Los Encinos School
17100 Ventura Blvd. in Encino
- Written byLaura Watts
Los Encinos School provides a comprehensive educational program within a nurturing environment, serving 160 students in grades K–6. Founded in 1980 by educator Chris Holabird, Los Encinos School prepares students to become global thinkers and citizens with a sound academic foundation, emphasizing strong character and mutual respect through the service learning program and in the classroom. Los Encinos provides a wide selection of extracurricular opportunities, sports and after-school classes.
What would you like kids and parents to know about Los Encinos School?
“We believe childhood is a unique and magnificent time of life, and we are committed to helping children experience it fully. This means keeping our school small enough to reap the proven social benefits of a close-knit learning community while pursuing rigorous and developmentally appropriate academic programs. At Los Encinos School, we honor all aspects of growth and development, which include physical and emotional health.”
How does your school make our community a better place for children?
“We know that children are more adventurous and eager to learn when their environment comforts rather than overwhelms them. As educators, we understand the importance of knowing each child as an individual. At Los Encinos, students experience learning with more attention, more personal recognition, more confidence and therefore more success.”
What benefits do children gain from the services your school provides?
“Perhaps the most extraordinary benefit of our school is the deep, interpersonal engagement it affords at so many levels. Our students not only interact socially across all grades, they also learn together and from each other during planned, multi-age learning experiences. These shared experiences build confidence in young children and give older students mentoring practice and solid leadership skills.”
What sets Los Encinos School apart from the rest?
“The size. By keeping our school small, we provide a uniquely student-focused elementary education that sets the stage for a child’s future academic success. Los Encinos students leave our school with stellar academic credentials, a mature sense of independence and strong character.”
Does your school support charitable organizations that help children?
“We encourage family participation in a variety of charitable projects that benefit children, such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, LA Family Housing, Habitat for Humanity, Guide Dogs of America, the LA River Project, ONEgeneration and Meet each Need with Dignity.”
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