PS1 Pluralistic School

PS1 Pluralistic School Photo #1 - The middle portion of our 3-part campus--view of the PS1 Pluralistic School Euclid campus from Euclid St.
PS1 Pluralistic School Photo #1 - The middle portion of our 3-part campus--view of the PS1 Pluralistic School Euclid campus from Euclid St.
PS1 is a diverse community committed to an ever-evolving model of pluralistic elementary education.
On a path to self-knowledge, students engage and become the best versions of themselves.
They develop critical academic and interpersonal skills to be confident and passionate contributors to an increasingly connected world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 205 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $36,490
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 9 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-6
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
205 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
PS1 Pluralistic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
23 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 9 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Beth Kemp
Admissions Associate
Evelyn CazĂșn


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Wizards, LEGO Engineering, Professor Egghead Secret Agents, Spanish

Arts and Music Programs:
Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, Theatre 31

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Club, Soccer

School Notes

  • Pluralism is both our goal and our method. Our name, PS1 Pluralistic School, echoes the United States` motto, E pluribus unum: Out of many, one. The words convey the complex, ongoing, optimistic work of creating and sustaining a truly democratic society.That`s the founding and enduring purpose of PS1-and what makes us unique. We believe that empathetic, innovative, collaborative thinkers can and must build a better world for all. And the best time to cultivate this vital mindset is in children`s earliest years. From the first day of kindergarten through 6th grade, we help students understand themselves as individuals and as members of larger communities. We`ve designed our curriculum, schedule, and even our physical campus to inspire both productive cooperation and individual reflection. As students gradually expand their comfort zones-from small-group projects to their classroom, school, neighborhood, and eventually the wider world-each learns how and why to make positive change at every level.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does PS1 Pluralistic School cost?
PS1 Pluralistic School's tuition is approximately $36,490 for private students.
When is the application deadline for PS1 Pluralistic School?
The application deadline for PS1 Pluralistic School is Dec. 9 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 9 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).
In what neighborhood is PS1 Pluralistic School located?
PS1 Pluralistic School is located in the Downtown neighborhood of Santa Monica, CA.

School Calendar

View the PS1 Pluralistic School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Last Day of Classes (Noon Dismissal, No Childcare)
June 06, 2024 (Thursday)
First Day of School ( Dismissal for All and No Childcare Available)
August 28, 2024 (Wednesday)
Spring Break
March 31, 2025 (Monday)
Spring Break
April 01, 2025 (Tuesday)
Spring Break
April 02, 2025 (Wednesday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
Ps1 is the best school my kid has ever been to she comes home in the car telling me that she had an amazing day. She loves the school so much that she loves being in the blue class. She says McKendree and MAREN, are the best teachers ever. she is loving being in class every day, she is excited to go to school and eager to get up every morning. She tells me to come on come on let`s go to school. I think PS1 is a lovely school for all children.
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PS1 is a wonderful environment for students to learn to love learning and become the best versions of themselves. When we were looking for a kindergarten, we at first balked at the idea of paying private school tuition for the early years of education as we thought "how hard can it be to teach finger painting?". But I'm so glad that we made the investment! Our child is in sixth grade now and she is a confident learner who is intrinsically motivated to do her best, try new things, be kind, and think of others and the world around her. The "magic" of PS1 is difficult to describe in a review but is palpable on campus. There is nothing pretentious about this school. It is dedicated and focused on young children. The atmosphere is one of happy childhood laughter coupled with serious learning and global citizenship. I highly recommend anyone considering private school for the elementary years to visit and see for themselves.
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As a former student, I can honestly say that I have only happy memories from ps1. As a mom of 3 now, I base every interaction I have with their schools on the amazing standards Joel instilled in everyone that goes there. I truly feel that if you have the choice (we live out of state) to send your child to ps1 than it would be the best choice to make.
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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!
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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.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 205 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $36,490
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 9 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Los Angeles County, CA is $16,377 for elementary schools and $21,309 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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