Sierra Canyon School

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    11052 Independence Ave., Chatsworth
    20801 Rinaldi St., Chatsworth

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    Charlie Kaine

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    All About Kids

Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, coeducational college preparatory school with a diverse and international student population in prekindergarten through 12th grade. It was was founded as an elementary school in 1978, and an upper school campus was added in 2005. 

Tell us about the history of your school.

“The founding trustees of Sierra Canyon School shared a remarkable vision: to establish a place where students gain knowledge, confidence and momentum, propelling them toward a lifetime of success. With the hiring of head of school Jim Skrumbis in 2004, Sierra Canyon secured a visionary leader who has taken the school to a place of unparalleled growth and development. The school’s team of entrepreneurial-minded leaders created what Sierra Canyon is today: a comprehensive program that draws creative thinkers, leaders and learners from all over Los Angeles County.”

How is your school helping kids cope with pandemic-related stress?

“Recently Sierra Canyon launched the first-ever Mental Health Awareness Week for upper campus students to emphasize that it’s never too early to focus on your mental health. This important initiative helped students learn new tools to deal with stress and anxiety. Today’s students have so much on their plates—balancing academics with extracurriculars and personal lives in and out of the classroom. At Sierra Canyon, we are committed to teaching the whole student—including the mind, body and soul—and fostering a meaningful community that furthers both intellectual pursuits and a healthy and holistic process of personal development.”

What does Sierra canyon offer that makes kids say “Wow!”?

“Peak Week may be our most beloved signature program. During Peak Week, middle school and upper school students choose from dozens of local and international travel opportunities that take their learning beyond the classroom and into new territory. They return overflowing with fresh ideas, skills and confidence. Students speak of this experience year after year as a highlight of their Sierra Canyon education.”

What makes Sierra Canyon School extraordinary?

“Our graduates consistently enroll in highly selective colleges and universities across the country and around the world including Harvard, Columbia, Brown, NYU, Duke, Stanford and UC Berkeley. Our college counselors guide students and families through every step of the college admission process. Equipped with exceptional understanding and guided by attentive teachers and counselors, our students confidently determine their path to college and career success. Our alumni are primed to excel at the next level, forge purposeful careers and employ their unshakable optimism to improve the wider world.”