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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $615,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,470.

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Posted April 21, 2014

I am a student, and I can tell you that the school is wonderful. The only thing I do not like about the school is the curriculum. I don't like it because I like more CHALLENGING curriculum than the worksheets and homework they give us. I am even thinking about going to Mirman.

Posted April 4, 2014

Wildwood is a good place run by good people. But the school tour line about it being the right place for all students isn't true--it's the right fit for students with learning challenges or of average intelligence. The full time support teacher for children with "learning differences" (for which the school seems to be a magnet) is overtaxed with a long wait list. Parents of students who would succeed academically in public or a more traditional or developmental private should investigate thoroughly--a number of parents with brighter kids not only feel their kid isn't being encouraged, but actively held back. I know of more than one child who actually asked their teachers for more challenging work and were ignored. Wildwood is truly a confidence- and poise-building place for average and below average students, and there's a LOT of value in's just a shame they can't do that AND provide an academic environment that's competitive with what else is out there. Smarter students hire test tutors and flood out at 6th, 7th and 9th grades--there are allegedly more than ten fifth grade girls leaving for Archer in 2014.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2013

This school is a wonderful, stimulating, safe and nurturing environment for children and parents alike.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2013

I have two children at Wildwood. One of them does better in math and science than liberal arts. I have questioned in the past whether Wildwood is the best school for him. But currently he is taking math classes that are 2 grades ahead of him, and there is a group of kids in his grade that are 3 grades ahead in math. So I don't agree that Wildwood does not prepare kids for college or that it is primarily a liberal arts school. The science curriculum is inspiring at both the elementary and secondary school, as well as rigorous in teaching scientific methods. One of my children would probably do better in a school where students have more structure and direction, but I think the challenge of Wildwood will prepare him better for life even though it's a challenge now. The teachers are incredibly caring and compassionate as well as very approachable. I would prefer a different head of school, someone less promotional and a better leader. I find most of the parents to be cliquish, unwelcoming, obsessed with status and everything else that goes along with expensive private schools in west Los Angeles.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2013

WIldwood did much more for me than prepare me for college, which it did just fine. I go to a top 50 university and there isn't one day that goes by that I don't unitize the skills WW helped me cultivate. I left WW with a want to be active in my education, community and future...just as if I never left. WW taught me how to learn, how to think, and how to apply all aspects of my life to my education. Before WW I went to one of those "structured schools". I was being told content in class not being taught it. WW gives students the ability to not only learn, but live and submerge themselves in the curriculum. The teachers at WW are outstanding and till this very day I've maintained a relationship with a handful. The administration beats all other schools. Why? Because they care, they really do. See, if you take what WW offers you will be successful - in college, grad school, but most importantly in life. WW's progressive education is for the right now, traditional practices pump out the same results, WW shapes well rounded interesting people. As an active alumni and believer in this school, I'm the successful student, business owner and person I am today because of this great school.

Posted November 7, 2012

To the most recent reviewer. Answer me this: Is your major in the mathematical, physical, or natural sciences? Or engineering? ........... Or are you majoring in the social sciences or humanities? Wildwood may be able to prepare you for writing, but (as someone in the sciences), it didn't prepare me at all for math or science.

Posted October 12, 2012

I am a Wildwood Alumni entering my senior-year at a prestigious four-year university. Not a day goes by where I don't think about Wildwood and what an incredible experience I had K-12. I am a firm believer that an education that encourages you to think critically, reflect, and care about the world at large is more important than getting straight A's. Wildwood is an education for the real world, that emphasizes strong reading and writing skills as well as strong personal skills. I now go to a very traditional university and found that my progressive education has benefited me greatly. I am able to engage with my teachers, participate in class, and work collaboratively in ways that would not have been possible if I had gone to a traditional high school. Every student should be lucky enough to attend a school like Wildwood where you are treated as individuals, develop strong leadership skills and where school is seen as a place of learning not just as a place to score straight A's. No other school values the active process of learning more so than Wildwood.

Posted April 13, 2012

I find the two most recent reviews posted by alumni to be quite thought provoking. As a parent of a middle schooler I am quite interested in hearing how former students view their Wildwood progressive education. Yes, the kids are happy and the teachers are warm and involved, but I worry that the lack of structure leaves kids unprepared for the rigors of college. Are we really developing innovative thinkers or are we as parents just fooling ourselves and sending our children to college without the tools for success?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 31, 2012

If I could give this school 0 stars I would. I'm so happy that my friend (who left the review below) found this website and revealed the 'truth' about Wildwood. We need more alumni to post here. I took four years of Spanish at Wildwood. I didn't test out of one semester of Spanish when I entered college. I took four years of math at Wildwood (including calculus). I tested into precalculus when I entered college. I received top grades in all of my writing assignments in WIldwood. I failed my first writing assignment in college. Is college harder than high school. Yes. However, when you have a GPA in the top 10% of your class leaving Wildwood and receive Ds and Fs in most of your courses entering college, something is just plain wrong with your high school education. As the poster before me mentioned, Wildwood is a place where, if you fork over the money, the teachers will be happy to give your kids As. Unfortunately, sometimes As aren't what kids deserve. Bluntly put: my four years at Wildwood were the most damaging years I've had in my educational development. Period.

Posted March 30, 2012

This comes from a bitter alumni who found out that his high school education was completely inadequate. I want the Wildwood Secondary teachers -- past and present -- to hear this message. By freely 'giving' students As and watering down your curriculum, you may make life easier for yourself, but you are doing a complete disservice to your graduates. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES. Coming out of Wildwood I was completely ill-prepared for BOTH the arts and the sciences that I took when I entered university. I got straight 'Exceeds' and 'Meets' at at Wildwood but didn't learn squat in terms of study strategy or academic knowledge. To parents: If you want to send your kid to a school where you can "Pay your way to the A" Wildwood is the place for you. It has glitz, glamour, friendly teachers, a beautiful indoor campus etc. etc. etc. HOWEVER, if you actually want your kid to get the best education they can and be prepared for college LOOK ELSEWHERE.

Posted June 28, 2011

My daughter came to Wildwood two years ago after having a bad experience at our public elementary school. She has loved every day spent at Wildwood. Her teachers have been great and extremely supportive. She loves the elementary science and performing arts curriculum. The friends she has made are some of the loveliest children and families I have had the opportunity to know living in Los Angeles. Also, although we are a middle class family, we do not feel that we don't have what others have, because families at Wildwood tend to downplay the importance of wealth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2011

The secondary school is an incredible opportunity for students that are self-motivated. It might not work well for students that "need to be told what to do" and are not passionate about their studies. If you thrive doing your workbooks, take standardized tests and read only textbooks, do not come here. The project based learning allows in-depth pursuit of knowledge without the wasted busywork that comes from standardized testing. Make no mistakes: the school is very academically challenging, as a matter of fact it enables greater level of study in most discipline that many so called "academic" processes. The campus is designed to facilitate research and in-depth study. The approach is more college like than many colleges. And speaking of college preparatory, the students at Wildwood are essentially working as if they were in College. It is no surprise that the graduating class is being accepted in most great universities including its fair share of YPHs. Our son is absolutely thriving here. BTW admission is quite difficult, we understand only a handful of opening for Fall 2011 in 7th grade, which may have made Wildwood the hardest school to get into in the city this year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2010

This school is amazing. They really care about kids here, and the kids can feel it. My child is learning so much, but more importantly, he is learning to LOVE learning. What an amazing gift! Wildwood is an oasis in the midst of the real (and sometimes messed up) world. If everyone in the world went to a place like Wildwood, oh my, things would be so much nicer... Wildwood is one of the greatest gifts, both academically, intellectually, and emotionally that anyone can give a child. Really, it is all that!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 10, 2009

Our family has 2 children at Wildwood's elementary school. Our opinion is that Wildwood has done an outstanding job of getting our children engaged in their own education. We believe that they are outstanding writers and readers because they have a vested interest in what they are learning. We do not find the math curriculum deficient. In fact we appreciate that the teachers promote not just memorization, but an intuitive approach to learning as well. Science is approached both methodically and creatively. Our kids love their teachers. And the habits of mind and heart are skills that we believe will be useful throughout our children's lives.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2009

My child is currently a 5th grader at Wildwood and is excelling in every subject especially in the area of Math. They have an amazing math teacher there that has brought out the mathematician in my daughter. All the teachers there are amazing and show a genuine concern in the well being of the children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2008

i have been attending Wildwood for eleven years now. I personally enjoy the curriculum and the community. However, I do not think any of the reviews that have been written over the last 4 years have been accurate. The reality of Wildwood is that it either works extremely well or doesn't work at all. I for one have done excellent in the laid back environment but my sister who attended Wildwood from kindergarten to 5th grade endured tremendous struggles. I think one of the problems is that classes themselves are not designed to fit the needs of each student individually, which is why many children who go to Wildwood come out lacking critical Math and Spanish skills. But, I do not think that is anyone's fault, there just is not enough space or teachers to separate the students out that much. Wildwood could also hire less administrators and more educators.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 29, 2007

my child attended wildwood kindergarten thru 7th we had mixed experiences, the pod system works if you have a great teacher if not.... this is crucial, as you spend 3 yrs in the same classroom So it is the luck of the draw.Probably the biggest plus is the fact that the kids love this school they really enjoy being there and are generally very articulate and confident in their abilities, so you decide if you want your kid to be a creative thinker or be able to test well.My daughter is now attending an other private prep school w/some other wildwood kids these kids are miles ahead of their peers in social skills and broadness of education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2007

Wildwood is an amazing place for children to reach their full potentials, as students and as citizens of the world. Our family has been there for 7 years, and we could not be happier. The habits of heart and mind that the children acquire, along with academic and artistic skills, are what really set this school apart. It is an amazing community to be a part of, and although the secondary school has experienced some growing pains (it is a new school, after all) we have no doubt that our children are receiving a high level of intellectual challenges and, most importantly, they are becoming socially aware, compassionate, and articulate human beings.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2006

My daughter (now in 7th grade) is extremely bright, and has been at Wildwood since Kindergarten. We have had an extraordinary group of teachers, and my daughter has had a wonderful education. The project oriented curriculum really allows children to learn and retain knowledge and sets them up to be able to continue to learn through their lives. The school is exceptionally good for self motivated students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2006

I have a child who went to Wildwood from the 4th to the 8th grd. I am now looking because I have a younger child entering kindergarten. The reviews of 10/04,6/05 & 1/06 are in sync wtih my experience. My child never liked the school and came out with serious defiencies in math.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 26%
Two or more races 12% 3%
Black 5% 6%
Hispanic 2% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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