WELCOME TO MANZANITA SCHOOL
Manzanita is an independent school located in Topanga Canyon, just outside of Los Angeles, California, serving grades 4 through 12. Manzanita was founded to provide the community a necessary counterpoint to the institutions and models available to educate our children.
Use this website to explore our philosophy and consider how an educational experience guided by mentorship and grounded by connection with nature can unlock the intrinsic gifts within adolescents.
While our model is informed by human history, our story is shaped by our community and the new story we will build together. We are excited to take this journey together with your family.
OUR SIX GUIDING PRINCIPLESMove cursor over icons to learn more
THE NEW STORY: A STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
Watch Manzanita 7th, 8th and 9th graders (2014-15) perform an original spoken word/dance inspired by the content they studied in the classroom throughout the course of the year.
"What powerful work you are doing in creating Manzanita for these young students and their families. I thought of my own experience of 8th grade in 1963. It made me realize we are moving into a new era of human history in that the gap between my education and what you are providing is greater than the gap between my education and what they taught in the 16th century. Truly a massive shift, one that is fully embodied in your work."
- Evolutionary Cosmologist Brian Swimme
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco