Wow. These reviews show that there really are such different experiences people can have in the same environment. Wesley is a wonderful school and a warm community. In my opinion, the positive reviews are far more in line with my experience having three kids at Wesley. There is one point which I'd
... Read more like to make in fairness to all. There does seem to always be a very small faction of parents at any school who feel things aren't up to par. It also seems these parents are the most vocal. This school is full of professional administrators and highly competent teachers. It is very strong in academics and the extra-curriculars are wonderful. I'd invite anyone to take a tour, talk with parents and teachers -- judge for yourself! Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/30/12
The last two posts hit the nail on the proverbial head. The campus is very pretty, the families amazing and parental involvement is extremely high, but the curriculum lacks focus and vigor. The math program is a joke and the science curriculum lacks challenge despite promised improvements. The administration
... Read more and school leadership are more engaged on the planned capital campaign and school expansion than they are with the current students and existing curriculum. If education is your priority you should look elsewhere. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/26/12
I concur with the last post. We left the school last year because the education is abysmal, and our kids (both "A" students at Wesley) are struggling to keep up at their new school. If you're touring the school, ask to see the middle school science lab (no, there is no lower school science lab even though
... Read more the head of school promised us one for Fall 2011, in writing). The lab is so barren and uninspiring that there isn't even a periodic table of elements. I'm not kidding: NO PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS IN A SCIENCE LAB. I challenge you to find any school (public, private, in the inner city or the suburbs) without a periodic table. You'll know everything you need to know about a school's commitment to academics when something as simple as a $5 poster, essential to any introduction to middle school science, is missing. The problem is not financial: the leadership and, sadly, most of the community simply do not care about education. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/13/12
Wesley is a great school ... if academics are not your thing. You will find some of the loveliest, wonderful families, who truly care about their children and their upbringing. But while the school attracts an amazing community, the education is one to two grade levels below other schools. Main problem:
... Read more the new administration provides zero curricular guidance or teacher oversight. The result? Older teachers who are on auto pilot, teaching outdated and long-discredited curricula, and new teachers who show up to class and "wing" the lesson on the spot. Teachers also get no yearly training and aren't required to develop lesson plans ahead of time. Parents complain incessantly, but the school leadership is unwilling/unqualified to fix the problems and spends most of its time and money defending the education and pretending there is no problem. Bottom line: Choose this school if your child is very intelligent and learns on his/her own, OR you do not care about academics ... at all. Your child will meet great friends and likely develop a high moral compass. But unless you have additional funds to supplement after school, go someplace where education is at least somewhat of a priority. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/06/12
I love this school so much. I have been here for most of my life . It is so much fun!!!!
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Posted by a other on 02/05/12
Yesterday my son said, "I can't imagine Wesley not being a great school for everyone." The day before he said that he loved Social Studies, Science & Math. No school is perfect-but for our family, Wesley is darn near. Academics are a priority, teachers run the gamut from amazing (many of them) to very
... Read more good, to good (a few) and the emphasis on character development is tangible. Every child is known to the entire faculty & each has a stake in that child's success. We have a very close-knit community. Every kid knows every other one-and there is genuine warmth amongst the parents. There are a lot of things that Wesley does well but preparing kids in public speaking is one of the things they do extremely well. Students are impressively confident & in command when standing before their class or the whole school. Another asset in the size of the school is that your child will get a chance to try & do everything that is offered. If your child is shy or lacking confidence at one thing or another, they will still get the chance to try it & practice & grow, without being squeezed out by a more skilled child. After 4 years, we can t imagine a better school for our child and neither can he. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/23/12
Teachers ae wonderful, class sizes are adequate and the education is top notch. a+ education.
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Posted by a parent on 01/18/12
My children have been at Wesley since kindergarten and while I'd like to take full credit for their current academic and social success, I know much of it has to do with the way they've been educated at Wesley, the examples that have been set before them, the expectations presented, and the care that
... Read more our family has received. I'm not shy and over the years, I've addressed specific issues with faculty and the administration and my concerns were always taken seriously. My husband and I contribute what we can with time and money, but sometimes we have neither and that has never affected the way Wesley educated our children. I'm confident the sense of community and excellence we receive at Wesley will allow my 7th grader to move on to the high school of her choosing, and then thrive. My 3rd grader knows the meaning of the word 'advocate'. How great is that? I highly recommend the school, but I also recommend that any prospective family conduct their own rigorous examination of any school they're considering for their child. No school is a perfect fit for every child. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/12/12
Couldn't agree more with the Aug 22 review. We dared to ask why the tuition doubled in five years and exactly what was being done with the additional funds. We were told by the administration that that information was none of our business, but that the higher tuition was in line with Buckley and Campbell
... Read more Hall (two top-tier schools close-by). Our children then began to be bullied in their respective classes, and suddenly "un-invited" to parties. Our kid's "friends" (some since pre-school) suddenly began to avoid. Perhaps it was a coincidence, or perhaps it had to do with the gossip, cruelty and utter contempt held for families that dare to ask questions or that don't join the "vision" of the school, which changes from year to year. In one of our child's classes, 8 out of 22 or so kids in the class had a parent working for, on the board, running a function, or about to be hired by the school. Wesley has a lovely environment on the surface, but ultimately has no soul, which may be a perfect fit for the appearance oriented, competitive, A-type crowd that it seems to attract. We left Wesley, and our family couldn't have been happier. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/10/12
Wesley is, quite simply, a wonderful school. While it is academically rigorous, the teachers go out of their way to make sure each student has the best possible chance for academic success. By the time they have finished Eighth Grade, Wesley kids are literally ready for anything. In every subject the
... Read more teachers make sure their students are more than prepared for the next step: high school. Students from Wesley routinely receive multiple acceptances at the best prep schools in Los Angeles, and more than hold their own once they get there. This is due not only to the high academic standards at Wesley, but to the manageable size of the school that allows a nurturing environment that is integral to the school's culture. Wesley is truly a unique community with a committed parent base and a faculty and staff that is utterly devoted to upholding the values the school represents. In fact, a huge percentage of faculty and staff have been at Wesley since the school's inception. This provides a remarkable sense of community and continuity. I am so grateful to Wesley for providing both my children with all the tools they needed for high school. Read less
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North Hollywood schools — Wesley School is located at 4832 Tujunja Ave, North Hollywood CA 91601. 4832 Tujunja Ave is in the 91601 ZIP code in North Hollywood, CA Wesley School is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 8.
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