Parents in the San Fernando Valley now have a new private middle school option for sixth through eighth grade. In 2014, Woodcrest School in Tarzana formed a strategic advisory committee to investigate the need for a middle school in the West San Fernando Valley. On average, private middle school options have annual tuitions over $17,000 and campuses that can intimidate students matriculating from small private-school environments. The committee requested that the administration of Woodcrest School examine the feasibility of expanding its academic offerings to include a middle-school program that provided advisory support, integration of STEAM throughout the curriculum, small class sizes and affordable tuition.
In September of 2016, Woodcrest School will expand its elementary offerings to include a new sixth and seventh grade middle school at its Tarzana campus, with an additional eighth grade expansion upon matriculation.
“At Woodcrest Middle School, we are a community of passionate and curious learners. Our students are encouraged to engage in deep and meaningful learning while they develop into confident communicators, leaders and global citizens. Our emphasis will be on students learning through investigation, research and real-life connections that can be made in all subject areas,” says Rebecca Coen, Head of School.
What is steam and why is it important for our students?
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. For more than 10 years, the STEAM paradigm has been heavily promoted and widely accepted into most schools. Educators and business people agree that the need for workers with high-tech skills in the U.S. is in increasing demand.
The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics helps to stimulate and develop the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills. It also has tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries. Most importantly, it strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
According to Coen, Woodcrest is anticipating a great demand for the newly expanded middle school. For more information, contact Head of School Rebecca Coen at 818-345-3002 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.