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Facts at a Glance

  • Founded in 1971 by Joel Pelcyger and Eleanor Coben
  • K-6th grade mixed-gender elementary school; Non-profit, independent (CLICK HERE to see where our students matriculate for middle school)
  • Enrollment: 206 students in 9 classrooms within 4 Clusters of classrooms
  • 163 Families
  • Multi-age classes: 2-year age-range
  • Faculty: 18 Lead teachers, 5 Specialists (Art, Music, P.E., Library, Studio)
  • Youngers (K-1st) Class size cap: 22 students
  • Average Class size above Youngers: 24 students
  • 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio; 5:1 student-to-faculty, staff, & admin ratio
  • School hours: 8:45am to 3:00pm (2:00pm on Tuesdays)
  • Extended care: 8:00am to 6:00pm – Aftercare includes enrichment classes and play activities
  • Award-winning Sustainable Urban Campus in the heart of Santa Monica; 1.2 acres of land; 30,500 sq. feet of buildings; Adjoining retreat and outdoor spaces for each classroom
  • Outdoor education and service learning projects at all grade levels
  • Financial Aid: 19.5% of tuition income is allocated to financial aid
  • Diversity: 28% of the student body receives Financial Aid; $1.4 Million in Financial Aid granted; Avg grant is 74.4%; 42% faculty and staff of color; 50% students of color; 22% male faculty; Students come from 38 zip codes and 80 different preschools/feeder schools
  • Accreditation and Memberships: California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS); National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); Enrollment Management Association (EMA); The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs; California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO); California Independent School Business Officers' Association; Los Angeles Independent Schools Consortium (LAIS); Private School Axis; Private School Village (PSV); Common Sense Media