New Roads School

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Tel: (310)828-5582
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New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people.
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New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people.
We believe that education must not be a race for the accumulation of facts, but a joint venture among students, parents, and teachers to develop habits of mind, habits of character, an ever expanding awareness of the human situation, and the tools needed for social, political and moral participation as well as personal fulfillment.
We understand that there are many kinds of intelligence. As such, our programs assist young people in developing and appreciating cognition, intuition, imagination, creativity, physical expression and performance, sensitivity to others, self-understanding, and personal well-being.
The New Roads HUMANS Robotics team has found success in regional and international competition and is an example of how students are encouraged  to proceed with passion: to challenge themselves both in and outside the classroom, academically and in other fields of endeavor.
The the arts have always been a foundation of New Roads' rich, inspired, and intellectually rigorous educational program.
New Roads’ science curriculum offers a wide range of courses that allow students to be challenged and find success at each phase of learning. Our ultimate goal is to open possibilities for future college study and careers. We want students to be amazed and awed by life, and to be inspired to understand it more fully through science.
In addition to building skills like teamwork, compassion, discipline, dedication and collaboration, we aim to help each of our student-athletes aspire to compete for New Roads at the ultimate level through high school and even college.
In a school that mirrors the socio-economic, cultural, and racial diversity of Los Angeles, New Roads students are challenged daily to question their own worldview, assumptions, perspectives, and righteousness.  Students are provided with an authentically diverse community which stimulates cognitive friction in and out of the classroom, which prompts intellectual depth and critical thinking.
Our students learn by doing, and our educational practices are informed by research, particularly on the neuroscience of the brain and its implications for teaching and learning.
New Roads School provides an inspired education for an evolving world.
  • New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, is an independent K-12 educational community which serves approximately 500 students.
  • New Roads School was established in 1995 as a model for education in an ethnically, racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse community.
  • To prepare young people for the challenges and opportunities they face, New Roads aims to promote personal, social, political, and moral understanding, and to instill in students a respect for the humanity and ecology of the world in which they live.
  • The demanding college preparatory curriculum not only emphasizes strong reading and writing skills, effective expression, and critical thinking, but seeks to go beyond ordinary "schooling" with a concern for the whole person.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded1995
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students568 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
57%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeNew Roads School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 19 / rolling
Tuition Notes$39,186 for grades 6-12 $31,685 for grades K-5
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant$15,000
Admissions DirectorZahir Robb

Sports

Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Debate, Girls Who Code, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force, Latinos Unidos, Literati Book Club

Arts and Music Programs:
3D Design, Chamber Music, Dance, DJ Club, Drama, Film Production, Jazz, Photography, Pop Ensemble, Printmaking, Women in Film Clu

School Notes

  • New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, is a K-12  independent educational community which serves approximately 500 students. New Roads School was established in 1995 as a model for education in an ethnically, racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse community. To prepare young people for the challenges and opportunities they face, the School aims to promote personal, social, political, and moral understanding, and to instill in students a respect for the humanity and ecology of the world in which they live. The demanding college preparatory curriculum not only emphasizes strong reading and writing skills, effective expression, and critical thinking, but seeks to go beyond ordinary "schooling" with a concern for the whole person.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  12/27/2017
I have been a long time admirer of New Roads School both as a teacher and a parent. What I am most impressed by is high-quality of teaching, how the students are encouraged to find their own passions and the greatness of leadership under Luthern. New Roads is the school that is thinking of the future, preparing kids for endless possibilities. I wish this school was around when I was growing up.
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5  12/8/2017
Our kids have been at New Roads for 4 years. They are elementary age. We love the school. The teachers have been excellent. For us, diversity is key, but beyond that- inclusivity. Not only is the student body diverse, the faculty and leadership is. I want my kids learning to respect people of all races, genders, abilities, etc. So it's important to have different kids of people in leadership positions, and New Roads has this. The philosophy around inclusivity and critical thinking is vital these days.
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5  12/8/2017
New Roads is a school where all types of children are embraced for who they are. We have experienced the faculty and administration to be open to working with our whole family to see that our daughters needs are being fulfilled . She has been academically challenged as well as exposed to an extensive variety of electives. This has presented a gateway to boundless possibilities. Through inspiring, passionate teachers we are watching our daughter find her voice.
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5  11/9/2017
We love New Roads school - it's strengths include the diverse student body, passionate teachers, philosophy to meet the child at his/her level, small class size, and it's inspired mission.
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5  9/10/2017
New Roads has been a great school for the academic and social development of my child. Having my child in an environment where they can truly thrive, yet not feel that they are caught up in a meaningless education solely based on test scores and the ability to regurgitate has been refreshing. New Roads School is truly a unique place with high quality teachers and a caring community of students. The opportunity for my son to intersect with a diverse group of students is what brought me here, but I have continued because of how well my son is doing academically, which is evidenced in his increased curiosity and ability to discuss a wide variety of topics at a level that is well beyond his years. I couldn't be happier with my experience.
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5  8/2/2017
My child has been at New Roads school since 3rd grade and is now entering 10th grade there. We've always been happy with the teachers, the social environment, the academics, and the arts offerings. The students in some programs, including debate, theater, and robotics, have received awards and done well in national competitions. New Roads seniors are accepted by the same high-ranking colleges as much older private schools in the area. The diversity is REAL at New Roads, partly because nearly 50% of NR students receive financial aid! If you look at the demographics of the school, you will see that it's not a nearly-all-white student body with a "multicultural" program, as is the case with so many other private schools. New Roads was originally founded as a middle school for children who could not afford private school, and making top-quality education available to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds continues to be a high priority for our school. Which is one reason why we don't yet have the fancy facilities that many other private schools do. My child does not feel that any facilities are lacking; but then again, we didn't send her to private school to spoil her. We agree with the New Roads philosophy and really feel that she is getting an amazing education!
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