I am a parent to a child in the Lower School, and we have been very pleased with the campus, teachers, administration, and academics. My child transferred from a different Independent school and it was amazing to see how much more he learned and progressed at Sierra Canyon. The learning environment is
... Read more divided into "like learner" groups, which is fantastic as the children are placed into a level that is appropriate for their development. The students take very interesting field trips, including overnight ones, which really allow the classes to bond. My child's teachers have all been incredibly caring, qualified, and devoted to bringing the best in the students; we are delighted with our choice to attend Sierra. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/13/13
My daughter says she loves Sierra Canyon despite sharing a few negative incidents. I thought I could trust this school but will reconsider if the "Character Counts" program isn't respected. I've told her to focus only on learning, ignore bullies but stick up for anyone who is picked on so that they have
... Read more a witness on their side. We'll look out for the problem families. Thank you for the valuable information. I'm sorry to hear what you went through. Bullies are a dime a dozen. Creative bright polite happy kids are so rare. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/03/13
In response to the parent who posted on October 20, if you're unaware of the bullying problem at the school, I suspect your child is not sharing with you, which is not surprising - my child was expressly told by an administrator to NOT share with me bullying incidents that occur at school. The kids
... Read more are well aware of the pervasive nature of bullying at Sierra Canyon. A while back, my child received a phone call from a former classmate apologizing for the bullying my child endured. Just recently I was chaperoning a party and a little girl came up to me - she knew who I was - she told me she was aware that my child was bullied, and she was very sorry. She proceeded to share with me that she, too, was forced to leave Sierra Canyon because she was being bullied and administration would not deal with it. Further, a teacher at Sierra Canyon shared with me that she had to withdraw her child, also because because of bullying. The only reason bullying is such a problem at Sierra Canyon is because administration looks the other way. If the bullies were seriously reprimanded, they would stop. Instead, the victims are forced to withdraw in the interest of their physical and emotional safety. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/24/13
Sierra is just awesome.... Just awesome... I love it.... It is like a family... Our headmaster is just the greatest.
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Posted by a teacher on 08/02/13
CAUTION PARENTS i am a former student from sierra, (K-7) and it does not prepare you for real life!!! The math program is messed up. Even if you get a C you can pass the class. At public schools, you have to get a 85% that shows that you actually know the material!!! ONCE AGAIN do not go to this school.
... Read more It is is WAY too overpriced. Read less
Posted by a other on 10/22/12
As a parent whose child went through entire program, I will address the comment @ "Their math skills are streets ahead of their public school friends and neighbor kids", If only that was true. I would not feel as though I wasted thousands of Dollars. It is Absolutely False. My Student feels the school
... Read more did not prepare for college Math. @ Comment regarding Chemistry teacher---This is correct. The teacher was Lost; the entire class was spending hundreds of dollars on tutors. @The red flag to your comments are "tutoring kids." Perhaps the kids you tutor are the problem------- The Majority of my Students friends at Sierra opted for tutors. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/27/12
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward Beautiful 37 acre campus. Outstanding faculty, councillors, and coaches with depth, teaching savvy,, and hearts in the right place. Sierra Canyon recruits the
... Read more cream of the teaching and coaching world. Incredible staff. Credentials and advanced credentials from Harvard, Yale, Tolstoy, Colgate, Stanford, and many other great Universities. Teachers that would be successful at anything they did. No attitudes here,, the focus is on education and building character with bearing in a magnificent, friendly and helpful learning environment. Outstanding academics, athletics, theatre arts, dance, sciences, social energy, field trips,, it's all here, and it's all superb. Our 7th grader excels in Sierra Canyons learning atmosphere and loves it here. No issue getting up and rolling to class in the morning. May be tough to get enrolled. Worth the effort if your child is a good student and of good character. Not for children with learning disabilities. Sierra Canyon School cues up your childs best years in front of them. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/17/12
To the tutor that mentioned Civil War knowledge: Our Sierra Canyon educated kids would love to discuss the Civil War with you. From " the Confederate high watermark at the Angle in Gettysburg, south to Harpers Ferry, all the battles up to and including Antietam, from Fort Sumter west to Vicksburg, up
... Read more the Shenandoah Valley, all the way to Fords Theater." -Those are my kids words, not mine. Their math skills are streets ahead of their public school friends and neighbour kids. My daughter is a math professor at CSUN and is very impressed with Sierra Canyons mathematics dept. She was well into then beyond Geometry by the 7th grade on the strength of Sierra Canyons excellent teachers and program. She got a math scholarship out of it all the way to her Doctorate. Jack Londons soul walks the halls of this school and you can hear his heart beating in the library if you just warm YOUR heart a little I invite you to take a tour. Call the school and they will be glad to accommodate you, and you'll be impressed by the outstanding kids and faculty you meet. The red flag to your comments are "tutoring kids." Perhaps the kids you tutor are the problem,, not the school. Hence being tutored. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/15/12
Ok so I'm an outside observer, namely a tutor who had 4 students from this school last year...and I'm outraged. A particularly bright 8th Grader (on the US national chess team) had no idea who fought in the Civil War and why Abraham Lincoln was important. An eleventh grade English class in American
... Read more Literature was asked to read Bruce Springsteen songs (not lit) but not Twain or Hemingway or Crane or Hawthorne or Benet or Irving or James or London; they got 2 major works of American Lit all year, namely The Great Gatsby and a Faulkner novel, which if I recall correctly was As I Lay Dying. He asked his students to write essays in one paragraph only and to use absurd numbers of unrelated quotations as coherent supporting evidence. It was downright appalling. The calculus teacher was lost, and the Chemistry teacher as well. And while I do ont consider a majority of my students bright--there have to be some below average for the concept of an average to make any sense--in this case I do believe all 4 were bright. It is in fact so bad that this school deserves to have its accreditation revoked, a charge I do not issue lightly and have no motive to issue except for my observations. Read less
Posted by a other on 08/22/12
I was a student at Sierra from 2nd-8th grade. I always loved it - the fieldtrips are always absolutely incredible. The staff is your second family and the academics are very, very challenging. I was in the honors program and all my teachers were incredible. Unfortunately, it is highly overpriced and
... Read more the kids are extremely privileged on the whole. The high school has far more expenses to pay with "Peak Week", books, and tuition in general. On the whole, I would not take anything in place of Sierra. It was a great elementary school. I now attend a more reasonably priced and reputable high school - Chaminade. The dynamic is very different and I love it. Read less
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