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Chatsworth Hills Academy

Private | PK-8 | 182 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $340,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,630.

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2011:
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Posted April 17, 2014

I can't praise CHA enough. The teachers are warm, caring, smart and dedicated to the success of the students. I have seen teachers go above and beyond to provide outstanding care for the students (again and again.) Your child will grow and develop in ways you never imagined. The small and nurturing environment is beneficial to the entire family. The campus is warm, inviting and close to nature. This school money well spent. Children are happy when you walk the campus, teachers know every student, every parent and the CHA community is icing on the cake. Parents that care deeply for the school, teachers and student body. Highly recommended!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2014

Chatsworth Hills academy is an outstanding school on so many accounts. The teachers, staff and administration are caring, smart and devoted to the students. We have been happy from the moment we switched to CHA. Nearly everyday our daughter comes home with a smile on her face and thrilled to go to school. The atmosphere is nature based and includes farm animals (a new addition.) The families we have met are warm, friendly and down to earth. From the PTO President to the groundskeeper.....everyone is lovely at CHA!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

What a privilege it is to come to work each day an interact with the wonderful students and families of Chatsworth Hills Academy! CHA is truly the school of opportunity! Every staff member is fully invested in the success of each child on campus. Our beautiful 16-acre campus provides a unique outdoor learning environment. Teachers utilize the Chumash Indian artifacts on campus to bring the social studies curriculum to life. During science, the student explore the diverse features of our Mediterranean Biome. Not only am I a teacher at CHA, but I am also a parent. My son has recently joined the preschool and I couldn't be happier with his experience. He loves coming to school each day and is very excited about all he is learning!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 10, 2013

CHA provides our children with way more than just an academic education - the arts, language, computers, sports, and social programs are FANTASTIC and have made such a difference in our lives. Since starting at CHA, our once-shy (borderline socially awkward) son has blossomed into an outgoing, highly-social, and confident little boy, and we credit the school's warm, comforting environment for this positive change. We cannot imagine sending our three children anywhere else at this critical stage in their development. THANK YOU, CHA!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

My daughter has been at this school for less than a year and we know this is where we want her to be for as long as she can be. The school facilities are excellent and always being improved. The campus is so natural and yet works completely for the kids. The faculty are easy to talk to, so very friendly and all knew my daughter's name before we had been there for a week. My daughter has learned so much - in academic skills, in social skills, in attitude, in behavior. We cannot say enough good things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

I am so happy I found CHA! More importantly, my children are happy. We've been at CHA for 6 years now and though we've always loved it, I don't think I truly understood its true value until my daughter started high school this year. She is thriving and much of this is due to how well CHA prepared her academically, socially and emotionally. There is no question that my two younger children will continue at CHA where they are encouraged, challenged, supported and cheered for in every possibly way. Located on 16 lush acres, CHA offers top notch academics in a safe, secure setting. Class sizes are small and you will never meet a more caring group of teachers. In addition to specialists in art, music, foreign language, technology and PE, CHA has incredible electives for the older students including mock trial, archaeology, robotics, and more. The community is warm, child centered, diverse and down to earth. We couldn't have asked for a better place for us and for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

As a CHA alumnus, I know firsthand that no school can boast of more dedicated teachers or a friendlier, more tightly knit community. There is no way to avoid befriending every single student and staff member on campus. I am still in touch with many of my CHA classmates. Thanks to the small class sizes and these close friendships, CHA students are never afraid to speak their minds in public. This is a valuable, often underestimated skill that is useful both at school and in the business world. The teachers make a special effort for each and every child in their classrooms, tutoring those who need it and deepening the curriculum for advanced learners. Middle school students participate in many exciting opportunities through such electives as drama, video game creation, Mock Trial, and archaeology, in which they assist college students in uncovering real ancient Chumash artifacts on our own campus. Thanks to my CHA education, I started my freshman year of high school ahead of many other honors students in a variety of subjects. I was given the confidence, self-motivation, and love for learning that will allow me to succeed in life.


Posted October 8, 2013

We had no idea that a school like CHA existed until we toured the lovely campus. One of the best choices we made was pulling our child out of a blue ribbon LVUSD school to CHA. CHA changed everything for our family. The teachers are outstanding and care so much for the students. Our child is able to learn outside of the box and excel in so many areas (that never would have been possible in a public school.) The community at CHA is very welcoming. The school has many events throughout the year that bring together students, faculty and parents. If you are looking for a school, please tour this amazing spot!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

Amazing school located on 16+ acres. The campus is tucked away and offers a peaceful, camp-like setting. My two children have attended CHA for the last three years and absolutely love it! The teachers are outstanding and genuinely care about their students. CHA provides all of the specialist programs that can get cut from public schools - PE, Music, Art, Spanish, Computer lab etc. The academic program is top notch and class sizes are small. CHA focuses on character development and nurturing each child so they graduate from CHA confident, well-rounded and ready to start high school. CHA also has a wonderful community of families. It is a small school so the kids know each other and most of the parents know each other as well. If you are considering private school you must take a tour of CHA and see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

We have 3 kids that have graduated from this school and have gone on to Sierra Canyon High School. We are extremely happy with this school. It is a great setting, students are always friendly to each other and the teachers are great. There are many parents that are involved in helping the school, so it just shows how much everyone believes in their child's education and experience. After my daughter and sons graduated and started high school, a couple of things proved to me that Chatsworth Hills Academy really prepared them well. Both of my kids took command of picking their classes, when they needed to make changes they did it all by themselves. They were responsible and confident. My daughter was even signing up for team sports. Basically, they were turning into adults that my wife and I could be very proud of. We know it was from the education and experiences that they had at CHA that made them prepared for the challenges of High School. Now my daughter and one son have graduated HS and now have gone off to College. They are doing great and I still have to attribute their good character and academic skills to CHA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

WE LOVE CHA!!! You MUST see this 35+ year old school on acres of rolling hills to believe it! It is as if you have stepped out of the city and into a warm, small, protected town where everyone knows one another and where teachers know your child so well that they take pride in every accomplishment just like you do! This is the way that kids should grow up with lots of encouragement, challenge, empowerment and opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

The first thing that caught my eye 5 years ago was all the beautiful trees and land surrounding the campus. Definitely not your regular school campus look. The teachers and staff are dedicated in providing the best education to the children. Made me feel like I was family and not just some parent. My kids feel safe and look forwarding to going to school everyday. I highly recommend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

Chatsworth Hills Academy is a small school with a big heart. If you are looking for a nurturing environment for your child, take a tour of the campus. Talk to the Staff, they really care about the students. The word of mouth of this school is very positive. When I was searching for schools I had 5 criteria for my child: Small Class Size, small learning groups, Social Skills curriculum, Music Program and a place where his strengths would be built upon. CHA offers my son a strong sense of self. He has been at CHA for 2 years, he says he feels like a 'celebrity' because 'everyone knows his name'. Every staff member looks at for every child. The older kids look after the younger kids. The curriculum cares about the whole child. My husband and I are strong supporters of CHA because CHA supports our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

We are new to CHA, and I have to say that I have been impressed by the genuine care and concern that the teaching staff shows for the children. My son is in Pre-K, and his teacher is absolutely fabulous. She is the kind of teacher that you read about in story books or that a parent dreams that they may find for their child. The campus is quiet and feels like a summer camp. While I think the facilities could use an upgrade, I treasure how involved and warm the entire student community is. The older children nurture the younger ones, and there is a visceral sense of pride and joy when you walk on the grounds and through the classrooms. My son is highly gifted, so I have reached out to the teachers about supplementing his education, and they are open and helpful in working to meet his needs. I think this is something that I would need to do at any school my son would attend. All in all, CHA is a hidden gem, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nurturing environment with personal attention and an amazing teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

Chatsworth Hills is a fabulous school. The teachers and administration are the key to this very special school. Our child is given one-on-one attention. The care and nurturing that is given by the teachers is beyond what we had hoped for. The parents are down to earth and you are made to feel "at home" very quickly. CHA's small environment allows for tremendous care and attention to your child. I can't say enough about CHA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

My daughter has attended CHA for 2 years and there could be no better place! She loves her teachers like family and she has made truly meaningful friendships. The small populations allows for every student to get to know each other, no matter the age difference. The older students take the younger students under their wings and make them feel welcomed. And each member of the faculty know the kids school wide. My daughter excels in academics far beyond her peers which attend less student focused schools. You would be misguided not to take a look at CHA! They have everything a parent wants out of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2012

My son's friend attends here and the education we here is excellent. He is a very well behaved child and the school the family says is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

My wife and I had done quite a bit of searching for elementary schools across the Valley (everything from the local public school to charter schools, to private) before coming to CHA. All it took was one visit to the campus of CHA to know we had found the right fit. Not only is the campus amazingly beautiful and serene, the administration and kids themselves go out of their way to make you feel at home. Both of our children (grades 1 and pre K) are attending the school and LOVE it! We are looking forward to the next phase when the CHA campus will evolve with a new design that incorporates all the best elements of the surrounding environment while providing 21st century facilities for learning. I can't say enough about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2011

Our child has attended 2 Summer camps and preschool here - so far. We are extremely happy with the staff, curriculum, fellow students and parents at CHA. We really like the small class sizes which allow the teachers to address each child's individual style of learning. We cherish the teachers who have worked with our child as outstanding educators as well as stellar human beings. The campus is absolutely beautiful and conducive to connecting with nature. Our child LOVES going to school! We are looking forward to 8 more years here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

The parents that stated bullying is happening at this school is SO NOT CORRECT. My daughter has been a student here for three years ago and a student was expelled right away for bullying. Unfounded claims not true. This is a beautiful school with amazing teachers. You can feel safe and know that your child can get accepted to any high school of there choice coming out of this school. My daughter is going into 7th grade and it is just AMAZING.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 26%
Two or more races 15% 3%
Black 8% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 11%
Hispanic 6% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ann Gillinger
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (818) 998-4062

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Parent Carpools
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
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  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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21523 Rinaldi Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
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Phone: (818) 998-4037

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