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Hollywood Schoolhouse (formerly the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, and originally the Small Fry Nursery School) was established in 1945 by Ruth Pease on Highland Avenue, in the heart of Hollywood. The school’s creation was a response to the county’s request for help meeting child care needs of the post-war community. For more than 23 years, it served the area as a warm and loving preschool for 20 children. By the 1960’s, the need for child care was growing. To meet that need, the school expanded, and in 1968 the current preschool was constructed with enrollment doubling to 50 children.

As years passed, the school prospered. The ever-burgeoning demand for a quality education in Los Angeles increased. To better serve the neighborhood, the Elementary Division was established in 1984. The campus expansion included the first elementary school building, with classrooms, a computer lab, and library. Two years later, a 35-foot swimming pool was installed, and in 1987 the new kindergarten building, as well as an art and science workshop were unveiled. The Schoolhouse continued to flourish under the direction of Ruth’s daughter and son-in-law, Debra Pease Wehbe and Ferris Wehbe. In the 1990’s a new two-story building was added that included classroom space, a new library, multi-purpose room, and a fully equipped kitchen.

In 2002, the Wehbe family established Hollywood Schoolhouse as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) and we became an independent school, educating preschoolers through eighth grade. In 2006 the on- campus home to the Wehbes was converted to school use. In 2010, the Board of Trustees announced its decision to evolve into an ECE and K-6 elementary school. In 2013, the school celebrated the graduation of its first 6th grade following the transition.  

Today, Hollywood Schoolhouse extends from Highland Avenue to McCadden Place, serving the families of 300 children.

 

 

Hollywood Schoolhouse has always enjoyed a close relationship with its immediate neighborhood. Through its Big Sunday tree plantings and ongoing neighborhood clean-ups, the Schoolhouse has enjoyed being part of the recent renaissance of Hollywood. The school and its founding family also enjoy an excellent relationship with the City of Los Angeles and its elected officials. In 2006, then Councilman Eric Garcetti was the keynote speaker at the Schoolhouse 8th Grade Graduation.

We are proud members of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), The Alliance for Minority Affairs, the Elementary School Heads Association, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Los Angeles Area Independent Schools and the Green School Alliance.

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