The Buckley School
3900 Stansbury Ave., Sherman Oaks
- Special Section
Founded in 1933 by Isabelle Buckley, The Buckley School is an independent co-ed day school teaching kindergarten through 12th grade. Dr. Buckley developed the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which places equal emphasis on academics, the arts, athletics and moral education—four pillars that remain the foundation of The Buckley School.
What makes The Buckley School stand out?
“Our K–12 school is located on one campus, allowing for mentorships, cross-divisional collaboration and a very close-knit community. Our facilities are some of the best in the city, offering flexible teaching spaces and state-of-the-art technology that enable maximum student exploration and growth.”
What are your school’s academic strengths?
“Buckley not only offers a full catalog of traditional academic classes, including 15 honors courses and 24 APs (and four languages up to the AP level), but also several signature programs that tap into student interests. These include eighth-grade Passion Projects, where students focus on a personal interest and present the results at a year-end expo; Upper School Writing Fellows; our robust Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program; and our high school partnership with the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop, which enables a group of students to travel to the Midwest for three days each winter to focus on their nonfiction creative writing.”
Tell us about a favorite extracurricular program.
“In our Applied Science program, students wishing to pursue an independent research project spend a year on an honors-level paper or topic of their own design that solves a real-world problem. They have won awards at science/engineering fairs, published papers and applied for patents based on these projects. This is a class, but students also put in many hours on weekends and outside the classroom—and they love it!”
How does family involvement make YOUR school better?
“We love how our families are engaged in so many aspects of the life of the community. They attend grade-level potluck dinners, affinity groups, monthly Parents’ Association meetings and parent education nights. Parents help throw our Back-to-School Bash, annual Fair, and other community-building events.”
What do students love most about The Buckley School?
“Students love that they can pursue all their passions at Buckley. As one student put it: ‘At Buckley, you can do everything you want—you don’t have to choose.’”