About the Mesivta

Our History

Founded by Harav Shlomo Gottesman שליט״א, a mechanech with over 30 years of education and outreach experience, the Mesivta is the fulfillment of a dream.

Located just thirty-five minutes north-west of Los Angeles, the Mesivta is situated among the serene and pristine oak trees and picturesque mountains of Calabasas, California. As the only rural dormitory mesivta high-school west of the Rockies, talmidim from around the United States [including Brooklyn (NY), Chicago (IL), Cleveland (OH), Lakewood (NJ), Las Vegas (NV), Palo Alto (CA), Monsey (NY), and Seattle (WA)] benefit from the secluded surroundings of the Mesivta. The crisp and refreshing air, the surrounding nature and wildlife, coupled with our sprawling 8.22-acre campus provide an unparalleled environment for scholastic success and personal growth.


The Mesivta enjoys full accreditation from WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges). Our latest visit awarded us a five-year term for accreditation good through June of 2027, a distinction a small percentage of schools receive. In the words of the visiting committee: “It would be impossible not to be impressed by the level of dedication that is apparent at every level of the school family” (32).

The Mesivta has a full accreditation from the BJE, a partner organization of The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.


Food Services

Stay tuned to join our Wellness Meeting which will take place in the Spring

Start your day with a Healthy School Breakfast.
A healthy breakfast is offered to students daily.

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and is proven to contribute toward improved academic performance. Research shows that students who eat breakfast are better able to concentrate, pay attention and learn in school.

Click here for Wellness Policy

Click here for the Summer Food Service Program

Click here for the Triennial Assessment Report

Click here for the Wellness Committee Meeting Announcement

Construction Update

Upon completing our Alon & Rosana Miller Dormitory along with two others, we are currently working on permits for the Sarah & Simha Lainer Staff Residence.
Completed Buildings:
Soille School Building completed in 2005
Ruth Ickovics Dining Hall completed in 2007
Sarah & Simha Lainer Bais Medrash completed in 2013
Alon & Rosana Miller Dormitory in 2021
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