The relationship between the adults and the children in our community is inspired by our mission to provide an excellent educational experience for the toddler through sixth grade students who make up our diverse, curious, engaging and joyful classes.
Our core values, Honesty, Responsibility, Caring and Inclusion are understood, embraced, practiced and modeled by students and adults every day. At The Center, childhood is celebrated and respected. Understanding that the ages and developmental stages of our student body are critically important, we respect the inner life of each child, and our pedagogy
, curriculum and early childhood play-based programs
are designed to challenge them to try new things and to learn from their successes and their failures.
The Founders of our school traveled to Los Angeles in 1939 to start a school
that would support young children as they develop a love for learning and an understanding of their unique strengths and differences as learners and as people. We strive to have our students, families, faculty, staff, administration and board reflect the wonderful racial, cultural, spiritual, religious, socio-economical, political, geographic, and family styles that surround our revitalized urban campus
beyond the doors of our school. We are preparing our students for a more inclusive world and to understand a decades-long dedication to practicing and learning about social justice, expansive relationships, and diverse backgrounds during their time at our school and beyond is wonderful lived-experience for their active participation in the very real world they are being prepared to enter. The depth of their experiences as learners and teachers is enhanced by the wonderful classrooms, playgrounds, labs, gyms, and meeting spaces designed to deepen, expand and provide flexibility of instruction, research, experimentation, and exploration. Parents and grandparents
experience our education as learners and teachers themselves as their participation in our school life
is expected and welcomed.
Please take the time to explore the website fully, and we look forward to bringing your experience to life when you have an opportunity to come to see the students at work and at play!
Damian R. Jones
Head of School