Learning at Curtis

At Curtis, we’re not just teaching facts and figures. We want students to make meaning out of what they learn so that they can become the well-rounded, dynamic young people that secondary schools, colleges, employers, and the world need.

We emphasize and seamlessly interweave the development of the mind, body, and heart in an environment that savors the wonders of childhood.

Our curriculum was developed to provide students with the communication skills, habits of mind, and resilience needed for success and to help them become dexterous learners with the ability and agility to see and make meaning out of information in both reflective and innovative ways.

We honor children as individuals with unique learning styles who require and deserve teaching methods that maximize their understanding of and connection to their learning. Our faculty know how to safely and respectfully stretch our students because they deeply understand what’s happening for young people at a developmental level.

Because when every stage of childhood is deeply understood and honored in the education of minds, bodies, and hearts, learning is forever joyful.

Lower Elementary

Our Lower Elementary division (Grades DK-2) fosters the young child's natural curiosity and a love of learning. We believe in the importance of nurturing a child's emotional and social growth as a foundation for intellectual development.

Upper Elementary

Our Upper Elementary division (Grades 3-6) fosters the increasing independence of our students by providing appropriate academic challenges along with sustained support for each student and promoting engagement within a nurturing environment.

Goals for Learning

List of 8 items.

  • Anti-Bias

    Our Anti-Bias framework teaches and prepares students to engage in critical self-reflection, to understand that feeling discomfort is part of the anti-bias journey, and to respect each other’s identities.

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  • Art

    The visual arts program strives to inspire students and equip them with the necessary skills and processes to create, express and communicate with artistic intention. We believe that through the exploration of art, students can achieve a better understanding of the world around them in both body and mind.

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  • Character Education

    Our approach to character education is to engage our students, in the context of authentic experiences, with the concepts, ideas, and practices of the caring and ethical treatment of self and others.

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  • Mathematics

    Our math program equips student with the knowledge and habits of mind to appreciate and harness the power of mathematics.

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  • Performing Arts

    The Performing Arts Department provides a program that enables the students to fully explore their creative potential. At each grade level, students will acquire the knowledge and skills they need to foster their imagination and curiosity, develop awareness, and utilize critical thinking and creative problem-solving.

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  • Science

    The Curtis science program will instill in every child an understanding and passion for science. The program will lead students through a developmentally appropriate, hands-on, inquiry based approach in which they will learn to apply scientific procedures to make informed evidence-based decisions.

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  • Social Studies

    Our social studies program strives to engage and inspire. It equips students with skills necessary to access historical content and current events. We believe each student is capable of making a difference in the world, and our curriculum provides them with the tools to do so.

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  • Writing

    Our writing program prepares students for a world that values clear written communication and where writing is a critical part of expression.

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Curtis School

15871 Mulholland Drive  ·  Los Angeles CA 90049