Dear Fellow Nuysians,
Please don’t listen to your hysterical Sherman Oaks neighborhoods insisting you move south. Yes, Van Nuys is largely working class, but it’s home to some of the most recognized magnets in LAUSD.
Kester Avenue Elementary alums do well at a variety of middles and high schools.
And Van Nuys High School features three magnets (Medical, Math/Science, and Performing Arts). The school treats all magnet students the same, so your aspiring Math major can have dance for PE. Your band geek can take an excelerated math program and finish Calc BC as a junior. And a medical magnet student can land a major role in the spring Musical. Did I mention pit orchestra? Students working with the LA Master Chorale? Two dance teachers? AP Camps in the spring? A auto-tech class that wins national awards every year? Van Nuys currently boasts the highest AP pass rate in the district, the most AP course offerings, *and* more sections of those courses so your child won’t have to choose between APs in many cases. VNHS is also showing huge improvements among its residential student population and ELL students. The school is in a quiet neighborhood, with a church on three corners and the high school on the fourth. If you have a kid who doesn’t fit into one simple box–TOUR it and see if it’s right for your child.