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West Hills

West Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California with a population of about 40,000 people. The city is located in the western end of San Fernando Valley, off Valley Circle Blvd and 101 Freeway.

The present day West Hills was once the homeland of Native Americans, the Tongva-Fernandeno and CHumash-Venturano tribes, that lived in the Simi Hills and near Bell Creek. The village Hu’wam was located at the base of El Scorpion Peak, near the Bell Canyon Park.

West Hills was originally part of Owensmouth and renamed Canoga Park. In 1987 residents of the western part of Canoga Park petitioned to separate from the larger community and establish their own city called West Hills.

As of the 2010 census, and according to the Los Angeles Almanac, there were 38,814 people and 10,626 households residing in West Hills. The ethnic-racial medley of the neighborhood was 78.89% White, 11.97% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.11% African American, 0.36% Native American, 2.80% from other races, and 3.82% from two or more races. 9.26% of the population were Hispanic of any race.

West Hills, made up of what was formerly a section of Canoga Park, is located within the City of Los Angeles — represented by Councilmember John Lee. It borders the cities of Hidden Hills, Woodland Hills, and Canoga Park all located within the San Fernando Valley in California.

Federal Representation

West Hills is represented in the United States Senate by California’s Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.

West Hills is within the 30th Congressional district — represented by U.S. Representative Brad Sherman.

West Hills is within the:

27th State Senate district — represented by State Senator Henry Stern
45th State Assembly district — represented by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel

Thirty-eight percent of West Hills residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high percentage for both the city and the county. The percentages of those residents with a master’s degree or higher was also high for the county.

Public Schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District operates public schools in this area.

  • Capistrano Avenue Elementary School, 8118 Capistrano Avenue
  • Enadia Way Elementary School (Enadia Technology Enriched Charter School), 22944 Enadia Way
  • Hamlin Street Elementary School (Hamlin Charter Academy), 22627 Hamlin Street
  • Haynes Elementary School, 6624 Lockhurst Drive
  • Justice Street Elementary School, 23350 Justice Street
  • Nevada Avenue Elementary School, 22120 Chase Street
  • Pomelo Drive Elementary School, 7633 March Avenue
  • Welby Way Elementary School, 23456 Welby Way

State charters:

  • Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter High School, 7353 Valley Circle Boulevard


  • De Toledo High School (formerly New Community Jewish High School), 22622 Vanowen Street
  • Chaminade College Preparatory, high school, 7500 Chaminade Avenue
    Parkhill School, 7401 Shoup Avenue
  • Crane Academy of Excellence, K-12, 23119 Vose Street
  • Kadima Day School, 7011 Shoup Avenue
  • Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, preschool, 23838 Kittridge Street
  • West Valley Christian School, 22450 Sherman Way

Adjacent public schools

Public middle schools and high schools serving West Hills within their district boundary lines include:

  • Hale Middle School—George Ellery Hale Charter Academy (Woodland Hills)
  • Christopher Columbus Middle School (Canoga Park)
  • Canoga Park Senior High School (Canoga Park)
  • Chatsworth Senior High School—Chatsworth Charter High School (Chatsworth)
  • El Camino Real Senior High School—El Camino Real Charter High School (Woodland Hills)
  • Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School Tk-6 (Woodland Hills)

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