Sierra Canyon School
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|Sierra Canyon School|
|Chatsworth, CA, USA|
|Type||Independent, Private, Coeducational|
|Motto||Latin: Excellentia propter se
(Excellence is its own reward)
|Head of School||James P. Skrumbis|
|Average class size||17|
|Student to teacher ratio||10:1|
|Campus||Suburban, 37 acres|
|Color(s)||Blue and white|
SCS is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). SCS is a member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Sierra Canyon School was started by founders Mick Horwitz and Howard Wang. Sierra Canyon was established in 1972 as the Sierra Canyon Day Camp, a proprietary endeavor that became the impetus for starting the school. In 1978, the needs of the North San Fernando Valley spurred the evolution from a day camp into Sierra Canyon Elementary School. The elementary school began with 150 students, spanning Early Kindergarten through 6th grade.
In 1990, Sierra Canyon was the only school in Los Angeles, and the only private school in California, to be honored as a Recognized School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Founding directors Mick Horwitz and Howard Wang and Principal Ann Gillinger received the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in Education from President George H. W. Bush at the White House.
By 2001, the school had grown to nearly 700 students from early kindergarten through 8th grade. An independent, non-sectarian, co-educational high school had not been built in the San Fernando Valley since 1961, during which time the Valley's population had grown by 60 percent. The need for a high school prompted the founders to appoint Jim Skrumbis as head of school in 2004 in order to expand and open the Upper School. The new Upper School opened in 2006, serving 7th through 12th grades. The upper and lower schools merged and incorporated as a non-profit organization for early kindergarten through 12th grade and established itself as a college preparatory private school. Sierra Canyon graduated its first senior class in June 2009.
SCS continues Sierra Canyon Day Camp every summer.
Sierra Canyon School offers all students a fully UC-approved, comprehensive, four-year curriculum that includes extensive honors and advanced-placement courses. At the beginning of the seventh grade year, each student is assigned an academic advisor.
Sierra Canyon School participates in a full range of interscholastic athletics as a member of the CIF East Valley Division. Boys' teams include lacrosse, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, track, and swimming during the school year. Girls have the opportunity to compete in soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, cross country, track, swimming, and volleyball.
The campus is park-like with more than 700 trees, groomed lawns, beautiful flowers and a custom designed horse trail which continues into Brown’s Canyon. The lower campus includes a computer lab, a music room, and the lower school library. The upper campus includes a technology center, a media center for digital filmmaking, the black-box theater, and the Burtzloff Family Library. Spring 2010 the student-designed Community Garden was added at the top of the campus.
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