Students enrolled 550
School leader Mr. Steven Kierman

Contact this school

11350 Palms Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066

School website
(310) 391-7127
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Windward School address.

4 stars
Based on 39 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

October 07, 2014
Windward is an excellent school. The adminstrators and teachers care deeply about students academically and emotionally. The academics are challenging and their are ample extracurriculars to meet a variety of student interests. Windward is, however, a very traditional school. This is a great school for kids who are comfortable and can function under a great deal of pressure and do not need a more creative learning environment. If you are the parent of a student athlete or future doctor, engineer or attorney this is the school for you. If you are the parent of a more creative, divergent kind of thinker -- look elsewhere. This is a pre-professional high school for kids who are heading to pre-professional colleges. That's not a bad thing. It is just the truth.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2014
Our daughter is finishing up her first year as a 7th grader at Windward School. We are very pleased with the academics, athletics, and the community as whole. She has grown and matured as a 13 year old, both academically and socially. Our experiences with the teachers have been very rewarding and satisfying as parents who only want what is best for their child. The teachers, partnered with the administrators, work very well together to help the students reach their full potential while holding them accountable for their roles in the community; fostering responsibility, integrity, and social morality.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Windward is and has been an amazing experience for our girls. Both have excelled academically beyond our expectations and are enjoying the social environment. High points about Windward are the diversity, size of the school, small enough that no student goes "unnoticed," and the teachers, staff and families - mutual respect amongst all. Very, very satisfied with Windward!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
As a substitute teacher of 6+ years, I have worked throughout LA, and am exceptionally qualified to compare Windward to other schools. Hands down, Windward is my favorite school to work at. The culture is friendly, supportive, academically rigorous, and there is almost never a problem of students acting out in class! They instill acceptance, compassion, and mutual support among students and faculty alike. The kids come to class prepared to learn and work, and I don't witness the same apathy and defiance I do at other schools. I've never seen students get in fights. And despite a diverse student population, racial tensions are nonexistent. The highly negative reviews seem fictional to me. In my 6+ years coming to Windward I have never witnessed bullying/mean-girl issues or excessive cliquey-ness. Some cliques will naturally appear in any large mixed social setting, but there's nothing outwardly malicious or exclusionary going on. People complaining about Windward are in fantasy land. Schools really don't get much better than this. As someone with a truly independent perspective, I can say that the positive reviews are consistent with what I've seen at Windward; the negative are not.

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2013
I gave the school 2 stars as they have some great teachers. HOWEVER the counseling program here is in need of a drastic overall as is their approach to dealing with teens out of control. The mean girl movement is in full swing with no control nor real concern by the school. The academic standard is high but so much so that if you don't shine you are left behind, not picked for various leadership roles, and your child's self-esteem is damaged. Boys fair much better than girls here. Beware!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
Windward has been a more wonderful experience than my family could ever have dreamed. Our daughter was admitted for the 8th grade from an over-crowded Santa Monica public school. The teachers are beyond incredible and as my child observed, "The teachers treat you with friendliness and respect. They aren't always assuming you're going to screw around." As one of the three incoming 8th graders, my daughter could easily have been miserable if the grade was "clique-y" but she was fully welcomed. By the end of her first week she "knew" everyone in her class and felt completely at home. This welcoming attitude has continued throughout her current 11th grade year. She loves her teachers and they all go out of their way to help the students succeed. Last year my daughter was ill and missed almost 1 month of school and her teachers worked with her on their own time to bring her up to speed. I can't imagine a more loving and supportive environment (as well as a wonderfully challenging one.)

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2012
I feel incredibly lucky to be teaching at a school that really embodies its mission to offer a dynamic education and a nurturing environment. I ve been working at Windward for five years now, and I am energized and excited by the school s focus on assessing itself in order to best serve the students. Part of that examination has involved finding effective partners, whether in the world of business, government or academia. Those outside partnerships have enriched the whole community, and I know that I, as a classroom teacher and educator, have learned much from them and am better because of them, whether it is a faculty trip to Stanford s Program in Writing and Rhetoric or helping students to prepare for their presentation to a group from a consulting firm. How fantastic to work at a place that thinks about what it does because the students and teachers matter so much.

- submitted by a teacher
December 02, 2012
Windward offers something for every type of student. Excellent academics, great athletics and fantastic arts (theater, music and fine arts) departments make Windward a truly well rounded school. But more importantly, Windward produces well rounded students who graduate with the skills necessary to excel in the world. A wonderful sense of community spirit has made Windward the perfect place for my son (and our family) to spend the past five years.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
I have been working at Windward for 6 months and I have been incredibly impressed by what this school offers its students. The academic programs are definitely exciting, but what has really surprised me is the community. From what little interaction I have with the students, it's easy to see that they all love being here. I chaperoned the senior trip last year and saw what a cohesive group that class had become. I work with many alumni and hearing them talk about their time at Windward, the connections they made with their classmates and teachers, and how well prepared the felt when they got to college is moving.

- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2012
Windward is a great school for those students that are high achievers in either academics or athletics. It has a great group of teachers an the students there are very friendly. If you go, you get the opportunity to try many new things and be open to more ideas for the future. Its a great experience to go to windward and i definitely recommend it.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2012
Without doubt, worst school ever!!!! My children hate this school. Both my son AND daughter have been bullied by students AND teachers

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
At the beginning of last year, I was terrified to attend a school like Windward. Up until then, I had only ever been to public schools, and the idea of making the switch was scary. However, the students at the school were quick to befriend me, and I have since come to love my fellow classmates, teachers, and administrators. Everyone has been so supportive, especially since the classes are challenging and the workload heavy at times. I love being here. The campus is beautiful, and I couldn't be happier to attend Windward.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2011
I had a TERRIBLE experience at this school. All they want is your money. The kids are extremely cliquey and many of the girls can be really rude. While some teachers are good, a lot of them (especially the new hires) have been awful. The fact that the entire basketball team is all recruits that are on full scholarship is unfair to the numerous kids who otherwise would have gotten accepted. Having been to numerous schools, this school is by FAR the most materialistic, cliquey, fake and unaccepting school there is. The kids here are in a bubble, with no view of the outside world, or how people live without "daddy's money" paying for everything.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2011
I am currently a senior at Windward. I would like to take the opportunity to respond to a few complaints common on this site: "Academics are not challenging enough:" Simply put, Windward is as challenging as you make it. Since coming to the school in ninth grade, I have only taken honors classes and, by and large, had wonderful experiences at Windward. I will concede that I have had a few "duds," but these teachers were few and far between. I have heard anecdotally that middle school teachers are not completely up to par with the high school teachers. My experience has been "Windward's new hires are not great:" Au contraire! One of my best experiences with a Windward teacher was with a new Physics teacher. He was one of the driving forces in inspiring me to pursue science. I have him again this year for Senior Physics, and I am really enjoying the class. I will note, however, that I have had a subpar new teacher. A new biology teacher, who was a very nice, helpful man, had never taught high school students before and taught the class in a style that was too easy for eleventh graders. I have heard that in his second year, his class is much more challenging and exciting!

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2011
Windward has been the perfect school for our family. The size of the school, and the dedication of the faculty and administration, has enabled my son to learn about what is important both in and outside of the classroom. It is the balance between strong academics (without a cutthroat atmosphere) and a supportive sense of community (without coddling) that makes Windward a special place for students to learn, gain self-confidence and explore a variety of interests. My son has made life-long friends, experienced success in athletics and the arts, and feels well prepared for the academic and social challenges he will face upon graduation from Windward next spring.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
Windward is a terrific place to work. One thing that makes it so good is the support faculty and programs get from the administration. We get a lot of support to help us advance in our fields of study, and we get a lot of support with whatever we need in the classroom to do our jobs well. In addition, resources are distributed very equitably across all of our programs; no program suffers at the expense of another. Academics, arts, and aethletics are all supported and championed equitably. And this plays out in the way students at Windward feel very free to choose their own passions and paths, exploring the full versatility of their talents across a variety of activities and pursuits, without feeling like they have to choose between one thing or another for fear of being judged negatively for it. The students benefit greatly from the open, collaborative, and respectful attitude the administration and staff promote and imbue.

- submitted by a teacher
December 07, 2010
I have two daughters at Windward, an 8th grader and an 11th grader. We have been at the school for 5 years and during this time I have proudly watched my children grow into caring, responsible, intellectual young ladies. Windward encourages them to take on new challenges and is supportive if they fall short. Windward provides a solid foundation that allows each student to go out into the world confident and passionate and eager to help others. We have all made meaningful relationships at the school and feel very blessed to part of the Windward family.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
We have been a Windward family for over 5 years. We considered many independant schools and through the process Windward became our first choice. We have two very different boys and Windward offered the balance that we were looking for. Windward has an outstanding faculty and administrative team, educators who truly care about the students and while they have expectations for the students, they help them to develop and strive to do their personal best. As a result of this environment, we have watched our children grow and develop into young adults that are engaged in their work and the larger world around them. Their confidence, self esteem and independance continue to grow. The passion of the faculty towards their particular subjects is palpable. That energy and enthusiasm is conveyed to the students and in return the students are interested and engaged. We also enjoy the greater community at Windward. The families are generally a very grounded group. Our children have made some wonderful friends. When checking in with our children about their experience, they are very positive about Windward.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
We have been members of the Windward family for four years now. Our oldest son is in 10th grade and our younger son just started 7th. We are grateful to be a part of this wonderful community. When researching schools, we wanted to find an academic environment that was challenging yet supportive of all of our children's needs. Our boys, with different interests and learning styles, both play team sports, yet are able to try other classes such as arts and debate, while managing their required school work. We loved that Windward encouraged students to find their passion. Too many schools, particularly on the westside of Los Angeles expect entering students to be experts at one thing or another. Windward has truly provided them a dynamic education in a nuturing environment. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2010
I have two very different daughters, an athlete and a scholar, and both have found their way at Windward. We targeted the school over 8 years ago when my wife and I split up--we were determined to find an environment that would serve as our family meeting ground. We love the small-school feeling, we love the education, and we love the way that each of our girls feels like a valued member of the community.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2010
Windward is an outstanding school. Both our daughter, who graduated a few years ago, and our son, who attends currently, have had great experiences at Windward. The faculty, good to begin with, has steadily improved over the years. The facilities are fantastic, especially with the recent addition of the state-of-the-art science and performing arts complex. The administration is attentive and responsive, the support staff excellent (including a three-person college counseling team), and the athletic program consistently first rate. I can't say enough about this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
After more than 3 years I can say with certainty that Windward is academically disappointing. While a few teachers are outstanding, my child gets more than one dud every year. The school is particularly sub-par in terms of new hires: it doesn't seem to be able to pull in the best and brightest. BTW, AVERAGE academic class size for our student this year is 20. I don't like that it advertises 16:1 but my child has had classes of 24 or 25. Also, beware: many upper school sports teams don't have a JV - just because this school is small doesn't mean your child will get played on Varsity! On the upside: the school has a culture of "nice" -- it avoids a lot of Los Angeles private school social pressures. ps I am really trying to be honest in this review, not out to trash Windward.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
Windward is awesome! Kids have a wonderful experience and parents enjoy a supportive, caring atmosphere from an excellent teaching staff. School spirit is amazing, Go Wildcats!!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
This is the best school that I have seen so far. My kids are so happy here and have made many new friends. Although the school is not in the nicest area, it isn't in a completely bad area and has security guards just to make sure the kids are safe. and is a very nice school. This school has gorgeous facilities and is one of the best schools my child has been to.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
After attending Windward for the past 5 years, I have realized what a mistake I made coming here. Despite what they say, you are just a number and some of the faculty is not up to par. While parents are impressed with the school, the kids for the most part are unhappy here.

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2008
I am now in my 8th year at Windward and each year I ve seen the school grow in its commitment to its core values, while working diligently to expand its understanding of the changing global world so that it can best provide the intellectual, social, and ethical support for its students. Windward s commitment to diversity in particular is tireless. The school is consistently growing in number to reflect the larger community (Los Angeles) in terms of socio-economics, religion, sexuality, and more. But what I find most appealing about Windward s view on diversity and what is evident in student interactions and student/faculty relationships is that it is one based in inclusion. The environment that is always being honed is one where everyone feels a part of the community.

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2008
By the end of this school year, our family will have been at Windward School for 14 years. Our experience has been great. Our three children who have gone on to college were academically well prepared by Windward. The school's strongest attribute is it's faculty. They are well educated, gifted teachers who are also supportive and caring towards their students. The school is not so large that kids get 'lost', but large enough to offer many varied activities for learning, sports, and the arts.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
Windward students enjoy a strong academic program, great working relationships with faculty, and the freedom to pursue multiple interests. Participation in sports, the arts, clubs, and school events is widespread and enthusiastic. It has a wonderfully inclusive and fun-loving atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
Our family has been part of the Windward community for the last 10 years. It has been an excellent match for my two very different sons and a most welcoming and supportive group of parents, faculty and staff. It is an institution that strives for, and maintains the leading edge of academic excellence which is balanced by strong arts and athletic departments. It has been an experience which we have felt privileged to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
We have been fortunate enough to have all three children attend school at Windward. While they are all very different students, Windward accommodated each childs interests and potential. The communication between the students and teachers is amazing and as a parent I felt that the teachers are always receptive to dialogue. Regarding academics, my child who graduated last year was accepted at many top schools and is currently doing very well at a UC School. He felt he was very well prepared at Windward for the difficult college curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
Windward School has been an excellent choice for my daughter. I honestly cannot praise it enough! It has the ideal mix of great academics , wonderful staff and faculty, excellent sports but most importantly, when you step on campus and see with your own eyes the smiles of the students and teachers, their warmth and approachability and general compassionate and gracious demeanor of all you will know that this is where your child belongs!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2007
I would just like to point out this is a great school. But it isnt all what these parents are saying. Mostly it is an art school olny it isnt the best if you are not completly into arts. But it does have an athletic program but not the strongest in the city if you are looking for athletics.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2006
Without question, the best school in Los Angeles. The faculty is the strongest in the city, the balance betweeen being a strong academic program and a nurturing environment is real and the athletics program is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
The quality of academic programs are outstanding. Music, art, sports and other extracurricular activies are available. Parents willingly volunteer at the school. The parents are very involved in their children's education and school activites.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
October 05, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
July 17, 2005
Windward is a great school in that it provides a challanging academic college prep program that prepares students for college. They do and excellent job in the middle school in teaching study and research skills. What I like about the school is that the kids and parents are approachable and not to pretensis. Ths school promotes excellence not only in the classroom, but all aspects of school life including dance, music theater and sports. Their faculty are some of the best in the country and they have world class coaches(. Windward is also improving in the area of diversity of it's student population, but has a ways to go with it's faculty in this area.

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     
Last modified: October 28, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Windward School
11350 Palms Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 391-7127
Last modified Windward School is a Private school that serves grades 7-12
Windward School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top