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The WNS Four Pillars

Our Mission

Westside Neighborhood School is committed to creating a deeply caring community of lifelong learners that nurtures students from diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential, develop cultural competency, and inspire the world with their curiosity, innovation, compassion, and stewardship.


Our Philosophy

The school’s program is built on four pillars: Academic Excellence; Character; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice; and Community. Faculty members model what they teach: respect and responsibility, love of teaching and joy of learning, sense of humor, open communication, and teamwork. Students are encouraged to be creative, independent, and self-disciplined. We believe in the importance of fostering resilience in our students and value perseverance, effort, and learning from our mistakes. WNS students understand the importance of community while respecting individual differences. Our goal is to instill in our students a love of learning, cultural sensitivity, and a deep understanding of our world both in and outside the classroom.


What Makes WNS Different?

The WNS Advantage

WNS embraces a positive, child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our high academic and ethical standards encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Propelled by curiosity, WNS students are learners, doers, and makers. We provide students with a platform to become entrepreneurs by nurturing their intrinsic ability to innovate. Our program is designed to engage students in a project-based, active-learning curriculum that challenges all students to grow. We provide an environment steeped in a growth mindset where each child is able to experience success, embrace mistakes as a part of the journey, is confident in taking intellectual risks, and where individuals feel valued in their differences and value the differences in others.

We strive to be a community of lifelong learners, where academic excellence, creativity, sense of humor, independence, self-discipline, and high moral standards are valued.

Fast Facts

WNS at a Glance

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Lowest Student/ Teacher Ratio
7:1 in the Early Childhood Center
9:1 in Kindergarten
13:1 in 1st-8th Grade


WNS occupies a state-of-the-art urban campus complex, with three buildings in the heart of Los Angeles' "Silicon Beach", Playa Vista.


Financial Aid Dollars
WNS is committed to making our education accessible to as many families as possible.


identify as students of color
WNS offers families one of the most diverse private school communities in Los Angeles.


of faculty and staff identify as people of color
WNS makes a commitment to ensure all forms of diversity throughout both the faculty/staff and student population. We strive to represent the diverse community of Los Angeles in which we live.


zip codes represented
Our commitment to diversity includes geographical diversity that represents the city of Los Angeles as much as possible. Morning bus transportation serves the South Bay, West LA, Venice, Pacific Palisades, View Park, and more.


sports teams
Students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to compete in after-school athletics, with younger grades having the option of sports clinics.


Our core curriculum includes music and visual and performing arts. Middle school students have built-in elective periods each trimester so they can explore their interests.


Accreditations and memberships
National Association of Independent Schools, California Association of Independent Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, SoCal People of Color in Independent Schools, Private School Village, Independent School Alliance, Private School Axis.

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