School Details

The Westland School

16200 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 472-5544
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-6 130 students 10 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

The Westland School is a private elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of The Westland School is Scott Moran. 130 students go to The Westland School and are mostly Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at The Westland School is 10:1. The Mirman School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 66% %
Hispanic 16% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Westland is amazing. The school has far exceeded our expectations. Our kids are thriving emotionally socially and academically. In four years they've never wanted to stay home from school once. Westland challenges them and nurtures them at the same time. Our only complaint is that we didn't get to receive a Westland education!

  • (1 year ago)

    Westland provides my children with a fantastic education as well as a supportive community where all the teachers and students know them by name. The opportunities the kids have to work as a team with their classmates have been invaluable in terms of their abilities to problem-solve. Westland is a nurturing school and it makes learning so interesting that my children dread the day that they will graduate!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our experience with the Westland School was horrible and offensive. We came to the private school process late in the year and they pressured us relentlessly to rush through the application tour and interview. They called and e-mailed us numerous times and then as soon as they met our child they never spoke to us again. Prior to bringing our daughter in we were very clear that she was slow to warm up. When they couldn t get her to talk at the interview we were dismissed early in an extremely rude and disconcerting way. They then avoided all contact with us for weeks on end. The people at Westland were clearly searching for another child to fill the spot but did not want to lose out on tuition so they strung us along for weeks. They went from calling and e-mailing us non-stop to complete avoidance after meeting our child. It is certainly their prerogative to admit whomever they like but the way our situation was handled was offensive. The director of Westland is Scott Moran. He comes from The Town School in New York which has a horrible reputation. The problem starts at the top. Scott Moran ran The Town School into the ground and Westland will surely follow.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is a haven of sanity in the insane status driven culture of Los Angeles. It is a place where kids can grow and learn in a safe nurturing environment. The sense of community is extraordinary and stays with you for a lifetime. Kids go on from here to every great middle school in the city and then matriculate to colleges like Stanford Columbia Bard NYU Brown all the UC schools. It's a special place.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our son is not only learning well academically but also blossoming socially at Westland. Every school day he is excited and happy to go there. The school is a loving community where minds are taught well and little souls can grow.

  • (5 years ago)

    A very special school - parent participation and caring teachers - a progressive education . . the best!

  • (5 years ago)

    Westland is a special community which provides a safe rich and developmental education. My children have gone on to college prepatory high schools and I believe are more prepared to take on the challenges of their next phase of education because of their experiences at Westland.

  • (5 years ago)

    If you're wondering where to apply next year the Westland School is an exciting choice. The academic program is active and experiential with a keen awareness for the children's different learning styles. They are encouraged to explore discover and ask questions which ultimately leads to a great love of learning. Children actively participate in the work of the group problem solving and sharing ideas thus becoming aware of their influence and responsibility not only to each other and the school community but to the outside world as well. Children who graduate from this school are articulate self-motivated thinkers well prepared to lead and achieve once they leave Westland. An extremely dedicated parent body also means not only will your children feel part of a nurturing community but you and your whole family will too.

  • (5 years ago)

    Very disappointing! While located amongst a slew of fantastic college preparatory schools this progressive ed program is more focused on parental socializing and industry connections then attending to the intellectual needs of young minds. While they will not tell you this on the tour the majority of families use tutoring on the side to supplement for an empty curriculum. By the time your child is in '4th grade ' they are far below community standards in terms of standardized test scores and a basic age- appropriate fund of knowledge. Oh but they can sing well! Each and every week the staff spends an inordinate amount of time focusing on learning songs and playing wooden instruments so that each and every Friday the kids can showcase their 'practical' life skill of performing while their parents are schmoozing. Do not send your child here unless they have special needs that you want to disguise.

  • (7 years ago)

    Westland is not only a very nurturing environment but it also develops a love of learning. Everyday my daughter would wake up and be excited about another day of school. Academically it is very strong my daughter went on to an elite middle and high school as do many other Westland graduates. I know that my daughter looks back on Westland as some of the most enjoyable as well as one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. Westland will always have a special place in our hearts.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school really does live up to its fantastic reputation. You have to commit to the learn process here and have faith that your child will learn all that s/he needs to know by graduation but it does happen. The real gift here is that your child learns how to learn and enjoys the process. Minimal to no focus is placed on test taking.

  • (8 years ago)

    Wonderful school in Bel-Air. Safe clean good environment.

  • (9 years ago)

    Westland was an extraordinary experience for my child who attended from kindergarden through 6th grade. For those who value progressive education you cannot find a better place. For those unfamiliar with progressive education the school is philsophically attuned to John Dewey's theories about education. They believe in experiential learning and in educating the whole child. And for those who fear that this sort of education leaves students academically unprepared rest assured. Westland regularly sends its graduates to some of the most selective schools in the city.

  • (11 years ago)

    Westland provided the most important building block in my child's life. Her positive attitude towards seeking knowledge will forever shape her life. Westland understands and embraces the principles of developmental education. Parental participation underscores a commitment to the process. Children of many talents and abilities learn to appreciates their differences celebrate each other's abilities and work together in a non-competitive atmosphere.

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