School Details

The City School

17424 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA 91406
(818) 776-0011

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-7 48 students 7 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

The City School is a private middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of The City School is Mr. Andrew Janczak and can be contacted at 48 children attend The City School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at The City School is 7:1. William Mulholland Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 66% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Multiracial 18% %
Hispanic 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This is our 5th year at the City School and we would not think of going anywhere else. Both of our children attended Waldorf schools from Kindergarten and there has hardly been a day when they weren't eager and happy (i.e. chomping at the bit) to go to school and at the City School they have been challenged and engaged from the very beginning and in every capacity. This school has been an invaluable partner in our effort to raise free and creative thinkers and warm and compassionate human beings.

  • (1 year ago)

    We've been here for almost six years (since Kinder and now in 5th & 6th grades). It is very community oriented- promotes parent involvement and you meet other families with similar values. I like it because unlike other Waldorf schools in L.A.- it's socio-economically diverse.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a current parent of a kindergartener and I feel very fortunate to be able to be part of this school. The kindergarten teacher Kayti Henry is extraordinary with the kids. She leads the class with respect and compassion towards the children and truly makes the best out of the Waldorf educational principles. I have no experience of the upper grades but judging by the older kids I see and interact with in the yard I'm amazed by how thoughtful they are towards adults younger kids and each other. It is a tight-knit and welcoming community of parents most of whom are very regular people (not "Waldorf extremists") wanting more wholesome education than what other schools have to offer and there are many ways to be actively involved. Compared to other Waldorf or like-minded schools in the area this school is actually affordable to a middle/working class family. So far we're very happy to have found this hidden gem.

  • (1 year ago)

    We sent our child here for several months. It's a very positive community because of the parental involvement and caring teachers. With this in mind you have to be really pro-waldorf and have the money to enjoy this school. Their financial aid process is secretive and harrowing. What they don't tell you until you have put down a deposit and a hefty materials fee is that they actually scrutinize your spending habits as part of the financial aid process not just look at your income which is how it normally goes. Further their attention to math and reading are dismal during the early years as if these weren't the most important subject. A student who attends this school and then has to transfer over to a public school will be behind his peers in both math and reading. This is a HORRIBLE school for low-income people.

  • (1 year ago)

    The City School A Waldorf Initiative in the San Fernando Valley is a school run by dedicated hard working teachers who strive to work with children parents and colleagues out of an active understanding of Rudolf Steiner's world view. Parents at the City School are a dynamic creative and intelligent group of people on the path of discovery. Students ages 4 to 14 of all color temperament and ability are learning together to be citizens of the world. I love The City School.

  • (2 years ago)

    I feel so lucky to have found this school! Both of my children attend and they love school their friends and their teachers. My 5 year old spends her days doing puppet shows baking stories music art and free play. She does not have the stress of homework and that is exactly what I want for her! But don't think this school is light on academics because it is not. The kids are learning everything and they create their own textbooks so that they retain it forever. Kids start speaking and writing in two languages in first grade. The 8th graders graduate to be top of their classes when they enter high school. I really can't say enough about this school... Take a tour and you will see for yourself.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a wonderful little school! The best I've ever come across and I checked out what seemed like 100s before I enrolled my son. My son graduated from Valley Waldorf and had a wonderful experience knew math better than other kids going into high school from other private schools too! At VW the teachers just somehow make learning so great that the kids are happy to do homework love to learn to read etc. They make learning alive for their students. You have to experience it to really understand how nurturing and great this school is. They have a great tuition program too. It is called 'available to all' so that almost no one is turned away for not being able to pay the whole tuition.

  • (3 years ago)

    We found Valley Waldorf after an extremely negative experience at our local public school. At first our son was nervous about school but after just a few days he was so excited to get up an go to school. He has blossomed in the year that he attended Valley Waldorf. His wide-ranging interests are engaged by the diverse curriculum; he loves his teacher and his friends. Yes last year there was some drama but I can honestly say that it did not affect my child's educational experience. In fact he asks me several times a week when school will start again. He can't wait to see his beloved friends and teacher again.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a little gem of a school. Class sizes are small which I love. Theachers are truely dedicated to the children. The parent community is amazing. We have been at the school for 4 years and it has had its ups and downs but I know from parents at other schools all schools go through difficult times. Bottom line my child thrives here. Its true the school has some financial problems but theachers pull through together and do what needs to be done due to their dedication. I think this school is a great little school!

  • (4 years ago)

    As a parent at this school over many years time I can attest to the disgraceful behavior demonstrated by the administration and majority of teachers at this school. It is not a Waldorf school. It is a shameful imitation using the Waldorf name (in fact giving Waldorf a bad name). I was lucky enough to pull my child out before too much damage was done (but he got his fair share - some of it requiring therapy to recover from) but it is a sad sight to see so many families swindled into believing they are bringing their children to a loving institution. The 70- some percent of families that have left can attest otherwise not to mention the tremendous amount of good teachers that have been bullied and harassed out or have down right quit. If this is not enough to prevent you from bringing your innocent child to this place perhaps the fact that the school is on the verge of bankruptcy and total shut down will.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a good place to be if you want to be involved in your child's school; there are ample opportunities to serve and participate. Unfortunately we recently experienced the departure of two faculty members and several families who have decided to pursue the creation of their own home-school and this accounts for some recent negative postings. Those who are genuinely interested in our school would do best to visit the school personally . We've been at Valley for several years in fact we applied and we're accepted along with a generous financial aid allotment to Pasadena Waldorf but chose to remain at Valley due to their authenticity towards diversification and the outstanding individual attention that our children have experienced here.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have been at this school for 3 years. We absolutely love it and more importantly our daughter loves it. She is thriving - happy and engaged and besides learning to read and write history and math she is learning 2 languages and 2 instruments she has art each day and is learning handwork too. Have there been ups and downs at our school? Yes. But find a school where there aren't any. Our community is a group of parents and teachers that deeply care about the children and their development and education. It is small and intimate and each child receives the attention they need. The teachers are loving and involved - it is an amazing warm and unique school and anyone looking for something different for their child is strongly encouraged to come and see for themselves what our school has to offer. You are doing your child a GREAT disservice if you don't visit and make a decision for yourself. Come and take a tour - talk to the teachers and the parents - many like myself who have been there for several years. Watch and observe our children play - see for yourself what a magical place the Valley Waldorf City School is.

  • (4 years ago)

    I loved this school for so long. But the more and more time we spent at this school the more the dysfunctions of how it operates became exposed. Waldorf education is so wonderful and Valley Waldorf seems to embody the best of Waldorf but that was just a facade and unfortunately very few families have stayed throughout the years because of how poorly run it is. The school is over ten years old and continues to barely make it year after year as attrition is so high. And if you ask why that is the case you will probably be given many excuses but at a certain point you have to wonder "what keeps going on when there are only 30+ students over ten years after it was founded. I gave two stars for teachers because some are wonderful but over the years many have come and gone (and some still there) that have been terribly inconsistent. And parent involvement also two stars because many parents become involved. But the ones who become most involved almost always leave disgusted never to come back to this site to update the realities of what they have come to see.

  • (4 years ago)

    I believe strongly in the Waldorf philosophy of holistic education. There is a huge need for this type of education and the current demand is greater than can be provided. This school of any needs the support of the community as it is relatively new.

  • (4 years ago)

    It helps every single student grow day by day.

  • (4 years ago)

    My own children have gone though Waldorf schools are are extraordinary human beings because of it. I always say the greatest give you can give you child besides unconditional love is a Waldorf Education.

  • (4 years ago)

    because three of my favorite people attend school there

  • (4 years ago)

    My Grandson loves school!

  • (4 years ago)

    We love Valley Waldorf for reasons too many to list here but most importantly because it instills in our children the joy of learning and life. Our children hate to miss a day!

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a teacher there; and I love teaching all the lovely students enrolled in our friendly cozy artistic school.

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 33 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools