The City School

  • Affordable Private Progressive school in Lake Balboa inspired by Waldorf Pedagogy.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students79 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade The City School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
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Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,400
Tuition NotesTuition is less for Preschool and Grades. Tuition Adjustment available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorLaura Watkins


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:

Arts and Music Programs:
Dance Classes, Orchestra, Recorder Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Greek Sports, Track and Field

School Notes

  • What we do:
  • At The City School of Los Angeles, we recognize the need for an enlivened and creative approach to education specific to our times.  Using a curriculum inspired by Waldorf Pedagogy we believe in Waldorf Education as an art form, and we strive for it to be a focal point for cultural events and work thoroughly to participate in the dynamic process of community building.  Our Community is dedicated to bringing opportunities in education for children and families in the Los Angeles area.
  • Who Attends The City School:
  • The City School  is a diverse and international community of families from a broad range of cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.  The neighborhood of the school reflects this diverse, multicultural heritage and the history of the Los Angeles urban landscape.
  • What we Learn:
  • City School Students work on core academic subjects each day through main lesson blocks; including writing, reading, mathematical processes, spelling, poetry, grammar, geography, history, language arts, botany, elementary physics, basic chemistry, astronomy, physiology, comparative zoology, German, French, specialized work of handwork (sewing, knitting and crochet), woodworking, form drawing, modeling with both beeswax and clay, music, art, drama and movement/games.
  • A Thriving Community:
  • Through Community Work Hours, parents are empowered to take social responsibility for their children's school and connect with teachers and other dedicated families; illuminating us that our wealth lies in our relationships with one another.Our Campus:Our campus is a small, community-like setting that includes raised-bed gardens, play structures, lots of climbing trees, and is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. Our faculty are all certified, experienced Waldorf teachers and are dedicated to the mission of the school.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Van Nuys
    Grades: 7-12 | 12 students
    3.8 miles
    14530 Sylvan St
    Van Nuys, CA 91411
    3.8 7-12
  • Northridge
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    Special Education School
    Grades: 6-12 | 20 students
    3.1 miles
    9535 Aldea Avenue
    Northridge, CA 91325
    3.1 6-12
  • Northridge
    Grades: 6-12 | 83 students
    2.4 miles
    8756 Canby Ave
    Northridge, CA 91325
    2.4 6-12
  • Tarzana
    Grades: PK-1 | 168 students
    1.8 miles
    5901 Lindley Ave
    Tarzana, CA 91356
    1.8 PK-1

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The average private school tuition in California is $11,369 for elementary schools and $19,928 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in California is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).