My 10th grader was getting a terrible education at LAUSD Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills. She is an honors student and the teacher's at Taft didn't care and the students hated the school. She transferred to Sierra Canyon in the middle of 10th grade and it literally saved her education and her future. She just accepted to a top 15 ranked school by US News & World Report. Sierra Canyon's RaRa factor at the school is great, and while they have top basketball and football teams, there is plenty for all level of athletes and clubs, like theater, for those not into sports. The teachers really care and like their job. The administration also cares and goes well beyond expectations. This school is top notch and worth the investment.
My kids joined Sierra Canyon a little over five years ago. I have three kids here and they span from the elementary school to high school, so I have a unique perspective of seeing things from the beginning, all the way to the end. Our experiences have been phenomenal and I am so happy we chose SC.
When we were looking for a new home for the kids, we wanted a school that felt like a community, but was still professional, a school that had academic rigor, but wasn't suffocating the kids with homework, and a school with diversity - of all types. Sierra Canyon has met, and continues to meet, all of those needs. In the upper school, my kids are in AP and Honors classes in the courses that interest them and that they have a natural talent in; and they're in grade level classes for other courses. They've found the right balance of rigor to allow them to continue to be curious and engaged. In addition, SC encourages healthy competition. Of course the students all want to do their best, but they are very happy celebrating their peers' successes. It's a collaborative environment, not one where you don't have the support of your classmates.
Another thing I love about SC is their sports program. My kids aren't top athletes, but they were able to find sports that they could play and participate in. There's a place for them...as well as those student-athletes who get full scholarships because of their talent. And it's great to see those athletes at the games for my kids - cheering them on!
There isn't a college-prep school in LA that can compete with the diversity at SC. There's racial, economic, political - any type of diversity you want, you'll find at SC.
The teachers push the students to think and to challenge themselves, but they're there along the way to encourage, support, and applaud. Any time we've ever run into issues, the teachers have been there.
I also want to mention that the college counseling staff is exceptional. They're attentive, smart, resourceful, and patient; and they guide you through the process in such a way that you aren't overwhelmed.
I'm in awe of all that my kids have accomplished here. The faculty and staff are all amazing and I am truly grateful that we found SC and became part of the family.
Sierra Canyon is more than just a place where our children learn academics, it is where they learn to be good people. We planted our roots here many years ago and take pride in how the teachers and staff cultivate our children's love for learning and passion for being positive and productive members of the community.
There is an open door policy for the teachers who are readily available in person, via email or phone. The students are encouraged to advocate for themselves and approach their teachers with questions or concerns.
The amount of homework gradually increases as the student progresses through elementary school which teaches responsibility, independence and time management. The homework given is often unfinished classwork and always reinforces what was learned in the classroom.
Fantastic EK-12th grade independent college prep school. Extremely warm & welcoming faculty & student body. Very low teacher/student ratio. The teachers truly love their students & care about them becoming not only academically successful but to grow into respectful individuals as well. Great academic, arts, sports & music programs. Large variety of after school enrichment classes to choose from. Would highly recommend this amazing school to anyone looking for a superb education for your children.
Amazing school - great college preparatory program, EK-12. Small student:teacher ratio (9:1) allows individual attention and students really thrive in a very personal, caring environment. Strong academic, music, arts, foreign language programs. Open door policy when it comes to parents communicating with teachers or administrators. Wonderful after-school enrichment programs, clubs, dance, music, sports (with teams winning major titles). Strong sense of community and family. Beautiful campuses (lower school EK-6 and upper school), just across the street from each other. Very diverse student body. School has bus transportation program and after school care program . Students come from all over the valley - Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Calabasas, even Agoura and Thousand Oaks. Graduates of Sierra Canyon go on to Ivy league schools and other amazing college programs.
As a parent of two children at this school, I wholeheartedly believe that the school has been a hidden jewel whose time has come! Before they had a high school, it was a very good little school on a hard-to-find campus. Now that they have the "upper campus" (middle school and high school), the school has achieved increased academic & athletic acclaim. I would recommend this school in a heartbeat to anyone looking for diversity in a school population & administration. Additionally, if you want a school where the teachers care about the students and enjoy teaching, this is the place to call home.
After receiving my daughter's 6th grade report card, I felt it important to let the Los Angeles community know what an incredible school Sierra Canyon has been for my children. Never did I imagine that my kids who are now in 6th and 7th grade would love school and learning as much as they do. They have been at Sierra Canyon for 5 years and this school literally has changed their lives. They just love going to school everyday. The teachers are the real heroes of Sierra Canyon. If you are looking at schools for your kids, I strongly encourage you to visit Sierra Canyon. Go to the classrooms. See these teachers in action. Talk to the children. It's an amazing place. Do not let the fact that the school is in Chatsworth prevent you from visiting it. We live in Encino. The kids catch the bus at Whole Foods on Sepulveda in Sherman Oaks. They are at school in 20 minutes. There is a bus at Moraga in Bel Air as well. It's way easier to get there than you think it would be. Kids come there from all over Los Angeles. And, to have your children in such a beautiful setting makes being in Chatsworth a wonderful thing. Sierra Canyon is definitely a hidden gem of a school in the Los Angeles area.
Sierra Canyon jumped in and saved the day when my son's school closed in mid July of his senior year... we were left without anywhere to attend and Sierra kindly offered him a spot. Once there he was sorry he hadn't attended all four years of high school. He loved Sierra! He was able to start up a radio station to do sports broadcasting where he reported live from the football games! He is now a proud student of The University of Southern California where he often reflects back to his AP English teacher when he writes a college paper. I highly recommend this school!