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15500 Stephen S Wise Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

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(310) 889-2300
(310) 476-2231
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May 14, 2015
Every parent's ultimate goal should be to raise their child as a happy and well-adjusted member of society. What a blessing it is when your child's school is on the same page, and even more importantly, effective in this endeavor. As a parent of two Wise School graduates and a current second grader, I have witnessed the care and effort that the administrators and staff put into producing a stellar academic program as well as good citizens. The school is a haven for kindness, caring and compassion as well as gifted education and rigorous learning. I can clearly remember that one of the reasons that we chose Wise School for our children, more than 12 years ago, was that it promised strong academics and that the students appeared joyful. So many years later, I am so pleased to honestly say that my Wise graduates received a fabulous education that truly prepared them for the highly rigorous middle school and high school that they now attend. But more remarkably, both my older children always say that they want their children to attend Wise School as well so they can have as much of a wonderful experience as they had.

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May 13, 2015
"Learn deeply. Be creative. Experience wholeness. Make great happen." This is the motto at Wise School and this is what occurs daily at this amazing school. Wise has become a home for our three children. They are loved and nurtured, and all the while exposed to an unbelievably strong academic curriculum and a wide variety of other disciplines. I am consistently impressed by the level of critical thinking and complexity our children are exposed to and the tools they are given with which to express their creativity. Truly an incredible elementary school experience!

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April 28, 2015
We'd been seeking a school like Wise since our oldest (now 10) was still in Kindergarten.What sets Wise apart is in teaching children to think critically in every academic/creative way imaginable.(The 2010 review describing it as too traditional is dated prior to the new leadership)The proof is everywhere on the breathtaking campus: award-winning, impressive writing submissions by students dot the beautifully maintained halls;thoughtful, unique student art;an unparalleled music program that touches every child, including mastery of the electric guitar by the 6th gr; state/national awards for Odyssey of the Mind and LEGO teams; athletic wins and more. Before, we tried everything. We knew something was missing: the feeling that we could do better, and now I know why. Wise leaves no stone unturned in nurturing growth. Wise is the best kept secret in L.A. because nobody rests on their laurels after more prizes or recognitions. Staff sets benchmarks higher to improve their craft.Teachers are intelligent, connecting with kids on a level rarely seen. I can honestly say that staff exemplifies the best of the profession. Our kids have the best role models so they, too, can become leaders.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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October 09, 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

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October 09, 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.

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October 04, 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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October 03, 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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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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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.

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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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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/

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February 01, 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.

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January 03, 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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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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April 05, 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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Wise School
15500 Stephen S Wise Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90077
(310) 889-2300
Last modified Wise School is a Private school that serves grades K-6
Wise School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top