Valley Glen is a highly diverse community in the southeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. Almost half its residents were born outside the United States. Originally part of Van Nuys and North Hollywood, Valley Glen was officially recognized by the City of L.A. in 2004. The neighborhood includes a community college, seven public schools—including a high school—and six private schools. There is a city park. Valley Glen is noted for a half-mile-long California-history mural painted on the side of a flood-control channel.
In 2000 Valley Glen had a population of 59,230, according to the U.S. Census, and by 2008 its population was 62,846, according to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.
Ethnically, Valley Glen is "highly diverse," with Latinos at 45.2%, whites at 39.5%, Asians at 5.4%, blacks at 3.9% and others at 6%. It is also high within the city for the percentage of foreign born (49%), with Mexico (26.9%) and Armenia (14.4%) being the most common foreign places of birth. In other respects — population density, income, university education, age, homeowners, military service, it is "about average" for the city of Los Angeles. Twenty-one percent of Valley Glen residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average figure for both the city and the county.
In the "Mapping L.A." geographical section of the Los Angeles Times website, the 4.81 square miles of Valley Glen are bounded on the north by Raymer Street, Sherman Way or Vanowen Street, on the west by the Tujunga Wash, Woodman Avenue or Hazeltine Avenue, on the south by Oxnard Street and on the east by the Hollywood Freeway. In most of its area it is bisected by the Tujunga Wash, which runs north to south.
Parks and recreation
Valley Glen Community Park (formerly Erwin Park) is an unstaffed park located in Valley Glen. The park has a baseball diamond and picnic tables.
Valley Glen is home to Los Angeles Valley College.
Schools within the Valley View boundaries are:
- Ulysses S. Grant High School, 13000 Oxnard Street
- James Madison Middle School, 13000 Hart Street
- Coldwater Canyon Elementary School, 6850 Coldwater Canyon Avenue
- Kittridge Street Elementary School, 13619 Kittridge Street
- Erwin Elementary School, 13400 Erwin Street
- John B. Monlux Elementary School, 6051 Bellaire Avenue
- Jack London Continuation School, 12924 Oxnard Street
- ABC Little School, elementary, 6447 Woodman Avenue
- Laurence School, elementary, 13639 Victory Boulevard
- St. Jane Frances de Chantal School, 12950 Hamlin Street
- Summit View School, 6455 Coldwater Canyon Avenue
- Or Hachaim Academy, 6021 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
- Adat Ari El Day School, 12020 Burbank Boulevard
The Great Wall of Los Angeles, a half mile-long mural portraying the history of California "as seen through the eyes of women and minorities," stretches along the concrete sides of the Tujunga Wash, and is credited with being one of the longest murals in the world,
-  "Valley Glen," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- "Less Than High School," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
-  LAPD Online
- "Valley Glen Community Park." City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 19, 2010.
-  "Valley Glen: Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
-  Greater Valley Glen website
-  Valley Glen Neighborhood Association
-  Valley Glen crime map and statistics
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