In a school this size, there really are all kinds. Overall though, the students turn out well. There is bullying and issues related to the fact that ethnic and socio-economic diversity is lacking but for the most part, these issues don't get a lot of attention.
I think the school develops values like honesty, integrity, and fairness in students based on who they are or who they are related to or know. I've seen and heard about too many situations that were handled inconsistently and the common theme that made the difference is who you are or who you know. From board members and faculty children to athletes to children of major donors or volunteers, the students that get the "best" out of Campbell Hall are those that are connected to the power wheel.
I rate Campbell Hall as average. It is mediocre in every way -- academically, athletics, performing arts, facilities. It is a nice school, but if you expect a private school experience with top of the line amenities and opportunities (at the $30K pricetag), then you should look elsewhere.
Campbell Hall is a wonderful school. My child is an engaged, happy and enthusiastic high school student and I believe that is because the faculty and environment is so warm and supportive. The school has something for everyone - and students are encouraged to try it all. The academics are challenging, there are countless AP and honor classes but most importantly it is a school that values the individual student and their family.
I am a private school teacher that works at another high end private school in Bel Air. A few of my former colleagues now work at Campbell Hall and love it. I have visited the school several times and the one thing that sticks out to me is how happy both the students and staff are. Campbell Hall really focuses on the whole child and both appropriately challenges and supports their students. It is one of the rare Los Angeles private schools that truly values diversity, creativity, intelligence and happiness.
Our child was a prospective student to CH who chose to go elsewhere for a variety of reasons. First, they have no STEM curriculum, no robotics, 3-D printers, advanced labs, etc. Science faculty lacks innovation and passion. Second, outside of the performing arts building, the facilities are tired and in need of upgrades. Third, new headmaster is a wet blanket, very cynical and didn't see interested in innovation. Fourth, they cater to celebs who throw money to CH. We learned that after they announced classes were all full that they accepted Sharon Stones kids, hmmm, can you say money? Finally, our tour guide told us that it isn't a very academic school and the kids don't get into top schools. Strange thing for a tour guide who is supposed to be promoting the school to day.
Campbell Hall is exactly what it says it is -- a community (emphasis on community) of inquiry committed to academic excellence and the nurturing of decent, loving, and responsible human beings. This school develops well-prepared and well-rounded students that will find success now and later in life.
Campbell Hall offers a rigorous academic curriculum combined with outstanding Performing and Visual Arts, excellent sports programs and a strong sense of community. The small class sizes and the dedication of the faculty provide the opportunity for individualized attention not commonly found. We feel so fortunate to have our kids in such a great learning environment.