Sierra Canyon School

Sierra Canyon is an academically excellent college preparatory school committed to an environment in which students realize their greatest intellectual, ethical, and physical promise.
We are defined by an energized, attentive, and diverse student-teacher ratio.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,185 students
  • Acceptance rate: 25%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 16
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Sierra Canyon School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
1,185 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
65%
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Sierra Canyon School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
109 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size
14 students
Number of AP Courses
25 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, French Literature, Government, History, Latin Language, Latin Vergil, Multivariable Calculus, Music Theory, Physics, Precalculus, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Lower School Uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 16
Tuition Notes
Pre-Kindergarten $20000 Kindergarten - 6th $35425 7th - 8th $44100 9th-12th $44100
Acceptance Rate
25%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Dina Skrumbis (PK-6) and Debby Shively (7-12)
Admissions Associate
Erin Anderson

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Black Student Union, Chess Club, Coding, Cooking Club, Garden Club, Lego Robotics, Mock Trial, Ski and Snowboard Club, Speech and Debate, Student Activities Association, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Student Newspaper, The Geek Squad, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Dance, Film Club, Orchestra, Rock Band, Theater Arts, Yoga

School Notes

  • At its core, Sierra Canyon School develops students who are keen to realize their potential as their teachers are to inspire it. The School therefore seeks to do the following:
  • Build close, meaningful student-teacher relationships
  • Develop a strong sense of community
  • Encourage personal excellence inside and outside the classroom
  • Provide opportunities for challenge, reflection, perspective and personal growth
  • Celebrate and inspire lifelong learning
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Sierra Canyon School?
The acceptance rate of Sierra Canyon School is 25%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. Sierra Canyon School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Sierra Canyon School offer?
Sierra Canyon School offers 17 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, E-sports, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball. Sierra Canyon School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.
What is Sierra Canyon School's ranking?
Sierra Canyon School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Sierra Canyon School?
The application deadline for Sierra Canyon School is Dec. 16.

School Calendar

View the Sierra Canyon School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
MS & US: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, 7-12
August 26, 2024 (Monday)
LS: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, PRE-K--6
August 27, 2024 (Tuesday)
MS & US: Last Day of School, 7-11
May 30, 2025 (Friday)
LS: Last Day of School, PRE-K--6
June 04, 2025 (Wednesday)

School Reviews

  4.82 out of 5  (11 reviews)
5  
My time at Sierra Canyon was absolutely the best years of my life. Although there are many cliques and it is hard to fit in with multiple rich families, I made it work for me. I had to sell my soul to be popular but it was TOTALLY worth it! We had ritual nights every full moon, and our teachers indoctrinate us from time to time, but it's normal to us!!! Thank you Sierra Canyon, I couldn't be famous without you!
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5  
It is a great school and I felt accepted in their community.
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5  
The community is warm, inviting, and inspiring. The teachers are fully dedicated to each child`s academic success. My kids love going to school! It`s arguably the BEST independent on the West Coast.
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5  
Sierra Canyon far surpassed our expectations academically, socially & extra-curricular activities. Our son thrived in this environment. He was part of the 2021 State Champion Football team, was well prepared for his top 50 University and just graduated number 4 is his class as he received his doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. We are forever grateful for the well rounded education and lifetime friendships Sierra Canyon provided . Recommend this school!
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5  
My daughter has never been happier in school - both socially and academically - than she has been at Sierra Canyon. The administration is excellent, the teachers are wonderful, and the school is extremely well-run. They have found the perfect balance of a superior academic education while still focusing on the whole child.
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5  
Sierra Canyon has been a wonderful place to grow up and learn. I`ve been here since Pre-K (when it was still called E-K) and witnessed so many changes in the school`s aesthetic and flow. The compassionate teachers, fun activities, wide range of sports, and exciting campus are the reason why we`ve stayed at Sierra Canyon year after year.
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5  
As a parent of two wonderful kids that have attended Sierra for many years i would never suggest anything but the best when it comes to our children. I highly highly recommend going to see the school in person .
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3  
Sierra Canyon is more than just a school, it is a community which grows and nurtures our kids both academically and socially/emotionally. Our children are challenged at an academically appropriate level based upon the "like-learner" groups. There is a variety of specialists (i.e., technology, music, spanish, art, etc.) which round out the academic instruction. The feeling of pride as you walk onto the campus is palpable, from the students, teachers/staff and parents alike. At its core, Sierra Canyon is a family which values, and in turn, instills in our children, a sense of community responsibility, the desire to be a person of good character and the willingness to achieve academic success.
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5  
Sierra Canyon School is amazing - excellent college preparatory program, EK-12. Children are taught in small classes (9:1 student:teacher ratio) by outstanding faculty. Like learner program allows kids to develop at their own pace and they are exposed to music, art, foreign languages from early kindergarten all the way up to high school. Open door policy when it comes to parents' interaction with faculty and administration, very approachable teachers, who communicate with parents immediately and happily. Children and parents develop very personal relationships with teachers and school has a great sense of family and community. Very diverse student body. School is located in Chatsworth but there are students from all over the Valley - Sherman oaks, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, even Agoura Hills. School has bus transportation and kids can be in after school programs till 6 pm, which is wonderful for working parents. Two campuses - lower school EK-6th grade has huge park like grounds with trees, swimming pools, playgrounds, athletic fields. Upper school is just across the street but has more of "big kid" feel to it, so middle and high schoolers feel like they are truly graduated from the lower school. Lots of after school activities - enrichment programs, clubs, sports (lots of titles held by school athletics department).
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5  
We love our school! We are thrilled with our experience so far at Sierra Canyon! The faculty are so nurturing and focused on what is best for the kids. My kids (I have twins) are thriving. I would happily recommend this school.
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5  
My husband and I toured 5 different schools in the Valley and found the admission process and school so welcoming and friendly at Sierra Canyon. We were accepted into 3 schools and have chosen Sierra Canyon to be our kids home. The sense of community and idea of an individualized instruction were key reasons that we chose SC. It is worth the 25 minute drive from Calabasas for us!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,185 students
  • Acceptance rate: 25%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 16
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Los Angeles County, CA is $16,643 for elementary schools and $21,624 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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