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Pods to the rescue? Learning or activity type, or both? By Caroline Tracy Virtual school started for students across the county as of the printing of this issue. While the construct of this is uniform, the experience of it certainly won’t be. Pods, “podding” or “pod learning” offer an opportunity for some children to do their virtual learning together. But is it a viable solution for everyone? My exploration into this area reveals it can be a challenge to organize, but has the potential to provide help for families and much needed socialization for children. Types of pods In my search (personal) and research (professional), I have learned quite a bit about pods in the last month and half. It’s a lot to mull over. There are

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many different types of pods, it turns out. The most basic example of this is whether a family wants a learning pod or an activity pod, or both. A learning pod entails a group of about four to six kids who will be in the same physi-

cal location while they attend “online school.” This could be in a garage or an on-property guest house or in a shady backyard. Depending on the risk tolerance of the participants, it could conceivably be at a large dining room table. At any rate, the idea is that the students will benefit by learning alongside their peers. An activity pod fulfills the social and emotional needs of children after virtual school hours. It provides an opportunity for children to get together for supervised play. A combination learning and activity pod would be a full-day pod experience, not unlike real school. In terms of decisionmaking, this is the baseline, then there are the logistics to consider.

HEAD COACH Korey Kalman, founder of Got Game, administers a temperature check for a pod participant at La Cienega Park July 27.

Logistical concerns Logistical considerations abound. As stated, the typical pod size is in the four to six kids per pod range. But this is where the logistical questions

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start to sprout. Are the four to six kids all in the same grade? Are they all in the same class (i.e., have the same assigned teacher)? What about siblings of different ages or in different grades? Where will they go? Do they need their own pod? Does gender factor in? Are all the families on the same page regarding safety precautions and risk tolerance? What will the location be? Will the pod rotate among houses? Is liability an issue (i.e., someone gets hurt on someone else’s property)? What happens if someone gets sick? The list goes on. Many parents have endeavored to organize a pod only to reach a dead end when faced with this myriad of questions. “When I started looking into pods and having those discussions with my kids’ friends’ parents, I would ultimately come back to a place of concern and caution,” said PJ Perez, S. Orange Drive resident and parent to a first grader and a fourth grader. “The critical issue that gets missed in these conversations is a basic misunderstanding of public health and how it’s unique from individual health. Policies are in place to enhance the health of the population; one’s individual risk is only relevant in that a single person is part of the population.” Perez concludes: “Creating a pod might be safe for individuals, but a pod creates undue interactions for the population that are not considered.” Other families expressed a sense of overwhelm when faced with the challenge of placing multiple children into pods, thus expanding their circles to an uncomfortable degree. The pod type that seems to be taking at least a little bit of shape at this point is the neighborhood play pod. Sometimes referred to as a “bubble,” these pods have been functioning all summer, mostly among small groups of neighbors with school-aged children who need playmates to pass the time. (Please turn to page 16)


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Responding to challenges, a new school year and new approach By Nick Melvoin The Los Angeles Unified School District has welcomed our families back to school, but it is a new year unlike any other as students logged on to learn from home. In the face of this year’s nearly impossible challenges, we have rolled out unprecedented new efforts to meet the needs of the students and families I represent on the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, while also working to safely reopen schools as soon as possible. After hearing feedback from families about the emergency transition to distance learning last March, I pushed for a plan that would ensure this year’s instruction will be more rigorous and equitable than last spring. Los Angeles Unified recently reached an agreement with our teachers that requires daily, synchronous or real-time instruction, built-in time in a smaller group setting to personalize learning and provide social-emotional support, consistent schedules, clear, articulated time to support English learners and students with disabilities, and attendance tracking to make sure we are reach-

LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin (left) visits administrators at Bernstein High School, while maintaining social distance and wearing masks, during the first week of school.

ing all our students. Administrators will be able to supervise and observe virtual classrooms as needed to provide feedback as our teachers facilitate a semester of learning like we’ve never seen before. We have also reached agreements with our other staff to help with our “all-hands-ondeck” approach, with substitutes and support staff filling holes and providing as much small-group instructional time as possible. Bus drivers will be calling home and providing support for families who have

difficulty connecting, campus aides will provide support for teachers to help facilitate breakout rooms and individualized attention, and we are providing childcare for children of the staff who are reporting physically to school sites. We have also developed additional supports to help support teachers and students, like specialized professional development for remote teaching, prioritized content standards and model lessons, professional development supports, a tutoring pilot, and more.

As we work to keep our kids learning, we are also busily preparing for the day we can welcome them back safely. We are working to set campuses up with the facilities, equipment, and supplies needed to be ready for students upon their return. Los Angeles Unified is also rolling out a first-ofits-kind widespread COVID-19 testing and contact tracing system for school communities. Our Grab and Go meal centers have served over 50 million meals to people in need. Our schools have distributed digital devices and hotspots to hundreds of thousands of our students to bridge the digital divide. And I brought a resolution, which the Board passed, advocating for free childcare for District families with the hopes that we can create a public “learning pod” option. We will continue these efforts, and others, to address the challenges that come our way. This semester will not be perfect, but we will do our best to step up and support our kids and families to make it through this crisis and prepare them to learn and thrive. Nick Melvoin, since 2017, has

been the elected LAUSD school board member for District 4, which includes the Larchmont Chronicle neighborhoods, the Hollywood Hills and communities in and abutting the Santa Monica Mountains.

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childcare. The loan assistance program was announced on July 13, the same day that schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District were

relegated to online learning only, further compounding the plight of working parents. “JFLA is committed to supporting our community in

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Saddest casualty of all: The school play and the unknown loss When the pandemic hit in March (remember March?), theater productions everywhere were cancelled. Large theaters, 99-seat theaters, summer theaters, etc. all suffered devastating artistic and financial losses, from which many will never recover. Indeed, the entire play- (and concert-) going experience may be changed if not quite forever, then for a very long time to come.

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Louis Fantasia The Berkshire Theater Company in western Massachusetts, for example, recently presented an Equity-approved production of the 1971 musi-

cal “Godspell.” To pull this off, the cast rehearsed in a socially distanced way, performed six feet apart, never touching, and wore masks when not singing. The audience of 100 had its temperature taken upon entering the outdoor tent that housed the production, tickets and programs were on cell phones only, and the cast is living in quarantine during the run of the show. As much as I want to see theater thrive, this is about as appetizing as dining out in purple nitrate gloves with a bottle of hand sanitizer as a condiment. Of course, the alternative is worse. Along with many other theaters, Seattle’s ACT has cancelled the rest of its season, which will have devastating artistic and economic repercussions. Zoom readings have lost whatever initial charm or curiosity they may have had even three or four months ago, and email in-boxes are stuffed with requests for support, funding and donations from evermore-desperate theaters. School plays The saddest casualty in all this, though, is the school play. Last spring, kids across the country (and their hardworking teachers!) got the rugs pulled out from under them, when, after weeks of rehearsal, schools closed and performances were cancelled — often without ever hav-

ing had an opening night. Arts teachers everywhere are grappling with how to do plays online, teach acting or violin or drawing, schedule rehearsals, all the while being tossed back and forth by administrators and politicians with, to be polite, conflicting agendas. But it is the students, of course, who suffer most when the intangibles of an arts education — discipline, dedication, commitment, trust, diversity, enthusiasm, camaraderie, etc. — are taken away from them. Those experiences, such as auditioning for the class play and NOT getting the part, but coming back next year, or taking a smaller role this time; or coming to rehearsal and finding that you do have a “voice” of your own — what people thought was geeky gets laughs on stage, perhaps — all this is gone, and these students will never have a chance at having it back. While it might not make them a lost generation, the danger is that they become a generation that doesn’t know what it has lost. Since the 1940s, according to an NPR Education report, the most frequently performed school plays have consistently included “Our Town,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “12 Angry

Jurors” (originally “12 Angry Men”), and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet.” More recently, plays like “Radium Girls” (factory women poisoned by radiation), “Peter and the Starcatcher” (the prequel to “Peter Pan”) and “Almost, Maine” (a kind of Hallmark “Our Town” with multiple gender and sexual identity themes) have joined the lists. On the musical side, “Oklahoma!” and “Charlie Brown” have slowly given way to “Mamma Mia!” and “Into the Woods.” Students — and their teachers — use more and more difficult plays to present and discuss more and more difficult issues to their schools and communities. This is one of the chief roles of art in a free and dynamic society, one which we are in danger of losing if theaters stay closed for the foreseeable future, which they must, until the pandemic is under control. Students, then, will get neither a true play- or concert-going experience, nor an experience of making theater or music with and for others. As long as the art that they, and we, get is limited to our computer screens, or literally sanitized for safe consumption, we will be the lesser for it, for the unfortunately foreseeable future.

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Thorny issues Words that have come up over the past few weeks that aren’t as fun and sexy as “pods,” “pivot” and “bubble” (and that have plagued my own mind) are “liability” and “inequity.” Companies that provide pod services likely have their own licensing, liability insurance and other attractive credentials. But is it enough? If there is a pod rotating among a few families’ homes, would those homeowners be prudent to up their own policies? What about renters? And what about the kids who simply do not have access to these types of resources? Will they fall behind academically, socially and emotionally while more privileged peers are boosted from the benefits a pod might provide? These conversations are omnipresent in the community right now, and they are not easy. With luck, the distance learning that schools are providing (after having months to prepare) will be better than last spring, and all of our children will have a decent option to engage with peers, whether through an augmented, more organized online curriculum or an in-person pod. It seems only time will tell at this point.

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Pod companies As with many industries, after-school enrichment providers have begun to pivot (adding to their lexicons another word, like “pod,” which has entered the everyday vernacular as of late) and offer services in this space. Companies such as JMG Sportswise and Got Game are just two of these types of companies who are working with local families to facilitate their pods. “Near the end of July, the phones started ringing and emails started coming in about pods,” says Korey Kalman, founder of Got Game, a popular after-school enrichment and camp provider in the area. “Families are looking for facilitators to act as academic supervisors during their virtual classes. And once the screen time ends, we transition to our regular, existing curriculum and content, which is fun and sports. We are currently booking engagements that range from six hours a day, five days a week to just one-to-two days a week for a couple of hours,” Korey explains.


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Adapting has helped Maryvale thrive for last 164 years By Rachel Olivier “Adapt and survive” could be one of 2020’s most-used catchphrases as people and organizations scrabble to fig-

ure out what works in a year crowded with a pandemic, economic crisis, and several other critical events. It also could be said to be the motto

of Maryvale, Los Angeles’ oldest children’s charity as what began as an orphanage in 1856 adapts once again to meet the needs of children in Los Ange-

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les. Leaders at Maryvale might, instead of “adapt and survive,” point to one of their core values, “inventiveness to infinity,” as a driving principle. Program ends In August, Maryvale shuttered its residential program (ShortTerm Residential Therapeutic Program), the most recent iteration of the orphanage. While that seems like a loss, Maryvale’s keeping open its early education centers and other family programs throughout the COVID-19 shutdowns has been a triumph in many ways. The residential program was not shut down due to the pandemic, but had more to do with the need to meet changing state mandates and models for children and family services. Daycare programs Many of the parents served by Maryvale’s education centers and other services are in jobs considered essential during the pandemic. These parents would not otherwise have a place for their children to be while the parents are at work, says Steve Gunther, CEO at Maryvale. And approximately 60 percent qualify for income-based help, he added. Maryvale has been able to adjust to meet that need. He and Serena Bernolak, director of development at Maryvale, pointed out to the Chronicle that the early education centers at Rosemead and Duarte are for children ages infant to five years, but Maryvale also has other family and wrap-around services, such as before- and after-school care programs for older kids, and a distance learning support pro-

gram. So older students have had a safe, stable place with access to the internet to do their schoolwork. But Gunther believes there is more that Maryvale can do to help meet the needs of these families. Next evolution Currently, there are still discussions as to how Maryvale, and the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild that supports it, will evolve. The education centers are not operating up to capacity because of the pandemic, but now there also are residential buildings that are empty and another four acres that are undeveloped that could be of use. Discussions about future use of those parts of Maryvale’s Rosemead campus consist of whether it should include transitional or temporary housing, or how it could be used in other ways. Gunther said it’s a matter of how best Maryvale can evolve and be mindful of the needs of the families it serves. Not a stranger to change Maryvale was initially established by five nuns from the Daughters of Charity, who traveled from Maryland to meet the needs of the moment in Los Angeles, which in 1856 was to help the many homeless children living on the streets. As the needs of orphans in Los Angeles grew and changed, Maryvale, at the time known as the Los Angeles Orphan Asylum, moved from being an orphanage and a hospital — in a wood frame house where Union Station now sits — to Boyle Heights in 1891. There it was able to expand and help (Please turn to page 20)

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IMMACULATE HEART By Quinn Lanza 12th Grade

Immaculate Heart high school and middle school began online classes Aug. 13. Class schedules for both high school and middle school students mirror a typical full day on campus. Although some students have expressed screen time concerns (“Zoom-fatigue”), teachers are finding various ways to make classes more interactive and engaging by employing smaller breakout rooms and virtual simulations. The science department uses the latter as a digital replacement for labs. This schedule will also allow a smooth transition into hybrid learning

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once it is safe to allow students back on campus. After many hours indoors and sitting at a desk, IHHS  athletes have been doing virtual workouts. This summer, athletes participated in virtual conditioning with their respective teams. Members of the tennis team have even been playing socially distanced matches, while members of the cross-country team have been using the app Strava to upload and share the runs they do alone. This summer, following the murder of George Floyd, student body president Cleo Riley created the Instagram account @ studentsforfloyd, which gained a large following within days. Along with other IH students, Riley joined the Black Lives Matter protests, holding up signs and passing out food and water to fel

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MARLBOROUGH By Avery Gough 9th Grade

Over the summer, at Marlborough there were modified summer offerings such as geometry and emergency preparedness. The six-week geometry course that took place in June and July was virtual the entire time. The optional geometry class was offered for students that

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either needed or wanted credit this upcoming school year, or just wanted an overview of next year’s math class. Another virtual class was emergency preparedness to become certified in first aid. The first two and a half weeks were virtual for four hours a day, two for Zoom and two for work. The last three days we were expected to be on campus for swimming and our certification test. I am very excited to start school on Aug. 31, even though it is going to be online for an uncertain amount of time. First, we

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received lists of last names and corresponding times to tell us when to go to campus to pick up materials for the start of school. The school hours are going to be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is the normal amount of time we would spend on campus. The students were recently emailed a new schedule to maximize the time we have on Zoom. I am looking forward to seeing my friends and meeting my new teachers. I think it would help me feel a sense of normal because this summer has been anything but that.


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By Jasper Gough 11th Grade Hello everyone, I hope you all have been staying safe. Even though Buckley students aren’t able to physically be at our school that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been busy. A lot of students took online summer school classes to get their requirements, such as honors physics, out of the way. These online classes lasted between two weeks to a month and were virtual the entire time. Also, Buckley offered a lot of online DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Identity) meetings due to recent current events. The meetings addressed how we can become antiracist and taught how to be more aware of certain privileges we may have. We start online schooling on Aug. 26 and our school day is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buckley is now offering sports classes online in order to help students complete their athletic requirement. Everyone who isn’t taking the class has to do at least four hours a week of a structured physical activity. Another thing that’s been changed due to the coronavirus is the way we’ll be doing big school events such as the talent show and assemblies. For example, the talent show will now be a just video composed of clips sent in by interested students featuring various performances. The clips will be compiled into one big video and sent out by email to the school.

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Oakwood School will begin another school year on Sept. 2. Over the summer, the administrators planned a school year using a hybrid model. Since then, as the current situation has changed for the worse, it has been decided that students should return to remote learning only–for the time being. Though this transition occurred rather quickly, over the past few months, the Oakwood faculty worked to improve the remote learning model to teach and support students better online. Prior to the pandemic, the beginning of the school year usually signaled the annual 9th and 11th grade trips. The 9th graders would go to the Kennedy Meadows campground for some swimming, hiking, and stargazing at night. Meanwhile, the 11th graders would be kayaking and swimming in the Russian River in Sonoma County. These trips were times for students to create unforgettable memories, and bond with each other right as school started. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the beloved grade trips are cancelled, but similar programs will hopefully take place locally in the spring. As always, our community is stronger together, even though we are physically apart. 

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Gunther pointed out that the early education center in Rosemead came about in 1968 because the Daughters of Charity saw the need and adapted to meet it. Moving forward The core values of Maryvale are based on ideals espoused by the Daughters of Charity (who are still involved with Maryvale) and based on the lives of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac: respect, compassionate service, simplicity, advocacy for the poor and inventiveness to infinity. Maryvale again is adapting to serve its community, and it is working on finding the best way to do that. To learn more about them or how you can help, visit maryvale.org.

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Directory of public and private schools Following is a list of schools both in and outside the Chronicle’s delivery area. Many of the preschools are operating onsite, or offering a mix of onsite and virtual programming. Most elementary, middle and high schools are operating on a virtual basis, otherwise known as distance or remote learning, until such time as it is deemed safe to open. Information regarding these schools was confirmed either by phone or email. When schools did not respond to our request to confirm their information, we used information available on school websites. Corrections or additions should be sent to info@larchmontchronicle.com.

Nursery Schools CHILDREN’S CENTER PRESCHOOL 4679 La Mirada Ave. 323-422-9690 ourccp.com For children ages 2.5 years to pre-kindergarten. Hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with half and full day options and after-

care until 6 p.m. MARYVALE EARLY EDUCATION CENTERS ROSEMEAD 7600 E. Graves Ave. 626-537-3311 DUARTE 2502 E. Huntington Dr. 626-357-1514 maryvale.org Steve Gunther, CEO. Christina Moore, vice president of early childhood education. Ages infant to five years. Community Care license. Participates in the Child and Adult Care Food program. Meals included in cost of tuition. PLYMOUTH SCHOOL 315 S. Oxford Ave. 213-387-7381 theplymouthschool@gmail.com

theplymouthschool.com Megan Drynan, director. For children ages 2 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. Email for rates. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL PRESCHOOL DIVISION 625 S. Gramercy Pl. 213-382-2315 sjsla.org Patricia Joseph Thomas, di-

rector. For children from 2 to 6 years, hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before and after school care beginning at 7 a.m. and until 4:30 p.m. with a virtual option. To apply for the 2020-21 school year, go to sjsla. org/visit. SUNSET MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL 1432 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-465-8133 4212 Tujunga Ave. 818-623-0913 sunsetmontessori.com Liliya Kordon, head of school. Ages 2 to 6 years, 15 students. Full and half days are available. Tuition is $1,550 per month for half days and $1,750 per month for full days. WAGON WHEEL SCHOOL 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-469-8994 wagonwheelschool.org Ruth Segal, director. Contact Alison Lieber at alison@wagonwheelschool.org. Ages 2 to 5 years, 110 students. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for 2- to 3-year-olds and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to 3 1/2- to 5-year-olds, with an after school program. $1,900 per month.

WESTSIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER PRESCHOOL 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2531 westsidejcc.org Lauren Friedman, director. Ages 20 months to 5 years, preschool through transitional kindergarten. Afternoon enrichment program includes movement, music, art and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Email lfriedman@westsidejcc.org for more information. 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 wbtecc.org Carol Bovill, director. Ages 2 to 5 years. West campus hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. East campus hours 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ages 18 mos. to 5 years, with a remote option. Call for rates.

Parochial and Private Schools ARETÉ PREPARATORY ACADEMY 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., #318 310-478-9900 areteprep.org Jim Hahn, head of school. Grades six to 12. An accelerated and high-ability liberal arts program. BAIS YAAKOV SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 7353 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-3231 Joel Bursztyn, director. Ninth to 12th grade. BLESSED SACRAMENT 6641 Sunset Blvd. 323-467-4177 schoolblessedsacrament.org Rachel Kolbeck, principal. Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. 130 students. Inspiring learners in the Jesuit tradition since 1915. Teachers are trained in technology curriculum from Loyola Marymount University training in blended learning. There is a full schedule of live virtual learn(Please turn to page 22)

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School directory (Continued from page 21) ing. 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 brawerman.org Brandon Cohen, head of school. Kindergarten to 6th grade, co-ed. Enrollment is 385 for both schools (280 for the west campus; 105 for the east campus). Tuition is $31,150 for west campus and $24,950 for east campus. BRISKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD 7300 Hollywood Blvd. 323-876-8330, ext. 4000 tiohdayschool.org Hannah Bennett, head of school. Kindergarten to 6th grade, about 220 students. After school enrichment and supervision until 4 p.m. Tours are Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Jan. 17. Call to reserve a space and for rates. THE BUCKLEY SCHOOL 3900 Stansbury Ave. 818-783-1610 buckley.org Alona Scott, head of school. 830 students. Kindergarten to 12th grade. Call or check the website for more information.

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CAMPBELL HALL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 818-980-7280 campbellhall.org Julian Bull, head of school. Kindergarten through 12th grade, all gender day school. 1,130 students. Check website for tuition rates. CATHEDRAL CHAPEL 755 S. Cochran Ave. 323-938-9976 cathedralchapelschool.org Tina Kipp, principal. Founded in 1930. Kindergarten to 8th grade. THE CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION 563 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 centerforearlyeducation.org Reveta Bowers, interim head of school. 2 years to 6th grade, 540 students. Check website for rates. CHRIST THE KING 617 N. Arden Blvd. 323-462-4753 cksla.org Ruth Anderson, principal. Founded more than 60 years ago. Montessori transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. Check website for tuition rates. CURTIS SCHOOL 15871 Mulholland Dr. 310-476-1251, ext. 820 curtisschool.org Meera Ratnesar, head of school. Developmental kindergarten to 6th grade, 491 students. Call admissions office for rates. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 echohorizon.org Peggy Procter, head of school.

Pre-kindergarten to 6th grade, 170 students. Hours are Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check website for more information. EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES 6325 Santa Monica Blvd. 323-462-3752 es-la.com Andrew Wooden, head of school. Grades six through 12, 212 students. Full meal service, one-to-one laptop program, and after-school programming included for all families at no additional cost.Nearly half of overall tuition costs are funded through need-based financial aid. FUSION ACADEMY 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Prom. 1 323-692-0603 fusionacademy.com Katheryn Nguyen, head of school. Rolling enrollment for grades six through 12. Live online, customized one-to-one education with full- and parttime options. Check website for Open House dates and tuition. HARVARD-WESTLAKE UPPER SCHOOL 3700 Coldwater Canyon MIDDLE SCHOOL 700 N. Faring Rd. 818-980-6692 hw.com Richard Commons, president; Laura Ross, associate head of school; Beth Slattery, head of upper school; Jon Wimbish, head of middle school. 1,600 students, co-ed, 7th to 12th grade. Check website for tuition rates.

HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 323-465-1320 hshla.org Ilise Faye, head of school. Preschool to 6th grade. Preschool is open for distance and inschool learning, while the elementary program is open for distance learning only. 320 students. Check website for rates. IMMACULATE HEART HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 immaculateheart.org Maureen S. Diekmann, president; Naemah Z. Morris, high school principal. Gina B. Finer, middle school principal. Girls only, 6th through 12th grades, 700 students. Tuition for 201920 school year is $17,650. LAURENCE SCHOOL 13639 Victory Blvd. 818-782-4001 laurenceschool.com Lauren Wolke, head of school. Kindergarten through 6th grade, 300 students. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tuition rate is $30,420. LE LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE LOS ANGELES 3261 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464 lyceela.org Clara-Lisa Kabbaz, president. French and English curriculums available. Preschool to 12th grade, co-ed. Check website for rates and information for their six campuses. LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1901 Venice Blvd. 213-381-5121, ext. 1200 loyolahs.edu Gregory M. Goethals, president. Frank Kozakowski, principal. Boys only. Ninth to 12th grade, 1,282 students. Call school or check website for tuition rates. MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-935-1147 marlborough.org Priscilla Sands, head of school. Girls only, 7th to 12th grade, 530 students. Tuition is $44,050 per year. MARYMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL 10643 Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 mhs-la.org Jacqueline L. Landry, head of school. Girls only, 9th to 12th grades. Base tuition $37,040 per year for 9th to 11th grades; $37,840 per year for 12th grade. Daily transportation is included in tuition. MAYFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL 405 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena 626-796-2774 mayfieldjs.org Joe Sciuto, head of school. Independent, Catholic (Holy Child community), and coed.

Uses “Whole Child” education approach. Kindergarten to 8th grade, 511 students. For more information, schedule a virtual tour or phone meeting with Lauren Marlis, director of enrollment. MAYFIELD SENIOR SCHOOL 500 Bellefontaine St., Pasadena 626-799-9121 mayfieldsenior.org Kate Morin, head of school. Girls only, 9th to 12th grade. 330 students. On campus with basic COVID19 protocols in place. MORASHA ACADEMY AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER 7561 Beverly Blvd. 323-532-6458 morashaej.org Shlomo Harrosh, head of school. Boys only, gifted with learning differences. Focus is on kindergarten to 8th grade, but evolves with need. Call or email school for tuition rates and for more information. NEW COVENANT ACADEMY 3119 W. 6th St. 213-487-5437 e-nca.org Jason Song, principal. Kindergarten to 12th grade, Christian and co-ed, 174 students. WASC accredited and IB school offering diploma program. Tuition K to 5th grade is $13,275.00; 6th to 8th grades is $14,405.00; 9th to 12th grade is $15,955.00 NEW HORIZON SCHOOL 434 S. Vermont Ave. 213-480-3145 newhorizonla.org Jolanda Hussain, principal. 75 students. WASC accredited private school. Preschool to 5th grade, co-ed. Preschool and prekindergarten tuition rates are $7,150 annually; $6,750 for kindergarten to 5th grade. Preschool is onsite. The kindergarten and elementary program is offered remotely with full day live core subject and religious education classes and extracurricular classes such as LEGO Engineering, Coding, Art Studio, and Yoga on Wellness Wednesdays NEW ROADS 3131 Olympic Blvd. 310-828-5582 newroads.org Luthern Williams, principal. Kindergarten to 12th grade, co-ed, 508 students. CAIS, NAIS and WASC accredited. Tuition for K to 5th grade is  $34,110; 6th to 12th grade is $42,180; financial aid available. Additional fees. NOTRE DAME ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL 2851 Overland Ave. 310-839-5289 ndasla.org Lilliam Paetzold, president. Girls only, 9th to 12th grade. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2911 Overland Ave. (Please turn to page 23)


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Transitional kindergarten to 8th grade, coed. THE OAKS SCHOOL 6817 Franklin Ave. 323-850-3755 oaksschool.org Ted Hamory, head of school. Tanyanya Hekymara, director of admissions and civic engagement. Kindergarten to 6th grade, 150 students. Call for tuition rates. To learn more about the campus opening plan visit the website. PAGE ACADEMY OF HANCOCK PARK 565 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-5118 pageacademyca.com Charles J. Vaughan, president; Pat Klindworth, senior director. Preschool to 8th grade. Accelerative Learning Certified teachers and fully accredited by NCPSA, MSA/CESS and AI. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call for tuition rates. PARK CENTURY SCHOOL 3939 Landmark Street 310-840-0500 parkcenturyschool.org Judith Fuller, head of school. CAIS, ACS WASC, and NAISaccredited independent school for children ages 7 to 14

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(grades 2 to 8), with languagebased learning differences. Opening 100 percent remote for the 2020-21 school year with individualized student schedules. Visit parkcenturyschool.visit-pcs for tuition and more information. PILGRIM SCHOOL 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 213-385-7351 pilgrim-school.org Paul Barsky, head of school. Preschool (2 years) to 12th grade, 420 students. CAIS and WASCaccredited; member of NAIS and TABS. Call or check website for rates and more information. SHALHEVET HIGH SCHOOL 910 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-930-9333 shalhevet.org Ari Segal, head of school; David Block, associate head of school; Daniel Weslow, principal. Grades 9 to 12, co-ed, 258 students. Tuition is $40,000 plus fees. Tuition assistance is available. ST. BRENDAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 238 S. Manhattan Pl. 213-382-7401 stbrendanschoolla.org Collette Young, principal. Kindergarten to 8th grade. Virtual tour Thurs., Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Virtual information meet-

ing Thurs., Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Check website for details. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 213-382-2315 sjsla.org Peter Reinke, head of school. Preschool to 6th grade. Remote learning at this time. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the CAIS. STEM3 ACADEMY 6455 Coldwater Canyon Ave. 818-623-6386 stem3academy.org Ellis Crasnow, director. Kindergarten through 12th grade, 100 students. Specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects for students with high-functioning Autism, ADHD or other social or learning challenges. Tuition is $38,000 per year. STRATFORD SCHOOL 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-962-3075 stratfordschools.com/melrose Candi Schreuders, head of school. Jamie Patrick, director of lower school. Preschool through elementary school. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bilingual Mandarin program for preschool. Check website for more information.

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TREE ACADEMY 8628 Holloway Dr. 424-204-5165 treeacademy.org Darryl Sollerh, co-founder and director. For kids 6th to 12th grades, 118 students. Provides accredited small classes with individualized instruction. TURNING POINT SCHOOL 8780 National Blvd. 310-841-2505 turningpointschool.org Laura Konigsberg, head of school. Pre-school (2 years and 9 months) to 8th grade, 300 students. Remote learning for kindergarten to 8th grades. VISTAMAR SCHOOL 737 Hawaii St., El Segundo 310-643-7377 vistamarschool.org Chris Bright, head of school. Ninth to 12th grade. Tuition is $40,500 plus fees, assistance available. #vistamarschool WESLEY SCHOOL 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-508-4542 wesleyschool.org Verena Denove, assoc. head of school/dir. of admissions; Joseph Campanella, assoc. head of school/middle school head; Chris Thinnes, head of lower school. Coed. Kindergarten to 8th grade, 315 students. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition

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for K to 5th grade is $28,460; 6th to 8th grades is $32,020. WESTRIDGE SCHOOL 324 Madeline Dr., Pasadena 626-799-1153 westridge.org Elizabeth McGregor, head of school. Girls only, 4th to 12th grades. Visit website for updates on remote and hybrid learning. WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 8509 Higuera St. 310-815-0411 thewillows.org Lisa Rosenstein, head of school. Developmental kindergarten to 8th grade. Call for tuition rates. YAVNEH HEBREW ACADEMY 5353 W. 3rd St. 323-931-5808 yha.org Schlomo Einhorn, rav and dean. Co-ed, from 2 years old to 8th grade.

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School directory (Continued from page 23) dergarten to 5th grade, co-ed. Special education, gifted and talented, Spanish dual language, maintenance bilingual Korean program and structured English immersion programs. HANCOCK PARK 408 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-935-5272 hancockparkschool.com Ashley Parker, principal. Transitional kindergarten to 5th grade, Approximately 700 students, co-ed. LARCHMONT CHARTER FAIRFAX 1265 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-656-6418 larchmontcharter.org Mersedeh Emrani, principal. Transitional kindergarten to 4th grade. LARCHMONT CHARTER HOLLYGROVE

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815 N. El Centro 323-836-0860 larchmontcharter.org Alissa Chariton and Eva Orozco, co-principals. Transitional kindergarten to 4th grade. MELROSE MATHEMATICS/ SCIENCE/ TECHNOLOGY MAGNET 731 N. Detroit St. 323-938-6275 melrosestars.org Mathew Needleman, principal. Kindergarten to 5th grade, 460 students. 8:06 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. NEW LA CHARTER 5421 Obama Rd. 323-556-9500 newlaelementary.org Jenna Rosenberg, principal. Jamila Polk, assistant principal. Transitional kindergarten to 3rd grade, co-ed. THIRD STREET ELEMENTARY 201 S. June St. 323-939-8337

thirdstreetschool.com Daniel Kim, principal. Expanded transitional kindergarten to 5th grade, co-ed, 650 students. 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. VAN NESS AVENUE ELEMENTARY 501 N. Van Ness Ave. 323-469-0992 vannesselementary.com Pauline Hong, principal. State preschool for four-year-olds, expanding to three-year-olds next year. Transitional kindergarten to 5th grade for general education; prekindergarten to 5th grade for visual impairment special education. Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) program, Mandarin language program. Boys and Girls Club and other programs. WILSHIRE CREST 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-5291 wce-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com Gayle Robinson, principal. Ex-

panded transitional kindergarten to 5th grade, co-ed, PALs (preschool special education), dual language Spanish immersion program for K to 2nd grade, 160 students. WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4063 Ingraham St. 213-739-4760 rockets-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com Leighanne Creary, principal. Transitional kindergarten to 5th grade, co-ed, 400 students. Visit website for current information about school’s distance learning. WILTON PLACE 745 S. Wilton Pl. 213-389-1181 wiltonplacees-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com Jung Hae Kim, principal. Transitional kindergarten to 5th grade, co-ed, 535 students. Dual-language programs for Spanish/English and Korean/ English. Gifted and talented program in grades 3 to 5.

2955 S. Robertson Blvd. 310-280-1400 hamiltonhighschool.net Brenda Pensamiento, principal. Co-ed, 9th to 12th grade, approximately 3,000 students. Features four small learning communities: business and interactive technology academy, communication arts academy, global studies program, and mathematics, science and medicine program. Magnet schools include music and performing arts and humanities. GIRLS ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, DR. MICHELLE KING SCHOOL FOR STEM 1067 West Blvd. 323-900-4532 galacademy.org Elizabeth Hicks, principal. Sixth to 12th grades, 600 students. Girls only. Concentrates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. FAIRFAX HIGH 7850 Melrose Ave 323-370-1200 Middle Schools fairfaxhs.org Lorraine Trollinger, principal. JOHN BURROUGHS Co-ed, 9th to 12th grade, apMIDDLE SCHOOL proximately 2,000 students. 600 S. McCadden Pl. Features Career Technical 323-549-5000 Education and visual arts and burroughsms.org Steve Martinez, principal. police academy magnets. LARCHMONT CHARTER Samuel Corral, magnet coAT LA FAYETTE PARK PL. ordinator. Sixth to 8th grade, 2801 W. 6th St. approximately 1,800 students. 213-867-6300 Title 1 distinguished school, larchmontcharter.org national magnet school of excellence. School for advanced Mike Kang, principal. Lori studies, Korean and Spanish Lausche, assistant principal. Charlie Seo, assistant princidual language programs. pal. Co-ed, 8th to 12th grade. LARCHMONT CHARTER Check website for more inforAT SELMA mation. 6611 Selma Ave. LOS ANGELES COUNTY 323-871-4000 HIGH SCHOOL larchmontcharter.org FOR THE ARTS Sarah Perkins, principal. Mini 5151 State University Dr., Tharakkal, assistant principal. Bldg. 20 Co-ed, 5th, 6th and 7th grade. 323-343-2550 Check website for more inforlachsa.net mation. John Lawler, principal. Co-ed, NEW LA CHARTER 9th to 12th grade, approxi1919 S. Burnside Ave. mately 500 students. Tuition323-939-6400 free public school specializing newlamiddle.org Gabrielle Brayton, principal. in college preparatory and viTerrence Wright, assistant sual and performing arts. LOS ANGELES HIGH principal. Co-ed, 6th to 8th 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. grades. 323-900-2700 lahigh.org High Schools Marguerette Gladden, principal. Co-ed, 9th to 12th grade. ALEXANDER Approximately 1,5004X2.5 students. BLUTHNER/LARCHMONT 4X2.5.qxp_BLUTHNER/LARCHMONT 8/22/16 HAMILTON HIGH

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