Sierra Canyon School
Lower Campus: 11052 Independence Avenue
Upper Campus: 20801 Rinaldi Street
Written byLaura Watts
Sierra Canyon School is an independent, nondenominational, coeducational, college preparatory school enrolling more than 900 students in early kindergarten through 12th grade. Founded in 1978, the school features two campuses and offers an empowering environment where students realize their greatest intellectual, creative, ethical and physical promise. Sierra Canyon is highly diverse, with more than 50 international students; the school’s families reside in more than 75 zip codes.
How does your school make our community a better place?
“We teach students to value the dignity and diversity of all individuals, and we encourage them to make a difference in the world around them. Students at all grade levels participate in service learning events coordinated through the school. They are also encouraged to give to the greater community as individuals by participating in community service activities on a regular basis.”
How do you prepare students for the future?
“Sierra Canyon students are extremely well-prepared for college. In addition to a strong college preparatory program, Sierra Canyon has two full-time college counselors who guide families through the college research and application process. Our students are admitted to the top colleges and universities in the country.”
What sets your school apart from the rest?
“Sierra Canyon is a special place where students learn to face the challenges of a fast-changing world. We are defined by a highly energized and attentive student-teacher culture. Our community is a microcosm of Los Angeles, reflecting strong cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. At the core of our distinctness is exceptional teaching. With an average class size of 15, teachers inspire critical thinking and collaborative discussion at all grade levels. Students develop as independent learners, analytical thinker, and self-advocates—an education that serves as a foundation for life.”
How does your school emphasize experiential learning?
“On the Lower Campus, students annually explore one of four rotating interdisciplinary themes: The Olympics, Americana, Once Upon a Time, and Planet Earth. They meet in multi-age groups to explore the topic and prepare for an all-school fair that celebrates their learning. On the Upper Campus, middle and high school students participate in Peak Week, when they pursue one of many activities, trips or programs that the faculty create which provide for a unique learning opportunity beyond their classes.”