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Sierra Canyon School

11052 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

(818) 882-8121


Sierra Canyon School is a private, nonsectarian, college preparatory independent day school for grades Early Kindergarten through 12th grade. Our small class setting along with our state-of-the-art facilities provide the ultimate learning environment. Visit our website for more details and contact our Director of Admissions, Kendall Pillsbury, for a tour at 818-882-8121.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

Sierra Canyon is an exceptional school for students who love to learn. Students are taught in small groups of "like-learners" in the key areas of reading and math. Classroom size is approximately 18 with a lead, creditialed teacher and an assistant teacher in each classroom. There are a variety of specials that all of the children participate in such as: Art, Music, PE, Library, Computer Technology and Spanish. Our school day runs from 8:30am until 2:30pm with Extended Day Care Options available until 6pm. For more information, please contact our Office of Admission at 818-882-8121 or visit our website at

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Phonetic Awareness, Reading, Writing, Math, Spanish, Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, Enrichment classes offered after school

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Sierra Canyon is committed to providing a setting in which children can mature and develop to their highest level of personal growth and academic achievement.

Our purpose is to:

Reach each child as an individual in order to help him or her grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally

Provide each child with an exciting and personal educational experience

Empower each child to utilize these experiences to become all of which s/he is capable

Guide each child to develop a strong sense of self-worth and self-esteem which are essential for satisfying and productive participation in society The intention is that each student will:

Read�enjoying all that the ability to read provides

Comprehend and utilize math, both in terms of skills and concepts

Explore his/her own society and those of other peoples and times

Develop and keep in touch with his/her creativity through art, music, and drama

Experience new areas of thought and action Feel challenged

Develop a sense of commitment to the environment

Practice a respect for the worth and dignity of others The educational experience at Sierra Canyon promotes the concept that each child is an individual. We respect the uniqueness of each learner. The pace may differ from student to student, the content may be presented at different times and in different ways, but all students will be guided to develop their thinking processes to their fullest abilities.

Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on