Buckley School (California)

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Buckley School
Buckley School.svg
Dare To Be True
3900 Stansbury Avenue
Sherman Oaks, California, 91423
United States
Type Private school
Established 1933
School district N/A
Principal Deborah Monroe
Head of school James Busby
Faculty 100
Grades K–12
Enrollment 770
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Color(s) Red and grey
Nickname Griffins
Newspaper The Student Voice
Yearbook Images

The Buckley School is a college preparatory day school that was founded in 1933 by Isabelle Buckley. It is located in Sherman Oaks, in the San Fernando Valley portion of the Los Angeles, California. It is the oldest co-educational independent day school in the Los Angeles area.[citation needed]


Buckley is a K-12 school that enrolls 770 students, allowing for an average class size of 17 students in the middle school and 14 students in the high school.[1]

Isabelle Buckley founded the school on the basis of a "4-Fold Plan of Education" that equally emphasizes academic training, creative self-expression, physical development and moral education.

Buckley's mascot is the griffin. The school colors are red and gray which stand for Courage and Perseverance.

The high school newspaper is the award-winning publication, The Student Voice. In 2008-2009, the newspaper received a first place in the American Scholastic Press Association's newspaper awards.[2] In April 2010, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded The Voice a "Silver Crown" award.[3]

Buckley's international studies programs sent the theatre department on tours of Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s. In 2002, the Performing Arts Department collaborated with Tony-nominated writer and director Stuart Ross to present the world premiere of The Sounds of Plaid, a large-cast, co-ed version of Ross's international hit Forever Plaid. In the summer of 2004, The Sounds of Plaid was re-mounted and presented at the International Fringe Festival, in Edinburgh, Scotland.


The Buckley Griffins run at Pearce College
The Griffins run a 5K at Pierce College.

The Buckley School fields varsity and junior varsity athletes in the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.buckleyla.org/about_buckley/index.aspx
  3. ^ "CSPA presents 44 Gold Crowns and 110 Silver at 2010 Scholastic Awards Convocation". Colombia University. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Richardson, John H. (September 22, 2008). "The Secret History of Paul Thomas Anderson". Esquire. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 

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