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The Westland School

Private | K-6 | 130 students

Westland is a small progressive school with an emphasis on community

 
 

Living in Los Angeles

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $1,077,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,200.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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13 reviews of this school


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Posted November 5, 2013

Westland is amazing. The school has far exceeded our expectations. Our kids are thriving emotionally, socially, and academically. In four years, they've never wanted to stay home from school once. Westland challenges them and nurtures them at the same time. Our only complaint is that we didn't get to receive a Westland education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Westland provides my children with a fantastic education as well as a supportive community where all the teachers and students know them by name. The opportunities the kids have to work as a team with their classmates have been invaluable in terms of their abilities to problem-solve. Westland is a nurturing school and it makes learning so interesting that my children dread the day that they will graduate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2011

This school is a haven of sanity in the insane, status driven culture of Los Angeles. It is a place where kids can grow and learn in a safe, nurturing environment. The sense of community is extraordinary and stays with you for a lifetime. Kids go on from here to every great middle school in the city, and then matriculate to colleges like Stanford, Columbia, Bard, NYU, Brown, all the UC schools. It's a special place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

Our son is not only learning well academically, but also blossoming socially at Westland. Every school day he is excited and happy to go there. The school is a loving community where minds are taught well and little souls can grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

A very special school - parent participation and caring teachers - a progressive education . . the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

Westland is a special community which provides a safe, rich and developmental education. My children have gone on to college prepatory high schools and I believe are more prepared to take on the challenges of their next phase of education because of their experiences at Westland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

If you're wondering where to apply next year the Westland School is an exciting choice. The academic program is active and experiential, with a keen awareness for the children's different learning styles. They are encouraged to explore, discover and ask questions which ultimately leads to a great love of learning. Children actively participate in the work of the group, problem solving and sharing ideas, thus becoming aware of their influence and responsibility not only to each other and the school community but to the outside world as well. Children who graduate from this school are articulate, self-motivated thinkers, well prepared to lead and achieve once they leave Westland. An extremely dedicated parent body also means not only will your children feel part of a nurturing community, but you and your whole family will too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

Very disappointing! While located amongst a slew of fantastic college preparatory schools, this progressive ed program is more focused on parental socializing and industry connections, then attending to the intellectual needs of young minds. While they will not tell you this on the tour, the majority of families use tutoring on the side to supplement for an empty curriculum. By the time your child is in '4th grade,' they are far below community standards in terms of standardized test scores and a basic age- appropriate fund of knowledge. Oh, but they can sing well! Each and every week the staff spends an inordinate amount of time focusing on learning songs and playing wooden instruments so that each and every Friday the kids can showcase their 'practical' life skill of performing while their parents are schmoozing. Do not send your child here unless they have special needs that you want to disguise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

Westland is not only a very nurturing environment but it also develops a love of learning. Everyday my daughter would wake up and be excited about another day of school. Academically it is very strong, my daughter went on to an elite middle and high school as do many other Westland graduates. I know that my daughter looks back on Westland as some of the most enjoyable as well as one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. Westland will always have a special place in our hearts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

This school really does live up to its fantastic reputation. You have to commit to the learn process here and have faith that your child will learn all that s/he needs to know by graduation but it does happen. The real gift here is that your child learns how to learn and enjoys the process. Minimal to no focus is placed on test taking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

Wonderful school in Bel-Air. Safe, clean, good environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

Westland was an extraordinary experience for my child, who attended from kindergarden through 6th grade. For those who value progressive education, you cannot find a better place. For those unfamiliar with progressive education, the school is philsophically attuned to John Dewey's theories about education. They believe in experiential learning, and in educating the whole child. And for those who fear that this sort of education leaves students academically unprepared rest assured. Westland regularly sends its graduates to some of the most selective schools in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Westland provided the most important building block in my child's life. Her positive attitude towards seeking knowledge will forever shape her life. Westland understands and embraces the principles of developmental education. Parental participation underscores a commitment to the process. Children of many talents and abilities learn to appreciates their differences, celebrate each other's abilities, and work together in a non-competitive atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 80%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 6%
Hispanic 5%
Black 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Scott Moran
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Progressive
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Humanities
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • All basic sports in PE
Girls sports
  • All basic sports in PE

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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16200 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 472-5544

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