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MUSIC AND THE ARTS: Students at Third Street Elementary and St. James’ schools, above. Below, a student from Rhodes School of Music and a budding artist at St. James’. See story page 10


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Arts are thriving at schools… with teacher, parent help By Suzan Filipek Whether your child is entering public, private, or parochial school, the arts are in full swing in most of our local schools, or at least are part of the curriculum. A sculpture workshop and

violin lessons may not help get them a six-figure job down the road, but the arts can add beauty, meaning, and, well, art, to their lives. Local public school Lack of public funding has not slowed the beat in arts

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and music programs at Third Street Elementary School, 201 S. June St., where a little bit of help, actually a lot of help, comes from parents. The parents stepped up 10 years ago when $200,000-a-year was cut from

group classes, says non-Title 1 schools, composer and piasuch as Third St. nist David Rhodes (Title 1 provides of Rhodes School of financial assistance Music, 215 N. Larchto schools with a mont Blvd. Students high number of flock from even charchildren from lowters and private schools income families.) to Rhodes, where Parents raise weekly half-hour pri$275,000 annually vate classes are taught from several aveSAX player Gerald nues, mostly a Giv- B. at St. James’. to ages five and up. Learning an instruing Fund launched the beginning of each school ment boosts confidence and year, said Patricia Alexan- can improve a child’s qualder, former president of the ity of life. “Parents see the school’s booster club, Friends change,” says David. The parent-student connecof Third. Some of the money pays for tion is key, pardon the pun, a Mac Lab (with 34 new com- from the child picking the puters), a kindergarten aide, instrument they want to play physical education and more. to what they choose to play. “They won’t practice someBut a chunk of it pays for three teachers: a kindergarten thing unless it’s something arts teacher and music and they like,” Rhodes said. Alice Oh can attest to that. drama teachers. Two of her boys, Jeffrey, 9, With 700 students, a threemember arts and music fac- and David, 6, learn not only ulty doesn’t sound like much, how to play piano, they create but a little ingenuity can go a their own music. Instead of repetitiously long way. “All of the students have practicing the same piece access to all of the teachers,” over and over, they “play their learned songs once every day. explains Alexander. Students take turns in a It became a part of their lives, 12-week music program. and they are always humming Third graders play the record- tunes, in the car, while waiter and learn about rhythm ing, building legos. “I love how it calms them and movement. Fourth and fifth graders study the Orff down,” she adds, “and for Approach, which uses maracas them to hear more than just and rhythm sticks and singing a song when listening to the among its techniques. (The radio. They talk about how Los Angeles Unified School the singer’s voice sounds, the District also offers an orches- instruments involved, the tra program for fourth- and techniques, things that I don’t hear in my ears.” fifth-grade students.) The school “is a literal oasis Theater arts are taught to third through fifth grades, and in this town,” said Jennifer a production is held in the Fitzgerald, Beachwood Dr. “The teachers are happy, spring (the parents build the nurturing, inspired artists sets), said Alexander. A handful of fifth graders themselves, and their passion feeds their instruction which even take on Shakespeare. in turn feeds the students. Local private school Creativity also is in full You see it in the smiles as force at St. James’ Episcopal they leave their lessons,” says School, 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. Fitzgerald. Her daughter, Riley Grace, The 370-student, preschoolthrough-sixth grade, cam- started voice lessons at pus offers theater, visual arts, Rhodes two years ago to learn the notes by singing them music and dance. “We have lots of art options,” first, “to literally get the feel said school spokesman Andrew of them. Then we moved on to piano lessons which we are Wright. Students perform two musi- doing now but she has also cals every year, as well as some taken some drum lessons and Shakespeare, which last year is completely smitten by it so was performed along with we may begin that too!” Riley, 7, adds, “I like going some adult actors. “It was to Rhodes because everyone pretty cool,” noted Wright. Art history concepts are tied is really nice and the teachers into a weekly art class, which make up stories on the instruincludes sculpture and paint- ment and that makes it even ing. Choirs perform at Sun- more fun.” day services plus four concerts a year. Sixth graders can COVER PHOTOS on precedjoin a handbell choir, utilizing ing page, top left: “Sleeping 12 sets of bells. Beginning Beauty” at St. James’, right, “Beauty and the Beast” at and advanced band instigated Third Street — Gia Jordan under the auspices of the Col- (left), Angela Naranbaatar and burn School is going strong. Nadya Rozen; chorus at St. Local music school James’. Riley Grace FitzgerPrivate lessons make a big ald, 7, at the keyboard. Artist difference in augmenting Zoey H. at St. James’.

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Tutoring options for SAT and ACT tests available

By Nina Adams As the school year starts, incoming juniors and seniors will begin to think about how to get into their preferred colleges. The standardized SAT and ACT tests are required at most top-tier universities, and students need high scores to be accepted. The scores are used to assess a student's readiness to attend college. ACT and SAT are designed differently, so students have the option of two different styles of tests. The ACT has four sections: English, math, reading and science reasoning. The SAT also has four sections: reading, writing and language, math without a calculator and math with a calculator. Both tests have an optional writing section. Regardless of the test you take, preparing is a must. One-on-one and classrooms Tutoring services and private tutors include Elite Prep, Los Angeles Public Library branches, Veritas Prep, Nancy Polachek and Nanci Leonard. Many students opt for classroom plus homework tutoring centers, while others prefer one-on-one tutoring at home. Elite Prep, located on Wilshire Blvd., has a classroom setting. Students beginning a class at Elite take a practice SAT test to assess their skills, before preparing for the test. The Los Angeles Public Library “Student Smart” program offers practice SAT and ACT tests and seminars on how to prepare for college. This service is open to all high school students and is free. Veritas Prep has locations in Beverly Hills, Encino and Santa Monica and was founded by two Yale graduates. Their program offers online courses and in-person classes. The online classes are done through live video with a professor. Both of the class-style programs are offered as a twice-a-week option or a five-week option. Veritas also offers one-onone classes. Veritas’s courses range from $499 to $2,400 depending on the course style. Whether you prepare online or in class, tutoring is a great way to ensure a good score on the SAT and ACT tests. Nina Adams will be a senior at Marlborough School in the fall and will serve as the coeditor-in-chief of the school newspaper.


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New principal seeks to promote positive image By Billy Taylor As students at Los Angeles High School returned from summer break, they found a new principal on campus. Travis D. Brandy, Ed.D., was tapped by the Los Angeles Unified School District to head the 2,178-student cam-

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Hollywood Wilshire soccer, part of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), is starting up its fall 2017 season this month, which will run through early December. The league has teams for girls and boys ages four to 18. Hollywood Wilshire, Region 78, plays and practices at Pan Pacific Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd., as well as other playing fields around the area. Registration for the league closed Aug. 31, but according to Kurt Muller, the regional commissioner for Hollywood Wilshire, “As long as we have enough fields and volunteer coaches / referees, we’ll do our best to accept as many kids as possible.” He noted further that they have around 1,000 youth soccer players signed up through the league annually. The league is an all-volunteer organization, and almost all the coaches and referees are parents of players. If you would like to learn more about game dates and times, or future opportunities for registration or volunteering, email ayso78registrar@

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By Jonathan Lee The Muppets’ first fulllength live show, including performances by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be held on Fri., Sat., and Sun., Sept. 8, 9, and 10 at the Hollywood Bowl. The event, titled “The Muppets Take the Bowl,” will feature iconic Muppets characters like Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, who will dance and perform comedic sketches, alongside celebrity appearances and classic songs performed by the orchestra. The Muppets’ live-show debut will conclude with a fireworks display. The Sept. 8 and 9 shows will start at 8 p.m., and the Sept. 10 show at 7:30 p.m. Visit hollywoodbowl. com for more information.

Signups for coed flag football for kids ages 6 to 12 are now available at Pan Pacific Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd. Opening day is Sat., Sept. 30. There are three divisions: Pee Wee for those born between 2008 and 2010, Minors for those born between 2006 and 2007, and Majors for those born from 2004 to 2005. Evaluation dates for those in the Minor and Major age groups are Sat., Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. or Wed., Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. There is no evaluation necessary for those in the Pee Wee group. Practices begin the week of Sept. 18, with each team’s coach determining practice dates and times. Cost is $120, which includes uniform, game fees, trophy and staff. Volunteer coaches are still needed. For more information, call 323-939-8874 or go to

Dinosaur festival at NHMLA Celebrate dinosaurs and learn about the pre-historic past at the second annual Dino Fest at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paleontologists will be onsite to answer questions. There will be hands-on activities, interactive experiences, and dig pits. This year, the highlight of the event will be a candidate for official state dinosaur Augustynolophus morrisi. For more information, call 213-763-3499 or go to

Teen Advisory Board applications sought

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is accepting applications for its 201718 Teen Advisory Board. The Board consists of Los Angeles high school students who work with Holocaust survivor mentors and various museum projects throughout the school year. Contact Rachel @lamoth. org, or call 323-456-5085.

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Laptop-friendly backpacks & eco lunchware on Blvd. By Suzan Filipek Backpacks and pencil holders in vibrant shades with emoji and outer space designs, eco-friendly “lunch pails” and innovative 3D pens are sure to please every student heading back to school this fall.

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ing very ecological in how they pack lunches,” said Pickett. Some of the more progressive schools even require environmentally friendly solutions. “Paper napkins are the only thing going in the trash…. We’re moving away from plastic; we’re more mindful,” notes Pickett. At Flicka, 204 N. Larchmont, find an assortment of faux fur-lined and emojiencrusted pencil holders. Backpacks come in styles for both boys and girls with mermaid themes, lions and outer space prints. “We have lots of backpacks, lunch totes, water bottles, pens, journals, pencil cases, and the very popular squishies and key chains the kids are hanging on their backpacks. “And, of course, we are already receiving shipments of back-to-school clothing,” said Flicka owner Kristen Sato. Pick up “super cute agenda books” at Landis Gifts & Stationary, 138 N. Larchmont Blvd. They come with 12- and 17-month calendars, says owner Edie Frère.   “Fun pencils, journals and stationery for kids to write to parents when they spend the night at a friend’s house” are also popular.    Writing could never be easier or more colorful with Le Pens, Gel Pens and a zillion colors of double-ended calligraphy pens, adds Frère. “All the art supplies you would need for school you can get here,” says Laura Sammons at Landis’ Labyrinth Classic Toy Shop. The basics include crayons, paintbrushes and building blocks, and then there are the creative options, she says, holding a unicorn-topped pen. Silly putty can be used in science experiments, and it is a great tool for fidgety kids who have trouble sitting still in class. Playing with the elastic putty can help students focus, she says. “Our arts and crafts area is full to the brim with so many exciting projects and items!” said Joanne Slaniceanu, marketing manager, Landis’ Labyrinth Toy Shops. “Also, we have a great selection of school supplies: markers, colored pencils, drawing kits, chalk markers, glue, Kumon books, coloring books, Mad Libs and so much more! “We also have high quality snack containers, insulated food jars, cool sandwich keepers and really funny sandwich bags! Our new shop, Landis’ Labyrinth Explorers, carries a wide selection of science kits. “Probably the most exciting back to school item that we carry is an amazing 3D Pen (3Doodler) — a quite magical tool! You can create 3D

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Local students report from annual political convention Some of the biggest names in politics descended on the Pasadena Convention Center July 29-30 for the third annual Politicon, a non-partisan event that brings together politicians, pundits and media personalities. Two local students who attended the conference give their perspectives on what it was like to watch people of all political stripes come together to debate today’s most topical issues. Political junkies gather By Sofia Goitiandia U.S. politics has become the most popular reality show, and Politicon was the season recap. The convention attracted people of different political beliefs, watching, and sometimes participating, while the state of politics was dissected, discussed and debated by political junkies. As a kid newly interested in politics, I found Politicon to be extremely entertaining. When pundit Ann Coulter was introduced to the conference, two people walked in wearing Nazi-esque uniforms yelling “Hail Trump.” Soon after, two different people held up a banner that read, “Trump and Pence must go,” while yelling

the same mantra. The next day, political commentators Cenk Uygur and Ben Shapiro debated many issues facing the U.S., including health care, tax breaks and... Trump. The debate was interrupted several times, primarily by Trump supporters, who yelled and booed. When the left-leaners heckled, Uygur would try to calm things, whereas Shapiro would encourage the bad behaviors of the “alt-right” supporters. Sadly, it was rare to complete a session without rants of “USA, USA, USA” or “Trump, Trump, Trump.” I guess it’s expected when politics have become so polarizing and hateful. Politicon was an amazing experience, and I recommend it to any political junkie. I didn’t agree with everyone, but it was interesting to hear their points of view, even at high volume. From composed debates to yelling matches, Politicon represented the state of U.S. politics in the era of Trump: a political climate of rage, hate, and controversy.  Lack of respect, kindness By Kiyomi Genewick At Politicon, I spent two days attending panels, visit(Please turn to page 17)

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good, bad and ugly. At the end of the weekend, it was clear to me that the lessons I’ve learned at home and school


have been forgotten in the world of politics: to listen, to be kind, and to respect others and embrace our differences.

Kiyomi Genewick, 14, and Sofia Goitiandia, 15, are both incoming freshmen this year at Marymount High School.

STUDENTS Sofia Goitiandia, 15, and Kiyomi Genewick, 14, watch the “Facts Still Matter” panel discussion.

Politicon (Continued from page 16) ing booths and observing people. Not only did I learn a lot about today’s hot political topics, but I got to witness how people discuss and debate these issues. Early in the conference, I was impressed to see guests with different opinions discuss the topic of LGBTQ+ in the 21st Century. The panel showcased how people with opposing views or different experiences can discuss topics without verbally attacking each other. I believe that because they listened to one another, each participant moved forward with new ideas that may impact his or her

future choices because of the discussion. Unfortunately, most panels were not as respectful. I sat through many panels featuring political “personalities” who make a living voicing their opinions. These personalities were only there to share their messages, and they clearly didn’t want to hear from anyone else.  Instead, insults were exchanged, nothing productive was discussed and no new ideas were presented. It was during these panels where the chant “USA” was used to disrupt and divide the audience.  It made me uncomfortable to hear the angry, not patriotic, chanting. I’m glad I got to attend Politicon, where I witnessed the


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Comparing Pilgrim’s ‘Commonwealth’ and the ‘Chronicle’ By Jonathan Lee Managing the “Commonwealth,” the student-run newspaper of Pilgrim School, and writing for the Larchmont Chronicle have been markedly different experiences. Both publications have unique aspects that set them apart from one

another. Perhaps the most distinguishing attribute of the Pilgrim School newspaper is that it is almost entirely studentrun. Though a teacher oversees the publication process, the journalism class is responsible for the writing and submission of all articles. Consequent-

ly, the student-based foundation of the “Commonwealth” molds the tone of the paper. For instance, opinion pieces often focus on issues more relevant to students, such as dress code policies and technology restrictions. Pilgrim has a total of 88

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high school students. Due to structured office setting and the small size of this com- strict deadlines. The monthly munity, the school paper’s publication of the Chronicle, writers are familiar, and often as opposed to the publication friends, with of my those they Perhaps the most distinguishing s c h o o l i n t e r v i e w. attribute of the Pilgrim School newspaAs a result, newspaper is that it is almost per once i n t e r v i e w s entirely student-run. every two between staff months, writers and their subjects are amplifies this need for dilioften less formal and reduce gence. unwanted stress on newer stuThough they contrast greatly, dents tasked with obtaining the publications have similariinformation from members of ties as well, the most obvious the school community. of which is their environments. On the other hand, the The office and classroom of Larchmont Chronicle main- the two papers are thoroughly tains a far greater readership inviting. I recall the hospitality and publishes articles that per- of the two newspaper staffs, on tain to the wider community. my first day in the school jourIts articles, therefore, focus on nalism class and on my first events and issues of greater day as an intern at the longsignificance. Such a readership established local newspaper. demands more professionalism Jonathan Lee is the editor than does my school’s newspa- in chief of Pilgrim School’s per, which is apparent in the “Commonwealth” this fall.

Welcome everybody to my column and a new 2017-18 school year! First off, I would personally like to thank Ms. Patricia Kong for all the hard work that she did as our headmaster last year, and I would like to give a very warm welcome to Mr. Paul Barsky to the Pilgrim community. I know he will do a great job as our new headmaster. I am very excited to announce that we are in the home stretch for the Field of Dreams project.

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No longer a big hole on Commonwealth but a beautiful field, bringing joy to all of us here at Pilgrim, especially to us athletes. The Middle School Flag Football team started practicing in Aug. I can’t wait to get on the field, passing, scoring, bonding, and winning. Last year our team won the Division 2 Championship, and our goal for this season is to win Division 1! I am sure we can do it. I want to give a shoutout to Coach Taylor Shipley, and Coach Oscar Bellfield for giving the basketball players a great offseason camp. I personally had a lot of fun, and thanks to their great coaching, as a player I have improved, and... Go Patriots! win prizes! Eager kindergarteners entered their new classroom wideeyed and anxious, clutching their parents’ hands where they were greeted by their teachers. They then received, as all SBS kindergarteners do, a fun, novelty shaped name tag tied on a yarn.  The student council kicked off the new school year with their first assembly. It was filled with fun activities and announcements.  The parent board held a get together for the parents where they met other parents and had coffee and donuts. St. Brendan’s new year is off to a great start!

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roughs Bulletin,” “Roman Remarks” or “Marlborough Corner.” It was rare that a student’s picture appeared. Tom’s

DEACON TOM BRANDLIN in 2008, 42 years after being a student reporter at the Larchmont Chronicle.

Former Chronicle student reporter: then and now

By Rachel Olivier These days, Tom Brandlin of Park La Brea serves as a notfor-profit consultant at the Soldiers Project in North Hollywood and other agencies, as well as deacon at St. Basil’s Parish on Wilshire Blvd. Then In 1965, he was a high school sophomore at St. John Vianney High School (in the process of being renamed Daniel Murphy). Like most kids his age, Tom was a veritable wild card of possibilities, but as yet unfocused. Enter intrepid editor and publisher Jane Gilman, who was seeking students interested in reporting on their

schools in the Larchmont Chronicle. She contacted Fr. Vincent Cavalli, a teacher at Daniel Murphy, who talked to Tom about the opportunity. That is how Tom became the Chronicle’s first student reporter. As a student reporter, Tom brought in his double-spaced 500-word column every month by deadline. It may have been typed, but this was no hurried email sent off at the last minute or after the deadline. Once Tom began his student reporting, more student reporters submitted columns. Each school’s column had its own heading, such as “Bur-


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CHILDREN’S CENTER PRESCHOOL 1260 N. Vermont Ave. 323-422-9690 Tim Siregar, director. Ages 2.9 years to kindergarten. Hours

are 8:45 a.m. to noon, with a full day option through 4 p.m. Call for rates and information. LARCHMONT PRESCHOOL 555 N. Windsor Blvd. 323-572-0186 Debra Stolberg, director. Ages 2 to 4 years for toddler program

and 3 to 5 years for preschool program. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon or 2 to 5 p.m. Rates range from $400 to $900 per month. PLYMOUTH SCHOOL 315 S. Oxford Ave. 213-387-7381 Megan Drynan, director. Ages

2 years to 5 years. Full days are 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half days 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. 60 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL PRESCHOOL DIVISION 625 S. Gramercy Pl. 213-382-2315 Dr. Patricia Joseph Thomas, director. From 2 to 6 years, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before and after school care. Closed in Aug. Call for rates. SUNSET MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL 1432 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-465-8133 4212 Tujunga Ave. 818-623-0913 Liliya Kordon, head of school. Ages 2 to 6 years, 40 students. Full and half days are available. Tuition is $1,500 per month for half days and $1,700 per month for full days. WAGON WHEEL SCHOOL 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-469-8994 Ruth Segal, director. Ages 2 to 5 years, 110 students. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school program. $1,800 per month. WESTSIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER PRESCHOOL 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-556-5251 Deborah L. Kaplan, M.A.T., director. Ages 2 to 5 years, preschool through transitional kindergarten. Arts and playbased and includes an afternoon enrichment program. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an early drop off option. Check website for tuition. WILSHIRE BLVD. TEMPLE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS West (Mann) 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., 90064 424-208-8900 East - Temple (Glazer) 3663 Wilshire Blvd., 90010 213-835-2125 Carol Bovill, director. Ages 2 to 5 years. West campus hours 7:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. East campus hours 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ages 18 mos. to 5 years. Baby

Tom Brandlin (Continued from page 19) 500 to the 600 block over the years). He would sit by Jane’s desk as she read over his column; they discussed what was happening at school or in the neighborhood. A few times he ended up with independent writing assignments as a result. Two of those articles, one an interview of a USC history professor, and one a report on the work of Marian Bramble and the Crenshaw tutorial program, were published in the July 1966 Larchmont Chronicle. He remained a student reporter at the paper until his

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ARETÉ PREPARATORY ACADEMY 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., #318 310-478-9900 Jim Hahn, head of school. Grades nine to 12, with approximately 50 students. An accelerated and high-ability liberal arts program. Call admissions office for more information. BAIS YAAKOV SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 7353 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-3231 Rabbi Joel Bursztyn, director. Ninth to 12th grade. 300 students. $18,300 per year. BLESSED SACRAMENT 6641 Sunset Blvd. 323-467-4177 Danina Uy, principal. Prekindergarten to eighth grade. 120 students. Call or check website for tuition rates. BRAWERMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEST 11661 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-208-8934 BRAWERMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EAST 3663 Wilshire Blvd. 213-835-2170 Brandon Cohen, Head of School. West Campus, kindergarten to sixth grade, with about 100 students. East Campus, kindergarten to sixth grade, with approximately 280 students. Call for tuition rates. THE BUCKLEY SCHOOL 3900 Stansbury Ave. 818-783-1610 James Busby, head of school. Kindergarten to 12th grade; 830 students in lower, middle and upper schools. Call or check website for more information. CAMPBELL HALL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 818-980-7280 Rev. Julian Bull, headmaster. Kindergarten through 12th grade. Check website for tuition rates.

graduation in 1968. Now Tom says that that early training in communicating in a succinct manner has served him well over the years, through high school, university, his master’s in Christian ministry, various jobs with nonprofit agencies, and now as a grant writer and consultant at his business Not-forProfit Counsel. Tom Brandlin had no idea where his journey would take him when he began as a student reporter in 1965, he says. Currently, there are about 20 student reporters at the Chronicle during each school year. Who knows where they may end up as they begin their own journeys into adulthood?

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(Private school prices subject to change) MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-935-1147 Dr. Priscilla Sands, head of school. Girls only. Seventh to 12th grade, 530 students.

213-381-5121, ext. 1200 Rev. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, president. Frank Kozakowski, principal. Boys only. Ninth to 12th grade, 1,247 students. Call school or check website for tuition rates.




Developmental kindergarten to sixth grade, 491 students. Call admissions office for rates. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 Martha Schuur, head of school. Pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, 200 students. Hours are Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check website for rates. EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES 6325 Santa Monica Blvd. 323-462-3752 Rev. Maryetta Anschutz, founding head of school. Grades six to 12, 140 students. After school programming available. Financial aid and scholarships are available. FUSION ACADEMY 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Prom. 1 323-692-0603 Katheryn Nguyen, head of school. Grades six to 12. One teacher to one student; enrollment capacity 75 students. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Check website or call for Open House dates and tuition. HARVARD-WESTLAKE 3700 Coldwater Canyon 818-980-6692 Richard Commons, president; head of upper school, Laura Ross; head of middle school, Jon Wimbish. Seventh to 12th grade; middle school and high school are separate campuses. Check website for tuition rates. HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 323-465-1320 Ilise Faye, head of school. Preschool to sixth grade. Pre-school supervision until 6 p.m. 307 students. Check website for rates. IMMACULATE HEART MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 Maureen Diekmann, president; Naemah Z. Morris, high school principal. Gina Finer, middle school principal. Girls only, grades six to 12, 500 students. Tuition for 2017-18 school year is $15,900. LAURENCE SCHOOL 13639 Victory Blvd. 818-782-4001 Lauren Wolke, head of school. Kindergarten to sixth grade, 300 students. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care available. Base tuition is $27,965 per year. LE LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE LOS ANGELES 3261 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464 Clara-Lisa Kabbaz, Esq., president. Bilingual, French or English-language sections available. Preschool to 12th grade. Check website for rates and information for their six campuses. LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1901 Venice Blvd.



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CATHEDRAL CHAPEL 755 S. Cochran Ave. 323-938-9976 Tina Kipp, principal. Kindergarten to eighth grade. 258 students. Extended care. Call for tuition rates. CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION 536 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 Mark Brooks, head of school. 2 years to sixth grade, 540 students. Check website for rates. CHRIST THE KING 617 N. Arden Blvd. 323-462-4753 Patty Hager, principal. Montessori transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. 200 students. Check website for tuition rates. CURTIS SCHOOL 15871 Mulholland Dr. 310-476-1251, ext. 820 Meera Ratnesar, head of school.


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626-796-2774 Joseph J. Gill, head of school. Coed school. Kindergarten to eighth grade. 515 students. Call for tuition rates. MAYFIELD SENIOR SCHOOL 500 Bellefontaine St., Pasadena


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626-799-9121 Kate Morin, head of school. Girls only, ninth to 12th grade. 330 students. Base tuition is $25,000 per year. THE OAKS SCHOOL 6817 Franklin Ave. 323-850-3755 Ted Hamory, head of school. Tanyanya Hekymaru, director of admissions and civic engagement. Kindergarten to sixth grade, 160 students. $25,592 per year plus fees. PACIFIC HILLS 8628 Holloway Dr. 310-276-3068 Michael Wagner and Ann Wagner, co-executive directors. Sixth to 12th grade. 120 students. Tuition is $29,900 plus fees. PAGE ACADEMY OF HANCOCK PARK 565 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-5118 Charles J. Vaughan, president, Pat Klindworth, senior director. Preschool to eighth grade. Accelerative Learning Certified Teachers and fully accredited by NCPSA, MSA/CESS and AI. Extended hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call for tuition rates. PARK CENTURY SCHOOL 3939 Landmark Street 310-840-0500 Douglas E. Phelps, head of school. CAIS and NAIS-certified independent school for children ages 7 to 14, second to eighth grades, with learning disabilities. Call for rates. PILGRIM SCHOOL 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 213-385-7351 Paul I. Barsky, head of school. Preschool (2 years) to 12th grade, 407 students. NAIS and CAISaccredited. Call or check website for rates and more information. ST. BRENDAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 238 S. Manhattan Pl. 213-382-7401 Sr. Maureen O’Connor, C.S.J., principal. Kindergarten to eighth grade, 305 students. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school care. Call for tuition rates. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 213-382-2315 Deborah David, head of school. Preschool to sixth grade. 370 students. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the California Association of Independent Schools. Check website for more information, tuition and fees. STEM3 ACADEMY 6455 Coldwater Canyon Ave. 818-623-6386 Dr. Ellis Crasnow, director. Kindergarten to 12th grade, 80 students. Specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects for students who have high-functioning Autism Spectrum or ADHD or other social or learning disorders. Tuition is $33,300 per year. STRATFORD SCHOOL 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-980-9505 Paul Mastin, head of school. Cheryl Molenkamp, director of lower school. Preschool to eighth grade. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with optional before and after school care. Tuition

varies by program and enrollment is ongoing. Check website for more information. TEMPLE ISRAEL DAY SCHOOL 7300 Hollywood Blvd. 323-876-8330, ext. 4000 Rachel Lewin, head of school. Kindergarten to sixth grade, about 230 students. After school enrichment and supervision until 4 p.m. Tours are Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Jan. 11. Call to reserve a space and for rates. TREE ACADEMY 5555 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-204-5165 Darryl Sollerh, director. Sixth to ninth grades, 70 students. Concentrates on creative arts, new technology and social justice, as well as academics. Call admissions office for tuition rates. TURNING POINT SCHOOL 8780 National Blvd. 310-841-2505 Dr. Laura Konigsberg, head of school. Preschool (2 years and 9 months) to eighth grade, 350 students. Before and after school care. Check website for information and tuition rates. VISTAMAR SCHOOL 737 Hawaii St. 310-643-7377 Karen Eshoo, head of school. Ninth to 12th grade, 275 students. Tuition is $36,200 plus fees. WESLEY SCHOOL 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-508-4542 John Walter III, head of school; Joseph Campanella, middle school head; Chris Thinnes, lower school head. Coed. Kindergarten to eighth grade, 285 students. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before and after school care available. Tuition for K to fifth grade is $24,440; sixth to eighth grades is $27,450; additional fees required. WESTRIDGE SCHOOL 324 Madeline Dr. 626-799-1153 Elizabeth McGregor, head of

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CHARLES H. KIM ELEMENTARY 225 S Oxford Ave 213-368-5600 Jonathan Paek, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade. About 700 students enrolled. Special education, gifted and talented, Spanish dual language, Korean transitional bilingual education and structured English immersion programs. HANCOCK PARK 408 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-935-5272 Ashley Parker, principal.

Kindergarten to fifth grade, 800+ students. Hours are 8:07 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., after school program to 6 p.m. LARCHMONT CHARTER FAIRFAX 1265 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-656-6418 Mersedeh Emrani, school leader. Amy Held, executive director. Kindergarten to fourth grade. LARCHMONT CHARTER HOLLYGROVE 815 N. El Centro 323-836-0860 Alissa Chariton and Eva Orozco, co-school leaders. Amy Held, executive director. Transitional kindergarten to fourth grade. MELROSE MATHEMATICS/ SCIENCE/ TECHNOLOGY MAGNET 731 N. Detroit St. 323-938-6275 Mathew Needleman, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade, 350 students. 8:06 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., after school programs to 6 p.m. NEW LA CHARTER 5421 Rodeo Rd. 323-556-9500 Kate O’Brien, principal; Brooke Rios, head of schools. Transitional kindergarten to first grade. 500 students. 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. THIRD STREET ELEMENTARY 201 S. June St. 323-939-8337 Daniel Kim, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade, 700 students. 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the Beyond the Bell after school program until 6 p.m. VAN NESS AVENUE/ FRANCIS BLEND ELEMENTARY 501 N. Van Ness Ave. 323-469-0992 Pauline Hong, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade with a special education component for the visually impaired. Approximately 250 students. Has Boys and Girls Club after school program.

WILSHIRE CREST 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-5291 Harold Klein, principal. Expanded pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. 315 students. After school program until 6 p.m. WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4063 Ingraham St. 213-739-4760 Leighanne Creary, principal. Transitional kindergarten to fifth grade. 500 students. After school program until 6 p.m. WILTON PLACE 745 S. Wilton Pl. 213-389-1181 Jung Hae Kim, principal. Pre-


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school. Fourth through 12th grades. 500 students. Girls only. Tuition is $26,970 for fourth through sixth, $29,840 for seventh and eighth, $34,900 for ninth to 12th, plus fees. WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 8509 Higuera St. 310-815-0411 Lisa Rosenstein, head of school. Developmental kindergarten to eighth grade, 463 students. Before and after school care. Tuition for DK to fifth is $28,305 per year; sixth to eighth grade is $32,320 per year; additional fees required. WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL 4900 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939-3800 Edward Shin, principal. Junior kindergarten (4 1/2 years) to sixth grade. 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with daycare until 6:30 p.m. After-school and summer programs. Call for rates. YAVNEH HEBREW ACADEMY 5353 W. 3rd St. 323-931-5808 Rabbi Moshe Dear, headmaster; Rabbi Schlomo Einhorn, dean. 2 years to eighth grade, 500 students. Check website for more information and tuition rates.

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5151 State University Dr. 323-343-2550 Mitzi Lizarraga, principal. Ninth through 12th grades. Tuition-free public school specializing in college preparatory and visual and performing arts. LOS ANGELES HIGH 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-900-2700 Travis Brandy, principal. Ninth to 12th grade. 1,200 students. Athletics and other clubs are after school.

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Amy Held, executive director. Fifth and sixth grade. Check website for more information. NEW LA CHARTER 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Daryl Brook, principal; Brooke Rios, head of schools. Sixth to eighth grade, 300 students. Hours are 8:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., with an after school program until 6:10 p.m.

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