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Milken Community Schools
Milken Community Schools Logo
15800 Zeldins' Way
Los Angeles, CA, 90049
Type Private, coeducational 7-12
Motto Developing students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls
Religious affiliation(s) Jewish
Established 1990
CEEB Code 051727
Principal Limor Dankner (Middle School) Kimberly Schwartz (Upper School)
Head of school Gary Weisserman
Faculty 121 (2014-2015)
Enrollment 734 (2014-2015)
Color(s) Blue and white         
Nickname Wildcats
Newspaper The Roar
Yearbook Visions
Milken Community High School

Milken Community Schools, colloquially Milken, is a private Jewish high school and middle school. It is located on Mulholland Drive in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, California. It is one of the largest Jewish day schools in the United States.[1][2] Long affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, a Reform congregation, the school is officially non-denominational, and became independent from the temple in July 2012.


The school began in Van Nuys in 1984 as the Golda Meir School, and was later renamed the Einstein Academy.[3] When the school became affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, it was renamed Stephen S. Wise High School. After a large donation from Lowell and Michael Milken's Milken Family Foundation the school, then reported to be the "largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in the country", was named Milken Community High School.[2] At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the school was renamed to Milken Community Schools, with the intention of creating a name that encompassed both the middle school and the high school.

The Upper School was held in temporary trailers, on the lot where the new Middle School now stands, from 1994 to 1998 until the current Upper School campus was opened in 1998.[4] Until the Middle School campus was completed in 2009, the Middle School occupied temporary trailers on the parking lot of the Bel Air Presbyterian Church from 1981 to 2008.

The Middle School and Upper School have historically had the same name, yet after the completion of the new Middle School campus in 2009, the Middle School was officially renamed the David and Hillevi Saperstein Middle School of Milken Community High School after a subsequent donation from David and Hillevi Saperstein, while the Upper School remained the Milken Community High School.

On March 25, 2011, Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple announced that the school would become independent from the temple, effective July 1, 2012.[5]


All students are required to take four years of Hebrew, of which 18 different levels are offered. Four years of Jewish studies are also required, offered at regular, honors, and high honors levels (9th-Jewish Law, 10th-Chumash, 11th-Jewish Law, 12th-Jewish Thought). Minyan takes place once a week, with varied options such as traditional-egalitarian, yoga, social action, meditation, liberal, doubters, and others. An optional daily Mincha minyan is also offered. Through the Advanced Jewish Studies Center (AJSC), numerous Judaic electives are offered, including comparative religions, intensive Talmud study, comparative film, and others. The Kivun program, in which guest speakers lecture students on topics relating to Judaism, is offered most Fridays during oneg.

Tiferet Israel Fellowship[edit]

Tiferet Israel Fellowship

In partnership with the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE), MCHS offers an opportunity for students to learn and live in Israel for the Spring semester of the 10th grade. Through a full academic program, schedule of tiyyulim (field study and trips), personalized Chuggim (individualized activities) and partnership with Israeli teens, Tiferet Israel Fellows learn inside and outside of the classroom and build relationships with the land and people of Israel. The semester abroad is followed by two years of additional programming. The junior year focuses on public presentation skills, training fellows how to best advocate for the State of Israel. The senior year concludes with an intensive seminar based at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, examining Israeli cultural and political issues.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The FIRST robotics team, the Milken Knights, has won a number of awards, and in 2010 the team became one of the first American robotics teams to compete in the Israeli FIRST robotics regional.[6][7]

The school has won at least one Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award for every year that the competition has been running.[8][9][10]


The track team, after expanding to over 60 team members in 2008, won the league champions for the third consecutive year. The Milken basketball team has 10 league championships and one CIF SS Championship.[citation needed]

In fall 2011, after the previous year held an undefeated season and championship for the Wildcats' flag football team,[11] Milken began to play tackle football in the Heritage League. They play their games on Thursday nights instead of the traditional Friday night because the latter is the Jewish Sabbath.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Julie G Fax, "L.A.‘s Jewish high schools are all over the map", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 28, 2008.
  2. ^ a b John Dart, "Jewish School Renamed for Milkens", Los Angeles Times, September 9, 1995.
  3. ^ Melissa Schmitt, "The $32 Million School; Milken Foundation Aids Jewish Campus", Los Angeles Daily News, May 9, 1998.
  4. ^ Duke Helfand, "Milken High Is Dedicated by Founders: The $30-million campus is largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in U.S.", Los Angeles Times, September 14, 1998.
  5. ^ Jonah Lowenfeld, "Milken school, Stephen S. Wise Temple severing ties", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "Milken Robotics Team to Compete in Israel", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 2, 2010.
  7. ^ Milken Knights team website.
  8. ^ "MAST Director Roger Kassebaum Wins National Recognition" (accessed 2012-1-30).
  9. ^ Julie G. Fax, "Milken students win first high school X PRIZE", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 2, 2007.
  10. ^ "Milken Students Win Green Competition", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 27, 2010.
  11. ^ Lowenfeld, Jonah (1 March 2011). "Ten-hut! Milken takes on tackle football". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Painter, Jill (10 September 2011). "UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Milken hits mother lode with new football team". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Milken Hall of Fame" (accessed 2007-11-24)
  14. ^ "ROAR – Who is the Milken student: What websites are we on?". Retrieved 2011-08-01. 

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