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At New Roads School we regard education as an active and ongoing quest to develop the habits of mind, character, awareness and participation that will allow young people to thrive as they begin to take a larger role in making their communities and their world. Our commitment to this quest is manifested in the genuine diversity of our school community. We fully and intentionally reflect the mosaic of cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs that make up Los Angeles in the 21st century.

Life at New Roads is tremendously fun, but we ask a great deal of our students. Education, for us, is not a race for the accumulation of facts. Our academic program challenges students of all ages to use the information they acquire to delve more deeply and more critically into their studies. We give students a solid conceptual and analytic foundation from which they can launch their own explorations, and develop and pursue their own passions. In addition to the traditional academic disciplines, our varied offerings at all levels in the arts, physical education, human development, community service, environmental and ethics education offer multiple avenues for discovery, investigation and expression, consistent with established state and national guidelines for excellence.

School, at its best, is a place where young people feel safe to explore their emerging uniqueness as they encounter new ideas, friends, family, and the world beyond. This is best accomplished when all the adults in a young person’s life work in concert, and so we ask parents to join our teachers and their children as part of a community of learners.

As a college preparatory school, New Roads is committed to preparing students to excel as they move on in their studies. However, we recognize that human beings are far more multi-dimensional than even the broadest-based college curriculum, and so we strive for more. Our hope, our goal, is that every young person leave New Roads not only more able to succeed at what we’ve come to know as “school work,” but feeling more self-assured, healthier, happier, more compassionate, more courageous, and more eager to learn than when he or she arrived.