Getting Started At Viewpoint, Our New School

Ready for school

The lazy days of summer continue with time off for our family, a short vacation to see friends and family in the Washington D.C. area, tons of my son’s basketball games and tournaments and, of course, preparation for the kids to start school at Viewpoint in the fall.

Baller heaven. A 3-day tournament in Anaheim
Baller heaven. A 3-day tournament in Anaheim

We’ve been to new parent welcome events at the school and have a few more coming up. My daughter took a creative writing class at Viewpoint last week. She loved it. A fabulous teacher and new friends! What could be better? My daughter and I met a new family at the her orientation day and the girls have already had two playdates. My son is in basketball star Lisa Leslie’s camp, held at Viewpoint, and it is excellent. She combines drills, playing and techniques with social skills like how to introduce yourself to someone. The kids are all ears. He’s also doing a week of sports camp there. The welcome to Viewpoint has been warm, friendly and incredibly well organized.


When I got the list of possible volunteer activities from the school, I immediately signed up to work on the annual giving campaign and I plan to join the multicultural committee. But, the list of ways to get involved had something for everyone, from chairing committees to being a room parent to working on the annual fundraiser. The way you get involved depends somewhat on your kids’ grade level. Volunteering when your kid is in high school might involve different activities than when you have a kindergartner. After all, would your high schooler want or need you as a room parent?


A few days ago, I got a super-nice email from our host family who has a daughter entering 7th grade. We’ll get to meet them at an event soon.


I can’t say enough good things about how friendly and welcoming Viewpoint has been to our entire family.


Change is good. I don’t take any of this for granted. Not even for a moment. I’m just very grateful for it all.



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Christina Simon: Los Angeles, California, United States I'm the mom of two kids who attended The Willows School in Culver City and Viewpoint School in Calabasas. My daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ('23) and my son is a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton ('26). I live in Coldwater Canyon with my husband, Barry, and our dogs. Contact me at

3 thoughts to “Getting Started At Viewpoint, Our New School”

  1. This is a perfect example of finding a school that truly jives with your family and its values. I’m so happy that your kiddos are going to Viewpoint in the fall. It is a fantastic school, and I have friends who are alumni that are doing awesome things in adulthood.

    The photo of you and Dylan is super-cute too. 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the info; my family and I are considering Viewpoint for our 2 daughters–I recently toured and fell in love with it, now it’s just a matter of making the money work 😉 –and it is always nice to hear an insider’s perspective. Hope you are still loving it after almost a full school year?

    1. Hi Molly, we love it even more now that it’s been almost a full year at Viewpoint. I can’t say enough good things about the school! My kids are so, so happy there:)–Christina

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