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Valley Beth Shalom Day School

Private | K-6 | 258 students

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Posted October 16, 2013

VBS Day School is more than just a state-of-the-art educational center, it is a community. Every day our daughters are challenged with an academically robust curriculum-both secular and Judaic. At the same time they are learning to be "menches" through countless creative programs that communicate the values of our rich Jewish heritage. We love the warm feeling among the staff, administration and kids as they walk into school each morning. In addition, if you are looking for a school that caters to your child's individual academic needs, this is the place for you. Hands down, this school provides the most well-rounded education which we feel will prepare our kids for their future educational endeavors and for life in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

We have 3 children at Valley Beth Shalom Day School and it is the best investment we have made in our children. They are motivated students who love to learn because every day they are encouraged and stimulated by an incredible group of educators. They are getting a top notch secular education, a very good Judaic education and most importantly they are taught to be concerned and involved citizens of the world. No school is perfect, but it's pretty close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

The teachers are very creative and provide an outstanding education that fits each child.


Posted February 19, 2010

My kids (twins) attended VBS Day Scool from K-5 some years ago, after which time it was too much to afford . I was & still am a public school elementary educator, so I feel most qualified to wholistically evaluate that experience. The children had a priceless Jewish Education, & because I knew the kids were of gifted ability (& would excel wherever), the Judaica was my prority . With Jewish ZPG now a dire reality, my husband & I felt that a daily Jewish Education was a must. In secular studies, some teachers excelled more than others in the lesson delivery, yet it was apparent that teachers of like grades coordinated their lessons. All classrooms were colorful & richly adorned with the children's projects. Much of the concepts taught in both Judaic & Secular Studies culminated in creative projects. Emphasising all learning modalities brought VBSDS to life & memory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

We were very torn about choosing private over an excellent public school in our neighborhood, however, VBS has been an outstanding success for our family. Our daughter is in Kindergarten and we are thrilled with her experience there. We feel included in the school, welcomed by the teachers and administrators, and a part of the synagogue's community. If you are looking for a well-balanced Jewish education that will challenge and inspire your child, VBS Day School is an excellent choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2007

In all honesty, this is one of the very best schools in Los Angeles and perhaps in the west coast. The combination of academic excellence, strong moral values, international programs, the most supportive athletic program and stellar leadership by the administration, board, Rabbi's, parents and teachers make this school a role model for others to emulate. I cannot speak more highly of this school, it's vision and leadership...my two children began to thrive there and continue to this day, in large part due to what they receive there. I wish all schools would be like VBS Day School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2006

The teachers are good. The school staff is effiecient, friendly, patient, and considerate of the kids and parents in this difficult 'two parent working environment. The school is well equiped with all the tools they need (and are getting better) for a rounded experience for my son. Simply put, its the best school in our area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2005

The Valley Beth Shalom Day School has been a fantastic experience. My daughter wakes up every morning looking forward to school. They provide a great individual approach where students are broken out into small groups for reading and math according to abailities. Yet, there is no stigma or view that one group is better or worse than any other, simply each groups learns differently, which I really like. There is an awareness of how everyone feels about themselves and their friends. The Hebrew learning is amazing. In second grade her Hebrew skills have already surpassed mine. She is loving the new coaching staff and the kids are all really enjoying the organized sports, with amazing participation levels. I have nothing negative to say, its all good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

Our daughter has attended pre-school at VBS since 18 months old. We have had great experiences at this school. All the teachers are extremely experienced, knowledgable and loving toward the children. They are more mature teachers (in their 30's, 40's and 50's) and most have been with the school for many, many years. The parents are very friendly and down-to-earth. We have made some very close friends here and our daughter has play dates with several children from her classes. Great art and music, as well as early academic learning, although VBS is considered a 'developmental' environment. We highly recommend this private school - especially for pre-school.
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Posted September 3, 2004

School provides nurturing, caring environment. Very individualized to assist students with Hebrew language if student has limited background in it. Educational therapists are on staff as well as a nurse. Some teachers are more dynamic than others. Many students go on to other Jewish schools as well as neigboring private secular schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

VBS is a great educational environment that has excellent teachers, strong leadership and an active parent association.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 100% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 52%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sheva Locke
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish
Associations
  • SSDSA
Fax number
  • (818) 788-7932

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Spiritwear, Generations' Day
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$19000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Milken Community High School
Heschel Day School
Harvard Westlake School
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15739 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
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Phone: (818) 788-2199

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