Sierra Canyon School
11052 Independence Ave., Chatsworth
20801 Rinaldi St., Chatsworth
- Special Section
Sierra Canyon School is a private school serving 1,100 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It started in 1972 as Sierra Canyon Day Camp, which led to the creation of Sierra Canyon Elementary School in 1978 with 150 students enrolled in grades K–6. By 2001 the school was serving nearly 700 students through grade 8. In 2005 the upper school was opened for grades 7–12, and the following year the two schools merged and incorporated as a nonprofit organization. Sierra Canyon School graduated its first senior class in 2009.
What does your campus feature that’s not typical for schools in the area?
In October 2019 Sierra Canyon renovated a computer lab into a state-of-the-art technology facility called the Branca Center for Technology and Esports. The modernized classroom is home to our publication and digital design courses and our middle and upper school esports teams. The space is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. This classroom is designated for our students to foster creativity and compete at the highest level.
Why are you called The Trailblazers?
We draw uncommonly creative thinkers, leaders and learners to our school. Our trailblazing philosophy drives everything we do, which is why we are affectionately called the Trailblazers. The Sierra Canyon School journey is a communal endeavor in which our entire Trailblazer family—students, teachers, parents, alumni, grandparents and friends—joins together to strengthen our unparalleled school culture. We are—and always will—bleed blue. Go Trailblazers!
How do you help your students feel at home?
The relationship between teacher and student is at the heart of a Sierra Canyon education. With small classroom sizes, we create an environment that advances each student’s knowledge through an exploration of ideas and thoughtful discussion. We take pride in our ability to cultivate close-knit relationships with our parents as well. The presence of our many parent volunteers on campus brings joy to our students when they see a familiar face serving lunch in the Farmhouse, reading in the Rubin Family Library, or setting up a holiday classroom party or our graduation reception.
What schools do Sierra Canyon graduates attend?
Sierra Canyon School’s college counselors guide students and families through every step of the college admission process, and graduates consistently enroll in highly selective colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Students are empowered to take ownership of the process with the support of the college counselors to maximize their success. Members of the class of 2022 currently attend Columbia, NYU, Duke, Stanford, Johns Hopkins University, Howard University, Princeton, USC and UC Berkeley.