P S #1 Elementary School

Tel: (310)394-1313
Grades: K - 6 | 215 students
Committed to providing its students with the finest in progressive elementary education, Pluralistic School offers a strong academic curriculum within a nurturing environment.
A variety of teaching methods are used to reach a common goal in a learning community where knowledge meets imagination.
Creative teachers integrate subject matter and relate it to the world around us.
With a developmentally appropriate curriculum, teachers challenge their students at various levels of difficulty and complexity.
Discovery and hands-on activities make learning relevant to each child's life experience.
Students' interests are taken into consideration when units of study are created.
The school was created in response to a need in the community for small classes, innovative programs, and an enriched, joyful learning experience for children.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 6

Student Body

Total Students 215 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 25%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Amanda Perla

School Notes:

  • At PS1, we recognize that every child is unique, so we built a school that nurtures individual talents and learning styles.  That's how children become the best versions of themselves.  In a school where fitting in is about being yourself.  When we talk about pluralism – the ‘P’ in PS1 – we are referring to respecting, recognizing, and building upon a child’s passions, interests, talents, personal expressions, and uniqueness.  That’s what made Joel Pelcyger, our founding Head of School, start saying 40 years ago: “It’s not how smart you are; it’s how you are smart.

  • Profile last updated: 06/13/2012

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Crossroads Elementary (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Westside Waldorf School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Santa Monica Montessori (0.5 miles away)
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  • Santa Monica Westside Waldorf School
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    1439 15th St
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    (310)454-7064
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    0.2  mi  |  75  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Santa Monica
    Crossroads Elementary
    1715 Olympic Blvd
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    (310)829-7391
    0.5  mi  |  1139  students  |  Gr.  K-12
  • Santa Monica
    Pacifica Christian High School
    (Christian)
    1730 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica , CA , 90403
    (310)828-7015
    (Christian)
    0.5  mi  |  230  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Santa Monica
    Santa Monica Montessori
    Montessori School
    1909 Colorado Avenue
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    (310)829-3551
    Montessori School
    0.5  mi  |  89  students  |  Gr.  PK-9
  • Santa Monica
    Saint Anne School
    (Roman Catholic)
    2015 Colorado Avenue
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    (310)829-2775
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.6  mi  |  238  students  |  Gr.  PK-8

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