Harder to answer because, of course, the teachers vary. Our experience has been that our kids have had several rock star, once-in-a-lifetime creative inspiring teachers, and a few eh. The good well outweigh the mediocre. In addition, teachers have put in the extra time to teach our academically-advanced self-motivated kids one-on-one when Honors classes overlapped which would have prevented our kids from taking what they had planned. We are very familiar with Westside schools and do not believe that anywhere would have met our kids academic needs as effectively. They might have had heavier loads, but they could not have learned the writing and critical thinking skills that they have developed at New Roads. Proof is in the pudding: our eldest was accepted to multiple highly-selective schools and is thriving at the intellectually intense school that he chose. Thank you, New Roads teachers!
New Roads does not drown students in homework and very little of the work is busywork. This gives kids an opportunity to participate in non-academic activities, but it also allows them to work in depth in their areas of interest without wasting time on busywork. The excitement that our children have shown in completing some of their homework is unbelievable. A fist bump about homework? Unbelievable!
Above and beyond the academics, at New Roads, our children have learned to appreciate their peers, to care about the environment in real life-changing ways and to care about others. They could get book- learning anywhere. With a New Roads education, we feel that they are learning how to be people who will want to make a difference in the world and will have the drive and skills to build on to do so.
There is no other independent Westside school like it! New Roads walks the walk with regard to diversity. Paul Cummins (yes, the one who started Crossroads) started New Roads because he believed that ALL children deserve the kind of progressive education available at Crossroads. New Roads takes it a step further: diversity in race, income, academic ability, family structure, you name it... all are represented. Luthern Williams, the new Head of School, is a brilliant hire, with wonderful people-skills and the heart and intellect to continue improving New Roads without compromising its unique mission.
Above and beyond the academics, at New Roads, our children have learned to appreciate their peers, to care about the environment in real life-changing ways and to care about others. They could get book- learning anywhere. With a New Roads education, we feel that they are learning how to be people who will want to make a difference in the world and will have the drive and skills to build on to do so. Of course New Roads provides excellent academics: our eldest got into multiple highly selective colleges after New Roads provided individualized advanced academic opportunities that we do not think another school could have. But more importantly, our children have a sensitivity to social injustices and environmental threats and the drive to become activists for positive change. Go Jags!
Academic excellence goes beyond test scores. The parents and students at NRS are not pursuing a prolonged test preparation— we can go to Kaplan for that. We are looking for an experience that educates the individual in the classical sense of the word. The virtue of an education is not to prepare you to achieve within the limits of accepted standards but in it's ability to empower you to grow from your inside out towards your greatest potential.
We believe in social justice. This underlying ethos is embodied in the very core of the institution at every level. Yes, the school walks the walk. Approximately half of the families at the school receive some aid. Privilege, if that is all you know, can disenfranchise you from an expansive life experience and learning the true value of compassion. We believe that the world benefits when people who have experienced less of it, experience more.
Most other private schools talk about how many students they got into Harvard-- we have plenty students at the Ivy Leagues, but you won't hear about it every day. What you will hear is that we have the young Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and the only female in the 12 member young composers program at the LA Phil. We are proud of these types of achievements. Accolades that go beyond convention and celebrate the individual, a passion for a life that is full of vitality and profound and empathetic observations.
I am currently going to new roads in the 7th grade and it is amazing. The teachers are so compassionate and treat every kid as an individual. They take care of each of us as if we were there own child. It is a very excepting community no matter who or what you are. At time people can be judgmental But have I never seen anyone be bullied. The most important thing is that everyone knows everyone. Because we are a small school everyone knows everyone. Another amazing thing about new roads is how diverse we are. Weather its race or money new roads will do the best they can to make you feel financially comfortable and give your child the opportunity to learn about new cultures.
The school has such a positive environment and teaches kids and parents how to take out of them their unique human potential. It encourages students to face changes, become better persons. It is diverse, is creative and has academic excellence. My kids love the school and feel very happy going every day.
I go to this school it is THE BEST SCHOOL EVER! The teachers/staff are loving and understanding. Also they are funny and seems to teach you a grade ahead. I am going to stay here through High School! :)
This is unlike any private school you will see in Los Angeles. The staff, faculty, students and parent body are down-to-earth and committed to seeing everyone succeed. The kids coming out of New Roads haven't been shielded from the world, they're exposed to the realities of our diverse community and the thrive. The graduates go on to some of the most prestigious universities in the world because New Roads is known for developing young people with more than just an SAT and GPA. It's truly a little known gem of a school...