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Private Elementary Schools: Best in Los Angeles

Many Los Angeles parents are interested in sending their children to Private Elementary Schools, as they are often seen as a direct route to an Ivy League education, and in fact, most are known as Prep Schools. Take a look at our list of Private Schools in Los Angeles as you make your choice about where to send your kids.

We’ve got an article about why one Los Angeles Mom chose Private elementary school for her child. And here’s an article about paying for Private Elementary School vs. Saving for College.

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Featured Private Elementary Schools

PS1 Pluralistic School

Type: Featured Private Elementary Schools, Private Elementary School


Located in Santa Monica, PS1 is a coeducational day school for children in grades K-6. At PS1, children grown up in—and help shape—an exceptionally joyful, empathetic, dynamic learning community. From this intentionally created microcosm your child emerges excited and prepared to change the wider world for the better.


Stratford School

Type: Featured Private Elementary Schools, Private Elementary School


Stratford School is a private Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School with Southern California campuses in Altadena, Mission Viejo, and West Los Angeles. We provide an unparalleled education where children are inspired to become creative problem-solvers, innovators, and confident leaders.

Stratford’s STEAM based curriculum is specifically sequenced to provide a foundation for academic excellence, taught in a warm and caring environment. Arts, music, character development, and physical activity round out our students’ experience.

Beyond the classroom, Stratford encourages students to explore their individual passions through enrichment activities to strengthen personal development and prepare them for admission to competitive high schools and colleges. Evident at all our schools is the Stratford motto, “Summa spes, summa res,” meaning “highest hopes, highest things.”

Stratford Altadena: 2046 Allen Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
Stratford Mission Viejo: 2471 Chrisanta Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Stratford West Los Angeles: 2000 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

*Please check with your preferred campus for grades currently offered.


Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles

Brawerman Elementary School East

Type: Preschool, Private Elementary School, Religious Affiliation


Students grow into kind, confident, independent thinkers and doers who are well prepared to apply their skills and abilities as they advance through life.

We hold ourselves to the highest academic standards and a tradition of Jewish values that emphasize teaching, learning, personal, and social responsibility. The inquisitive nature of Judaism, which invites the curious to explore, discover, and debate, provides the ideal learning environment.


Children’s Community School

Type: Private Elementary School


LA’s progressive Elementary School. Children’s Community School prepares children to be active citizens in a democracy. At every step, we relate study to life. We believe education ought to prepare each and every student to take part in shaping their own future—and the future of society.


Echo Horizon School

Type: Private Elementary School


At Echo Horizon, we prioritize the elementary school experience by creating a safe, inclusive community where children don’t have to grow up too quickly. With 180 students in grades Pre-K–6, our intentionally small community allows us to get to know one another beyond the surface. Echo’s diverse scholars come from 49 different zip codes within Los Angeles County and approximately 50 percent of our students identify as people of color.

Children thrive in our kind, connected community, one where they are free to explore, question, and imagine. Fifteen percent of our students are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Our DHH students use hearing technology and grow up alongside their hearing peers. The advantage of this unique educational model to both hearing and non-hearing students is invaluable: children develop empathy, an appreciation of difference, and essential communication skills.

Above all, education at Echo Horizon is joyful: our students go out into the world with exuberance, confidence, and resilience. Echo’s graduates go on to the top secondary schools in Los Angeles and our alumni are changemakers, scientists, athletes, and artists. Our purpose is to empower children with the empathy, intellectual curiosity, resourcefulness, and courage they need to change the world for future generations.


Hollywood Schoolhouse

Type: Preschool, Private Elementary School


Hollywood Schoolhouse knows, values, and encourages fearless curiosity. Through a blended program of innovative academics and structured learning, our diverse community inspires students to be academically strong, artistically proud, physically active, and socially grounded.


International School of Los Angeles

Type: International, Preschool, Private Elementary School


The International School of Los Angeles is a non-profit, independent, international school committed to bilingual education and academic excellence in a nurturing environment. The International School of Los Angeles offers a preschool through 12th grade curriculum that culminates in the French baccalauréat or the International Baccalaureate®’s Diploma Programme.

With over 65 nationalities and 40 spoken languages represented across its multiple Los Angeles-area campuses (Burbank, Los Feliz, Pasadena, and West Valley), the School invites its students to study and live in a diverse global community every day.

The International School of Los Angeles is committed to the values of respect, excellence, and diversity, and to preparing students of all backgrounds to excel in and contribute to a global world. Since 1978, the School has been instilling the love of learning in all its students through small classes and low student-to-teacher ratios.

If you envision your child studying and learning in an intimate setting and growing up to be a confident, caring, and open-minded critical thinker who will thrive in a diverse, competitive world, book a tour today.

Five Locations in Los Angeles:

Burbank Campus (6th – 12th grade)
1105 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91506

Los Feliz Early Learning Center (preschool & pre-K)
2714 St George Street, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Los Feliz Campus (pre-K – 5th grade)
4155 Russell Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Pasadena Campus (preschool – 5th grade)
30 N. Marion Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

West Valley Campus (preschool – 5th grade)
5933 Lindley Avenue, Tarzana, CA 91356



The Center for Early Education

Type: Preschool, Private Elementary School


The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.

While most students enter The Center in the Toddler program, Early Childhood 1 “EC1” (the first year of preschool), or Kindergarten, we welcome applications at all grade levels! The 2021-22 application for all grade levels is open online now.


Woodcrest School

Type: Private Elementary School


K-8 private school in Tarzana offering a strong academic foundation with small class size. Our students attend top high schools in the San Fernando Valley and are proficient users of technology, innovators, strong communicators, and kind.

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Alphabetical List of Schools

Berkley Hall School

16000 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens – gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.

Brawerman East: Elementary School of Wilshire Blvd Temple
3663 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010
Brawerman West: Elementary School of Wilshire Blvd Temple
11661 West Olympic Boulevard LosAngeles, CA 90064

Brawerman Elementary School is a co-educational, K-6 institution with two campuses in Los Angeles, employing the highest academic standards in a nurturing environment with a deep understanding of Jewish values.

Brentwood School West Campus
12001 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Brentwood School is an independent K-12 coed day school with two campuses, located four blocks apart, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The Buckley School
3900 Stansbury Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

The Buckley School is a dynamic, nurturing learning community committed to equity and inclusion. Our innovative teachers and challenging programs inspire creativity, courage, and collaboration. By promoting a balanced development of mind, body, and character, we encourage each student to find joy and meaning in life and make an impact in the world.

Campbell Hall
4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City, CA 91607

Campbell Hall is an independent coeducational day school for grades K-12, located in Studio City, CA. We are affiliated with the Episcopal Church and its 500-year history of academic excellence, and are also one of the most religiously and racially diverse schools in southern California.

Chadwick School
26800 South Academy Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274

At Chadwick, we develop our curriculum with the whole child in mind. Our faculty work together to create enriching, challenging classroom experiences while also providing office hours and mentorship to ensure that students maintain a healthy life balance. That means Upper School students are comfortable taking a challenging course on multivariable calculus, performing in the school musical and enjoying time with their friends — all while gaining the academic foundation they need to succeed in college and beyond.

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences: Elementary School – Norton Campus
1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education.

Curtis School
15871 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles CA 90049

PreK – 6th
Curtis School is an independent, co-educational day school for students in Developmental Kindergarten (age 4 1/2) through Grade 6. Located on a 27-acre campus in Los Angeles.

Echo Horizon School
3430 McManus Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232

Echo Horizon is a Pre-K–6 elementary school experience that creates a safe, inclusive community where children don’t have to grow up too quickly. Diversity and inclusion are the school’s foundation—15% of its students are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). The DHH students use hearing technology and grow up alongside their hearing peers. All students develop strong communication skills and an appreciation of different perspectives. Echo Horizon’s students come from 49 different zip codes within Los Angeles County and approximately 50 percent identify as people of color.

International School of Los Angeles: Los Feliz Campus
4155 Russell Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
International School of Los Angeles: Pasadena Campus
30 N. Marion Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
International School of Los Angeles: West Valley Campus
5933 Lindley Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
International School of Los Angeles: Orange County Campus
1838 N. Shaffer Street, Orange, CA 92865

The International School of Los Angeles was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds who felt that the Los Angeles community needed a school which would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment. Multiple Campuses.

John Thomas Dye School
11414 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.

Kadima Day School
7011 Shoup Ave, West Hills, CA 91307

Kadima is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles rooted in academic excellence and Jewish learning. The learning environment we provide encourages independence, confidence, critical thinking and a love of learning. Come see what a Kadima educational experience has to offer.

Laurence School
13639 Victory Blvd., Valley Glen, CA 91401

Laurence School is located on a five-acre campus in Valley Glen, just north of Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley.

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles: Campus 55
3055 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles Pacific Palisades Campus
16720 Marquez Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles: Century City Campus
10361 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90064
310-836-3464, ext. 303
Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles: Main Campus on Overland Hill
3261 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-836-3464, ext. 315

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles is a private bilingual education school founded in 1964. Multiple Campuses.

Mirman School
16180 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Mirman School is an independent, co-educational school for gifted children located at 16180 Mulholland Drive in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, United States,[1] with 330 pupils aged 5 to 14.

New Covenant Academy
3119 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

New Covenant Academy is a K-12th college prep school located in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles.

New Horizons School
651 N. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103

New Horizon School is committed to providing students with an excellent academic education and firm grounding in moral and ethical values. The school fosters a dedication to God through virtuous living in a balanced Islamic environment.

Notre Dame Academy Elementary
2911 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Notre Dame Academy Elementary School, in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, is committed to providing a thoroughly Catholic, 21st century academic education, designed to nurture socially responsible citizens and challenge students to think strategically, act independently, and lead by example.

Pilgrim School
540 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Pilgrim School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 12, and a boarding school for grades 9 through 12, located in Los Angeles, CA.

St. Monica Catholic Elementary School
1039 7th St.Santa Monica, CA 90403

SMCES is a vibrant parish school that educates diverse learners from TK – 8th grade. Founded in 1930 by the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary we believe in continuing the service and love of Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit and Gospel values.

Stratford Schools: Altadena Allen
2046 Allen Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
Stratford Schools: Los Angeles Melrose
1200 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90038
Stratford Schools: West Los Angeles
2000 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, 90025
Stratford Schools: Mission Viejo
24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, 92691

Where tradition meets 21st century learning. We are committed to connecting students with their unique futures. We offer an unparalleled education that inspires children to be creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. We approach the learning experience by infusing a strong liberal arts curriculum with STEAM inspired learning. Multiple Campuses.

Related: Stratford School New Location Enrolling

The Oaks School
6817 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Oaks School is a progressive, independent K-6 school located in the heart of Hollywood. Since its establishment in 1986, the school has grown into a thriving K-6 school with integrated art, music, drama, Maker, and P.E. programs.

The Willows Community School
8509 Higuera Street, Culver City, CA 90232

The Willows School is a DK-8 independent school serving greater Los Angeles.

UCLA Lab School
330 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1619

Part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, we are an innovative school for children ages 4-12.

Westland School
16200 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Westland is an Independent elementary school in Los Angeles.

Westridge School for Girls
324 Madeline Drive, Pasadena, California 91105

At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.

Westside Neighborhood School
5401 Beethoven St, Los Angeles, CA 90066

WNS believes community is the foundation for nurturing innovative and creative thinking. Every day, we create meaningful opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to collaborate and learn from each other. Our shared future benefits from their informed compassion.

Wildwood School Elementary
12201 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Wildwood School cultivates reflective scholars, bold innovators and compassionate leaders equipped with the skills, ethics and inspiration to transform their world.

Woodcrest School
6043 Tampa Ave., Tarzana, CA 91356

K-8 private school in Tarzana offering a strong academic foundation with small class size. Our students attend top high schools in the San Fernando Valley and are proficient users of technology, innovators, strong communicators, and kind.

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