Elementary School

Welcome to the elementary division of Woodland Hills Private School, which includes Transitional Kindergarten - 5th grade.  As you join our school family, you will be welcomed into a strong partnership of home, school, and community, which provides our students with a strong foundation of academic skills as well as nurturing social, emotional, and physical growth and well being.  Our philosophy is to provide an individualized approach to learning, relating to each child on his/her own level while fostering independence and self reliance.  Our goal is to provide an educational environment in which students are stimulated to become thinking, caring, responsible members of society. 

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Our Educational Program

The college preparatory curriculum at Woodland Hills Private School is designed to be academically rigorous while also nurturing and encouraging leadership and social-emotional growth. All aspects of human development – social-emotional, intellectual, physical, artistic and moral – are integrated into the curriculum. 

The program is designed to foster each student’s individual strengths, talents and interests. All eight Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner, Harvard University) are addressed: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. In addition to the enriched academic program, the school develops students’ self-confidence, self-assurance, cooperative learning skills, community awareness and involvement, and leadership skills. 

Through this program of inquiry-based, individualized and experiential activities, the students of Woodland Hills Private School learn to be independent thinkers, caring people, and responsible citizens.

Individualized Program

The elementary program is individualized, allowing each student to work at their own level. In Math, Reading, Writing and Spelling (Word Study), students are grouped with other like-learners. This enables us to meet the needs of advanced and gifted learners and children who are working above grade-level in one or more subjects. An average 12:1 student-teacher ratio enables teachers to work with small groups and "confer" with individual students frequently. This instructional model allows for personalized learning in a classroom setting with the perfect size peer and social group. 

Inquiry Approach

In inquiry-based classrooms, deep meaningful learning-and sometimes action-is our mission. We believe it's not our job just to mention (or "cover") a list of facts and information. Instead, we center inquiry around content-related big ideas and questions and connect these with real-world, real-life issues. This kind of program supports kids to:

  • Develop a growth mindset
  • Live a life full of wonder and curiosity
  • Read and respond critically with an inquisitive mind and a skeptical stance
  • Explore topics, ideas and issues, linking them to the wider world
  • Tackle big ideas as they read, write and research
  • Use comprehension strategies flexibly to turn information into knowledge
  • Interact with text, media, artifacts, teachers and one another
  • Make thinking visible and demonstrate understanding
  • Think creatively and share new learning

Our Staff

Our highly qualified and caring staff work closely with each child, personalizing the program in order to build upon each child’s unique learning strengths.  The personal and frequent communication that exists between the staff, parents and administration further strengthens the partnership we build for the mutual benefit of our children.

Our Facility

Our state of the art facility includes classrooms infused with natural light, plus: Technology Lab, 3D Printing Space,  Art Studio, Library, Reading Room, Science & Nature Center (with over 75 animals on-site), Gaga pit, basketball court, handball court, playgrounds, soccer fields, along with trees and natural outdoor green spaces.

Accreditation

Woodland Hills Private School is proudly accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), recognized for exceeding the California State Frameworks and the National Education Standards. The school is also a recipient of the R.O.S.E. Award (Recognizing Outstanding Schools in Education). Recognized by the Governor of California for: "Developing innovative methods and working with community partners to enhance learning."

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