Fountain Day School

Private | PK-6

Fountain Day School is the only preschool with a year round swim program.


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Posted July 7, 2013

We could not be happier with our choice of sending our children to FDS. It is one of the only schools in town with a dedicated year-round swim program for the children. There are lots of animals that the children learn to care for. There are ample play areas, a garden the children tend to and tons of outside activities that are brought in to the campus for the children to learn more about (pony rides, cultural dancers, puppet shows, fire engines, petting zoos, carnival days, a day at the farm, and much more). The school does not skimp! My son has had talented teachers who mix play with work. We wanted our son to have a strong educational foundation before entering kindergarten and we believe we are getting it. He knows his alphabet and the letter that many words start with. He has homework and is now learning to write. We feel very good that he will enter kindergarten and be able to hit the ground running. We have become close with our son's teachers and simply love the folks running the school -- Mary, Andrew, Dave and company. If you want a school that has it all, this is it, including lunch delivered each day by Whole Foods and a parking lot next to the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 23, 2013

We love this school -- and we especially love the Director. We pulled our son from another preschool where he was bullied by another student and then found ourselves without a preschool -- in Los Angeles. We visited FDS, met the Director, toured the school, and crossed our fingers. The Director could not have been more professional (about finding the right fit) or more compassionate. Our son went for a play-date at FDS and loved it. We enrolled but were nervous about the transition, especially in the middle of the year, but the school (everyone from the owners to the Director to the classroom teachers to the students themselves) were immediately welcoming and our son was so happy. He enjoyed the academics, the art, the music, the yoga, the food -- the environment. He similarly enjoyed the FDS summer camp. The Director was wonderful from the first day to the last -- and beyond. He even helped us sort out where we should go upon graduation! Our only complaints: We wish we started from day one at FDS. We wish FDS continued all the way through high school! And, we wish the Director was the director of our son's current school -- he's the best!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2012

I visited more preschools than I did for my own graduate education. And, we attended another good preschool prior to this, but it was good, not great like Fountain Day School. The school is a step above other preschools with love, a comprehensive curriculum, swimming, activities and food. We looked at a range of preschool types: Montessori, traditional, high-end, and we're just thrilled to be here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2012

This is a really great preschool. We have two children there. Most of the kids are in the three-year program for 2, 3, and 4-year olds. Classes are divided by age, each age has several sections, and each section has two teachers. The structure gradually changes as the kids mature. There are themed units and frequent school-wide events that tie each unit together: the animal month had an event with tropical birds, another with reptiles, and a third with a truck full of exhibits from an aquarium. The school has an extensive curriculum. It is a gentle and age-appropriate curriculum, but a world away from a preschool/daycare that is mostly free play. They play, but the kids are also learning a lot: swimming; art; substantive content about seasons, animals, countries, etc. A huge asset of the school is its Director, Mr. Andrew. Like the owners and the office staff, he knows every child at the school. He checks in with the parents often to make sure the families are happy. He makes himself constantly available to any parent who wants to talk to him (his desk is the first one you see when you walk in front door of the school). And he takes parent concerns very seriously.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2012

I am Andrew Rakos the Admissions Director. I am truly saddened by the reviewers of this school who only gave it a one star. Most of their comments were personal attacks on me. I am sorry that there are only so many spaces available per year and we do not have enough room for all the families who apply. This site is for families who have their children enrolled. If you truly knew this school you would know how far we have come in over 50 years. Its the parents and families that come here that inspire us to be the best that we can be. I have two children of my own. At this time my three year old daughter goes to school here and I am very grateful for what the school has done for me and my family.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 10, 2012

Those of you reading these reviews and thinking about applying to Fountain Day will notice that the negative reviewer giving the school a 1-star rating didn't actually send her child to school there. She was rating the tour and her interactions with Andrew. That's horribly unfair. She's wrong about Andrew and about the school. We sent one child to Fountain Day for 2 years and are sending our second child as well because we have experience with the staff and teachers and programs and we know there is no other school for us. It's a wonderful preschool from start to finish. Take advice from parents who know, not from someone with no experience expressing nothing more than an anonymous Web rant.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2012

I have 3 adult sons.They went to school in Boston, Ma. One has a production company in Hollywood, one was scouted to play baseball professionally, the 3rd scored the highest on the military exam. When I first started to teach at The Fountain Day care I had my own Aquatics business I worked 14 years for The Greater Boston YMCA . At first I did not agree with Miss Mary's teaching. However I learned more in those 3 months than during the years working for the YMCA/ YWCA .At first I was nervous,I watched the children very closely .When classes began the children were at different levels I suggested to put the ones who were at a lower level together.I was told not to worry they have done it this way for many years I learned more about teaching children how to swim at Fountain Day School than at some of the largest facilities in California and Boston.I personally witness the teachers interacting with the students,How the students learned and how much they developed. I have no doubt that It is one of the best programs offered in the state of California.Being a part of one of the best school systems BOSTON,Ma. for 52 yrs.I recommend Fountain Day for all it's programs. Stop searching

Posted February 22, 2012

Fountain Day School is the absolute best preschool in this city. We looked at over a dozen schools when we were applying and we liked Fountain Day immediately and we've only grown to love it more. The teachers are wonderful and do an amazing job of communicating with parents and fostering both academic and social skills in an incredibly loving way. The administrators know and genuinely care about every single child. Our daughter started when she was 2, and by the time she turned 3 she could swim totally on her own, even race, and she had grown leaps and bounds, both a social and academic level. Our child loves going to school everyday and our family couldn't be happier with this school. Our hope now is to find an elementary school we love as much as this one.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 11, 2011

Our child has attended Fountain Day School ever since he turned 2 years old. We LOVE this school and our son has grown leaps and bounds through their loving and wonderful care! Besides the amazing swim program they offer (they taught our son to swim immediately) the culture provided for learning is pretty great. Also, all of the staff (especially the teachers) are 99% just as wonderful as the founding family that owns the school and provide the most loving environment for our son. He has thrived at this school and we couldn't imagine a better atmosphere for him during these pre-school years!! No wonder this school has been there for over 50 years and we sincerely hope that it makes it another 50 years!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 16, 2010

I love everything about this school! Some of the highlights are: 1. Great teachers and staff, lots of individualized attention. 2. Activities galore: petting zoos, touch tanks, carnival, ethnic dancers, yoga, puppet shows, field trips... 3. Year-round swimming lessons 4. Hot lunch provided daily from Whole Foods 5. Diversity! An incredibly diverse bunch, even by LA standars!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 26, 2009

Fountain Day School has teachers and staff who really care about the students and parents. The atmosphere is casual and loving, and yet they really teach these little kids! My daughter learned how to write her letters prior to kindergarten, and the kindergartners are learning to read and do math. They also do tons of fun projects, and the school has a pool, so they get swimming lessons! I'd recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2009

My daughter Lou had just started school last week in pre-kindergarden. She cannot stop talking about how fun, great and wonderful is her school. Her teachers are professional, active and warm at the same time. She has a lot of different activities as of music, yoga, swimming lesson! The campus is fabulous, the teachers and Mr Andrew very welcoming... It's peaceful and full of joy. Not to mention that they are eating a very healthy food from Whole Foods Market! I will highy recommend our new school to all my friends seeking for their own children. It's like belonging to a new big family ...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2009

Warm and happy environment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

We adore this school! Every member of the faculty and every room in the building is filled with dedication and passion for their students and teaching. It takes a village and this school is a trusted part of ours.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

Fountain Day School puts kids' education and happiness first. The teachers are truly caring, loving people and the staff are always smiling. Kids feel loved and cared for. My child has never been happier.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2009

My son has attended FDS since he was 2 1/2 years old. He is now going into kindergarten and has blossomed at this school due to its nuturing and affectionate environment, its educational philosophy and its incredible swimming program. Every employee at the school knows every students name, and the school has events year round that encourage interest in the world, music, food and more. The academics are serious with homework for the 4 year olds many nights and testing twice a year. As a result, the school outscores most other schools in the state. If you have a child ready for preschool through kindergarten you must check out FDS. It will be one of the best things you can do for your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2009

I chose this School for my daughter because it provides a warm and nurturing environment that fosters creativity and independence. The year round swimming program is a real bonus too for the kids

Posted January 15, 2009

We Love our school. Both my children are happy and enjoy learning in the most loving, down-to-earth, family-oriented environment. Any issue is handled in an intelligent and comprehensive manner. Every student feels at home at FDS because every teacher and staff member is genuinely loving, involved, patient and fun! And the summer program is a blast: Daily swimming lessons, carnival,... Best preschool in town.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2008

The very best! We could not have wished for a better school for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2007

I absolutely love this school, from the teachers to the administration, loving support and high academic quality, my twins have learnt so much in one year that I am continuously amazed at the quality of education and learning. I highly recommend this school to any parent you won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 82%
Asian 9%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 5:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Nonsectarian


Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language


Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Parents Education League
  • West Hollywood Children's Roundtable
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4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Los Angeles, CA 90046
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