"We are best known for 4-Fold Plan of Education."
Students enrolled 805
School leader Mr. Stephen Milich
Transportation options Yes
After school Yes

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3900 Stansbury Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91423

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(818) 783-1610
(818) 461-6714
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4 stars
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October 28, 2014
My child is in the 9th grade at Buckley, after transferring from a public school. The admissions process is challenging but the school seems focused on finding well rounded kids. My child has been challenged academically in the first few months. In spite of that, he loves Buckley. He was warmly welcomed by students, faculty and administration and socially has never been happier in school. I don't understand the comments about money as we are not wealthy, but he has felt no pressure that way. Great school, amazing facilities, small class sizes and truly caring faculty. We looked at the usual challenging private secondary schools and found the other ones lacking in various ways. So happy to be a Buckley.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2014
Buckley is an excellent school. Lucky to have such a stellar and well-rounded education for our son, Max. The teachers and administration are phenomenal. Parents are very involved and down-to-earth/hard-working people.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
My son is in 1st grade and loves it. The community has been nothing but warm and welcoming. We're so glad we choose this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
Buckley is promoted as a school that provides higher education and an accepting a close-knit community. The education is truly challenging and rigorous in the best way possible. As for the social environment at Buckley, it's the complete opposite. Most students are very money centered and will judge you if you're not up to date with the latest fashion, technology, etc. Students are very snotty when it comes down to where you live,what car you drive,what technology you own,and it's a very difficult situation for the few kids who receive on financial aid. Even teachers assume everybody comes from wealth. One of the teachers i had made fun of where i live(they did not know i lived there, again because they assumed nobody who can "afford" Buckley would live in that location). The diversity at Buckley is WEAK it's mostly white people and if you're not, then you're singled out. I would not recommend Buckley, the social separation based on ethnicity, socio economic status, and overall-appearance ruins this school of what otherwise could have been an amazing learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2013
This school is better equipped to teach children in a modern world than anything I have ever seen. Stunning facility, makes me jealous I wasn t given such a range of tools and environment to really stimulate my interest. My daughter loves it, even though she has to work very hard.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
This is one of the best schools in Los Angeles. The negative comments must have been written by helicopter parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
My child will be starting middle school at Buckley in a few weeks and can't wait. Frankly, I am just as excited. Everyone on the staff has been so friendly and helpful, it would be impossible to call them all out by name in the remaining space. The admissions staff is TOP NOTCH! And the Principal of the Middle School couldn't be nicer. We will be meeting other families in our grade soon, because one very lovely parent has invited all the new kids to come 'hang-out' with the returning students. And I heard from another mom, I know through soccer that we are entering a grade full of wonderful families and a really terrific unified grade group. What a wonderful welcome to a new school and a great way to start the year!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
Buckley used to be a great school, but something has gone very wrong. The faculty and administration think the school exists for them and not for the students. If you have a concern or a complaint regarding a teacher, you dare not voice it, because if you do, the teachers circle the wagons, and suddenly you'll find that your child has "problems." The lower school is especially horrible. They don't honor individuality, and if your child doesn't conform, you're going to get a call. I received a call from one of the pe coaches to tell me that my kindergarten child had taken too long at the water fountain! Then there was the day that I was told there was something wrong with my kid because she got out of line to chase a butterfly! They actually rated my kid's ability to dribble a basketball and graded her on her pitch in music class... in kindergarten! The dance teacher mocked my daughter for spinning in circles during dance class (again in kindergarten). My kid is now an honor student in 10th grade at one of the best high schools in West LA. Run from this place! And the parents are the stuff satire is made of. It's all about show.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
College was a walk in the park for my daughter after her 14 years at Buckley . She attended beginners and pre k all the way through 12 th. Loving and caring teachers she still keeps in touch with and visits when she's in town from college.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
I highly recommend this school! The teachers and the curriculum are amazing. My child gets so upset if he's sick and has to miss a day of school. The Singapore math method is so great for the children and the school is constantly training the teachers on new teaching methods. The teachers go above and beyond for each child. I do wish the cost wasn't so high, but I do feel like we are getting what we pay for. The new buildings are incredible! The robotics department is a must see. A great school in every way, involved loving parents and wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
I did extensive research before choosing a school, including tours and interviews with parents and students of all the top rated schools in LA. All the schools preach similar stories, but Buckley actually walks the talk. There is an emphasis on academics, but also personal responsibility and self-reliance. The parents are down to earth and the children are kind with a strong sense of community. The staff is enthusiastic and positive and my children can t wait to get to school each day. The campus is beautiful located off the smog beaten trail in a lovely canyon surrounded by trees. I can t say enough great things about it, but do the research yourself and you will see. Good luck with your decision.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
This school provides a top notch education and is a feeder to the best universities in the country: Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, etc. The small student body size allows each student to be given special attention from their teachers and advisors. Yes, the students tend to come from rich families; however the admin is working on diversifying their student body from different socio economic backgrounds through their financial aid program.

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2012
The Buckley School is an amazing learning environment for me. Im currently a freshman in high school and i absolutely love it. There is not as much bulllying and social split due to income as many people have reviewed, and as a freshman, there is much less of the "get the freshmen!" as i thought there would be, although i would think that happens in other schools, but idk. ive been lucky enough to have been at buckley since kindergarden and plan to stay there until i graduate. I do not choose to leave because it would be hard to fit in somewhere else but because i really think that buckley is well rounded in terms of arts, education, and athletics. Im no jock, im not stupid, but i fit in just right everywhere at school with a couple honors classes, and a spot on a junior varsity team. I also noticed at a couple of away games, the other kids at schools like campbell hall nd viewpoint r pretty rude. Also, Aside from a few, most of the "rich" people at this school are pretty down to earth in terms of their "showboating",and it doesnt hurt the image of the school to see like 8-10 range rovers in the parking lot :)

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2012
This school does have rather good academics. Most of the children are nice. However, they do tend to judge you based on how much money you have. Many of the kids brag about being lifers. Good friends are hard to come by there, but there are some.

- submitted by a community member
September 04, 2011
These kids are spoiled brats, and the more rich and celebrity-ized they are, the more popularity and leeway they gain. I was the only kid without a pool (haha) and it added even more to my unpopularity because I was a very quiet kid. Not very quiet anymore, and now I go to Van Nuys Middle School, which is the polar opposite. This place is pretty clique-y, too. Newcomers beware.

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2010
this school has its flaws, for example, the students arent the nicest (SOME of them.) there are some REALLY nice people there tho. the teachers can get annoying, but thats ok. whats really amzing about this school is the performing arts program. their plays are JUST like broadway's!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
You really must see the campus and speak with students and teachers to see how amazing Buckley really is. It's a difficult school to get into, but a little known entry point into the middle school is the sixth grade. The sixth grade program is a wonderful transitional year that blends elements of a lower school and a middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
My oldest graduated two years ago and so far has found college to be a walk in the park compared to buckley.I'm so happy as a parent that it prepared her so well.Lots of her friends that went to public school {great ones like bh and laces} had lots to catch up on once they got to college they just were not prepared.I didnt find the money thing to be a problem we have a small house no pool and my daughter had friends in all social-economic groups.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
This school is horrible. I have gone here for over 7 years and my experience has been rather awful. There are only a few nice teachers and the rest of them, along with the board, seek to get everybody in trouble for everything they possibly can. For example, giving a student 4 hours of detention for having a pen streak of pink on their shoes. It is absurd and a horrible upbringing for a child. I have to say, the school's downfall really kicked in during my high-school experience. In addition, the students form many cliques and they are all very fake. They really don't take kindly to new-comers. In other words, if you are not a 'lifer' you will have a lot of trouble making friends. Everybody smokes weed and drinks in high school, and I mean everybody.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2010
People bullied my mom and I. The kids made fun of my house because it is small. All of my friends said, after I left, that I was wierd and that Buckley was better without me. Please listen to me, world. I was the only kid without a big house or a pool to swim in. Kids would say that they would invite me to their birthday parties days before, but they would never call. When I splattered paint on my CA mission model to make it look authentic, the kids would laugh and say, 'It looks like a slaughter house.' I was hurt. Buckley is a bad place for nerds like me. You have to be rich and have fancy stuff for kids to like you there...

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2010
When I went to Buckley, I was bullied so bad that I had to go to therapy. Kids would call me a tattletale, even when they bullied me directly. I don't like Buckley. The Country School on Laurel Canyon Blvd. is much better.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2010
I am a picky parent. I am very awhere of what school my child goes to, and I struggle to make it the best. When my child applied to Buckley, it was an amazing change in her skill level, social level, and creative level. She started painting these amazing pictures with bright, vibrant colors. She started having friends come over to our house to 'Hang Out.' Before at her old school, ********, she was the kid in the corner, scared of everything, no friends. Now she couldnt be happier! If you are thinking about sending your child to Buckley do so! It took my child a while to adjust,but that was a different story. I promise to all of the parents out there it will defenetly be BETTER than satisfactory.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2009
I have to say that I was very impressed at Buckley since the first time I visited. The children were so polite and looked very happy. Gratefully, I have had the opportunity to find out that the children, not only look happy, but they are happy to be there. I am so pleased, as a mother, that my daughters are enjoying life, while reaching their academic and artistic potential.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Strong in academics, well organized, friendly, warm, happy place to be, great students and faculty

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Love this amazing school. This is my son's first year and is in 6th grade. Sending him to the Buckley school is the best thing I've done for him. He come home happy and is enthusiastic to return to school everyday. Such amazing teachers, as my son has mentioned so many times 'the teachers are enthusiastic about their job'. So thankful to have found such an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2009
Wonderful school- Top notch. Their attention to every detail is amazing. Administration and teachers are fantastic. The kids are well rounded- academics, drama, music, art, and sports. We are considering moving and one of the main considerations for a house is staying close to Buckley! Our kid loves the teachers, learns tons, and has a blast. In deciding on a private K-12 school, private school tuition over that period is like paying for college a couple of times- but It has been absolutely worth it to us.

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June 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 01, 2009
Our son is in Kindergarten there and he & we (his parents) couldn't be happier. His teachers are outstanding. It is progressive but very structured. He is bright but they challenge him. What other LA school has 2 full-time accredited teachers of that caliber for only about 20 students. The other classes like PE, Art, Music, Computers, etc. are all terrific. For instance, they have PE 4x/week and the 2 PE teachers make it fun and inventive. The faculty and administration are top-notch. Many have been there for a long time but rather than being jaded or cynical they remain enthusiastic, committed and passionate about teaching, the students and the school. The parents also are diverse, smart, good people with strong values and although many are affluent, they don't flaunt it like at other schools. As a parent you feel just as accepted as your child. It's worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
I could not imagine a better school. My daughter is in the 2nd grade at Buckley and we are moving next year to another state. What I am most sad about is leaving this school. It's such a wonderful environment to learn and grow. I know that when I drop my child off to school every morning she is in good hands. The teachers are amazing and the personalized attention each child receives makes it worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
Looking back on my Buckley experience, I realize that it was everything I could've asked for from my time in school. I never had a bad teacher at Buckley. So many of them are so passionate and eager that they take time out to spend extra time with students. Often times I fostered relationships with teachers with whom I did not even have a class. It's incredibly easy to form close bonds with faculty. Now that I've graduated, I find that my former teachers are honestly interested in my collegiate education and progress. The social scene can be slightly stunted, because kids fall into tightly knit cliques rather quickly. (I assume similar things happen at all schools, though.) Nonetheless, I definitely found my niche. Consider Buckley, and once you do, let your child explore, because Buckley has so much to offer. I'm so grateful to Buckley for my upbringing.

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2008
my son is in sixth grade this year is fabulous warm, kind and friendly

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2008
My daughter is currently an enrolled 7th grade student at The Buckley School. She has been able to find academic success due to organized teachers who really care about their students. The instructional ways that are taught are both interesting and challenging. My daughter is being taught to take responsibility for her life. the is also a major component of the curriculum that also includes community service which I feel is vital to a child's personal growth. The Administration under the leadership of Dr. Larry Dougherty proves that the original four fold plan as layed out as a foundation of Dr. Isabel Buckley is still a vital woven fabric of The Buckley School. The children and their families are wonderful . They are down to earth and really care about the school that they attend. When our daughter came into The buckley School as a new student, she was immediately embraced and welecomed into her new school by her seventh grade class of both new and currently enrolled students who have had their roots there since Kindergarten. The Buckely School has a spirited Physical Education program that encourages all abilities to participate during the seasons of sports.The Performing Arts program is outstanding.Students have an opportunities to express themselves in theatre, orchestra, band by performing in both school and out in the community throughout the year. The Buckley School is a thriving school of 75 years. I highly recommend this school for families to place at the top of their list for the future of their children . The Buckley School is the future!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I love this school, my kids went there for middle and high school. Great academics, always art, music and sport opportunities. A loving, nurturing environment and very safe! Impeccably clean. The kids are taught wonderful values and they all do community service willingly.

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August 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
This school is warm, small, brilliant and gives every student an opportunity to be involved. It is small enough that not just the 'stars' get to play, sing, act etc. but anyone who has the heart and dedication to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
It is really a great school with a lot of family values

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March 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
Great school. I love it here.

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November 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
Lots of resources here. Tuition is a back breaker.

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August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 23, 2005
This school is top, when your life is all about studying.

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May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
My daughter, kate revill, had the opportunity to attend the buckley school from the age of 3 years and 8 months of age. The teaching curricula was astounding, as kate was a 'gifted' child and already a member of mensa. Although she did not know of her iq, she did know if she was bored or non-challenged. Under the influence of dr. Buckley (dec.), Kate was taught that 'college begins at two', a concept that certainly challenged the students. They were given work at their personal level, taught socialization skills, had terrific athletic and artistic programs and allowed the children to develop into what their potentials were - not what someone thought they should be. There was a lot of love, a love of education and wonderful teachers. I would highly recommend the buckley school - kate graduates from med school at usc this may!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2004
The Buckley School K-12th has come a long way in 75 years and is now in the top level of private schools in Los Angeles. There is much nurturing of the student in the lower grades which prepares the child better for Middle and Upper School. The Arts department is outstanding and has won several State awards for its excellence. There is less academic pressure put upon students here than surrounding schools even though its curriculum is not easy. Most students enter first and second level of prestigious colleges. There is adequate diversity of students, the majority of students being affluent. A smaller campus than some other local schools allows for more camraderie among students and actually enhances the chances of students being accepted at top rated colleges.

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Buckley School, The
3900 Stansbury Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  91423
(818) 783-1610
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Buckley School, The Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top