs are held Thursday mornings in October and November. RSVP on the school website.

Thomas Starr King is comprised of three magnet schools: Gifted/High Ability Technology & Arts; Environmental Studies; and Film/Media. While providing a themed curriculum, each program offers a high quality, challenging education that fosters respect and responsibility among a diverse group of students. The magnet also integrates technology and art into core subjects and electives.

The Waverly School

(626) 792-5940


Elementary School

67 West Bellevue Dr.

Pasadena, CA 91105

Middle School

396 South Pasadena Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91105

High School

108 Waverly Dr.

Pasadena, CA 91105

Grades: Pre-K-12

Student body: 288

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $13,620 (Young Kindergarten), $18,984 (Kindergarten – 6th grade), $21,480 (7th-8th grade), $24,840 (High School)

Tours: Separate tours are held for elementary, middle and high school and run October through January. Register on the school website.

A progressive school that cultivates a passion for learning and a respect for others, Waverly helps students build skills in mathematics, reading, writing and critical thinking, while developing an appreciation for the arts, humanities and sciences. Based on the work of Jean Piaget and John Dewey, Waverly’s educational philosophy asserts that students learn best when they are actively involved in their schooling and responsible for their own growth.

Westridge School for Girls

324 Madeline Dr.

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 799-1153


Grades: 4-12

Student body: 497

Public or private: Private

Tuition: $24,990 (Grades 4-6), $27,990 (Grades 7-8), $32,725 (High School)

Tours: Open Houses are held in November and January. Call to schedule a visit and interview.

Westridge is a forward-thinking girls’ school founded on the belief that girls flourish in a single-sex setting. The Pasadena school’s intellectually engaging and challenging curriculum prepares students to continue their education in college and beyond as discerning, motivated learners committed to excellence. Westridge students find balance among humanities, mathematics, science and technology, fine and performing arts and physical education.

Wilton Place Elementary School

745 S. Wilton Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 389-1181


Grades: K-5

Public or private: Public


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