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Wesley School, The

Private | K-8 | 234 students

leadership, public speaking, service learning, college-preparatory academics
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $348,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,320.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 5, 2014

Wesley is a great blend of traditional and progressive. It's small and quaint, but not oppressively small. My son has enjoyed Kinder through 2nd grade thus far. He is growing and evolving and I am kept up to speed and armed with information as we go. I have no regrets choosing this school over Campbell Hall, at least for elementary school. I feel a large school is not really an asset during this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

Wesley is a wonderful environment, academically competitive and the staff is very supportive. The anti-bullying policy is strictly enforced. My kids are happy, happy kids and love going to school every day. The new head of school has made some excellent choices on recent hiring of teachers, replacing others that needed to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

We moved our two children to Wesley beginning this academic year from one of the top LAUSD elementary schools (which they both loved). I have to say they couldn't be happier!!! My oldest child would have slipped through the cracks at any other school and my younger child is given all the space he/she needs. Every single kid at the school gets the opportunity to speak at Chapel and everyone: upper, lower, staff, parents support each other in a way I haven't seen before. I am happy with the academics and sports -- and the character building is over and beyond what anyone could expect. No sign of bullying. No matter what I have to say I, as a parent, am listened to at the very least. More ethnic diversity than at most privates, I wish there was more understanding for families with same sex parents though -- my one struggle is the fact that quite a few families are conservative (from an LA point of view at least). A gem of a school that is still not that well known. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

My son is a freshman at an academically rigorous High School, and thanks to the middle school program at Wesley, he's incredibly well prepared. Wesley gave him the academic foundation, taught him the value of building relationships with his teachers, and prepared him to thrive in a challenging environment. Beyond academics, Wesley fostered the self confidence and drive that helped insure a smooth transition into High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

I grew up in a tight-knit community, so it s important to me as a parent that my kids feel loved, supported and encouraged the way I was as a child. My son is a bit shy and can struggle in social situations, but since he started at Wesley a year ago, his confidence has grown tenfold and he s really starting to blossom and come into his own. This past spring, he performed well at a district wide chess tournament and was recognized during chapel to a rousing applause. My son didn t stop smiling for days! He felt so loved and supported by his peers, his teachers and the entire Wesley family. He ll never forget that moment, nor will I. Sending him to Wesley was hands-down the best decision we could have made; we love everything about it, as does he. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and I couldn t have picked a better village to help mold, educate and prepare my son for his journey in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

I am a parent of a first grader at Wesley. I dropped in the other day to take my daughter her lunch. (which I forgot to give her) As I peeked into the classroom, I noticed my daughter raising her hand (along with most of the other children) to answer a math question. All of the kids were engaged, verbal, having fun and were happy. As I left her classroom I noticed some 7th or 8th graders gathered around on the grass with their teacher talking about poetry. They were all engaged and smiling and learning. As I kept walking through the campus, I noticed many kids talking to each other with smiles on their faces and just looked happy, confident and secure. My daughter tells me every day that she loves Wesley and going to school. I can't help but remember how hard it was for me growing up going to school everyday and not liking it. Even these days I notice how unhappy many kids are about school and learning. I am so impressed with Wesley and their staff. They are truly making a difference in my child's life both in academics and in life skills. Can't wait for my 2yr old to be old enough to start Wesley. Thank you John, Vereena, Teachers and Staff!!! -Michael Canepa
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

I m a parent of two 2nd graders and a 4th grader at this school. I remember first walking onto the Wesley campus after touring 3 other schools and it just felt like like a big hug for my whole family. The mission statement headline is Academic excellence and character development within the circle of family . What the circle of family means to me is that the whole lower school faculty knows my kids, even if they re not their current or past teachers. As for character development . . . go visit the school for a tour, guided by the middle school students. Two of the most impressive people, REGARDLESS of age, that I've met. And one of the open secrets of Wesley is that it s a great educational value, and with three kids enrolled that s important to us. All I know is when I talk to my kids teachers, I can tell they really care, I mean like are personally invested, in my kids well-being and education. That means everything to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Our two boys go to The Wesley School; one is in Third Grade, the other is in Kindergarten. They love it. They really look forward to going to school every day, and I know that because I drive them every morning and we talk about what they are going to do each day. The Wesley School was the one school we toured that we felt had the right combination of scale and program and mission for our family. We loved the campus immediately and felt right at home on our first visit, and everything we've experienced since then has proven our instincts were correct. The school values academic excellence and character development equally, and we believe very strongly that social and emotional learning is as important as academic learning. Wesley has a non-denominational chapel program that is really great - it's basically an all-school assembly in the church chapel three days a week. It's amazing to see. My wife and I are pretty heavily involved at the school because we want the best for our kids, and we think The Wesley School offers that, as well as being a great value. It's a school that takes care of our children the way we do - supportive, encouraging, nurturing and empowering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

I never expected to find a perfect school. They don't exist for every child. But for our family and our needs, Wesley comes close. What do I pay for? Challenging teachers, thoughtful leadership, a socioeconomically diverse parent body, and a community who recognizes my children as individuals with different needs. You want a second family? Come to Wesley. The teachers get stronger every year (or recently, are replaced), the student population is growing (for all the right reasons), and the heart and soul of the school continues to be refined, building on the 'good' to achieve the 'great'. Wesley feels like one of the premier schools in the Valley, alongside Laurence, Buckley, and Oakwood, but at a better price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

I never expected to find a perfect school. They don't exist for every child. But for our family and our needs, Wesley comes close. What do I pay for? Challenging teachers, thoughtful leadership, a socioeconomically diverse parent body, and a community who recognizes my children as individuals with different needs. You want a second family? Come to Wesley. The teachers get stronger every year (or recently, are replaced), the student population is growing (for all the right reasons), and the heart and soul of the school continues to be refined, building on the 'good' to achieve the 'great'. Wesley feels like one of the premier schools in the Valley, alongside Laurence, Buckley, and Oakwood, but at a better price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Wesley is a great school for kids who have social difficulties or are highly athletic. Unfortunately, the academics are horrible and when we left all of our "friends" began to ignore us completely. I had a horrible experience as a parent, but my child could not have loved it more.


Posted April 3, 2013

My second child is now leaving Wesley as an 8th grader and while the school is clearly having some growing pains I'd still recommend it for the right family. My eldest was very prepared for the academic challenges of the high school (s)he attended and my youngest is performing well too. The problem with any small school is that it's a small school. No one at Wesley will ever care about athletics, it's simply not a priority and that has to be okay with you as a family before you send your child there. The music program is singing only and I find it to be dreadful but there is talk of bringing in instruments. There's a good teacher for the lower school music program so if I were a parent coming in I'd feel good about that. Middle school spanish is horrible. Hopefully that will change. It's not particularly diverse and doesn't seem like it cares that much. It's just busy being small with mostly great academics. The school is young and new and the teachers that are coming in seem to be much better than those leaving. The kids are happy to go to school & learning a lot. They do well in competitive high schools. That's what matters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2012

Wow. These reviews show that there really are such different experiences people can have in the same environment. Wesley is a wonderful school and a warm community. In my opinion, the positive reviews are far more in line with my experience having three kids at Wesley. There is one point which I'd like to make in fairness to all. There does seem to always be a very small faction of parents at any school who feel things aren't up to par. It also seems these parents are the most vocal. This school is full of professional administrators and highly competent teachers. It is very strong in academics and the extra-curriculars are wonderful. I'd invite anyone to take a tour, talk with parents and teachers -- judge for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2012

The last two posts hit the nail on the proverbial head. The campus is very pretty, the families amazing and parental involvement is extremely high, but the curriculum lacks focus and vigor. The math program is a joke and the science curriculum lacks challenge despite promised improvements. The administration and school leadership are more engaged on the planned capital campaign and school expansion than they are with the current students and existing curriculum. If education is your priority you should look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

Wesley is a great school ... if academics are not your thing. You will find some of the loveliest, wonderful families, who truly care about their children and their upbringing. But while the school attracts an amazing community, the education is one to two grade levels below other schools. Main problem: the new administration provides zero curricular guidance or teacher oversight. The result? Older teachers who are on auto pilot, teaching outdated and long-discredited curricula, and new teachers who show up to class and "wing" the lesson on the spot. Teachers also get no yearly training and aren't required to develop lesson plans ahead of time. Parents complain incessantly, but the school leadership is unwilling/unqualified to fix the problems and spends most of its time and money defending the education and pretending there is no problem. Bottom line: Choose this school if your child is very intelligent and learns on his/her own, OR you do not care about academics ... at all. Your child will meet great friends and likely develop a high moral compass. But unless you have additional funds to supplement after school, go someplace where education is at least somewhat of a priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

I love this school so much. I have been here for most of my life . It is so much fun!!!!


Posted January 23, 2012

Yesterday my son said, "I can't imagine Wesley not being a great school for everyone." The day before he said that he loved Social Studies, Science & Math. No school is perfect-but for our family, Wesley is darn near. Academics are a priority, teachers run the gamut from amazing (many of them) to very good, to good (a few) and the emphasis on character development is tangible. Every child is known to the entire faculty & each has a stake in that child's success. We have a very close-knit community. Every kid knows every other one-and there is genuine warmth amongst the parents. There are a lot of things that Wesley does well but preparing kids in public speaking is one of the things they do extremely well. Students are impressively confident & in command when standing before their class or the whole school. Another asset in the size of the school is that your child will get a chance to try & do everything that is offered. If your child is shy or lacking confidence at one thing or another, they will still get the chance to try it & practice & grow, without being squeezed out by a more skilled child. After 4 years, we can t imagine a better school for our child and neither can he.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

Couldn't agree more with the Aug 22 review. We dared to ask why the tuition doubled in five years and exactly what was being done with the additional funds. We were told by the administration that that information was none of our business, but that the higher tuition was in line with Buckley and Campbell Hall (two top-tier schools close-by). Our children then began to be bullied in their respective classes, and suddenly "un-invited" to parties. Our kid's "friends" (some since pre-school) suddenly began to avoid. Perhaps it was a coincidence, or perhaps it had to do with the gossip, cruelty and utter contempt held for families that dare to ask questions or that don't join the "vision" of the school, which changes from year to year. In one of our child's classes, 8 out of 22 or so kids in the class had a parent working for, on the board, running a function, or about to be hired by the school. Wesley has a lovely environment on the surface, but ultimately has no soul, which may be a perfect fit for the appearance oriented, competitive, A-type crowd that it seems to attract. We left Wesley, and our family couldn't have been happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

Wesley is, quite simply, a wonderful school. While it is academically rigorous, the teachers go out of their way to make sure each student has the best possible chance for academic success. By the time they have finished Eighth Grade, Wesley kids are literally ready for anything. In every subject the teachers make sure their students are more than prepared for the next step: high school. Students from Wesley routinely receive multiple acceptances at the best prep schools in Los Angeles, and more than hold their own once they get there. This is due not only to the high academic standards at Wesley, but to the manageable size of the school that allows a nurturing environment that is integral to the school's culture. Wesley is truly a unique community with a committed parent base and a faculty and staff that is utterly devoted to upholding the values the school represents. In fact, a huge percentage of faculty and staff have been at Wesley since the school's inception. This provides a remarkable sense of community and continuity. I am so grateful to Wesley for providing both my children with all the tools they needed for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

We have been at Wesley for 3 years now and are as happy as the day we started. Our child has had several WONDERFUL teachers, is happy to go to school everyday, is learning plenty without being overloaded with homework and is getting lots of opportunities to enjoy languages, P.E., music and art. The chapel program is a very important part of the school community and is one of the things that makes Wesley special. The administration bends over backwards to try to address parents concerns (both legitimate and ridiculous). I have not noticed the politics mentioned by others and I feel that the school is pretty easy going about their fundraising. There are few bells and whistles when it comes to facilities but the kids have everything they need and this seems to attract down to earth families that you really enjoy spending time with. It is remarkable to see the older kids participating in the spring sing, the talent show and performing at chapel with the enthusiastic support of their peers. Whereas, when I was their age we were too concerned about being cool. I think Wesley kids maintain some of their innocence just a little bit longer. Its not perfect but pretty darn close.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 26%
Hispanic 13% 52%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
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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
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. John Walter
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS; CAIS; WASC; ERB
Fax number
  • (818) 508-4570

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • 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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Recycling club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
45
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
115
Students typically come from these schools
LA area preschools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$20000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
LA area independent schools
LA area Catholic schools
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4832 Tujunga Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91601
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Phone: (818) 508-4542

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