The Herb Albert Educational Village
Inspired Education for an Evolving World

Philosophy and History

New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people. We believe that education must not be a race for the accumulation of facts, but a joint venture among students, parents, and teachers to develop habits of mind, habits of character, an ever expanding awareness of the human situation, and the tools needed for social, political and moral participation as well as personal fulfillment. To be truly supportive of young people, teachers and parents must themselves continue to learn so that they may perceive the young accurately and treat them wisely.

We Are Committed To:
  • the liberation of each student’s curiosity and the development of each student’s full human potential
  • academic excellence
  • excellence in the arts and in athletics
  • the development of a student population of social, economic, ethnic and racial diversity
  • behaving responsibly and honorably as individuals and as an institution, and serving the larger ecological and social community
  • helping students develop a portable set of skills that can be translated and applied across a variety of contexts
We Consider Certain Skills to be Essential for All Graduates:
  • to read well and write clearly
  • to express oneself effectively
  • to reason and to question thoughtfully, soundly, critically, and ethically
  • to approach and solve problems creatively as an individual and as a member of a team
  • to evaluate and synthesize information in order to advance understanding and innovate responsibly
  • to study with purpose and perseverance
  • to demonstrate the flexibility and nimbleness of mind to respond to the demands of a rapidly evolving world
  • to develop respect for the humanity and ecology of the earth and the sensitivity to appreciate life’s deep joys and mysteries.
  • to listen and understand empathetically
Mindful of the ever-changing world, New Road School acknowledges a continuing need to evaluate these essential skills.

We understand that there are many kinds of intelligence. As such, our programs assist young people in developing and appreciating cognition, intuition, imagination, creativity, physical expression and performance, sensitivity to others, self-understanding, and personal well-being. To neglect any of these areas is to limit students in the development of their full human potential.
New Roads was established in 1995 by Dr. Paul F. Cummins, Founder, President and CEO of the Coalition for Engaged Education (formerly the New Visions Foundation), and Dr. David Bryan, who was the first Head of New Roads School, as a model for education in the ethnically, racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse community of greater Los Angeles. New Roads began as a middle school program with 70 students and now serves over 650 students, grades K-12. No less than 40% of our tuition budget is devoted to need-based financial aid every year, enabling us to provide financial assistance to more than 50% of our families, allowing New Roads to enroll students of promise and potential regardless of financial wherewithal.

New Roads School

3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
ph: 310-828-5582
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New Roads School is an independent college preparatory K-12 school in Santa Monica, CA. We serve over 650 school age children from the greater Los Angeles area.