Welcome to Geffen Academy

Geffen Academy at UCLA is an inclusive and challenging college-preparatory school for students in grades 6-12 aligned with the science of adolescence. While with us, students are encouraged to be questioners, analysts, presenters, and creative, collaborative, active and engaged young adults who practice their skills, competencies, and relationships with deliberation. Geffen Academy graduates believe that knowledge is beautiful, transformative, and relevant to one’s life and civic responsibility in a just, free, and global community.

Pursuing Engagement. Finding Balance.

Getting enough sleep, sharing meals and connecting with the people who are important to you, developing active persistence and having a sense of purpose beyond oneself are habits and traits shared by children who go on to have lives with strong interpersonal relationships, professional satisfaction and financial stability. We encourage and support the development of these habits each and every day.

Committed to Adolescent Development

First and foremost, the school day at Geffen Academy will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. because research tells us that adolescents’ biological rhythms operate differently from those of children or adults—and students need to get adequate sleep. We also believe that families should be eating and talking together, whenever possible. While it is not widely known, the single factor that National Merit Scholars share is the experience of routinely eating dinner with their families. Given this, Geffen Academy will structure homework in a sensible and effective way.

Our students will learn persistence, grit, and confidence from sticking with activities and interests over time and, in turn, we will seek to help them find a sense of purpose beyond themselves. Whether it’s connecting to the world under a microscope, on the athletics field, or with fellow writers, artists and historians, Geffen Academy will honor students’ interests and connect them to opportunities to engage in the work they love.

Message From The Head of School

The gift of knowing one’s path—where we’ve been and where we want to go—and having the confidence to take the next steps, is what we at the Geffen Academy seek to help your children discover in themselves. And it’s the gift that Mr. Geffen has bestowed upon our community through his generosity and commitment to create Geffen Academy at UCLA. Through hard work in academics, athletics and the arts; a focus on individual identity and growth; and a commitment to the world beyond one’s self, students at the Geffen Academy will experience an educational culture that not only looks forward but leads forward. We will ask your children to reach in to themselves, reach out to make connections and reach on to their futures.

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Our Vision for the Future Begins with Our Students

Geffen Academy encourages students to be creative, collaborative and engaged young adults who question, analyze and practice their skills with deliberation. Through inspired learning in our classrooms, we strive to instill in our graduates the understanding that knowledge is beautiful, transformative and relevant to one’s life and civic responsibility in a just, free and global community.

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A Message From the Chancellor

I am proud that UCLA’s mission of research, teaching and service will be embodied in Geffen Academy. This innovative college preparatory school will offer a world-class education to a diverse population of 6th through 12th grade students from across the greater Los Angeles area as well as the children of UCLA faculty and staff.

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The Power of Partnership: Geffen Academy and UCLA

UCLA is one of the most renowned research universities in the world, a beacon for the best and brightest across the globe. By partnering with UCLA, Geffen Academy students are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the diversity of thought, sense of purpose and boundless optimism that can be experienced on campus.

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We are very excited about the construction of Geffen Academy campus, which will be ready for students in Fall 2018. Koning Eizenberg Architecture, working with UCLA Capital Programs, will create a campus that merges form with function, and offers bright and open spaces that encourage students to think, create and be their best selves.

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Our Team

  • John Lee


    Associate Director of Admissions

    John is joining the Geffen Academy as his first step into the secondary school world after 10+ years of experience in higher education. He was most recently the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting at the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. Prior to CGU, John has experiences at UCLA’s Department of […]

  • Sibyll Carnochan Catalan


    Head of School

    Prior to joining UCLA, Sibyll created and led a fellowship for outstanding public school teachers and principals from across the country.

  • Neil Kramer


    Assistant Head of School

    Neil was a founding member of de Toledo High School in West Hills, where he is Dean of Faculty Emeritus.


  • Elective Reading Q&A

    June 16, 2017

    Q: What books will students be reading in this program? A: In the elective reading program, we want students to choose books that will fully capture their attention. Novels are likely candidates, but so too are works of memoir, history, politics, and popular science. Because taste is an individual affair, what a student reads will […]

  • Summer Reading for Secondary School

    June 16, 2017

    Summer Reading – No less than 15 minutes a day In the ever more tightly scheduled lives of adolescents, there is ever less time for freely-chosen recreational reading, even in the summer. At Geffen Academy, we view the chance to read freely and for enjoyment as an essential element of a complete education. We have […]

  • A Healthy Focus on Wellness at Geffen Academy

    February 8, 2017

    It’s no secret that students across the U.S. are struggling with their physical and mental health. Obesity is on the rise and more than thirty percent of children and adolescents report feeling sad, depressed or overwhelmed because of stress.

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