Ps 1 Pluralistic School
5.00 (2 reviews)
- Committed to providing its students with the finest in progressive elementary education, PS1 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 1971 in response to a need in the community for small classes, innovative programs, and an enriched, joyful learning experience for children.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Educational Records Bureau
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-6|
|Total Students||231 students|
|Student Body Type||n/a|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 44%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||23 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Dec. 4|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Beth Kemp|
|Admissions Associate||Evelyn Cazun|
- 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 44 years ago: “It’s not how smart you are; it’s how you are smart.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Santa Monica Grades: K-12 | 1185 students
1714 21st St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310)829-7391 0.7 K-12
- Santa Monica Grades: PK-5 | 79 students
3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310)479-8500 0.9 PK-5
- Los Angeles Grades: PK-8 | 281 students
16000 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310)476-6421 7.4 PK-8
One of my sons is a recent graduate, and my other son is in third grade at PS1. In choosing an elementary school, our goal as a family was to land at a place where kids are encouraged to explore different ways of solving problems and where they succeed academically because they love to learn, not because of external pressures. We found that and so much more at PS1. PS1 students feel secure to explore interests, express ideas, step outside of their comfort zones, and, most importantly, be themselves. Last spring, the graduating class of 27 students matriculated to 14 different middle schools traditional, progressive, public and independent a testament to the individuality, confidence, and achievement that PS1 cultivated in each of them. I can't imagine our family being anywhere else!
- Posted by Parent - Jessica
Our family is coming to the end of our tenth year at PS1 as our youngest daughter is about to graduate and head to the Archer School for Girls where her older sister, who graduated from PS1 three years ago, also attends. From the moment we heard the head of school, Joel Pelcyger, speak at an educational seminar 11 years ago, we knew PS1 was the school for our family. The curriculum is integrated and the teachers are fabulous, allowing each of our two daughters, who learn in different ways, to receive a fabulous education that is just right for each. I cannot say enough good things about the school, the teachers, the administration, the curriculum and, most importantly, the community, all of which make PS1 a special place to grow.
- Posted by Parent - Glenn Rosen
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