Sierra Canyon School

In 1972 Mick Horwitz and Howard Wang started a summer camp in the northern Los Angeles countryside and soon decided to transform the camp into a school. Sierra Canyon School was born and has thrived for decades, adding their Middle School and Upper School and burgeoning to nearly 1,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

What makes Sierra Canyon school outstanding?

“Sierra Canyon is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day and boarding school where cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity are welcomed and celebrated. The highly cosmopolitan student community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and is represented by 43% diversity and a 7% international population. At its core, Sierra Canyon develops students who are as keen to realize their potential as their teachers are to inspire it. Of our 101 full-time faculty, 53% hold advanced degrees.”

What special features does Sierra Canyon offer?

“Sierra Canyon offers an adventure of a lifetime each year. During Peak Weak, Upper School students choose from dozens of local and international experiences that take their learning beyond the classroom and into new territory. Students come back overflowing with fresh ideas and skills—propelling them through the rest of the school year and into their future.”

What is your school’s motto?

“Our trailblazing philosophy—Learning Forward—continues to drive everything we do. Learning Forward ensures your child gains unstoppable momentum to learn and explore, propelling him or her toward a lifetime of success. A spirit of enthusiastic creativity sweeps through Sierra Canyon, and that spirit grows stronger as our carefully designed program expands every child’s vision, ambition and capability a little more every day.

In Lower School, our nurturing program intentionally builds academic agility, genuine confidence and compassionate character in our students, preparing them to thrive in the intensive intellectual laboratories of our Middle School and Upper School.

From that launchpad, students set forth for college and beyond as self-aware, self-advocating and self-directed young adults.”

How do you help children become productive adults?

“We strive to provide a well-rounded experience. Students are encouraged to discover and fulfill their deepest aspirations and tap into their true potential. While our intensive academic program cultivates their entrepreneurial spirit, students are also taught that extracurricular achievement and involvement helps drive overall success.”