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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strong in academics, music,, athletics and the arts, Viewpoint is a hidden gem with a state of the art upper and middle school.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clique ridden, social pressure cooker of a school. You will be expected to show them the money!
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Viewpoint School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Viewpoint School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.