Venice Lutheran School has been our community for the past several years. We are transplants to L.A. and have no family here. When I drop my daughter off at school, I know she is cared for and thriving. Her standardized test scores have been great and she loves every minute of being at school. I was also very surprised at how affordable a private school in Venice, CA could be. The staff is incredible. Your child receives so much personal attention and they develop the whole person there - academics and character building. Down to how to make proper eye contact and a good hand shake :) I can't say enough good things.
Favoritism was not hidden from the non-glory children (parents who worked there/were very involved), those kids never were touched and got away with murder. While I made a couple of amazing friends here, I do regret staying through graduation. VLS changed math programs so it is "go at your own pace" which left me (as well as others who did not shine brightly in math) beginning high school without even completing pre-algebra. Luckily my current math teachers have caught me up and I am now a straight-A math student. Cell phone policies were ridiculous. Mine fell out of my pocket AFTER school and was kept overnight. Very irritating and inconvenient. The plays/performances put on were a joke, so don't listen to their spiel about how they have all different activities, because they don't. I enjoyed meeting 2 of my best friends here; however, if you want your child to be in a closed-minded very sheltered environment, this is it. I wish things would've been more diverse for the 8 years I spent there