Welcome to Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood in the San Fernando valley region of Los Angeles founded in 1927 with boundary changes afterward. With a population of more than 60,000 people, it was part of a 2012 ballot measure proposal to form a separate municipality for the entire SF Valley that was defeated in a citywide election. The neighborhood includes a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains which gives Sherman Oaks a lower population density than some other areas in Los Angeles.
Forty-five percent of Sherman Oaks residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high percentage for both the city and the county. The percentage of those residents with a master’s degree or higher was also high for the county.
LAUSD schools within the Sherman Oaks boundary include:
- Van Nuys Middle School. The school was in the Van Nuys community until 1991, when City Council member Marvin Braude directed that a 45-block area that included the school be renamed as part of Sherman Oaks. The school continued to use the name “Van Nuys Middle”.
- Kester Avenue Elementary School
- Chandler Elementary School
- Robert A. Millikan Middle School
- Sherman Oaks Elementary
- Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary
- Riverside Drive Elementary School
Charter schools within the Sherman Oaks boundary include:
- Ivy Bound Academy for Math, Science, and Technology on Morrison Street
- Community Harvest Charter School, closed in 2012
Scott Glover of the Los Angeles Times stated in 1993 “many Sherman Oaks residents do not have school-age children, and many others send their children to private schools”.
Private schools include:
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Sherman Oaks Branch.
Parks and recreation
The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park is in Sherman Oaks. Dinah Eng of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2002 that the park “is a popular site for family gatherings”. The park has an auditorium, two lighted baseball diamonds, six unlighted baseball diamonds, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a 60-person community room, a lighted American football field, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer (football) field, and lighted tennis courts. Located in the same place as the park, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool is a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool.
The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center (also known as Bernardi Center), also on the park grounds, has an auditorium and multi-purpose room; its banquet capacity is 200 and its assembly capacity is 300. The senior center also has two community/meeting rooms; one can hold 50 people and one can hold 30 people. The senior center has two kitchens, a play area, a shuffle board place, a stage, and two storage rooms. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Tennis Courts facility in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park has eight courts.
In addition the city operates the Sherman Oaks Castle Park, with arcade, batting cages, and miniature golf facilities, in Sherman Oaks.