Message from
the Head of School

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Ilene Reinfeld, Head of School

1st and 5th grade buddies

(Above) Multi-age “buddies” gather for a photo together on the playground equipment.

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Los Encinos School. You may be interested to know that the school recently reached a major milestone, our 40th year!

Many changes have taken place over the years as we advance in instruction, technology, and social and emotional learning. The new additions and updates to our campus include the installation of modern equipment and technology to enhance student learning and the refinement of our curriculum that we believe is beneficial to our students. What has remained constant through our 40 years is our mission, our philosophy, and our core.

First, we see each child as an individual. Our small student population (one class per grade) allows us the luxury of teaching to the whole child and giving each child what they need to reach their potential.

Second, our small size allows us to remain a close-knit community. We know each other and support each other, academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.

Third, we value childhood.  Being a K-6 school puts the sixth-graders in the position of leadership, instilling the students with confidence and experience as role models before they face the pressures of a more mature school environment. In my 19 years as head of school, my primary task has been making sure the children receive a well-rounded education, without sacrificing childhood.

Here at Los Encinos School, we build our program on social justice — focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion — and tailoring the curriculum to meet the children where they are. No matter the subject, we offer each grade-level an ever-widening perspective of knowledge to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

We’ve begun in-person tours in small groups each week.  You may sign up for that or an online “coffee” with me on the Admissions page. Our open house is virtual (you may register for that on the same page). Please send an email to if you have any questions. You might also like to view our “virtual tour” video which will give you a peek at our wonderful school in action.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Warmest regards,

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Ilene Reinfeld
Head of School