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Westchester Lutheran School

Private | K-8 | 310 students


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $595,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,840.

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Posted August 28, 2013

This school is awesome i have nice friends and a lot of sports equipment, and every year i have a great time and I'm going into middle school this year and i am very excited and nervous.

Posted December 12, 2011

Our daughters have been enrolled in this school since preschool and will be also be attending middle school at WLS next year. This school has been a very good experience for us. The student/teacher ratio is very low, so the children are getting a a great deal of one on one attention. Every year we are happily surprised our new teacher is as good, if not better, than the year prior. Many of the teachers have been there a very long time, in fact many attended WLS themselves. I find this to be a tell-tale sign of a cohesive school. As a parent volunteer, I enjoy being able to be part of their great art program. I am able to become acquainted with my daughter's peers and bond with the other parents. We have developed many great relationships with the classmate's parents. If I had to find a negative aspect of the school, I would say I wish the playground was larger, but hey, we live in L.A.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 24, 2010

I graduated from WLS in '95 and it definitely set me up for success in attending high school. I went to Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and had no problem picking up right where I left off. I went on to attend and graduate from West Point so if you have any worries as to the quality of the education don't. Its top notch.

Posted September 8, 2010

I am thankful we chose to send our children to WLCS because overall they have turned out to be much more conscientious than their public school neighbors. If you are choosing for academics, you may be at the wrong school. I do not think the cost of tuition was worth the academic value. Teachers have been there forever and are tired and burnt out. I believe a motivated child could get just as good of an education at local public schools, as long as they do not bow to peer pressure. If you are choosing to raise an overall wholesome child, this is a great environment. Good grades are cool, smoking and drugs are not. Parent Involvement is mandatory, which causes disgruntled involvement. They should reward families with tuition brakes, not penalize for missed hours.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2010

This school is amazing. I've personally been at this school for 8 years and don't have one complaint.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 19, 2009

this school is the best. I not onl;y gives up a good foundation but we have so much fun like on Harvest Festival, Heritage Day, October Fest, and so much more.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 5, 2009

The staff is so amazing with all the children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2009

WLMS is a wonderful school, we're really glad that we chose to send our daughter here instead of Orville Wright MS. Teachers and Principal Lillie are great instructors and role models for the kids. Thanks WLMS!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 21, 2008

The elementary school is wonderful. The teachers are caring and the principal is amazing. The two years my daughter has been at the middle school though have been disappointing. We love the principal but she cannot do anything about the teachers that should have retired many moons ago!
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Posted November 5, 2008

There are certain aspects of WLS and WLMS that we love, but there are other aspects that we do not. On the positive side, the elementary school Principal is dedicated, nurturing, informed, and fair. Moreover, we have found her to be totally accessible and a real advocate for the students. Similarly, the middle school Principal is nurturing and enthusiastic and loved by all of her students, Both Principals are totally dedicated to enriching the lives of their students through the teaching of solid academics and good values. Most of our complaints lie with the Middle School. The children are responsible for mastering way too many subjects (eleven) at one time. Certain subjects could be offered on a rotational basis to improve the students' workload. Notwithstanding, the middle school teachers are skilled and nurturing, save one whose continued retention by the school is perplexing.
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Posted August 16, 2008

The elementary school is a very nurturing environment and the kids become very close after their K-8 years. The parents and children are on the most very wholesome, and many students say they were completely sheltered from drugs until they left for high school, HOWEVER, the middle school is not for everyone. If you have a high achieving student, the middle school is is a great preparation for high school. An average or struggling student in middle school is usually stressed and overwhelmed. Support in the middle school is for the teachers, not the students.
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Posted August 5, 2008

This school can get your child well educated, responsible, and loving towards the Christian life. I loved this school and its activities! I wish I could go back. I know much about WLS because my mother went here from Pre-K to 8th grade. She was as happy asi was.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 10, 2008

We are extremely happy with the education our child is getting at Westchester Lutheran. WLS has been educating children for over 60 years and they have a tough, solid curriculum. The staff is outstanding! The principal is a warm and experienced leader. It gives you great confidence your child is in good hands; emotionally, socially and academically.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 14, 2008

WLS is a wonderful environment for children. Not only do the teachers, staff and principal work tirelessly at educating our children, they instill in them the importance of respect, kindness and caring for their peers. The academics at WLS are rigorous and challenging, leaving the kids well prepared for highly demanding private high schools. But equally as important, thoughtful, compassionate people are developed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2008

We are very pleased with the school. The curriculum is rough and demands are high. Yet, the children are in a very caring and nurturing environment. The parents help one another and it's a very positive place.
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Posted August 16, 2007

Outstanding value for the quality of education. The school holds high expectations for academic performance and behavior from its students which the parents support. I would never go back to public school in LA after making the change to WLS. The WLS families value education and civility.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2006

Great location and faculty. Demading academics. Enthusiastic student body.
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Posted January 27, 2006

The education is solid and comparable for the area.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 26, 2006

We have been happy with the academics of the school, the after school programs, discipline etc. However, the school will be undergoing major construction will is bound to be a distraction if not a safety issue. Also, the school is being held to mandatory carpooling quotas, which may result in a reduction of the school population if not adhered to. In short, I'm happy with the school but these are big issues that I'm not comfortable with.
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Posted September 7, 2005

My child attended Westchester Lutheran for middle school. It had a very challenging curriculum & a great deal of homework. Parent participation is a must. Teachers are committed and there is very little teacher turnover, a real plus. The principal of the Middle School is also the art teacher, and also has children at the school. Teachers are accessible, and students demonstrate respect for eachother and faculty. A very small, family-like environment exists - as most of the students began in pre-school and elementary. This did serve to alienate, at times, students and parents of students that had not been a part of the 'school family' for as long a period. Discipline problems among students was minimal. Individuality and participation in non-academic activities was encouraged and supported. Only wish was that the school offered a greater range of ethnic diversity. Building plan underway at elementary school campus.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school
White 91%
Black 5%
Two or more races 2%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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7831 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 670-5422


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