83 Parent Reviews for Westside Neighborhood School
We have been at WNS for 9 years and we have 2 children at the school. Overall, WNS has been the best place for our children to grow and thrive in a nurturing and challenging environment. We feel blessed to have the responsive and continously learning leadership, competent faculty and a down to earth
... Read more community of diverse socioeconomic, cultural and racial families. It is a rare gem of a school. I cannot say enough to express our family's gratitude to the WNS community. Our oldest is now ready for high school and we believe he is well equipped to excel wherever he chooses to attend. I highly recommend this school for anyone interested in a place that is down to earth and reflects a diverse cross section of Los Angeles. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/28/13
I am thrilled with WNS! I can't believe that some parents find the faculty and staff to be unapproachable. Head of School, Brad Zacuto and his team are amazing! I feel like the school perfectly blends traditional values and expectations with progressive developmental and educational techniques. My
... Read more child is thriving academically, while teachers and faculty pay extra attention to various aspects of social learning. WNS children feel safe, supported and encouraged to be their best selves. I can attest to their zero tolerance for bullying. In fact, I have never EVER seen better implementation for expedient, appropriate responses to behavioral issues within the classroom and during play on the yard. WNS offers a community unlike any other I've experienced and I have a daughter who will be graduating from high school this year, as well as my youngest who has recently entered Kindergarten. As a parent, I am receiving exactly what WNS promises - we have found a superb school for our child, a supportive community for our family- and I couldn't be happier about it! There's no deceptive marketing here- just a hard-working group of awesome folks who really want the best for your child! Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/08/13
WNS is one of, if not the most, amazing school in Los Angeles! We have been at the school for over 8 years now and we couldn't be happier. The school is everything it claims to be and more! Our children feel accepted, safe and nurtured all while receiving an excellent and unparalleled education.
... Read more They both get up each and every morning looking forward to school - not just to see friends, but to see their teachers! Every teacher we have ever had is remarkable. The faculty and staff are always there to support our children and answer any and all questions that we may have as parents. Likewise, the administrative staff is always accessible, approachable and helpful. I can not recommend WNS enough!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/13/13
We agree with a previous post that WNS is all marketing and the program they are selling to parents is inaccurate. In our experience, most of the problems were based on a lack of leadership. The head and assistant heads of school are not approachable and are disconnected with families and classrooms.
... Read more In our experience, each year teacher turnover was high and many families left. Behavior is also an issue and we encountered bullying issues that were ignored and not handled by administration. We finally pulled our child out and now our child is thriving at a new school. If you are looking for a school were education is a priority, WNS is not a good match! Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/05/13
My 2 kids are in their second year at WNS - my whole family feels this is the perfect school for us. And I say "us" because we have all felt a part of the community from the very first day my kids attended the summer program. I recently volunteered with an admissions tour and it re-affirmed for me
... Read more that this is a fantastic school and community. I wish that EVERY child could have the opportunity to go to WNS. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/31/13
We started in middle school and couldn't be happier. Great leadership ,great teachers,great electives. My son is in choir, robotics,lacrosse,and mock trial. Great lunch program too.
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Posted by a parent on 05/26/13
Responsive classroom a program the school adopted two years ago includes a time out chair to discipline children, children are placed in time out from Dk ( so unfair ) they are 4 ! All the way to middle school. A great tool for teachers to keep classrooms under complete control, awful for children,
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Posted by a parent on 05/24/13
It is all marketing! Teacher turnover is high, all the art on the wall is beautiful but they are very undecided on being progressive or traditional, learning style is somewhat progressive but their expectations for children's behaviors are unreal, children's have to "take a break " in a chair for the
... Read more craziest things, raising your hand and saying the answers without being called on! And there is no dialog the teacher does a hand gesture which means go to the chair and a hand gesture when it is time to return to your seat, no dialog no " you were put in the chair because ......" Even with all the breakout rooms my child was not challenged academically! If you are interested in the school ask about the discipline and expectations. The only school that is punitive to children's behavior in the Westside. They might try to convince you, you are the one who sees it as punitive and the children see it as an opportunity to reflect! Not true most feel so embarrassed , it is different to have a time out at home than to have a time out in front of your peers. It creates unnecessary stress on the young ones and they are less likely to take risks, speak their mind , ask for help from authority! Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/21/13
WNS is the best! We couldn't be happier at the school! We started in the DK program, which is AMAZING, and have been there for three years. We struggled with whether or not to keep our child in preschool for another year or try the DK program. The smartest move we ever made was coming to WNS for the
... Read more DK year. It provided our child with the safe structure and a kind nurturing environment our child needed to grow and flourish in the years since. All of the teachers are exceptional and provide incredible support to all the kids and parents. We feel like all of them really know each child and understand how each one learns individually. The WNS environment is incredibly special in its ability to celebrate and connect with each individual child while creating an amazing community of learners who work and thrive together. The entire faculty and staff, lead by an amazing head of school, make everyday a pleasure for us and our child. Our child wakes up excited to go to school everyday and I'm not sure you can ask for more than that! We found a community and a place where we all feel like we belong. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/22/12
We absolutely LOVE WNS! We are going into our 4th year there, as my child began in the DK program. We have been happy from the start, and we love it more and more everyday. WNS has an amazing staff, faculty, head of school and community. The school not only teaches academics, but more importantly instills
... Read more a love and passion for learning, and good character and morals. The WNS community is diverse in almost every way, except in the fact that everyone there is good/down-to-earth, cares about the children and wants what's best for them. It's a real community, a family, a home. We are so thankful to be part of such a wonderful school. I could go into details about the art program, music program, morning assemblies, performances, speakers, community events, etc., but once you experience all that WNS has to offer, you and your children will love it, too. I highly recommend WNS to anyone looking for an excellent independent school that helps your child be the best they can be in every way. Read less
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Los Angeles schools — Westside Neighborhood School is located at 5401 Beethoven St, Los Angeles CA 90066. 5401 Beethoven St is in the 90066 ZIP code in Los Angeles, CA Westside Neighborhood School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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