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Van Nuys, CA
Students enrolled: 341

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6649 Balboa Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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(818) 654-3775
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March 08, 2015
It is overall fantastic. What we learn is presented in a fun way and even has real journalist come in!

- submitted by a student

June 06, 2014
My daughter had been at dpmhs for 3 yrs and is excited to be a senior. I originally wanted her to attend a typical large high school but she wanted dp... we told her she had to sell it to us. ..and she did! As a person with high anxieties, a divorced family, and a lesbian mom married to a woman she struggled with many different issues and often came home and cried in the beginning. But very quickly she found an ear, a shoulder, a sounding board, a confidant, a new perspective, and opportunities for change from many teachers, office ladies, counselor, principal and even janitorial staff. She had had her share of bullying and sexism etc... each time staff took her issues seriously, dealt with the people involved and assisted her in moving forward. I thank everyone at dpmhs for loving and caring

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2013
This is an awesome school. Hallways can be packed at times during passing period, but other than that, the school campus is beautiful and very cozy. Work can be difficult for some classes, but overall the teachers want you to do well in their classes. You get know almost everyone on campus by name after a year or two or three, and you will probably have almost every teacher teaching you at one point or another if you stay all four years. As an upcoming senior, I can say that I have enjoyed my stay at Daniel Pearl, having come in as a freshman in 2011. Also, any athletes also get to play for the Birmingham Community Charter High School Patriots at the moment, though that may change in about three years.

- submitted by a student

May 23, 2013
The teachers are fantastic and they always are open to helping you after schools hours. The environment that the small size creates is one of warmth and it allows all students to succeed. And no, you cannot "buy your way to the teachers of your liking." Everyone really cares about what happens at the school, and that is hard to find.

- submitted by a student

August 16, 2011
i am a mother one of student in Daniel Pearl Magnet High school. it is an amazing school with great strong principal / school leadership and staff,great teachers,great education.

- submitted by a parent

July 05, 2011
very good school with great teachers. The pricipal is amazing and knows every student on campus by name

- submitted by a student

November 11, 2010
I love my school! My math and science teachers are the best I have ever had. They are always there in the mornings available for tutoring or counseling if I need it. Sports are available, we share sports teams with the school we were once a part of, Birmingham. The staff and faculty are all friendly and very helpful and even the students treat each other kindly and with respect. We even had an anti-bully day where we came dressed in purple to stand up to online bullying and bullying abroad.

- submitted by a student

October 01, 2010
Teachers and principal are very dedicated to buid a strong school. It has been only a year since the school separated from Birmingham HS, and despite all the challenges that the staff had to face (underenrollment, displacing teachers, moving to new campus) they have accomplished a lot. Great environment! Teachers and prinipal build a very strong relationship with students and parents. The school's newspaper reflects life on campus and is a great opportunity for students interested in journalism. Because of the small size of the school the opportunities for AP classes and sports are limited and these are the main negative sides. However, the small size brings some warmth that you cannot feel at the big schools.

- submitted by a parent

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Daniel Pearl Journalism & Communications Magnet School
6649 Balboa Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA  91406
(818) 654-3775
Last modified Daniel Pearl Journalism & Communications Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Daniel Pearl Journalism & Communications Magnet School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews. Top