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Milken Community Schools, colloquially Milken, is a private Jewish high school and middle school. It is located on Mulholland Drive in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, California. It is one of the largest Jewish day schools in the United States.[1][2] Long affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, a Reform congregation, the school is officially non-denominational, and became independent from the temple in July 2012. Despite the separation, Milken Community Schools continues to be the school in which many Stephen S. Wise students attend.

Milken Community Schools
Milken Community Schools Logo
15800 Zeldins' Way


TypePrivate, coeducational 7-12
MottoDeveloping students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls
Religious affiliation(s)Jewish
CEEB code051727
PrincipalLimor Dankner (Middle School)
Kimberly Schwartz (Upper School)
Faculty145 (2014-2015)
Color(s)Blue and white         
NewspaperThe Roar
Milken Community High School

As of 1998 it was the largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in the United States.[3] As of 1994 it was the only Reform Judaism high school in the United States and was a part of the only K-12 Jewish education program west of Chicago that was not a part of Orthodox Judaism.[4]



The school began in Van Nuys in 1984 as the Golda Meir School, and was later renamed the Einstein Academy.[5] When the school became affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, it was renamed Stephen S. Wise High School. After a large donation from Lowell and Michael Milken's Milken Family Foundation the school, then reported to be the "largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in the country", was named Milken Community High School.[2] At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the school was renamed to Milken Community Schools, with the intention of creating a name that encompassed both the middle school and the high school.

The Upper School was held in temporary trailers, on the lot where the new Middle School now stands, from 1994 to 1998 until the current Upper School campus was opened in 1998. This campus had a cost of $30 million.[3] Until the Middle School campus was completed in 2009, the Middle School occupied temporary trailers on the parking lot of the Bel Air Presbyterian Church from 1981 to 2008.

The Middle School and Upper School have historically had the same name, yet after the completion of the new Middle School campus in 2009, the Middle School was officially renamed the David and Hillevi Saperstein Middle School of Milken Community High School after a subsequent donation from David and Hillevi Saperstein, while the Upper School remained the Milken Community High School.

On March 25, 2011, Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple announced that the school would become independent from the temple, effective July 1, 2012.[6]

The Guerin Family Institute for Advanced Sciences, which opened in the fall of 2016, houses the Los Angeles areas only MIT-Inspired Fab Lab, joining a global network of Fab Labs spanning the world; a CAD lab; an Engineering Lab; and an International Classroom to connect students globally. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and complex professional grade industrial tools to help fabricate their ideas into reality.


All students were required to take four years of Hebrew, of which 18 different levels are offered; but as of the beginning of the 2018 school year, the new administration dropped this requirement. Four years of Jewish studies are still required, and are offered at college-preparatory, honors, and high honors levels (9th-Jewish Law, 10th-Chumash, 11th-Jewish Law, 12th-Jewish Thought). Spiritual Practice takes place once a week, with varied options such as traditional-egalitarian minyan, yoga, meditation, doubters' minyan, and others. An optional daily morning minyan is also offered. Through the Advanced Jewish Studies Center (AJSC), numerous Judaic electives are offered, including comparative religion, intensive Talmud study, comparative film, and others. The Kivun program, in which guest speakers lecture students on topics relating to Judaism, is offered most Fridays during oneg.

Tiferet Israel FellowshipEdit

Tiferet Israel Fellowship

In partnership with the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE), MCHS offers an opportunity for students to learn and live in Israel for the Spring semester of the 10th grade. Through a full academic program, schedule of tiyyulim (field study and trips), personalized Chuggim (individualized activities) and partnership with Israeli teens, Tiferet Israel Fellows learn inside and outside of the classroom and build relationships with the land and people of Israel. The semester abroad is followed by two years of additional programming. The junior year focuses on public presentation skills, training fellows how to best advocate for the State of Israel. The senior year concludes with an intensive seminar based at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, examining Israeli cultural and political issues.

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

The FIRST Robotics Competition team, The MilkenKnights, was a finalist at the Los Angeles Regional in 2012 and the Orange County Regional in 2016.[7] They have won several awards including two Dean's List Finalist Awards (Nathan Schloss in 2010 and Jared Hasen-Klein in 2017).[8][9][10] In 2010, the team became one of the first American robotics teams to compete in the Israeli FIRST robotics regional.[11][12]

The school has won at least one Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award for every year that the competition has been running.[13][14][15]


The track team, after expanding to over 60 team members in 2008, won the league champions for the third consecutive year. The Milken basketball team has 10 league championships and one CIF SS Championship.[citation needed]

In fall 2011, after the previous year held an undefeated season and championship for the Wildcats' flag football team,[16] Milken began to play tackle football in the Heritage League. They play their games on Thursday nights instead of the traditional Friday night because the latter is the Jewish Sabbath.[17]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Julie G Fax, "L.A.‘s Jewish high schools are all over the map", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 28, 2008.
  2. ^ a b John Dart, "Jewish School Renamed for Milkens", Los Angeles Times, September 9, 1995.
  3. ^ a b Duke Helfand, "Milken High Is Dedicated by Founders: The $30-million campus is largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in U.S.", Los Angeles Times, September 14, 1998.
  4. ^ Dart, John. "EDUCATION : Reform Jewish High School Moving to Hills." Los Angeles Times. November 6, 1994. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Melissa Schmitt, "The $32 Million School; Milken Foundation Aids Jewish Campus", Los Angeles Daily News, May 9, 1998.
  6. ^ Jonah Lowenfeld, "Milken school, Stephen S. Wise Temple severing ties", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "Achievements - The MilkenKnights from 2006 to now". Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  8. ^ "Team 1836 - The MilkenKnights". The Blue Alliance. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  9. ^ "Team 1836 : FRC Event Web". Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  10. ^ "CA Awards : FRC Event Web". Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  11. ^ "Milken Robotics Team to Compete in Israel", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 2, 2010.
  12. ^ Milken Knights team website.
  13. ^ "MAST Director Roger Kassebaum Wins National Recognition" Archived 2011-02-27 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 2012-1-30).
  14. ^ Julie G. Fax, "Milken students win first high school X PRIZE", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 2, 2007.
  15. ^ "Milken Students Win Green Competition", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 27, 2010.
  16. ^ Lowenfeld, Jonah (1 March 2011). "Ten-hut! Milken takes on tackle football". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  17. ^ Painter, Jill (10 September 2011). "UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Milken hits mother lode with new football team". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  18. ^ "Milken Hall of Fame" Archived 2008-05-10 at (accessed 2007-11-24)
  19. ^ "ROAR – Who is the Milken student: What websites are we on?". Archived from the original on 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
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