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Wise School

Private | K-6 | 323 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $1,240,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,210.

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Posted October 11, 2013

Wise School is an amazing place for my child to learn, grow and excel. The principal is HANDS ON. She opens the car door at carpool with a warm smile on her face as she welcomes each student to school. She is on top of everything and is very approachable. The teachers are dedicated and hard working and the small groups (12:1) for math, reading and Hebrew are perfect for young kids. Wise School is not just a place to come to school but more of a community with a wonderful and active parent body. Not only has my child made life-long friends but we have too!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2013

Both of my kids attend Wise School and our entire family couldn't be happier. We made the switch after two years at public school. At Wise School each of my children, who couldn't be more different academically or socially, have blossomed into happy, creative, inspired, and thoughtful students. The staff is not only highly qualified, they are like family. They are incredibly responsive. I truly feel that the staff wants my children to soar as much as I do. There are myriad opportunities for the kids to shine, and if the right one doesn't exist the staff is willing to create new opportunities. It is a beautiful mix of academics, creativity, social awareness, ethics and family. Wise School is our partner as we raise two amazing citizens of the world.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2013

We have a community like no other. While touring other schools many years ago, my husband and I found that the kids at SSW were truly happy, proud of their environment and eager to tell prospective parents of their experiences. Years later, after 2 of my children have successfully graduated and have been admitted to equally great middle schools, we can honestly say that what we saw as prospective parents was the real deal! Our kids have had elementary school experiences that were absolutely priceless. They were academically prepared for middle school, happy and centered, with a strong moral foundation based on religion. The new head of school has invigorated the school with an infectious positive vibe that has recharged the community, spearheaded innovation and catalyzed academic advancement. Its a wonderful time to be at SSW.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2013

We have been attending Wise School for the past 10 years and we LOVE it. We couldn't have made a better choice for our two kids. We currently have a 9th grader and a 6th grader. Our 6th grader loves her teachers and the whole sense of community, and our 9th grader emerged from middle school incredibly well prepared for high school (in fact, he commented that the transition for him into high school appears to be smoother than it's been for some of the other kids from other middle schools). But best of all, Stephen S. Wise has always seemed to us not just a school, but a community -- and one that's filled with administrators who actually seem to care about the kids, and families that are genuinely nice! As you can tell, we love it there!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2013

I'm writing to rave about my kids school, Wise Elementary, formerly Stephen S. Wise Elementary. We have 2 children that have been enrolled there since Nursery School and we continue to have wonderful and enriched learning experience there. The schools academics are top notch, offering small class sizes that also break down into smaller groups to move at your child's speed Their recent partnership w/ USC Rossier School of Ed. is further broadening the teacher & student minds with regard to problem solving. While attacking the std. CA curriculum, they're learning critical & creative thinking skills in all subjects that I truly believe will make them incredible contributors to our society. This is evidenced when I converse with them about any subject. It's in the questions they ask, b/c of the way they are being taught to think. While there is more religion offered than we personally need as a family, it is taught and approached in a beautiful nurturing way where the clear message is giving back. Our state test scores have proven my suspicions are correct, they are by far excelling. The best money I've spent on my kids to date, has been this core edu. here at Wise. #llovemyschool
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2013

We currently have two children attending the Wise school and we feel very lucky to be providing our kids with this incredible educational opportunity. My family has been part of this incredible community since my Daughter was 9 months old which makes this year our 11th year of being part of wise family. Our entire family feels supported and a part of a bigger community at Wise. Our children are thriving and look forward to going to school each and every day. I cannot say enough positive things about Wise from the nurturing and caring environment to the endless extra-curricular opportunities, the sports program is phenomenal and the arts and science programs are stellar and on top of it all the campus is one of the most beautiful campuses. I know our children will leave Wise as strong, confident and kind young adults.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2013

My 3 children attend Wise School. They are thriving, and are very happy, well adjusted kids. The administrative team is hands on, professional, and simply amazing. I feel lucky to able to a part of this community.
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Posted October 3, 2013

My child attends Wise School. The classrooms are where the real magic happens! We have exceptional teachers dedicated, creative and warm who create an engaging, positive environment in which a child can learn and grow. Wise School is the only independent school partnering with USC Rossier School of Education. Our teachers implement gifted and talented educational standards to ALL students and in ALL subject areas including Science, Music and Hebrew/Jewish Studies. I ve been impressed with the admin team and their commitment to faculty as well as student and parent support. We now have brand new Labs for Music/Project Studio/Technology/Science. Grouping by peers in Reading/Math/Hebrew has helped my child reach his potential at his pace. The dual language curriculum gives students a leg up ; they learn how to speak, read and write in Hebrew from K. Outside of the classroom, my child participates in Vocal Ensemble, PAWs, Athletics and Odyssey of the Mind and the annual school musical. I ve made some incredible friends and look forward each year to supporting the school in any way I can. I have no doubt that when my child graduates that he will be well prepared for 7th grade.
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Posted September 16, 2010

My three children all attend Stephen S Wise What a wonderful school. It offers so much and we have had the most wonderful teachers. My one son is now in the 6th grade and will and wants to attend Milken. How lucky our family is to be involved in such a wonderful community. Strong Teachers, Strong Leadership, Very academic. A+++++++++++++
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Posted January 25, 2010

The approach at Wise Elementary is VERY TRADITIONAL. While it is also loving and spiritual, it is very much a 'we all color in the lines' kind of experience. Lots of xeroxed workbook pages. The facilities are excellent. The teacher/student ratio is probably among the best in the city. Judaism is an enormous part of the curriculum. Parents need to know this going in. Art is Jewish art. Music is Jewish music. And the practice of Judaism, while called 'Reform,' is certainly on the 'conservative' side.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2009

I ll tell you what - every child has strong side and weak side. They will give you more challenge if your kid stronger in very simulative way. They approach very individually. Last year my child got sick very badly. Teachers & Principal came to the hospital. Kids wrote every day cards to my child. All parents & kids call us and offered help. Do not worry about snobbish & rich just be open minded and make friends. Academically they are good & very creative teachers.
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Posted October 21, 2008

I am a student at Milken and I came from Stephen S Wise. Im in 7th grade so obviously, it is my first year of middle school! So far, its fantastic! The transition was so easy and I feel so welcomed. I have so many great friends and absolutely magnificant teachers. We learn Jewish studies as well as hebrew which is great. There is an exceptional advisory program in Milken which takes place every other day. Its a group with 1 or 2 advisors where we share anything and trust anyone. Milken & Stephen S Wise are fabulous schools. Its a great community. Although, most of the people are on the wealthy side (especially in the elementary school), everyone is understandigng and considerate. Truly, I cant imagine a place better/
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 1, 2008

SSWT Elementary is a fabulous school. I have child who is highly gifted, and one who struggles with a few subjects; for each of my children, the school has gone out of it's way to place my kids in special programs, and to adapt the curriculum to their needs. In seven years, we have had fabulous, caring, imaginative teachers; we had one dud, who is no longer at the school - and what school doesn't have any imperfect teachers? SSWT does not tolerate behavioral issues which result in the distraction of other students and the disruption of the class; frankly, parents aren't paying private-school tuition so our children's education can be interupted and impaired. For the record, our family is not what anyone in LA would call wealthy, yet our family has a wide circle of wonderful friends in the SSWT community. We are extremely happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2008

The values and academic education is wonderful.The teaching is not to the book so it is very creative. SSW has some exceptional teachers and very very small class sizes.Yes, most are wealthy but this is a private school , if you want your child to have friends in lower places there are many public school options. I do not understand why wealth has to be an issue. SSW has an incredible teaching staff and their ppprograms are
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Posted December 17, 2007

SSWT Elementary is a one-size fits all school. If your child is outside the box in any direction, this school can't handle it. And if your child has trouble, they will circle their wagons, rather than acting as partners to resolve an issue.
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Posted April 5, 2006

SSWT Elementary is an excellent private Jewish day school (reform). Academically strong. Teachers could be better at teaching math. The children rotate to various specialists throughout the week but remain with the same group of children, with the exception of math. Math placement determines which class the child will be in. Judaic Studies and Hebrew are taught daily and the school day is lengthened to accomodate this (8a - 3:30p). There are a range of teachers - from exceptional to not-so -great. They have been known to fire bad teachers but if your child has one that is little consolation because they generally won't get rid of anyone mid-year. The school community has a high concentration of very wealthy families, which can be quite obnoxious at times.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 26%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 52%
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  • Mr. Josh Zweiback
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15500 Stephen S Wise Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077
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Phone: (310) 889-2300


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