Topanga Mountain School

knowledge naturally

A unique and innovative program that provides for a solid academic foundation in core subjects, inspires a love of learning and cultivates compassionate, well-rounded citizens.


At TMS we believe that a school is not only responsible for a child’s academic growth but is in a partnership with the family in advancing both spiritual and emotional development.

We invite you to find out more about our unique program and discover the school that parents call “the best kept secret”.


We are a small private middle school for grades 6, 7 and 8 located in Woodland Hills, CA at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains. We were founded in 2001 to serve the nearby community of Topanga and have since expanded to include families from neighboring communities.


We connect! Authentic relationships are at the core of our success. Shared experiences outside the traditional classroom setting create true relationships among students and staff. The benefit manifests in the classroom and strengthens the community as a whole.


In everything we do we have fun; school is a positive place where students enjoy learning and value their relationships with peers and elders. At the core is an understanding of respect and personal responsibility. Our school week is varied and allows for many teaching opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Students are on campus for three days of the week and spend the remaining time out in the community gaining first hand experience of the world they live in.


In the past, extended families and communities took responsibility for teaching their young. This world that children moved through gave them a sense of belonging, yet afforded them the freedom to try out their independence. These days our children are increasingly isolated and have few “non-media” role models outside of their immediate family. At TMS we believe that it does “take a village” and that in returning to an understanding of our responsibility as a community we can help in the process of raising our children into well-balanced, compassionate and questioning adults.

Topanga Mountain School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Topanga Mountain School  |  5920 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367  |  818.346.8355