Join Us For A Campus Preview - January 10, 2015
Does your child deserve the best educational experience?
Do you want them to develop a desire to learn? Have strength of character?
And grow at their own pace with attentive teachers?
Discover the difference a Sierra Canyon education can have for your child's educational and character development.
Explore our charming camp-like campus with modern small classrooms!
Learn about our Early Kindergarten through Sixth Grade curriculum on Saturday, January 10th and see why Sierra Canyon is the place to enroll your children for an education which will prepare them for the future!
Click here to join us on Saturday, January 10, 2015 for a campus preview.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:30:00 AM
New SC Athletic Complex: Now Open!
After years of planning, construction, and hard work, the most beautiful athletic fields in Los Angeles are now open. Thursday’s grand opening ceremony of the Sierra Canyon Athletic Complex was historic for the School in many ways. It marked the completion of the 12-acre project which has been five years in the making. The project also unveiled the new Welcome to Chatsworth gateway sign along De Soto Avenue and the completion of general construction making the new 100 space parking lot available for athletic events.
The day also provided an opportunity for students from both the Lower and Upper Campuses to gather in one location, be greeted by a special LAPD helicopter fly-by, watch sky divers descend from 12,000 feet in the air, join the cheerleaders in a mini-pep rally, perform the wave across the length of the football field, and share a rousing rendition of hair zock zoo – thank you! for the new facilities.
Joining the students and faculty was Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander who congratulated the School on the opening ceremony and graciously thanked Sierra Canyon for the new welcome sign which was installed on our property. “This new gateway sign is a wonderful addition for Chatsworth thanks to Sierra Canyon,” Englander said, “As one of the best schools in California, this is an example of what Sierra Canyon does best – they continually give back to the community.”
After the opening ceremony, the Sierra Canyon Girls’ Varsity Soccer team opened the field with a win, defeating New Community Jewish School 6-1. The game was followed by a smaller ceremony to thank many of the Sierra Canyon board, former board members, and families who made the Athletic Complex a reality.
“Today we honor and recognize the members of Sierra Canyon’s community who made leadership gifts to make a dream a reality. They saw a vision where there were only twelve acres of weeds,” said Jim Skrumbis. “Their example has created something for educational opportunities on the field for years and years to come.”
Joining Jim was Board Chair Mike Singer who said, “Sierra Canyon School did something special for our community. This field represents the kind of people and spirit which is infused into this school. I feel it every time I come here, and I’m so proud to be part of it with you.”
During the festivities, representatives of the LA Galaxy professional soccer team were on hand with the team’s five championship trophies and free giveaways. 5th grader Lolo Retsky won the raffle which included four sideline tickets to a 2015 Galaxy home game, an LA Galaxy jersey signed by the 2013-14 team, and a pennant from their 2012 MLS cup win.
The evening concluded with the Boys’ varsity soccer team defeating Milken Community School 1-0. Reflecting on the day’s events, Jim Skrumbis said, “The day was spectacular, inspiring students and faculty, and moving many of our parents and donors to tears. The day was beautifully organized and thoughtfully executed by our staff, it couldn’t have been better!”
Video and photos from the event are being gathered to mark the day’s events and will be made available next week, showcasing an exclusive video from the skydivers as they descended from 12,000 feet to Sierra Canyon.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:09:00 PM
Grandparents Visiting Day - A Grand Event!
Early Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students at Sierra Canyon School welcomed over 350 grandparents and grand friends to join them in class today. The special occasion is an annual event and part of Sierra Canyon’s family-oriented approach to learning.
“I was touched to see four year olds making family trees with their grandparents in Early Kindergarten, and Third Graders creating working volcanos with their guests as part our Eco-Literacy program,” said Jim Skrumbis, Head of School. The day began with a welcome breakfast for guests, during which Skrumbis shared information about Sierra Canyon’s long-standing commitment to educational excellence. Guests also heard from Sierra Canyon founders, Mick Horwitz and Howard Wang, who as fellow grandparents shared their joy at seeing the school’s family atmosphere become inter-generational.
“Grandparents Visiting Day is one of my favorite days at Sierra Canyon, because it provides that connection between generations which children need,” Wang said, “To observe the interaction and bond between ‘the Grands’ and the students is so heartwarming.”
After breakfast, the special guests set out to explore classrooms with the nearly five hundred Lower School students in Early Kindergarten through Sixth Grade who introduced them to their friends, teachers, and world. “It’s wonderful to see all of the kids and teachers so happy,” said Anna Arnheim of Pasadena, who with her husband Norman, was visiting their granddaughter in Fifth Grade.
Since its founding in 1978 by Horwitz and Wang, Sierra Canyon School has placed a great emphasis on family and community. Small classroom settings allow students to learn at their own pace, and interact with classmates and students in other grades on a regular basis, developing social skills. The flexibility meshes well with special events like the visit of Grandparents and Grand friends.
Arthur Ripp, who joined his grandson in Kindergarten, said, “I love it here. I wish everyone could experience what I saw today, and the vision from its founding, to today, and for the future – Sierra Canyon is a prize!”
Like other independent private schools, Sierra Canyon’s curriculum is not based on Common Core Curriculum standards. Yet Sierra Canyon’s program is set apart when our faculty adapt and enhance the traditional liberal arts education model with technology, hands-on activities, and special events like Grandparents Visiting Day. Skrumbis said, “Our curriculum prepares students with age-appropriate challenges to learn skill sets which address challenges they will face in middle and upper school, and more importantly, college.”
As families begin to prepare for their Thanksgiving celebrations this week, the students reflected on the importance of hosting their grandparents and friends in class. One Third Grader remarked, “I made a working volcano my grandpa, and it erupted,” and his friend chimed in, “Me too – we had fun together.”
View a slideshow from this year's Grandparents Visiting Day.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:38:00 PM
A Must See Production - Our Town
The Sierra Canyon Performing Arts Department is proud to present Thornton Wilder's Our Town!
A family-friendly play, Our Town is set in the fictional American town of Grover's Corners, and scenes in the three act play depict the town's history from 1901 through 1913.
View a slide show from the performance.
Please join us for either of the following production dates:
Friday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 pm
Both performances will take place at
The Madrid Theatre
21622 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Seating is reserved and limited, so get your tickets today!
Tickets can be purchased:
- By phone: (818) 347-9939 (Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
- In person: Madrid Theatre (Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
- Online: Madrid Theatre website (24 hours a day)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:45:00 AM
Field Complex Opening - December 4th
Sierra Canyon is proud to announce that Thursday, December 4th the Inaugural Field Complex Opening will be held. Beginning with a Girls’ Varsity Soccer game at 3:30 p.m., the afternoon will entail a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks, followed by a Boys’ Varsity Soccer game at 6:00 p.m. All families are invited to join us for food, giveaways, and fun!
Monday, November 03, 2014 8:57:00 AM