Education: Denker Avenue School
Academic excellence and community education are high priorities in Gardena. In addition to nine public and five private Elementary schools, the City has eight Preschools, one City-Operated Family Child Care program and three Japanese language schools. The elementary schools offer a tri-lingual Magnet in Japanese-Spanish-English and a bi-lingual Korean-English program. Peary Middle School has a Math-Science Magnet, and Gardena High School is the home of Southern California International Business Academy and a Foreign Language Magnet in French-Spanish-Japanese. Gardena is also very proud of the highly respected private Junipero Serra High School, the Sellery School for Special Education, and the George Kiriyama Community school, an adult school which offers over 200 community-based classes.

Local Public Schools

School Address City & Zipcode Telephone
135th Street ES 801 West 135th Street Gardena, 90247 (310) 324-4454
153rd Street ES 1605 West 153rd Street Gardena, 90247 (310) 323-1029
156th Street ES 2100 West 156th Street Gardena, 90249 (310) 324-6639
186th Street ES 1581 West 186th Street Gardena, 90248 (310) 324-1153
Amestoy ES 1048 West 149th Street Gardena, 90247 (310) 327-5592
Chapman ES 1947 Marine Avenue Gardena, 90249 (310) 324-2275
Denker Avenue ES 1620 West 162nd Street Gardena, 90247 (310) 327-9420
Gardena Elementary 647 West Gardena Boulevard Gardena, 90248 (310) 324-6967
Purche Avenue ES 13210 Purche Avenue Gardena, 90249 (310) 326-3184
Peary Middle School 1415 West Gardena Boulevard Gardena, 90247 (310) 225-4200
Gardena  High School 1301 West 182nd Street Gardena, 90248 (310) 354-5000
George Kiriyama CAS 18120 South Normandie Avenue Gardena, 90248 (310) 354-4900
Sellery Special Ed. 15805 South Budlong Avenue Gardena, 90247 (310) 327-1202

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Local Private Schools

School Address City & Zipcode Telephone
Junipero Serra High School 14830 South Van Ness Avenue Gardena, 90249 (310) 324-6675
Maria Regina ES 13510 South Van Ness Avenue Gardena, 90249 (310) 327-9133
Pacific Lutheran High School 1473 West 182nd Street Gardena, 90248 (310) 538-6863
Saint Anthony of Padua ES 1003 West 163rd Street Gardena, 90247 (310) 329-7170

Local Accredited Colleges / Universities

School Address City & Zipcode Telephone
El Camino College 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance, 90506 (310) 532-3670
CSU Dominguez Hills 1000 East Victoria Street Carson, 90747 (310) 243-3696
University of Phoenix 1515 West 190th Street Gardena, 90248 (800) 888-1968

After School Activities:
The City of Gardena Recreation and Human Services Department provides an After-School program for Gardena children, grades 1 thru 5th.

Homework assistance is provided free of charge from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the locations listed below. A fee of $15 is requested of students wishing to participate in a variety of acitivies including games, art, cooking, sports, tournaments and outings conducted from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Freeman Park – 2100 W. 154th Place
Nakaoka Community Center – 1670 W. 162nd Street
Rowley Park – 13220 S. Van Ness Avenue

Pre-registation is required. Applications are available at the Recreation Department office at:

Nakaoka Community Center
1670 W. 162nd Street
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 217-9537