Citizens of the World Charter School West Valley announced that after years of sharing space on an LAUSD campus, they have found a new home and will open the 2022-2023 school year at a joyful and spacious private facility in the west-central San Fernando Valley, in Winnetka. The school will be located at 7911 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306. The new facility will give the school long-term stability and the space to grow into a full TK-5 program.
“One of the biggest lessons from the past two years is that a building does not make a school special. Our community, values and approach to teaching and learning make us special,” said Jennifer Mansfield, founding principal of CWC West Valley. “Yet this new building will also help us further deepen the joy and community we have already built at CWC West Valley. By creating a physically warm, inviting and inclusive space, CWC West Valley will be able to flourish to new heights. We are beyond thrilled to find our forever home.”
The new campus features a large outdoor play space including two playground areas complete with play structures. The facility also has a basketball court, baseball field, indoor gymnasium and large classrooms for students to grow and experience the CWC West Valley model.
“We are beyond thrilled to finally have a campus to call our own: a safe, beautiful space full of spacious
classrooms, green fields, and amazing play structures. More importantly, what makes CWC West Valley a home for our family are the teachers and staff who work tirelessly to fulfill CWC’s mission of providing a curriculum dedicated to building confident students who will become thriving citizens in our diverse society,” said Kristine Eckert, a parent of two CWC West Valley students. “Parents like me asked this school to open in the Valley because there were so many parents hungry for an education that goes beyond excelling in math and English, and also focuses on mindfulness, social-emotional learning, and teaching students to learn across lines of difference. Now, having our own campus gives our teachers and community the opportunity to expand the potential of our model and focus on CWC’s whole child approach to learning in new and exciting ways.”
CWC West Valley, a tuition-free, non-religious public charter school will serve students in grades TK-3 in 2022-23. The school will grow to be TK-5 on the current campus and plans to start a middle school in the next few years.
On its new campus, CWC West Valley will continue to engage students in project-based learning, social-emotional development, and differentiated workshop-based instruction. While the new facility is leased from a church, all CWC activities on campus will be secular, consistent with the law and CWC’s philosophy and model.
CWC West Valley is part of a network of high-performing schools across L.A. operated by CWC Los Angeles. The network expanded into the San Fernando Valley when it opened CWC West Valley in the 2020-21 school year at the request of families. Over the past 12 years, CWC LA has long operated some of the highest performing schools in Los Angeles Unified. Students across the network perform in the top 14% in English Language Arts and top 13% in math out of 776 public elementary and middle schools (including public magnet and charter schools) across the Los Angeles Unified School District. All CWC Los Angeles schools are tuition-free, non-religious public schools committed to providing a socio-economically, culturally and racially diverse community of students across L.A. with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each individual student’s confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world in which we live. CWC West Valley develops sophisticated thinkers who master content and have a courageous and compassionate sense of responsibility for themselves and all people.
To find out more about the school and how to apply, please visit Citizens of the World West Valley or email firstname.lastname@example.org.