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The Top Private Elementary Schools 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 a 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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Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles

Echo Horizon School

Type: Elementary School, Private Elementary School


Echo Horizon is a visionary independent school fostering a joyful and engaged learning community. The school’s commitment to diversity is rooted in its Echo Center­, where 15 percent of students are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Offering a co-enrollment program, DHH students learn alongside their hearing peers using hearing aids and cochlear implant technology. A dynamic curriculum combines the best of both worlds: strong academic practices and a supportive, student-centered learning environment. The school’s commitment to JEDI work (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) means that the multifaceted experiences individuals bring to the community are celebrated with the belief that embracing diversity leads to social/emotional and academic excellence. This pursuit prepares scholars for matriculation to top independent schools and graduates healthy empathetic leaders who positively impact the world.


Westside Neighborhood School (WNS)

Type: Preschool, Private Elementary School, Private Middle School


Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) is a preschool-8th grade independent school in the West LA’s Playa Vista neighborhood.

WNS 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.

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.

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Alphabetical List of Schools

Berkley Hall School
16000 Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Located in Los Angeles, California, 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 Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010


Brawerman West: Elementary School of Wilshire Blvd Temple
11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 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. Their innovative teachers and challenging programs inspire creativity, courage, and collaboration. By promoting a balanced development of mind, body, and character, they 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, California. They 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 Dr., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274

At Chadwick, the curriculum is developed with the whole child in mind. The 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.

Upper School students are comfortable taking challenging courses on multivariable calculus, performing in school musicals, 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 Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Curtis School is an independent, coeducational day school for students in Developmental Kindergarten (age 4 1/2) through Grade 6. The school is located on a 27-acre campus in Los Angeles.

Echo Horizon School
3430 McManus Ave., 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 Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

International School of Los Angeles
Pasadena Campus
30 N. Marion Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

International School of Los Angeles
West Valley Campus
5933 Lindley Ave., Tarzana, CA 91356

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 that would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment. There are multiple campuses.

International School of Orange County
1838 N. Shaffer St., Orange, CA 92865

The International School of Orange County started as the Orange County Campus of the International School of Los Angeles. It began operating as its own entity on July 1st, 2021, and offers bilingual French immersion education to Pre-K through grade 6 “in a multicultural, nurturing, and intimate environment”.

John Thomas Dye School
11414 Chalon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Located In Los Angeles, California, 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 they 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 Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles
Pacific Palisades Campus
16720 Marquez Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles
Century City Campus
10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064

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. It has multiple campuses.

Mirman School
16180 Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Mirman School is an independent, coeducational school for gifted children located at 16180 Mulholland Drive in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, United States, 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 a 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 Ave., 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. Their curriculum is designed to nurture socially responsible citizens and challenge students to think strategically, act independently, and lead by example.

Pilgrim School
540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

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

PS 1 Pluralistic School
1225 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Located in Santa Monica, PS1 is a coeducational day school for children in grades K–6. At PS1, children grow 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.

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, they believe in continuing the service and love of Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit and Gospel values.

Stratford Schools
Altadena Allen Campus
2046 Allen Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

Stratford Schools
West Los Angeles Campus
2000 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Stratford Schools: Mission Viejo
24741 Chrisanta Dr., Mission Viejo, 92691

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

The Oaks School
6817 Franklin Ave., 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 St., Culver City, CA 90232

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

UCLA Lab School
330 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1619

Part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, the UCLA Lab School is an innovative school for children ages 4–12.

Westland School
16200 Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Westland is an Independent elementary school in Los Angeles.

Westridge School
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, they create meaningful opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to collaborate and learn from each other. Their shared future benefits from informed compassion.

Wildwood Elementary School
12201 Washington Pl., 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 offers a strong academic foundation with a small class size. Their 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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