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Calabasas, CA

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23620 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

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September 08, 2014
The negativity in some of the reviews is unfounded and hints to a bit of individual bitterness. I have two children that have attended the school from kindergarten through high school. Viewpoint s personal, non-cookie-cutter, approach has successfully built on their individual strengths, while also improving their challenge areas. The school s culture is its single highest attribute. Yes, it is challenging, but the students are supported not only by the teachers and administration, but more importantly by their diverse peer group. We have seen through our children that the well-rounded student body (most of the students not only excel academically, but participate in team sports and the arts) truly cares for one another. The 1% culture and corporate references from the misguided Occupy Wall Street movement are an unwarranted and a sorry attempt to degrade a great school s reputation.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2014
I have to disagree with the poster re AP and SAT subject tests. My child scored much higher on the subject tests than the SAT 1 would suggest. Educational content is topnotch. AP tests were solid too.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
I attended Viewpoint from 3rd-8th grade, where I was able to benefit from both advanced academic courses and a variety of electives, such as ceramics, calligraphy, dance, music, and other subjects. When we moved and I went to a highly rated public high school, I was rereading books (in AP and honors classes) that I had read in middle school at Viewpoint. I went on to attend Tulane University on an academic scholarship, to attend and graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law, and I am now attending Tulane University School of Medicine. I also run a successful financial firm. My younger brother, who was not the most motivated of students at Viewpoint, went to the Air Force Academy and now holds a PhD in psychology. My brother and I were on financial scholarship at Viewpoint. The parents who complain in reviews about cookie-cutter 1% kids or about low SAT scores probably do not have the brightest children and are looking for a scapegoat on which to blame frustratingly poor results.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2014
The school admininstration gives the perception (and illusion) that its academic level is very high but this is not the case. We are seeing it in the school AP and SAT subject scores. The school scores compare to national and state average is not very impressive.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
While the academics are strong, the school's culture is plagued by the 1%. The students are overly competitive, creating a pressure cooker environment that is challenging both academically and economically. Getting into a highly selective college is great, but so is being a person of varied interests with the ability to connect authentically to others and make a positive impact in the world. Viewpoint is home to cookie cutter kids who achieve because they are told to and because it will lead to financial success, not because of passion or inspiration. There are inspiring teachers and administrators at the school but it is the parent and student body that really sets the tone on campus. It is, after all, a private school and those paying customers expect to have their needs satisfied, not necessarily enlightened. Perhaps a change of leadership (a process that will begin next year as the school's longtime headmaster steps down) will bring progressive change to a school that seems to have risen in the image of corporate America. I do hope so. In the meantime, we are looking at other schools

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
This is an incredible school. The teachers are top notch and the learning environment fosters a love of learning. Children have the opportunity to try everything from sports to the arts. They build good self esteem by being a part of a close knit community.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
We are in our second year at Viewpoint. My son started in 7th grade and will continue onto the Upper School next school year. Our overall experience to date has been incredible, beginning with the admission process, to the transition to middle school and now onto selecting classes for my son s freshman year in high school. The social and emotional well being of the student is just as important to the administrators and faculty as are the academics. Another important component of the school is its diversity. Diversity is embraced and celebrated through its curriculum and events.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
Our three children have attended Viewpoint since kindergarten. The school has grown and and improved so much over the last 15 years. The school now has a brand new campus, with state of the art classrooms, sports and art facilities. Viewpoint offers an incredible education, taught by dedicated teachers. Our children have different interests and strengths, and its been a perfect fit for each one.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
The upper school division really needs to work on to improve the communications with parents. The school needs to implement better tools to facilitate the communications between the teachers and the parents. In our experience, we have had very few real time feedbacks from the teachers. It is important to provide the teachers with the right tool to communicate with the parents on a regular basis so problems can be caught right away. A Viewpoint education is very expensive, so a higher standard should be expected.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
Viewpoint is an exceptional school. We have two sons who attend. Our first son started in 3rd grade. From his first day, the administration and kids welcomed him with open arms and true friendship.They made obvious efforts to ensure he transitioned seamlessly and made connections quickly. This was an immediate example of strong character both of the children and the staff. We have seen our son thrive in his academics, enthusiasm for learning and personal development. When it came time for our second son, we couldn t imagine enrolling him (currently in Kindergarten) anywhere else. Primary school has exceeded our expectations. Viewpoint provides challenging academics combined with a nurturing environment to ensure each child has the tools for success. The character development, infusion of the arts, sports, and community community service provide children with a well-rounded experience that will prepare them for each consecutive grade and life. Most importantly Viewpoint celebrates the individual.They encourage independent and creative thinking, allowing children to explore their passions. We appreciate having such a perfect partner to guide our children through these pivotal years

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
Viewpoint is wonderful. Our daughter attended for 6th and 7th grade, but we had to move. We thought it was wonderful when we were there, now that we have left, we appreciate it even more. They truly want every child to succeed and find their passion. The middle school requires your child to take a broad variety of electives. If they are struggling academically or socially the teachers and administration notice. The teachers are always available and it's "cool" to go see them at lunch or after school to ask for extra help. A variety of children attend from all over LA. There is every sport, instrument, language, after school activities imaginable. There is an emphasis on character, leadership, but most importantly an extraordinary emphasis on having your child exposed to huge variety of experiences and ideas. Worth every penny and then some! Just wish they had a boarding school, as we would send our daughter back!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
This school is a treasure! Yes, it has a magical 25-acre campus in a beautiful canyon,. Yes, it has state-of-the-art facilities. Yes, it offers students a well-rounded education that includes music, art, languages, sports, and public speaking (your heart will melt when you see even the kindergarteners speaking confidently and joyfully on stage in the fabulous theater!). Yes, the children learn character and good manners and the value of community service. Yes, there is a welcoming school community where parents can be involved or not. But it all comes down to the incredible, caring teachers and administrators. They figure out what every child needs to thrive whether it s a hug or extra tutoring or the encouragement to push themselves a little further. They allow each student to become a unique individual, to find and follow their passion. They make learning fun and exciting and rewarding. My daughter has looked forward to going to school every single day of the six years she has been at Viewpoint. It just keeps getting better and better. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny. Actually, it s priceless. If you want smart, kind, happy kids, send them the Viewpoint.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
I couldn't say enough great things about this fine school. One of the best decisions we ever made for our 3 children there. 11th, 9th and 6th gr. currently. Been there for many years and as a seasoned parent I can honestly say, these teachers know these students. (you can't hide or be invisible and that's a great thing!) Teachers and admin are there for the students success. Kids are given so many choices in endless areas, it's hard to pick. Kids look out for other kids, great friends made, there's room for everybody to achieve success. It is okay to be smart, be in choir, play chess, be athletic, be yourself. The faculty cares, & are top notch. Their open door policy to talk to administrators is always welcomed.. My children's transition was seamless coming from a larger school. The opportunities are endless. There are actually too many choices. There is something for everyone. The administration is top notch. The facilities match as well. Everything is done so professionally. and academically the kids thrive.I know without a doubt my kids will be so well prepared for college. You'll miss out if you don't ever consider Viewpoint.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
Our son attended Viewpoint from 5th to 12th grades. We could not have asked for a better education than he received at Viewpoint. He was academically prepared to apply to the very best universities and when he got to college he had tremendous study habits, time management skills, and an amazing knowledge of the subject matter. His success in AP courses has allowed him to delve further into his engineering courses and he is clearly better prepared academically than most others in his classes. Last, but not least, Viewpoint provided him with a nururing academic environment, as opposed to other private schools which are uber competitive.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2013
I am currently a sophmore at Viewpoint and I have gone to this school for 2 years. Peronsally, I couldn't find a more lousy school. Every year there are at least 5 kids per grade (out of 1 hundred) that leave because they agree with me. All the kids are bratty, some more than others, and they love to flaunt their money. The ones that aren't bratty are just rude. The teachers are alright, even though I have had a bad experience. 4 of my teachers this year were new. FOUR. Most of them were underexperienced and 2 of them are leaving. The campus is ugly, and poorly designed. Though it is true that if you push yourself you can get into a fantastic college, I do not believe that going to a school with an enviroment at awful as Viewpoint is worth it.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2013
I am currently a student in high school at Viewpoint School and it is certainly a challenge, but I thrive on it. Viewpoint pushes me, both academically and athletically. It is not the place for the faint of heart or the unmotivated. If you push yourself at Viewpoint, you can go to any college that you want. That said, if you stumble or fall behind, catching up can be very hard and you may feel as if you are sinking.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2013
I have been going to viewpoint for 12 years now and am a junior. I love the fact that I am challenged academically but I don't think it is the right school for me. People only talk about school and grades and constantly compare each other because of it. I would love this school if there was a better environment and I could appreciate learning. I just see it as a race to the finish by now and would rather be in a more open environment where there is more to talk about than an AP class, a recent test, or how much homework you have.

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2012
Strong in academics, music,, athletics and the arts, Viewpoint is a hidden gem with a state of the art upper and middle school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
I love Viewpoint, I have gone there since Kindergarten. The academics can be difficult but the teachers are very helpful, especially if you're having trouble. It is expensive but I think it is worth it. I love Viewpoint!

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2011
An amazing and diverse community of exceptional and exceptionally nice people. From the dynamism and active stewardship from the board of trustees - to the incredibly talented and devoted faculty of teachers - to the active parent strong army of volunteers - to the kindness and support of the staff on campus - to the amazingly talented, hardworking and spirited students - all lead by an engaged headmaster who has a strong, well communicated vision for the school. It truly is one of LA's, indeed Californias, preeminent independent schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2011
Our daughter started attending Viewpoint in the 9th grade. With the small class size, nurturing environment, and exceptional teachers, she went on to attend UCLA, graduating with honors, and then Northwestern Law, again, graduating with honors.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
We have two sons in the elementary school and could not be happier with the administration, staff and overall experience. Nowhere in Los Angeles will you find a more nurturing college prep school that is not only well-rounded and challenging but also values balance in education...the best academic and social and artistic bet for your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
My child has been at Viewpoint since the 3th grade and is now in the Middle School. Our child is so happy at Viewpoint. The head of the middle school Mr. Armbrister is incredible with the children and is so committed to their wellbeing. Viewpoint seems to understand the balance of inspiring, challenging and nurturing children. It is very academically challenging and the homework at times can be a bit much, but they have a policy that if your child is still doing homework at 9:00-9:30 at night, you write a note at the top of the page and there is no penalty for what you haven t finished. The families at Viewpoint are very committed to their children and are friendlier then some might expect. The athletes are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
Our son just graduated from middle school at Viewpoint. This wonderful school has exceeded our expectations. Class size is small. While a few classes had the maximum of 22 students, many classes had 9 - 16. The interesting and innovative teachers are able to get to know the students on a personal level. On more than one occasion, my son surprised himself by liking a subject which he had previously thought dull, simply due to the enthusiasm and creativity of the teachers. Classes are taught at an exceedingly high level. I agree with comments about Viewpoint being for more academically motivated and gifted students. I noticed at least one comment about bullies. My son commented on a number of occasions how NICE the students are, and how he has not witnessed any bullying in the middle school. He is thriving there, and we have positive expectations for high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
My 9th grade public school children were grateful to hear that Viewpoint was offering a free community lecture on planning high school careers with a goal of getting into a top-rated-universities. Through the generous time of Viewpoint's Senior Guidance Counselor, as well as the Senior Admissions officer, my students learned for the first time about "The Magic 20." It changed the way they set up their following year's course schedule, putting them on the right track. While they were already involved in community service, they also learned what a difference this can make to University Admission Officers. They were even more impressed that a 9th grade friend of ours, who attends Viewpoint, just scored a 30 on his ACT...and a friend of his, also at Viewpoint, scored a perfect 800 on his SAT Biology Subject Test.

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January 24, 2010
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November 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Two children with a combined 14 year history from primary til HS. Many happy memories, but as with any school, not without flaws. My advice is to know the teacher reputation, know that parents gossip, LS administrative staff gossips the worst, know they care, but only so much, know the kind words at assemblies becomes fake, but is fun and know this may not be the best fit for your child. Positive administrative changes in MS & HS for 2009. There are cliques, but more challenging to navigate for girls than boys, academically tough, but teachers available. Missing their own field for night football games due to ordinances. Children not well rounded and there are other options. We've left and are very happy. Yet, still able to reflect on positive impact Viewpoint has provided.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
Viewpoint is a good, but not great school. It prides itself on being a challenging college prep school but academically does not compare with Harvard Westlake, Oakwood or Brentwood. The educators are hit and miss; some are excellent, others not so good. Unfortunately, the school is in the midst of a major capital campaign and is more intent on improving its' facilities than its' faculty. Potential is great for the future if the administration re- prioritizes and focuses more on the students and less on maintaining the status quo.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2009
Clique ridden, social pressure cooker of a school. You will be expected to show them the money!

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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
I have 2 children at Viewpoint School. We are very pleased with everything about this school. We especially like the way Viewpoint makes learning exciting. My daughters are excited about going to school every day because they know that each day will bring a new adventure in learning. The teachers are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
This is our first year and we are so pleased with the high school. It fosters a great and healthy sense of acedemic competitiveness. Great for gifted high acheivers.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
The school is absolutely amazing! There's sports, performing arts, academics, electives, and language classes! There's only one downside, which is pretty big. Most of the students bully eachother, mentally, physically, and emotionally. However if you get past that this school is awesome! I am reccomending it too all of my friends who don't go here, and they're applying! This school is great!

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2008
Lovely place, kind and competent educators.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
Great Teachers fosters a competitive nature without being stressful

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
This school has it all; academic excellence, enthusiastic teachers. successful students, caring administration. The teachers here believe that it is their job to make your child successful. Viewpoint Admission is very selective. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
Our experience at Viewpoint School has been excellant. We currently have 2 children there and another who is an alumni. The Primary and Lower school leadership is second to none. Our High School is also quite superior. Our weak link is our middle school, which I can only hope is being addressed. We are very pleased with the music program and love that children are required to take an instrument at the 5th grade level. The competitive sports programs also begin in 5th grade. We have attended other private schools that were highly touted and have found that only Viewpoint has lived up to its reputation of excellance in education. They are very supportive of their student body and nurture respect and community involvement. They do require uniforms in grades K-8 and maintain a dress code for their high school. These are quite a group of kids!

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May 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
great school-caring faculty, super theater & music depts, 100% college acceptance into 4 year schools; Very good parent volunteer opportunities

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I have been going to Viewpoint for 12 years. You could not find a better school anywhere. Viewpoint does not only teach you academics but also how to be a good person and to lead a good and clean life. I have either had or known 95% of the teachers that have been at the school while I have been there and they are the most amazing teachers anyone could have. I would not choose any other school besides Viewpoint to go to.

- submitted by a student
July 05, 2007
This is a very good school. It is very expensive but it is worth it!

- submitted by a student
January 05, 2007
Our son is coming into his own since transferring to Viewpoint. We are very pleased that he is able to attend this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
In our view, Viewpoint is the best school in the world. It is the Stanford of elementary/high schools. It is hard to imagine how a school could be run any better. The students are given every opportunity to develop in all areas. The tuition is expensive, but as one parent said: 'how can you afford NOT to send your child here'. Our son is a primary school student and absolutely loves it. Most of the administators have been hired away from top universities. With the funding the school has it can attract the best teachers and recruits worldwide. Our son has enrichment classes in French, Computer, Science, Library time, Art, Art Appreciation and Music. He is reading on a fourth grade level and writing and illustrating his own books. Viewpoint truly encourages a life long love of learning.

- submitted by a teacher
July 03, 2006
Terrific school. An oasis of excellence, stability and tranquility in a sea of blandness and mediocrity. Our daughter has been there for 4 years and, while she is academically gifted, she is still challenged and continues to grow. But the mind is not the only thing nurtured. The school has an energetic sports program and its arts and music classes are first rate. Every student participates several times a year in assemblies where the student must speak publicly. As another parent has said - it's very expensive. While that is certainly true, you get what you pay for.

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August 19, 2005
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June 28, 2005
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June 23, 2005
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no rating June 07, 2005
Really great performining arts center found here.

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March 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2005
This is a wonderful school for children that are very academically inclined. The enrichment programs are incredible. The campus is beautiful and the staff is very dedicated. The work load is intense even at lower grades. A great school to prepare your child for college.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
Great school but very expensive.

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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Viewpoint School is an exceptional acedemic experience for all children. The Headmaster is a well-informed and dedicated educator. Every teacher we have had for the last 3 years have all been fantasic and capable of nurturing a child's pluses. I am also impressed by how safe the children are - there is a plan in place for just about any possible circumstance.

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Viewpoint School
23620 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA  91302
(818) 591-6500
Last modified Viewpoint School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Viewpoint School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top