expects finish of renovation at new site this month; will change its name

The Westchester Neighborhood School expects renovation of its new facility in the Del Rey area to be completed this month.

The school is a private independent school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

The school plans to change its name to Westside Neighborhood School and begin to relocate to its new 50,000-square-foot building at 5401 Beethoven St., a block north of Playa Vista, this fall. The school will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the new location.

“This is a significant milestone in the development of our school,” said Brenda Parker, head of school.

“Our new home will offer us greater flexibility to serve a larger group of students, expand our programs and offer new amenities.”

The school began searching for a new site in 1996 and signed a 20-year lease with an additional five-year option on the new facility last year.

The school received help from a $100,000 grant from the Weingart Foundation.