Angeles Workshop School

Angeles Workshop School is a progressiveprivatemiddleandhighschool for students seeking anauthenticeducationfreefromtraditional constraints, wherelearnersgrowthroughreal-worldexperience and applications, informedby adeeplove andrespectfor themselves, each other, andthegreatercommunity as awhole.We are anexperiential,humanisticeducation-based programthatforgoes thetrappings ofconventionalschool in exchange fortrueownership of thelearningprocess: choiceand controlareresponsibly shared with alllearners,and studentsself-evaluateinorder to best understand andvaluetheirindividuallearningprocesses.
Our learners' experiences go far beyond thewallsoftheclassroom,expanding their educational andsocialinteractionsintothe great cityof Los Angeles itself; at"TheWorkshop",hands-onprojects andacademically rich field tripsarethe rulerather thantheexception.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 20 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,000
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
2014

Student Body

Total Students
20 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
Angeles Workshop School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size
7 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Sliding Scale: app. 10% of Gross Family Income
Admissions Director
Dr. Ndindi Kitonga

School Notes

  • On Our Philosophy and Curriculum:
  • In keeping with the humanisticeducationapproach,AngelesWorkshopSchool believes that thecognitive andtheaffective areindivisible--simply put, a learner'sfeelingsandconcerns, aswell as theirinterests, are wholly tiedintohoweffectively theythinkand learn.This is why we design andadaptourcurriculaaround our students,instead of forcing themintorigid,"top-down"assignments and tests.Within thisexcitingapproach, ourteachersmaintain a dynamiccurriculum richwithavenues forrigorousinquiry, built aroundchallenging contentandskillsetsthatprepare learners for realsuccess inhighereducation,theworkplace, and our ever-changingworld.
  • As a school adapted from manyhumanisticeducationalbeliefs,weare dramatically, refreshinglydifferent. Hereare afewways:
  • No Bells.Time is managed organically,withstudentinputandconsensus. The teacher helpspresenteducationalobjectives,and thestudents collaborate toformagreements andtimelinesregarding theprocess by whichthoseobjectives will bemet.Without a belldictating the division oftheschool day,Workshopstudents canbecome deeply involved withtheirwork andclaimownership of thelearning process,transitioningthroughsubjectsin a moreintellectually andemotionallycomfortablemanner.
  • No Homework.In keeping withthehumanisticvalueofself-evaluation, the Workshop does notassignhomework.Familytimeis respected. A student is trusted tochoosehowtheywillspendtheir evening; we find that many studentsworkbetterontheiracademics after school when they genuinely wanttolearnmoreaboutthose topics, not when they are forced to doso.
  • No Tests.Students learn and perform at their bestwhentheyarenotunder stress. We believe inauthentic,alternativeassessmentsthat arethen used by the studenttoself-assess. Ifstudentschoosetofamiliarize themselveswithtraditionalandstandardized tests aspreparation forfutureinstitutions,teacherssupport them, drawingupon theirbackgroundsas AP and SATPrepteachers.
  • Self-Grading.At set periods, studentsself-assesswiththeguidanceof rubrics, portfolios and critiques,guidedbytheteacher. Thisresults in a more authentic reflectiononthevalueof the student'slearning process. TraditionallettergradesofA,B,C, or Fail are used,if only to givematriculatingstudentstheoption of carrying atranscript with lettergrades onit.
  • City Days. Thursdays we spend "inthefield":working,studying,exploring and interacting with the cityanditsendlesscivic,cultural and natural environs.OnCityDays,theWorkshopreally takesadvantage of its "adoptedcampus"-- ourgreatcity.After just afive minute walk to the ExpoCulverCityStation, weexplore andengage with the full range ofwhatLosAngeles has tooffer. Whetherwe are launching modelrocketsnextto the SpaceShuttle atExposition Park for ourPhysicslesson,taking notes andphotos atthe Downtown Art Walkforapresentation, ororderingpaletasinSpanish from alocalstreetvendor, Workshopstudents take advantageof our city'scivicrevivalto maximumeducational effect.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
Angeles Workshop School literally saved my life and the life of my Boys. After coming off a log Motorhome trip, 5 years, with home schooling and hands on learning, we just couldn't place our young men into the system to be indoctrinated. We wanted our boys to learn to think and not just follow. Angeles Workshop School is just that place. Through their learning from roll playing games, real world experience through field trip and so much more. If you are thinking about having your Children in a loving place where they will learn to love learning, this is the place.
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5  
An amazing school that recognized my daughter's learning style. The faculty is top notch and very attentive to the students needs.
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5  
Like a progressive European school that values creativity and individuality as much as it values textbook learning. Small, but family-like. Owners/operators are a PhD and an ex-AP English teacher. Genuinely inclusive of all backgrounds and tuition is priced right.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 20 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,000
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Los Angeles, CA is $13,990 for elementary schools and $20,883 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Los Angeles, CA is 78% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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