Buckley Returns to School with New Administrators, New Classes and a New Building Underway


Buckley’s new Academic and Performing Arts Building will open next fall for the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

This school year brings many exciting updates to The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. When students left campus for summer break, a construction site had been cleared for the school’s new Academic and Performing Arts Building. Now, the building’s frame is erected and the building, which will add nearly 20,000 square feet to the school including state-of-the-art performing arts classrooms and a student technology center, is on track to open next fall.

In addition to welcoming 122 new students this year, Buckley added two seasoned professionals to its administration. James Busby, assistant head of school, joined Buckley from Saint Ann’s School, a highly regarded independent school in Brooklyn. Busby was at Saint Ann’s for 26 years and served as its assistant head of school since 2007. Deborah Monroe is Buckley’s new Upper School principal. She previously was with Viewpoint School in Calabasas, where she served as Upper School principal, World Languages Department chair and director of Upper School Academic Advising during her tenure.

New programs at Buckley this year include:

  • A robotics elective in the Upper School.
  • A robotics afterschool program in the Lower School.
  • A pilot program of educational applications of iPads in the Lower School.

The Buckley School is a K-12 co-educational independent school with 770 students. Its college preparatory program espouses a whole-child educational philosophy that emphasizes creativity, moral education and multicultural perspectives. For more information, visit www.buckley.org.

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