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K-8
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 446
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5401 Beethoven Street
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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(310) 574-8650
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December 10, 2014
We have two kids at WNS and have been there for 6 years now. I sincerely can't say enough great things about the school! The school has 4 pillars which we believe in wholeheartedly: academics, community, diversity and character. We as a family, of course want our children to learn and do well in academics, but also want so much more for them, which WNS provides. It is a diverse community, in all aspects of life, except for the one common denominator...they are all good people who want the best for their children. It is like a family! The school also focuses on character, which we feel is as important, if not more, than academics. We want our children to become good people who work well with others in any social situation. WNS provides so much support in the area of social behavior, and also helps them remain "kids" for longer than other schools. I could go on and on about how much we value WNS, and why we sacrifice financially to send our kids to an independent school...but if you are looking for a well-rounded, amazing independent school, just take a tour and talk to anyone here....you will look no further. We are proud and thankful to call WNS our home!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2014
WNS is an amazing school. As a speech-language pathologist, I have the opportunity to work within and observe multiple school sites. I could not be more impressed with the quality of education WNS strives to achieve for each one of its students. The program and staff go above and beyond to bring novel and collaborative teaching techniques to the daily activities with the educational environment. When walking in the front door the feeling of energy and enthusiasm envelopes you, making you want to be a part of what is happening. Strong educational programs help build strong individuals. WNS is working to better education and help better the minds and learning skills of our children.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2014
This is my daughter's second year at WNS. My son went to the Willows K-5 which was also a great school but I have to say, for our family, WNS has been a much more meaningful experience. Brad Zacuto, the head of school is incredible. He is a student of brain development and encourages all of the teachers to constantly grow and stretch themselves to be the best they can be for the children. I was shocked at the diversity of the student body. And, different than many private progressive schools, it's not "artificial" diversity. These are real families, not celebrity kids making up the diversity checklist. The thing that I love the most about WNS is that the kids are encouraged to just be kids, geeky, silly kids! Even the 8th graders aren't trying to be cool. The whole, "who are your parents?" thing is absent at this school. It's a refreshingly normal group of parents who are coming together in this crazy LA town to bring their children a safe, enriching place to learn and play together. I can't recommend it enough! I consider it LA's best kept secret school!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2014
Our family has experienced 4 different schools between our kids (7th grader and alumni 9th grader) & WNS is by far the best. We've been here for 9 years & it's been a wonderful sanctuary - academically, creatively, socially & emotionally. It strikes the perfect balance between progressive & traditional: Progressive because they stay on top of research re how children learn & implement those practices in the classroom; traditional because they realize that kids need structure & scaffolding in order to be successful. But that is secondary to the nurturing vibe that pervades. Our kids (girl/boy) are so different, yet WNS has brought out the gifts in each while addressing weaknesses w/ encouragement & compassion. WNS classrooms encourage individual expression; a hallmark of its arts program. Art/music teachers are wonderful & Desi Friedman is a gifted performing arts instructor who is supportive, authentic & hilarious. But the overarching focus of WNS is to teach kids to be good people & to work with others to create something larger than themselves. We are so grateful to Brad Zacuto for curating such an incredible school & feel blessed to be part of this warm, real community.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2014
Wow, WNS was featured on NPR! I am so proud of WNS and to be a parent at this wonderful school and I just had to share the latest reason why. Every day I wake up in the morning, I feel thankful and blessed to be able to drive to WNS as part of my day, but this week I got to wake up to this incredible story as I headed off to school: Click here to listen to WNS featured in Morning Edition on Tuesday, September 30. Click here to listen to WNS featured in All Things Considered on Tuesday, September 30. For those who don t know about WNS, this is just one of the many examples of why WNS is the amazingly special place that it is. With the incredible leadership that is Brad Zacuto, the teachers and staff are inspired to be great, be bold and be leaders in education. Taking care of our children in every way is on the forefront of every mind at WNS. Their vision of how to keep children safe and protected while navigating and being ready for this technological world is awe inspiring! I am overwhelmed with pride right now!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
We are now going into our 7th year at WNS and we all just couldn't be happier on a whole. The level of education is on par. Most importantly is the relationships with teacher and staff communications. They are ALL so easy access and truly have an open door policy. For us, the best thing about being at WNS is the diversity of the community. My husband and I both come from different countries and religions and really wanted a school the emphasizes on not just a few groups but really focuses on all of us as a human race. Our children don't see friends or classmates as class of color, religion, political standing or financial brackets and it is a beautiful thing! We are so proud to be a WNS family, Always have and always will! Go Jets!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
I am shocked that people don't think that WNS has great leadership. I have experienced three other schools (with our first child) with varying degrees of leadership. Mr. Zacuto is an extremley open, jovial, visionary. His leadership is appropriate and allows teachers to have a role in the direction of the school. This cooperation is so important for a successful program. Teachers are respected by all and the parent involvement is refreshing. Mostly though I am impressed by the curriculum and the way they fit it to each students needs and abilities. The balance of core classes and the arts is impressive. The project based learing is a great way for kids to learn in a broad self directed way.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
I'm a student at WNS in the eighth grade, and can not say how much I've grown from the first day of sixth grade, which was my first day. WNS has a great way of making middle school students be leaders, instead of falling under the radar. There are many opportunities for us older kids to become close with the little ones. The Eighth grade have kindergarten buddies and it really teaches me how to cares about little ones, I have a strong and unique bond with my buddy. The teachers are the highlight at WNS. They constantly check in and make sure each student is content and feeling safe and secure. The teachers are always open to review with you or even just shoot the breeze. I can go on and on, but WNS has truly shaped me for a successful future and has given me an identity.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2014
WNS is an incredible community in which to raise and educate well-rounded, kind, wholesome, confident, competent, smart, culturally- and socially engaging children and adolescents. I have been a WNS parent for ten years and am extremely proud of the people my children are becoming. I attribute a large part of their growth to their WNS experiences (since beginning in DK) and the devotion, commitment, skill, training, and love that the administrators, teachers, staff, peers, and fellow parents provide each WNS student. I give WNS my highest rating.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
WNS has been the best thing for our son. Prior to joining, just 3 months ago, our son did not enjoy school. Now, we have a happy, positive boy, who wants to learn & comes back daily, FULL of his days activities. He cares about his work & genuinely loves the teachers & the other children. The school has this amazing, family atmosphere, that brings out the best in the children. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. My only regret is that we did not send him before 6th Grade & 3 years will not be long enough!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
We have been at WNS for 9 years and we have 2 children at the school. Overall, WNS has been the best place for our children to grow and thrive in a nurturing and challenging environment. We feel blessed to have the responsive and continously learning leadership, competent faculty and a down to earth community of diverse socioeconomic, cultural and racial families. It is a rare gem of a school. I cannot say enough to express our family's gratitude to the WNS community. Our oldest is now ready for high school and we believe he is well equipped to excel wherever he chooses to attend. I highly recommend this school for anyone interested in a place that is down to earth and reflects a diverse cross section of Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
I am thrilled with WNS! I can't believe that some parents find the faculty and staff to be unapproachable. Head of School, Brad Zacuto and his team are amazing! I feel like the school perfectly blends traditional values and expectations with progressive developmental and educational techniques. My child is thriving academically, while teachers and faculty pay extra attention to various aspects of social learning. WNS children feel safe, supported and encouraged to be their best selves. I can attest to their zero tolerance for bullying. In fact, I have never EVER seen better implementation for expedient, appropriate responses to behavioral issues within the classroom and during play on the yard. WNS offers a community unlike any other I've experienced and I have a daughter who will be graduating from high school this year, as well as my youngest who has recently entered Kindergarten. As a parent, I am receiving exactly what WNS promises - we have found a superb school for our child, a supportive community for our family- and I couldn't be happier about it! There's no deceptive marketing here- just a hard-working group of awesome folks who really want the best for your child!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
WNS is one of, if not the most, amazing school in Los Angeles! We have been at the school for over 8 years now and we couldn't be happier. The school is everything it claims to be and more! Our children feel accepted, safe and nurtured all while receiving an excellent and unparalleled education. They both get up each and every morning looking forward to school - not just to see friends, but to see their teachers! Every teacher we have ever had is remarkable. The faculty and staff are always there to support our children and answer any and all questions that we may have as parents. Likewise, the administrative staff is always accessible, approachable and helpful. I can not recommend WNS enough!!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
We agree with a previous post that WNS is all marketing and the program they are selling to parents is inaccurate. In our experience, most of the problems were based on a lack of leadership. The head and assistant heads of school are not approachable and are disconnected with families and classrooms. In our experience, each year teacher turnover was high and many families left. Behavior is also an issue and we encountered bullying issues that were ignored and not handled by administration. We finally pulled our child out and now our child is thriving at a new school. If you are looking for a school were education is a priority, WNS is not a good match!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
My 2 kids are in their second year at WNS - my whole family feels this is the perfect school for us. And I say "us" because we have all felt a part of the community from the very first day my kids attended the summer program. I recently volunteered with an admissions tour and it re-affirmed for me that this is a fantastic school and community. I wish that EVERY child could have the opportunity to go to WNS.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
We started in middle school and couldn't be happier. Great leadership ,great teachers,great electives. My son is in choir, robotics,lacrosse,and mock trial. Great lunch program too.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
Responsive classroom a program the school adopted two years ago includes a time out chair to discipline children, children are placed in time out from Dk ( so unfair ) they are 4 ! All the way to middle school. A great tool for teachers to keep classrooms under complete control, awful for children, creating social problems with middle schoolers.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
It is all marketing! Teacher turnover is high, all the art on the wall is beautiful but they are very undecided on being progressive or traditional, learning style is somewhat progressive but their expectations for children's behaviors are unreal, children's have to "take a break " in a chair for the craziest things, raising your hand and saying the answers without being called on! And there is no dialog the teacher does a hand gesture which means go to the chair and a hand gesture when it is time to return to your seat, no dialog no " you were put in the chair because ......" Even with all the breakout rooms my child was not challenged academically! If you are interested in the school ask about the discipline and expectations. The only school that is punitive to children's behavior in the Westside. They might try to convince you, you are the one who sees it as punitive and the children see it as an opportunity to reflect! Not true most feel so embarrassed , it is different to have a time out at home than to have a time out in front of your peers. It creates unnecessary stress on the young ones and they are less likely to take risks, speak their mind , ask for help from authority!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
We LOVE WNS, too! Our children started WNS in the DK program, and we found it to be excellent. DK prepared our children for the challenges of kindergarten, and gave them confidence and security. The DK teachers were (and are) the perfect guides to assist the children in this transition -- they were graceful, caring, strong and understanding. We have found this to continue into the upper grades. As a school, WNS provides an education that is the perfect blend of traditional and progressive. Our children are going to a school in a wonderfully diverse community that values good character and morals. We feel so lucky to have found such an amazing school. If you are considering a private independent school, we highly recommend that you look at WNS.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
Our kid attended this school for DK in the 2011-2012 school year. 6 out of 20 of the DK class left the school at the end of the year. The teachers were mediocre and many parents felt like it did not live up to its reputation.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
WNS is hand-down the perfect school for us. It's balance of warmth and consistent, positive structure with excellent academics creates an unusaully emvbracing, diverse community. The students truly seem to learn how to care about others and are encouraged to express their unique talents, while mastering the fundamentals. The Director of Performing Arts Department just earned her Ph.D., and the students gave her a spontaneous standing ovation. It was great to see. Also, every morning starts with a school-wide morning assembly, ending in a quiet moment of reflection, really bringing everyone together, DK-8th graders, as they start their day. The Head of School utilizes the latest research on learning and development to inform the curriculum and WNS community.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
I am the mother of an extremely successful 9th grade student at Vistamar School. When he left our very good, small, elementary school he was not so successful. I am convinced that the vault in his learning ability is directly due to the wonderful education he received at WNS. Those 3 solid years created a true student/scholar in my son. I am extremely thankful to Brad Zacuto, the Faculty and Staff at Westside Neighborhood School.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
My son recently started in DK and I can not say enough wonderful things about this school. EVERYONE is amazing from the head of the school, to the teachers, to the staff. It truly is a unique community without any pretense. We would highly recommend WNS and feel so fortunate that we found this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
The new head of school is amazing. He has made really positive and wounderfull changes that make our child's education a wounderfull experience. He has only been the head for 1 year, but the changes have been swift and positive. He has now 2 teachers per classroom. The new teachers are great. They now have a bus for field trips and sports program. A new updated theater, music, and spanish program. Very pleased ....

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
I just read the adorable review from a current 8th grader just below my review. I think he/she sounds just like me at their age! The principal is a powerhouse! The school is truly a gem. The kids are the proof. I looked at all of the Westside privates and the Publics (we're in Coeur d'alene district) and I was struck by how balanced and 'normal' this school is. Great art program, sciences, sports. And the new principal listens and cares. He's real hands on. We've been going for two years, the first year we slogged through with an uninspiring principal and now with the new guy and it's brilliant. I wish there were trees on the back property but.. hey, can't have everything. WNS is a must tour when you start looking at schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
I feel like WNS is a...nice school. I like my teachers (well, most of them) and I feel like I'm in a safe community that cares about us as people, not just as students. But, I think they care a little too much. It seems like they're trying to control our lives outside of school. But I'm guessing parents like the fact that middle schoolers aren't allowed to have any social network stuff like facebook. As a current 8th grader, I would have to say that I'll be sad to leave my class, but glad to leave some of the policies behind. But i have to admit, the staff prepared my class for high school very well and supported us through the whole process. But it really depends on the kid. If you have a goody--good kid, send them to WNS. If you have a troublemaker...not so good.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
The new head of school is exactly what WNS needed. He has made significant enhancements to the academic program, facilities, and faculty. Parents, students, and faculty are thrilled with the changes. Tuition is also a bargain compared to other private schools. WNS is the best kept secret on the Westside.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2009
We've been at WNS 4 years, and we love it! Although WNS may not be as well known as some westside schools, I believe they are delivering an equally excellent education to my children (grades K and 3). Small class sizes, dedicated co-teachers per class, and a differentiated curriculum make for a great academic program. WNS graduates go to some of the best high schools in LA. This school offers more than just academic excellence though. The value of diversity is obvious to anyone who visits WNS. When you visit, you will see for yourself how polite and self-confident the kids are, and you feel the spirit of community that pervades the school. The new head of school is terrific. He's already implemented new programs that have energized and excited the whole school. Can't wait to see how WNS continues to evolve, and I can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2009
WNS is simply amazing, it's our 4th year and has been a great fit for us, gave us everything we were looking for. It's a unique blend of excellence, warmth and diversity. The campus is casual and friendly, the walls are filled with art projects. The teachers are excellent, committed and responsive, lots of individual attention, they really know your child. It has a very inclusive social environment and very welcoming to parents. Parent involvement is high since most are thankful their kids attend the school. We are thrilled, our daughter is happy, well educated, emotionally and physically safe, we definitely made the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 07, 2009
WNS is a very good school. It does has some rule limitations and ACE is lacking for older kids. I really like the community aspect of this school and the k2-8 partners, but I think that middle school should have different rules than younger kids. The teachers are all teaching in a good way and making classes engaging. The only problem is the tuition because it is pretty high.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2008
I've been a parent for almost seven years now, and I've seen this school start from a really good place, and evolve into a great one. When we started, the school was under the flight path of LAX; you certainly wouldn't be dazzled by the facility. But there was a great academic heart beating there. Now, in a new location, the heart is still there, but the surroundings are so much better. With a new head of school this year, there's a new direction and energy. We have been really happy with WNS, especially now that we are in the Middle School program; when you have two kids, your commitment is essentially doubled. We're grateful we don't have to make a new school decision until high school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2008
I currently work there and cannot tell you how nice it is to have a leader who we actually feel cares about the faculty and staff. The change of leadership is felt throughout the whole school. I have been here for many years and am glad to see the changes.

- submitted by a teacher
September 17, 2008
Our son is in 8th grade and has been at WNS since pre-K. Although there were times when we felt that the middle school teachers should've coordinated their homework assignments and test/quizzes so everything doesn't happen all at once, our son has thrived at WNS and we have never regretted his being there. When we thought our son consistently had an unreasonable amount of homework, the Assistant Head of School and two of his middle school teachers organized a meeting with us and our son, and we worked out what the problem really was (our son's lack of focus and organization, and his misunderstanding of what was expected of him in one of the classes). It was a highly productive meeting, and our son felt good about it. Of course, everyone's experience at WNS will be different, but we love it.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
We are on year # four at WNS we have two children at the school. Bullies are at ALL schools private or public. I think a lot of the dealing with bullies STARTS with the teacher. My daughter had a issue with a child who had written a nasty letter about her and I was so happy with how the school dealt with it. I received a phone call from admin. to let me know how they dealt with the child who wrote the letter and what had been done. Admin. took action even though my child never saw it and was never hurt by it. I twas pleased! Ms. Reimann asst. head is great, young and really brings a fresh perspective to the school. Mr. Zacuto new head is GREAT for WNS! We do not have any family in LA and am so happy for the family feeling at WNS.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
As a former employee there, I would have to agree that the leadership was lacking. There were many times where students were bullying and being inappropriate in the classroom. When I sent them to admin, they would just come back and nothing was ever done about it. I have kids who are ready for Kindergarten. but there is no way I would ever consider this school as an option. Great presentation upfront on selling the school; however, do your research before considering it.

- submitted by a teacher
July 25, 2008
My children have been attending the school going on five years and they've had a wonderful experience. They enjoy attending the school every day and we haven't heard one complaint in five years. The curriculum gets more and more difficult every year as it should and my children continually want to perform at a high level. The parents are very dedicated to the success of the school and to their children both academically and socially. I would highly recommend WNS to any new parent. Your children will thrive at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
This school seems very nice at first glance. However, the middle school teachers are overworked and exhausted all the time. The teachers are great, but the school needs to hire more teachers and instead they just overwork them to cut corners on the budget. The assistant head and departing head are both extremely fake and condescending toward anyone who inquires about issues at the school. Luckily we pulled our kids out last year. I hope the new head will bring more support to the parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
My child is attending this school at the elementary level for the first year and we are returning, hopefully through 8th grade. The school provides a good level of academics along with cultural diversity in both student body and learning experiences, an excellent art and music program, a good amount of PE, social studies projects and special days, science labs, educational field trips, computer lab, library use and instruction, environmental awareness, team building exercises, quiet reflection time, sports teams, K-8 family groups, annual fair and other events per grade level and more. Anyone who thinks private school are stuffy and homogeneous hasn't been to WNS. We are not a rich family, nor are many who send their kids here. We sacrifice and save to provide our child an excellent education no longer available in CA public schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
WNS does have quite a few positive and strengths. Each family must decide if + > -. I started with the expectation that my child would fully benefit from attending a safe school free from physical and psychological harm. The leadership was ineffective at providing this or establishing a behavior standard for students and staff that fell in the realm of normality for a public or independent school. The culpability does not rest solely with the outgoing head of school. The WNS community knew of unacceptable behavior and did nothing. I chose to leave last year and do not regret the decision. Most of my friends that still have the children enrolled still complain. My friends that love WNS were and are parents of the kids that create much of the ruckus and who would find it difficult to function in a traditional environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
Our daughter has attended WNS for 3 years and we all could not be happier. She has continuously improved academically and emotionally. This school truly focuses on the whole child and we see the results. The staff are both talented and caring and obviously enjoy working at this school. The overall community of the school is very strong and welcoming to all and there are many opportunities to be involved. I would recommend to any parent that is looking for a school with strong academics and development of the whole child that they take a good look at this school. We could not be happier and neither can our child!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
As the admissions season winds to a close, I cannot just sit here and let the bad comments rise to the top. If there are drawbacks to this school, we have yet to see them. We chose WNS over two other very wonderful schools (one progressive and one for the gifted) because of its community and its warmth. We chose it because of its K-8 approach and its affordability. Mostly, we chose it because we felt our child and family would feel comfortable there. As we'd hoped, the educators at WNS have been superb at striking the balance between academics and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. Our child has blossomed--socially, emotionally, academically--and feels both free and safe enough to take risks and enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2008
We took our kids out after 2 years. The head of school is aloof and unable to stand on her own. The sense of community amongst the families is outstanding. I am optimistic that the new head of school will be the best thing to happen to the school in 10 years. We still have friends there and they deserve a strong, administratively trained head of school; someone who can professionally communicate with parents. I think that the Board learned valuable lessons from Mrs. Parker's plethora of administrative mistakes.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
Yes there are two sides to every story. Our children attended the school for 3 years and my husband and I volunteered as often as possible. One day, while still wearing my orange parking lot vest, I was told my son was no longer welcomed at the school. Apparently he 'acted up' while a group of potential new parents/students were taking a tour of the school. We took him out...got a refund... and couldn't be happier. You might think there would be a huge list of concerns in our childs record. Nothing. My advice: watch your back... this is a private school with poor documentation and weak leadership.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
WNS's admissions office communicated a great and inspiring message. I originally thought that WNS was a safe, diverse, nurturing environment in which my child could thrive. The observed the following: Discipline is an issue and the administration does not have a strong commitment to enforcing its policies to protect the physical well being of a child. Quite a few children were bullied by troublemakers. WNS has a handful of great teachers and administrators. However, it also has quite a few young, inexperienced employees who have had limited interaction with diverse populations.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
The school does a very nice pitch, sadly however they don't practice what they speak. We expected them to live up to they're admission presentation.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
WNS is an opportunity of a lifetime. My family has attended WNS for eight years and we LOVE IT! The teachers at WNS know how to encourage children, who are naturally curious, inquisitive beings, to make sense of the world around them in fun, interactive and engaging ways. WNS students are encouraged to ask questions and given the tools and directions to uncover answers on their own. WNS has expanded my children s love for learning within a challenging academic environment. My children love school, their teachers, their friends, and the program. They look forward to school each and every day. WNS has fulfilled our every wish and delivered far more.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
Our child has been at WNS for 4 years now, and to our mind the school gets better every year. Curriculum and opportunities for student growth keep expanding - this year saw the addition of a performing arts program. We like the diversity at WNS. We like that WNS takes a whole child approach to educating it's students. Aside from top flight academics, arts and sports programs, the school strongly models the values of personal responsibility, community responsibility, mentoring of younger students by the older ones and constuctive ways to resolve conflict. We are always so impressed when we watch the 8th graders lead the morning assembly - it reassures us we've madethe absolute right choice for our child.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
After attending this year's Winter Program, I was inspired to write a review. Created and lead by our Middle School students, it wasn't just a charming, witty and very professional production. It was an impressive example of the fine job WNS is doing in preparing our kids for high school. Further proof can be found in the list of top schools our graduates successfully attend and in the positive feedback received from their admissions directors. We've watched as our own daughter has gained confidence and increasingly taken advantage of the leadership opportunities WNS Middle School provides. As she has grown and matured over these past eight years, so has WNS. Enrolling our daughter at WNS has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2007
I am so happy our daughter will be leaving WNS at the end of this school year. Maybe if we started at the school in the younger yeras we'd feel differently but starting in middle school was a mistake. Leadership is weak and teachers are overworked.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
If WNS could strengthen it's leadership it has the potential to be a great school. You are judged by your involvement with the school and the squeaky wheel is considered a bother. At the elementary level all is well... at the middle school level we can't wait to get out. Many of us will not return next year.... so what? More happy younger children will.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
This school is great! My child has just joined and she loves is. She says that the kids there are so nice and open. She also gets a lot of chances to take a leadership role in things. They really are giving her a chance to expand her world and learn so much about different things. She gets a lot of individual attention and is very happy here at WNS.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
My daughter attended WNS for three years and had an incomparable experience. She now attends public school in another state, and the academic foundation she had at WNS made her third grade work seem easy! The art program tapped into her creativity, the teachers genuinely cared, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer group of children for her to spend her days with. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
The individual attention each student receives is beyond a parent's expectations. The teachers are top quality. Although the tuition is in excess of the parochial schools, it is far less than other private independent schools in Los Angeles. The benefit my kids receive for the cost incurred is far better than both the parochial and the other private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
What an amazing school! Wow! Cost is still far less than other private schools. Teachers are very very involved. My daughter has made a huge turn around at WNS as far as her shyness. If you are a parent that wants to be involved, this is your school. Children are taught social and public speaking. Art. PE, Spanish and Music are part of the program. WNS kids are very nice and friendly. Middle school and lower grades do activities together....... this allows the lower school to learn leadership skills. I never thought I would be so happy at a school. Diversity at the school is very good as well. Yes, this is a private school that does not get state funding so yes, you will be asked for donations but, you do not have to give and they are not going to judge you for that. Ww love WNS!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
WNS is a fantastic school! We have been here for many years. If you are a parent looking for a school that will cave in to overbearing parents, then WNS is truly not your school. If you are a parent looking for a school that listens to suggestions and works together with the head of school and along with administration, and being an involved parent, a school that is caring, nurturing and excels on academics, then look no further WNS is your school. We loved WNS before the move and we still do. If our family was one to judge WNS from its outward appearance, then we would not have chosen WNS. Once you enter you see the heart and soul of who WNS is all about. Our daughter is truly happy, and we have found our niche in WNS. There have been plenty of opportunities to become involved in the school as parents. We really like that the school program encourages students in different grades to mix. Through mixed grades there are family groups, 1st/3rd grade reading partners, 2nd/4th reading buddies, 5th/Kindergarten partners, K2/8th Grade buddies, etc. This school is really like a big family. Tuition is indeed high, but lower than any other west side schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
Our daughter is in her third year at WNS and we are very, very happy. There is such heart and soul at this school. The academics are strong. The teachers are committed and loving and care deeply about the children. WNS recently announced a collaboration with the LA Music Center - testament to an administration that listens. The parents said they wanted more performing arts and we are getting it. It's shocking to read comments posted here about a lack of leadership. On the contrary, the Head of School is revered by her staff and peers. I think people mistake her quiet intensity for a lack of leadership-- it's just not true!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
WNS is all about money. Moving onto academics - our child is not getting anything special out of this private school. What we were looking for in a school was one where the leadership and teachers would be top notch in their fields. It seems the leadership is more interested in how much more they can get out of the hard working parent. So, if you are looking to send your kid to a school where they nurture, imbibe good moral and community values, have a great academic program - well, WNS is clearly not it.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2006
Look elsewhere leadership at WNS is below par and the acedemics are average. Tuition is high. Art department is great. Parents who want the best for their child will not be happy at WNS

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Our child was at the school for 4 years and we are pleased with the choice of not returning to WNS. Lack of leadership and high tuition .... this is not the place to send your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I am extremely pleased with my child's growth both in academics and socially. My child has learned to read, complete math problems, participate and understand science experiments, enjoy music and art. This school is more than I had expected. The downside - it is expensive and tends to favor families that are better off financially.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
The WNS K1 reading program has been a big disappointment. Because of schedules, one of the groups does not consistently meet. If your child will be in K1, I strongly suggest that you monitor the group that your child is in to insure that they are meeting consistently, as promised. WNS misses the mark on so many levels that our children will not be returning to WNS in the fall and we will not miss this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
We are very pleased with the quality and education of this school. The child-centered approach is a great opportunity for our children over the other schools we have experienced.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
The new location provides an opportunity for enrollment to increase. Hopefully the school will not just raise tuition because they can.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
The focus at this school is on the early years. Principal leadership is poor... teachers are tired..no parent involment in the middle school...

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
This is now our 6th year at Westside Neighborhood School (WNS). Our son just graduated to WNS middleschool. We are very pleased with the educational program, staff and teachers. The school recognizes that each student is unique and has unique learning qualities. As a result our child has received the quaity education that he needed. Watching these once children become the young adults they have become clearly demonstrates the success of this schools methods. The parents are committed to the school and the education. What a great 5 years. I look forward to the middleschool experience. Thank you WNS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2006
Nothing special about this school except the community aspect. Parents are really involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
The WNS 'Parent Board' tries hard to meet the needs of students/parents. Unfortunately, for those of us who have been there for many years, WNS lacks teacher creativity and administrative leadership. Cirriculum is the same...year after year... the teachers are tired. New energy and excitement is needed at WNS. We pay way too much for laiser fare.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
A fantastic school. We loved it before the move but now the new buildings really match the quality of this school. Academics are great and we are very happy with the art and music programs. There has been plenty of opportunity to become involved in the school as parents. We really like that the school program encourages students in different grades to mix, through mixed grade family groups, 1st/3rd grade reading partners, 5th/Kindergarten partners etc. This school is really like a big family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2006
Great dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a former student
April 26, 2006
We moved our kids to wns early in their education and would never consider any other option. We love the curriculum, programs, faculty and administration. Of course, no place is perfect, but wns educates and helps to build great people. If this was not true, then high schools would not constantly say that they love wns graduates! A credential is not what makes the best teacher and an advanced degree doesn't guarantee quality, but finding dedication and a true love for teaching and kids does. We will miss wns when our children graduate, as it is a very high quality and special place for our children to learn. It is the defined role of the vp to handle behavioral and academic issues - that does not mean that the principal is unavailable and doesn't know what is going on around the school!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
We have two children at the school in their 3rd year here. We love the school, the teachers and the staff. The new building is wounderful. The Principle is very approachable and hands on, and teachers are happy, experienced, and very very accessable. The principle knows every child, and every child seems to know the principle. She is even involved in reading w/kids. I love the child center approach. I think our children have become more responsible and self starting as a result of this school's program. They have a after school program and hot lunch. In addition, they have language, music, and a great art program. The art program was a big part of our joining the school. Parent involvement is very high and active. The other families are wounderful. I only wish they started a high school, because the school is K-8th, which we belive is better than any other K-6th

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
I really like the school and it's been a positive experience for our child. It's an academically challenging and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
For the amount of money we are paying, we should be receiving better support. We are paying their salaries not the other way around. Given that tuition has risen, if things do not turn around in the 2006-2007 school year, we will not be back. Enough is enough!

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March 31, 2006
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February 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
Our daughter started at WNS for the 2005 summer program and is now in Kindergarten. We are very happy with the programs and she loves it. We were looking for a school strong in academics with a developmental approach and also a school that was racially and economically diversive. So far we have found it all at WNS and the staff are wonderful. As for the availability of the Principal and other staff to us, and our child, they have always been available and very responsive. I have seen the children run down the hallway and gather around the Principal as she walks around the school. She always stops and talks to the children and also teaches in some classes!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
This school is awsome it has very friendly kids and parents. My son use to hate learning but this school makes it fun.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
We couldn't be happier with our choice of WNS. We have had such a positive experience for the past 2 years. Not only are the staff and faculty great at WNS, but so are the families. Everyone involved in this school knows how great the school is so they give the school there all so that we all benefit. I will be happy to send my kids here from preK-8! WNS provides a safe, loving, creative, and challenging experience for our family.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
If your child is lucky enough to have a seasoned teacher, they will fare well at WNS. If you get a teacher who is not as proficient, there are some downsides. Parent involvement is a necessity. Be prepared for tuition and all incidental fees. Tuition goes up each year and it's high. While the school does have a sibling discount, it's still high. Be aware that you are not only paying for salaries, but also for the building which the school purchased in 2005. On the plus side, the students are above public school levels in academics. Extracurricular activities are offered through an afterschool program and during the regular school week. There are lots of fundraisers although it's not always clear where the money is going.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
Finding WNS is like finding the diamond in the rough. My son is in his third year and is absolutely thriving. The initial search was quickly narrowed down based on the standard quantifiable data (test scores, student/teacher ratio, etc). One other major criterion we used was the looks on the faces test. May seem shallow but in fact, don t we all do better when we are in a happy, nurturing environment ? WNS has the programs, facilities and teachers. Moreover, WNS has a philosophy, vision, and value system. This adds up to program which produces well educated, well rounded, eager to learn HAPPY students. If you re interested in a school that -- merges core and individualized curricula; celebrates diversity (as opposed to teaching tolerance); prepares you child for life , not just high school; produces test scores and smiles -- then take a good long look at WNS.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
A terrific school with a great new campus. We have been at WNS for over four years having left LAUSD. We found LAUSD to not teach the whole child. At WNS, music, art and PE are taught as true subjects. We couldn't be happier with the teachers, students and families.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
I'm the parent of two recent WNS graduates. Both my children attend a highly regarded private high school with a rigorous academic program. They credit WNS with their easy transition and academic success in high school. The WNS teachers were a tremendous source of support, both as academic advisors and counselors when problems were of a more personal nature. They helped my children mature into confident young people. WNS understands that school must be a partnership that includes the child, their parents, teachers, and administrators. The faculty and staff at WNS are extremely dedicated and take personal interest in each student. When I dropped my children off at school each morning, I could leave them feeling like they were as safe and cared for as they were at home. My only regret is that my children never experienced their beautiful new facility. You owe it yourself to check out WNS.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2005
The principal does not 'over see' her staff. .... Is not available to the students or parents. The teachers try to cope but their frustration is showing and the children are very aware of the situation. Hopefully moving to a new campus will brighten spirits but moral is low. If you're considering WNS for a middle school for your child.... I'd look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
This is a great school -- rigorous academically, ethnically diverse with a great art program and a very dedicated administrative and teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
WNS is a small close knit school that provides an enriching life experience for children. They will offer more sports and extracurricular activities in their new Playa Vista location. The parents are highly involved, and add to the enrichment of the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
I can only speak to the Kindergarten program. The math and reading programs are based on the child's academic levels. The other academic subjects are mixed ability groups from both of the 2 K classes with 22 kids in each class. There are two teachers and two aides for these two classes. In addition there are teachers for computer, Spanish, Art, Music and PE. My child has been very happy there. I'm happy to have found a mid-range private school ($12,400 for 2005-06) that continues up to 8th grade.

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June 05, 2005
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March 22, 2005
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March 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
Small class sizes, caring and nurturing environment. Parents are actively involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2005
I liked the program when I toured but I was disappointed that there wasn't a musical instrument program.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2004
Our son, now in 3rd grade, has thrived in this environment since pre-K. They keep him challenged and teach all students about responsibility, accountability and becoming good citizens in a community. The tuition is competitive with other private schools in the area, but we feel that we're getting so much more for our money. Although the parents are being asked to make contributions to the building fund at this time, this school deserves our support and a bigger, better location.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
Our son is currently attending WNS. We have found the school to be a wonderful, nurturing environment with solid academics. The school is excellent in terms of focusing on the individual child. Every child knows every teacher/administrator, and every teacher/administrator knows each individual child. The school is a K-8, which we find to be beneficial for our child. The older students mentor the younger students. Teachers are excellent, well-trained and seem to have excellent morale. The principal embodies the philosophy and mission of the school. The school doesn't just talk diversity but reflects it in the best of ways. The school maintains many extracurricular student programs, which are supported by strong parent participation and annual giving. These programs include music, arts and languages. They maintain a after school program called ACE. This is a true community school. We do, however, look forward to the new location and building next year.

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March 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2003
I have two children at WNS, both boys, and we love the individual attention they get. The school is one large family that is welcoming to all.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I have had three children enrolled in WNS. My son graduated and attends Loyola High, my daughter now attends Pacific Hills and I still have a fifth grader there. I will enroll my five year old next year. I love this school! Perfect fit for all four.

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In September 2005, WNS relocated to a brand new campus adjacent to Playa Vista. We currently have two classes per grade, in grades K through 8.

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Westside Neighborhood School
5401 Beethoven Street, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 574-8650
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