Where Children Have Room To Grow

Los Angeles Family School (LAFS) is a progressive, non-profit, parent participatory school for children aged two to six. Established in 1972 in Silverlake, a diverse neighborhood ten minutes from downtown Los Angeles, LAFS is proud of our long and rich history.

Our families represent a wide variety of socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Our emergent curriculum focuses on developmentally appropriate practices and fosters independence and social competence by emphasizing problem solving, peaceful conflict resolution, and creativity.

Our philosophy is built on the idea that every person possesses a unique set of abilities, challenges, and character traits. We value respect, individualization, messy play, and providing our children with many choices of activities during the day (with the exception of mealtime and circle time). We do not require children to be potty-trained upon arriving at school. 



Los Angeles Family School features four classrooms: Treehouse, Rainforest, Hill and Riverbed. Each classroom is colorful and welcoming, with multiple activities arranged to allow the children the freedom to explore and choose. Each classroom also has its own adjoining outdoor play area for year round outside play.

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Parent Participation

At Los Angeles Family School we believe that pitching in and helping out creates a special community environment for our kids to grow, play, and learn in. For us parents the experience is both rewarding and a way to create lasting friendships. Parents are encouraged to participate in school life by volunteering in ways big and small, from organizing fundraisers to driving our kids on field trips. 


If you are interested in applying to Los Angeles Family School, please sign up and attend an orientation. These are held on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm, and we ask that you do not bring children. Please email us to reserve your place in advance, with "Orientation" in the subject line - or call the office at 323.663.8049.