Westside Neighborhood School

  • WNS embodies a positive, child-centered approach to education.  Our challenging curriculum and programs are designed to encourage each individual student to fully develop his or her potential - intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

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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)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1980
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students520 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Westside Neighborhood School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size24 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 10 / Jan. 14
Yearly Tuition Cost$31,000
Tuition NotesOne-time new family fee: $2,500 Facilities and Security fee: $1,250
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorDayna Hollins
Admissions AssociateAlice Wyman


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Ceramics, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Mandarin, many more, Orchestra & Ensemble, Outdoor Adventures, Student Council, Tae Kwan Do, Web Page & Video Game Design, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Our philosophy is to provide innovative ways to encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning.The school`s program is built on four pillars: `Academic Excellence`, `Character`, `Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion`, and `Community`. Faculty members model what they teach: respect and responsibility, love of teaching and joy of learning, sense of humor, open communication, and teamwork. Students are encouraged to be creative, independent, and self-disciplined. We believe in the importance of fostering resilience in our students and value perseverance, effort, and learning from our mistakes. WNS students understand the importance of community while respecting individual differences. Our goal is to instill in our students a love of learning, cultural sensitivity, and a deep understanding of our world both in and outside the classroom.
  • WNS embraces a positive, child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our high academic and ethical standards encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Propelled by curiosity, WNS students are learners, doers, and makers. We provide students with a platform to become entrepreneurs by nurturing their intrinsic ability to innovate. Our program is designed to engage students in a project-based, active-learning curriculum that challenges all students to grow. We provide an environment steeped in a growth mindset where each child is able to experience success, embrace mistakes as a part of the journey, is confident in taking intellectual risks, and where individuals feel valued in their differences and value the differences in others.    Our goal is to instill in our students a love of learning, an understanding of our world, and to provide an environment of collegiality and professional growth for our teachers and staff. WNS recognizes that children have different learning styles and learn best at different rates. Our program is built from the best practices derived from the progressive, developmental, and traditional educational philosophies, and employs a variety of experiential age-appropriate activities designed to accommodate students' needs, invite their creativity, and challenge their growth.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Los Angeles
    Grades: K-12 | 734 students
    1.6 miles
    12201 Washington Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90066
    (310) 478-7189
    1.6 K-12
  • Culver City
    Grades: PK-8 | 346 students
    4 miles
    8780 National Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (310) 841-2505
    4 PK-8
  • Los Angeles
    Grades: K-12 | 1180 students
    6.7 miles
    100 South Barrington Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    (310) 889-2657
    6.7 K-12
  • Los Angeles
    Grades: NS-8 | 266 students
    11 miles
    16000 Mulholland Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    (310) 476-6421
    11 NS-8
  • Santa Monica
    Grades: K-12 | 1189 students
    4.4 miles
    1714 21st St
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    (310) 829-7391
    4.4 K-12

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