Students enrolled 118
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School leader Mrs. Hillary Felder
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19620 Vanowen Street
Los Angeles, CA 91335

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(818) 344-1242
(818) 881-4217
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5 stars
Based on 23 ratings

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September 12, 2014
My kids have been at Kirk since they were in Kindergarten, and they have both loved it. Exposure to so many different learning experiences in a very secure, warm environment provides them with a genuine childhood that is otherwise difficult to find in Los Angeles. Both my kids have loved every one of their teachers and can't wait to go back to school at the end of summer! If you want your child to develop a confidence within themselves & a love of learning then this is your place.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My son was so shy and sad going to school....it took two years of tears before he went to school carefree. The teachers were patient and loving with both of us. We found a warm, caring environment, just what he needed at the time, while going through some hard times. They embraced my son and made sure he stayed in this environment even when I considered public school. They really have the child's best interest at heart My son graduated from Kirk but his brother will attend the school and it will always be close to our hearts....a second family.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
Kirk o'the Valley is a treasure. A real community where the teachers truly care about the kids and the parents are welcomed with open arms. My son literally never wants to leave. He is in PK and he's learning spanish, music, art, computers, has a reading readiness coach, plus just a great fun atmosphere for him to develop as a kid who is part of a community. Thank you Kirk!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
I looked at many schools in the area before I finally settled on Kirk. It was their creative, well-rounded approach to education that won me over. Kirk nurtures the individual, unique spirit in each child while providing a great education. I am pretty sure the teachers at Kirk have found a way to magically squeeze more hours into the school day! At the end of a busy week, when I talk to my son about what he did (reading, writing, math, science, engineering, computers, karate, yoga, basketball, library, music, art, cooking, and more) I can't believe how many wonderful experiences he has. The school also places an emphasis on developing character and citizenship. My son started with just a few hours a week at the Tot Center and loved it so much he went to Preschool 5 days. He is now in Kindergarten and asked me the other day "I am going to get to be at Kirk all the way to 5th grade, right?" Don't take my word for it. Take his.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
AWESOME! I drive from Simi Valley to Kirk O' The Valley School for my two preschool students, ages 2 and 3 1/2. We love the community feel at Kirk and the fact that Spanish, Music, Library and Art are included in the tuition plus a wide variety of after-school enrichment classes as well. I can recommend Kirk O' The Valley with 5 stars to anyone interested. My older children, ages 10 and 12 also attend their awesome summer camp, KKamp. Educational Adventures are their goal, getting my kids away from video games and T.V. Camping and Nature themed activities that keep all my children's interest combined with caring, responsible, qualified teachers make Kirk School a winner!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
I just graduated from this school last year, and i had an amazing time there. Everyone is so caring, and they really care. The teachers are so nice, and i'm telling you, you should go here!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2013
I have two children at Kirk. I love it. They love it. I am so glad we found this school!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
This is hands down the best school in the valley! I cannot say enough about the quality of care, attention and devotion the teachers and staff have to the children! My daughter attended Preschool here and she LOVES Kirk. She only attended three days a week and often asked to go all five days! Sadly, we are not able to afford continuing her for Kindergarten and I know it will be hard in public school because we are spoiled after Kirk! For the quality of this school the tuition is phenomenal!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2012
Really this is a top notch school that is a hidden gem. I am more impressed with this school than the $30,000 privates around the Valley. They provide; Singapore math, computer lab/teacher, Spanish, Science lab/teacher, art teacher, PE coach, yoga and karate on alternating Fridays, rigorous academics without ridiculous amounts of homework, fieldtrips, many extracurricular activities and too many school events to list. However, I think the most noteworthy thing is that nearly everyone is incredibly friendly, warm and caring. They really take the time to know your child, from the parents to the teachers. Kirk is a remarkable school. They even have a small organic farmer's market weekly. As my daughter put it "I am learning 100% more than in public". We love this school and it is affordable!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
My son is now 4, and started at Kirk when he was 2. Overall, it has definitely been a positive experience. The teachers are warm, supportive, and have lots of wonderful experience. I am so thankful to have found Kirk. I feel that my son is getting a wonderful education, and I am considering Kirk for Kinder and maybe grades 1-5. Their tuition is definitely affordable, and one of the most reasonable in the valley. I feel comfortable with my decision to send him to Kirk, because I know he is safe. Wonderful community of families, and all of the kids are adorable. Great school!!! Would recommend to anyone in search of a school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
This is an amazing school that is developmentally appropiate for children!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
This school has wonderful programs, especially in the arts.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2009
When we went to the first interview my 5 year old didn't say a word, we went for a second interview and again not a single word. The teachers at Kirk took the time to visit his preeschool and see him 'in action'. The philosohpy of Kirk is just amazing, their dedication and academics are impecable. this is an excellent affordable private school.My son is really happy. They have this 'caught being good' and good citizen rewards that teach them to be better persons.. Overall 5 stars!!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
need more room to share: Because of all I had been through with 'other' schools, my expectations upon touring this school were severely lowered. I was planning to put my child through home school, but didn't like the idea due to his not having any siblings, and I don't know if I would be the ideal Kindergarten teacher. The philosophy was attractive, and my son was invited to tour the school. We did, and I saw a lot of changes and emotions of my son with that two hour visit alone. Jerry grew up so quickly that year, and transformed so much out of this fearful child with separation anxiety to a very confident boy who speaks his mind and has a lot of ideas. Even his reading skills improved; from resisting to carefully sounding out the word well. Thank you, Kirk

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2009
When we were looking for a elementary school for our son, we did a lot of research. We wanted a school that provided a well-rounded education and promoted good values. We were sold by Kirk's excellent KG program and we've been happy since. As others have said, this is not an exclusive private school with sprawling grounds and numerous facilities; but they more than compensate for it by their program. It is academically challenging yet supportive of each child's strengths and abilities, constructively disciplinary, racially and economically diverse, and offers extra-curricular enrichment. The Principal and her staff support the teachers in understanding trends in education and applying what makes sense. Moreover the teachers love working at this school and it shows in the way they care for our children. Our 2nd child is in pre-school at Kirk and will continue onto elementary. And this is testament enough!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2009
When it was time for my son to go to pre-k, I looked at our local school and many alternatives in our area, including charter, magnate, and private. The moment I found Kirk I felt profound relief. The atmosphere is supportive, positive and children thrive both socially and academically. Wonderful enrichment programs are provided on site. I now have a child in pre-school and my son is in 2nd grade. I feel the staff are well supported, the principal is an excellent leader, always keeping her eye on improvements in education in every area and giving the school its positive feeling, and the mix of students is impressively broad. Definitely not an exclusionary private school. I have yet to be disappointed and feel very fortunate to have found Kirk.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2009
This is my sons first year at Kirk and I couldn t be more impressed. Before picking the school I visited many other area schools and was not impressed. Then I found Kirk. When I came to Kirk for the first time I couldn t even believe how much better the school was then anything else in the area. Not only do they retain staff, but they have programs that stimulate my child. Every week my son goes to computer class, Spanish class and he even participates in a cooking class. He has grown more developmentally over the past 7 months than ever before and I plan to keep my son in the school for several years. The last thing I will say about Kirk is that it doesn t feel like a school, it feels like a family. The teachers, faculty, parents and other children care what happens at Kirk.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
My son has attended Kirk since Kindergarten and we could not have placed him in a better school. The teachers and staff are the best. He is now in the 4th grade and because of the nurturing and caring environment and excellent education he is receiving at Kirk we could not recommend it more.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
when we moved to Winnetka, we asked everyone where to go to school. all fingers pointed to Kirk O' The Valley. we toured other schools, but everyone was right. it's filled with love, talent, and learning. we are so very grateful

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2009
We love KOV! We have had our son there since mommy & me ( he's now in 2nd) and we couldn't be happier. Every time we think we can't afford a private school something happens that reminds us why we are here. Can't say enough good things about the Kirk Community!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
This is an amazing school. Both of my children have been there since they were 2 years old. They are in K and 2nd now and just LOVE going to school. The teacher to child ratio is amazing, especially in Kindergarten. It allows each child to get individualized attention when they most need it. It's a nice balance between developmental and academics. I can not say enough about how outstanding the school is.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
The facilities and environment at Kirk are excellent. The tot program is good, but improvement could definitely be made in areas of redirection, scheduling in the process of teaching the toddler to be independent, and the facilities at the tot center need improvement. I also have had issues with school communication, in that communication isn't the greatest between schools (tot center and preschool) nor between the schools and the general office. I also think they are starting to overcrowd classes. It is a very nuturing school, but some things are definitely falling through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
My daughter came to the incredible kindergarten class this year in November. Kirks director Carol and the teachers (3) were so comforting and amazing the transition was beautiful! Everyone made us feel welcome. Bottom line my daughter is flourishing by leaps and bounds in a nurturing ,exciting,challenging,safe environment. This school is special.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
I taught at Kirk O' the Valley Prescool for three years and I have so many happy memories of wonderful experiences there. I miss the school now that I've moved away, but it is exactly the type of environment I will look for when I have children in the future. Kirk O' the Valley is a NAYEC accredited program and the staff is truly wonderful. Everyone there makes you feel important, whether you are on the staff, a student, or even a family member. Kirk is a comfortable 'home away from home' and I still feel like I am part of the Kirk 'family.'

- submitted by a teacher
June 13, 2007
My daughter has been at Kirk since she was 2 and a half and loves it. The teachers are outstanding and have always shown a sincere interest in my child. They have excellent facilities and there are several extra curricular activities. My daughter has loved cooking class and learning Spainish. Each day I drop her off I know she is in nurturing environment and receiving the best of care. Overall an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2007
Our daughter attends the Tots 'N Training preschool program which she absolutely loves! It is a developmental program based on Piaget's theory of 'children learn best through play.' There is lots of experiential learning taking place such as growing flowers/grass, painting, arts/crafts, music, reading, singing, water play, etc. The teachers are great with the children and administration is quite responsive. Before starting the Tots program we did the transitional program once a week for 2 hours for a few months. This way she became familiar with the setting and the teachers before becoming a student. The program is very popular b/c it is an active potty training program as well. So, get on the wait list and visit. Talk to Cheryl the director - she is awesome! We look forward to years of Kirk for our daughter and son when he turns two!

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January 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
We love Kirk schools. The teachers are caring and treat each child as an individual. My children can't wait to go to school everyday, and they have grown so much developmentally.

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Kirk O' The Valley School
19620 Vanowen Street, Los Angeles, CA  91335
(818) 344-1242
Last modified Kirk O' The Valley School is a Private school that serves grades K-5
Kirk O' The Valley School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 28 reviews.