Mission and Philosophy
We believe a strong foundation in academics and a well- rounded student is essential to the development in forming creative, thinking individuals. Challenging academics walking hand-in-hand with the community help to create an outstanding citizen.
The Crenshaw philosophy engenders respectful and collaborative relationships throughout the community, at home, and at school. From a young age, we focus on nurturing the child’s capacity for intellectual inquiry, analysis, problem-solving, and independence of thought, as well as mastery of basic skills. Debate and discussion, substantial writing and reading, questioning, and experimenting are basic modes of learning.
For younger students, the program emphasizes experiential learning and significant individualization of instruction within an integrated curriculum. At upper-grade levels, the program includes both required courses and electives, with honors courses in all disciplines and independent study options. We believe a strong foundation in academics and a well- rounded student is essential to the development in forming creative, thinking individuals.
Small class sizes – no more than 12 students per teacher for elementary school and 15 students per teacher for middle school and high school– and close faculty-student-parent relationships are integral to the Crenshaw education. Because of this, our teaching staff is in the unique position to personalize curriculum for each student. In this environment, we foster our student’s natural capacity for intellectual analysis, problem-solving, and independence of thought, as well as mastery of life-long skills including: debate, discussion, writing, reading, questioning, and experimenting. Students learn the importance of self-discovery and education in a collegial environment, emphasizing academics, the arts, athletics and community service.
Teaching begins with the ability to make learning the antithesis of a chore. At Crenshaw, our students learn and, more importantly, learn to love learning.
Description of School Population
The Crenshaw School is a private college preparatory school with a well-earned reputation for educational excellence. We welcome students, beginning at age 4 for PreK4 through 12th grade.