WNS in the news
WNS is committed to supporting our students into becoming future change-makers. We do this through embracing discovery, inspiration, and innovation.
Check out the featured articles below highlighting our school.
Jan 2022 – 22 Top Los Angeles Preschools for 2022
WNS voted as ‘most enriching’ preschool in LA for 2022.
Families at Westside Neighborhood School have a common refrain in all of their reviews: this preschool is enriching for their children. They love how invested Westside is in their child’s growth. This growth cuts across the spectrum, from emotional and social growth to increased confidence in learning new ideas. Westside is praised for its ability to push children’s limits with classes like Spanish and Debate and to introduce them to new cultures and more diverse interests.
Jan 2022 – Building Lifelong Learners Through Exploration
The educational theory called social constructivism empowers even the youngest children to learn through independent exploration, reflection, and group discussion.
Kelly Massey, Director of Early Childhood Education at WNS, brings this theory to life at the ECC where the environment is considered the “third teacher,” offering a nurturing, home-like setting with rich open-ended materials, natural light, and indoor/outdoor classrooms.
Jan 2022 – Brad Zacuto, head of school at Westside Neighborhood School in Playa Vista, says that while the school does not teach CRT, “Our curriculum is based on true American history.
“As a private institution, we are fortunate to have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to develop a curriculum that allows our students to have an accurate understanding of the past so they may create the future they want to see,” he says.
Nov 2020 – “Westside Neighborhood School in Playa Vista, which has received a waiver, welcomed its 85 kindergarteners and first-graders back in early October. Higher grades are gradually being worked back into campus life.
The school has established a surveillance COVID-19 testing program, with 900 tests issued to students and staff so far — all with negative results, said Head of School Bradley Zacuto.”
Oct 2020 – “For us, our youngest kids, 5- and 6-year-olds, should not be in front of screens all day,” said Bradley Zacuto, head of the private Westside Neighborhood School, where 85 kindergartners and first-graders came back to school in early October.
“They are missing out on really critical social skills development. They are missing out on really critical academic foundation work and assessments.”