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Action Day | Primary Plus

Action Day Primary Plus
San Jose, CA
(408) 244-1968
www.actiondayprimaryplus.com
Ages: Birth - 8th Grade

Since 1968, Action Day Primary Plus has offered each child who enters its schools and programs the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. With a comprehensive understanding of the importance of early child development, the schools’ staff focuses on building close, loving relationships with the children in their care by encouraging motor skill mastery and social/emotional growth. The fully accredited schools produce students who consistently score in the 90th-plus percentile on national standardized tests. At all locations, the learning environment is fun, safe and creative, allowing children of all ages to learn at a pace unique to them. The schools’ services and programs go beyond standard child care/education to quality, positive experiences that lead to greater future successes—both inside and outside the classroom. At Action Day Primary Plus, students start ahead and stay ahead.

Programs Include:

- Infant Care
- Preschool Program
- Private Elementary School
- Extended-Day Program with onsite dance, sports, and other extracurricular activities
- Private Middle School
- Holiday and Summer Camps

Find our preschools in San Jose, Saratoga, Mountain View, Santa Clara and Campbell. Most of our preschool students transition to our private elementary school and our middle school in San Jose.



The Alpert JCC Preschool

3801 E. Willow Street

Long Beach, CA 90815
alpertjcc.org/preschool
562-426-7601 x1020

The Alpert JCC preschool program, a leader in Long Beach preschool education for over 50 years, is designed to provide learning and growing experiences that will help each child to grow into a sensitive, self-directed, creative and confident whole person.

Parents of all faiths, backgrounds, and lifestyles, entrust their children to our caring and professional Early Childhood Education staff. Licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services, our preschool has been acclaimed by Early Childhood Education professionals as the finest preschool program in our community.

In order to share our Jewish culture and traditions, we enjoy Shabbat each Friday, celebrate Jewish holidays, and flavor our lessons with Jewish songs, stories and special foods. At the same time, we encourage understanding and sharing between families of many cultures.
 
We focus on creating a safe and nurturing environment which offers opportunities to explore and discover; a place where children learn to care about and cooperate with others, as well as play independently. To learn more, go to alpertjcc.org/preschool. Call for a free tour! 562.426.7601 x1020.



Brentwood School


East Campus
100 South Barrington Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-476-4087


West Campus
12001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-889-2812
www.bwscampus.com
K – 12th Grade


Brentwood School is an independent K-12 coed day school with two campuses, located four blocks apart on Sunset Boulevard, in the Brentwood neighborhood of West Los Angeles.
 
Statement of Purpose: Brentwood School is a vibrant and diverse community whose purpose is to promote personal and intellectual growth. We provide challenging, engaging programs in a nurturing learning environment, devoting care and attention to every student. Embracing high standards of character, commitment, and achievement, Brentwood School encourages students to think critically and creatively and to act ethically.
 
As our mission states, we provide a challenging academic program, balanced by a supportive and nurturing environment. We seek to enroll a diverse group of students who are excited by our many academic, creative, and enriching offerings.



Crestview Preparatory School

140 Foothill Blvd
La Canada, CA 91011
818-952-0925
www.crestviewprep.org

Crestview Prep Celebrates Thirtieth Birthday

This year, Crestview Preparatory School celebrates our thirtieth birthday. We invite everyone, from prospective families to our alumni families, to join us for our annual Blood Drive, Walkathon, Spring Gala, and Open House.

We are a student-centered school with a focus on preserving childhood throughout the elementary educational experience. We offer both nurture and structure, and allow students to feel confident and secure to learn both by solving problems and by actively doing. While teaching methodologies change, and new tools are introduced each year, our approach to educate the whole child with appropriate multi-disciplined strategies remains constant.

This year, we will continue to bridge the learning inside the classroom to our learning spaces around the campus.  Our edible garden is one example of science integration into the curriculum. We also expanded our Library/ThinkLab, by installing a green screen for video production and editing and the addition of a 3D printer. e selected this model as it allows younger students to design and build with materials such as Play-Doh, wood, and bamboo, as well as traditional filaments .

For more information and to visit our campus, please go to www.crestviewprep.org and schedule a tour!


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

www.xrds.org
Elementary School (K-5)
1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-828-1196

Middle and Upper School (6-12)
1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-829-7391

Crossroads School offers rich programs in academics, the arts, athletics, human development and outdoor education. The brand-new, 25,000-square-foot Science Education & Research Facility on the 21st Street Campus enables students to engage in innovative, interdisciplinary and cutting-edge science programs. Having pioneered the concept of an “education in balance,” Crossroads is a home for passionate ideas and personal expression.

Since our inception, Crossroads’ commitment to all forms of diversity has resulted in a warmly inclusive community representing a variety of races, ethnicities, economics, and gender and sexual orientations. One in four students receives financial assistance. All students engage in community service, as does the School itself through our Crossroads Community Outreach Foundation, which models the service expected of our students.

Crossroads was founded upon five basic commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to the development of a student population of social, economic and racial diversity; and to the development of each student's physical well-being and full human potential.




Echo Horizon School

Echo Horizon School
3430 McManus Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
www.echohorizon.org

The mission of Echo Horizon School and its Echo Center is to educate children in a collaborative environment that is academically challenging and developmentally appropriate. We actively promote mutual respect, individual responsibility and ethical action. The Echo Horizon graduate is an inquisitive and critical thinker who brings creativity, kindness, and self-reliance to the life long journey of learning. Echo Horizon School was founded in 1983 and is a Pre K-6 Independent School in Culver City, California. Since 2009, Echo Horizon School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. Echo Horizon School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Fusion Academy
www.FusionAcademy.com

Fusion Academy is a revolutionary, accredited private middle and high school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. This allows us to personalize and customize curriculum for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style.
 
Our supportive staff and campus environment provide a safe space for students to flourish emotionally, socially, and academically. It includes a state-of-the-art recording studio and a mixed-media art studio for students to express their creativity. Students complete all their homework on campus in our Homework Café® before they leave for the day.

Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. From algebra to yoga and everything in-between, we have over 450 courses to choose from. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize our tutoring services. Outside of academics, we partner with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.
 
While it’s impossible to put our students into categories, we generally serve students with the following backgrounds: ADHD, accelerated/gifted learners, dyslexia, dysgraphia and learning differences, social challenges and social anxiety, or students with challenging schedules. Students who attend Fusion Academy have one thing in common: traditional school isn’t working. Learn more at
www.FusionAcademy.com.


German International School of Silicon Valley

Mountain View Campus
310 Easy St.
Mountain View, CA 94043
650-254-0748
www.gissv.org
ages 3 - 12th grade

Providing your child with a bilingual education means giving a gift that lasts a lifetime.

Offering bilingual education in German and English at three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) academically, culturally and linguistically combines the best of both worlds: Germany’s traditions, know-how and cultural roots with America’s drive and ambition.

Our campuses are located in Mountain View, Berkeley, and San Francisco. The newest addition, a K-8 campus located in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio, opened its doors in 2011 and currently offers grades K-3, with an additional grade being added each year.

Accredited by the German Government and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the GISSV offers a dual-immersion program that follows ambitious curricula, focusing on science and social studies as well as arts and sports.

Upon graduation, GISSV students simultaneously fulfill all the requirements of the German International Abitur and the California High School Diploma. The rigorous college preparatory program prepares our students for admission to leading colleges in the U.S. and Germany as well as other countries across Europe.

The GISSV welcomes German and non-German speaking families, as well as anyone interested in a high quality bilingual education.


Idyllwild Arts Academy
951-468-7223
www.idyllwildarts.org

Idyllwild Arts Academy—the only residential arts high school west of the Mississippi—has helped teenagers from around the world develop their talents for almost three decades. In the afternoon each student receives intensive training from professional artists in music, visual arts, theatre, film & digital media, dance, creative writing, and interdisciplinary arts/fashion design. In the morning the academic faculty teaches a college-prep curriculum, emphasizing creativity and treating subjects not as collections of facts for memorizing, but as networks of questions for exploring. 

Our students also educate one another, bringing their hearts and minds and perspectives and tireless curiosity to Idyllwild from all over the U.S. and thirty other countries. They develop lifelong friendships with people who look and sound nothing like themselves, while being constantly enriched by the awareness that the same work of art can make a radically different impression on a different set of eyes or ears. 

Above all, Idyllwild Arts Academy teaches courage. In many high schools, learning takes a back seat to peer pressure concerning what students look like or who their friends are. But Idyllwild attracts students who don’t pressure one another to suppress their individuality—instead, they encourage each other to discover themselves.


La Scuola

LA SCUOLA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Preschool - 8th Grade
lascuolasf.org



K-8 Campus:

735 Fell St.

San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 551-0000



Preschool Campus:


728 20th St.

San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 558-9006



La Scuola’s mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future.


La Scuola’s vibrant and diverse international community inspires critical thinking, creative expression and fosters lifelong passion for learning. Nothing Without Joy!



Why La Scuola?



• La Scuola educates the whole child - intellectually, physically and emotionally - in a joyful and happy environment.

• Our philosophy is rooted in the tradition of the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. We hold an image of the child as strong, competent and creative, with no ceiling to a child's learning potential.


• Inquiry is the leading pedagogical tool of our transdisciplinary education, thereby fostering critical and creative thinking skills, confidence, integrity, collaboration and empathy.


• Our students develop a lifelong love of learning and become world citizens who care about their local and global communities.


• Language acquisition is a cornerstone of a La Scuola education. Bilinguals have better cognitive and verbal skills, as well as higher executive function.


• Children are surrounded by warm and nurturing teachers in an aesthetically beautiful environment.
 Careful attention to the integration of pedagogy and the design of space offers the children a rich sense of place.


• Children graduating from La Scuola have the cognitive, creative and social skills necessary for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.


Maybeck High School
Maybeck High School
2727 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 841-8489

Maybeck High School offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with an academically challenging college-preparatory curriculum in a collaborative rather than competitive environment. Maybeck students find intelligent, creative peers who are excited about learning.
 
At Maybeck, the students and faculty together are engaged in intense intellectual exploration. Students call teachers by their first names and take part in lively discussions in our seminar classes. We respect our students as individuals, encourage independent thought and trust them to be responsible for and invested in their own education. In this challenging but safe setting, students are encouraged to take personal and intellectual risks. Our graduates leave us as sophisticated thinkers and confident navigators of the world around them.

Maybeck attracts a diverse group of students from all over the Bay Area. What they have in common is a desire to learn in a place where they are known, respected and lifted up. Maybeck students are intelligent, kind and thoughtful, and go on to great colleges and careers with an awareness of themselves and their influence on others and the communities around them.

Please contact us at: www.maybeckhs.org


Midland School

Midland School

Los Olivos, CA ~ Santa Barbara County
805-688-5114
www.midland-school.org
Grades 9-12 • Boarding

Grounded in traditional college preparation, Midland is a leader in place-based and experiential education. Using our 2,860 acre campus as a home base, Midland’s curriculum offers a vibrant and challenging exploration of place, spanning environment, history, and culture. Growing our food, generating our electricity, and knowing where our water comes from prepares students to be informed citizens and active participants. Midland’s 4:1 student to faculty ratio and our student-led jobs program ensures that every student is known, valued, and needed in this intentional community.

  • Unplugged yet connected
  • Outdoor Leadership Program
  • Horse Program
  • Nightly family-style dinners
  • Over 8,000 lbs of campus-grown, organic food per year
  • Outstanding college placement
  • Founded in 1932


Learn more:
www.midland-school.org.


Park Day School
Oakland, CA
510-653-0317
parkdayschool.org
 
Park Day School is a progressive K-8 co-ed school located in Oakland, California. Classes, lessons, and experiences emphasize creativity, exploration, and discovery. Students learn to take risks, think critically, collaborate, and understand their own ability to make positive change in the world.
 
Our graduates are community members who approach challenges from multiple perspectives and have the confidence to question, create and contribute when they venture into the world. While at school, students thrive both in and out of the classroom, approaching a variety of academic challenges as designers, makers and analytic thinkers. They study and grow in our gardens, playground, sports field, neighborhood, and the wider Bay Area-- taking field trips, and benefitting from an array of community partnerships.



Presidio Hill School

3839 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94118

415-751-9318

www.presidiohill.org
TK - 8th grade



Presidio Hill School is the oldest continually operating progressive school in California. Founded in 1918 by two artists, Flora Arnstein and Helen Salz, who were inspired by the innovative ideas of educational reformers John Dewey and Maria Montessori, especially the concept of replacing traditional learning by rote with learning by doing. Modern neuroscience continues to validate the child-centered and interactive teaching methods we’ve stood by for almost 100 years.

Presidio Hill is a co-educational TK-8 school with an enrollment of approximately 210 students. Each lower school grade has one class, averaging 20 students. In addition to a 1-year kindergarten, the school offers the option of a transitional kindergarten year to serve those just turned or turning five at the beginning of the school year. The Middle School program adds a second section of students forming two classes of 16 students each for grades 6-8.



The founders' vision included creating an environment that fostered cultural diversity, community involvement, and social action. Presidio Hill School's faculty, student, and parent body reflects San Francisco's richness. Race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, economics, alternative family structure, disability, religion, learning differences, and other forms of diversity are valued. The school strives to be a model of democracy and tackles issues of social justice in its curriculum.


PS1 Pluralistic School

1225 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-394-1313

www.psone.org
 
PS1 Pluralistic School is an independent, co-ed elementary school for grades K-6. Located in Santa Monica, CA, PS1 was founded in 1971 by current school head Joel Pelcyger and Eleanor Coben in order to provide excellence in academics coupled with joyful learning and a sense of community.

At PS1, we recognize that every child is unique, so we built a school that nurtures individual talents and learning styles. That’s how children become the best versions of themselves, in a school where fitting in is about being yourself.

Through the acquisition of strong academic and interpersonal skills, we seek to strengthen in the young the image they have of their best selves. Through helping children develop successful strategies for learning and guiding them to feel proud of their accomplishments, our students expand their images of themselves as competent individuals open to life-long learning. Our aim is to show that learning is a process of living and not just a preparation for future life.



Redwood Day

Redwood Day
3245 Sheffield Ave.
Oakland, CA 94602
510-534-0800
https://www.rdschool.org

At Redwood Day, everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing.
 
Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Our teachers are at the forefront of cutting edge educational practices. They connect our curriculum to each child, helping students gain the skills they need to reach for the next academic challenge.
 
Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We provide students with tools to solve conflicts, take risks, make ethical decisions, and lead with courage and integrity. As a diverse community, we find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.
 
Since 1963, Redwood Day has been committed to shaping the lives of young people in Oakland and its surrounding communities. Today, our K-8 program includes over 380 students all learning together on our 4-acre campus in the heart of Oakland.

When you step onto campus, you will feel the energy, thinking, and connections that emanate from our classrooms and know what we mean when we talk about helping each child grow into great.



The Renaissance International School

The Renaissance International School
Oakland Campus: 3650 Dimond Ave.
Piedmont Campus: 5201 Park Blvd.
510-531-8566
www.TheRenaissanceSchool.org
Age 2 - 9th Grades

The Renaissance International School provides students with a high-quality education designed to create compassionate, capable, confident, creative individuals who are prepared for life. Our Montessori program has a strong music, visual arts, and language immersion component.

BEYOND THE EXPECTED
Our hands-on curriculum, designed to offer students the opportunity to discover rather than just learn, goes beyond the traditional school curriculum. They progress at their own pace on a guided exploration of math, science, geography, history, and language that not only helps them develop knowledge specific to these areas, but simultaneously helps them develop the tools they will need to succeed in an ever changing world.

Language Immersion
Our students thrive in our trilingual immersion environment (English/Spanish/French). Students progress individually under the guidance of native speakers.

Music
Our music curriculum addresses the musical needs of children beginning in early childhood. As students develop their abilities, they advance to the school’s various ensembles, private lessons, and subjects, within our music program.

Visual Arts
Creativity, imagination, personal expression, self-direction, coordination, critical thinking, and problem solving are encouraged in our studio art program.



St. Matthew's Parish School

St. Matthew’s Parish School
1031 Bienveneda Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
310-454-1350
www.stmatthewsschool.com

St Matthew’s is a co-educational Episcopal day school for students Preschool - 8th grade, built on a foundation of close relationships among students, faculty, parents, and the Parish of St. Matthew. Students and families of all faith backgrounds are welcome.

Nestled in 28 acres of beautiful land just north of Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades, California, St. Matthew’s Parish School is a premier school for children in Preschool - 8th grade, which places an emphasis on Service Learning within a values-based education.  Every day is filled with creative and innovative opportunities to learn and play in three state of the art makerspaces, light-filled art studios, and a 15,000-item library. Versatile outdoor spaces, a large grass field, roomy gym, and a pool accommodate our competitive athletic teams and provide all children places to play.

Our teachers collaborate in teams from Early Childhood - Fourth Grade, creating optimal student-teacher ratios. The preschool programs provide students creative and instructive play. The elementary program emphasizes literacy through a child-specific curriculum, while specialty teachers provide instruction in PE, science, library, music, technology and art.  As students progress to Upper School (grades 5-8) subjects become departmentalized, with additional specialists for foreign languages, team sports, makerspace programs, and multiple electives.

The school motto, “Serve, Lead, Flourish,” emphasizes the core aspects of the St. Matthew’s experience. Our students thrive in a child-friendly ethical and spiritual community.

To schedule a tour or learn more, please visit
www.stmatthewsschool.com.


Village School

780 Swarthmore Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
310-459-8411
www.village-school.org
TK-6th Grade

Village School is an independent, TK (Transitional Kindergarten)-6th grade school with two campuses, located on the same block around the corner from each other. The school was founded in 1977 and continues to embrace families locally (Brentwood, Cheviot Hills, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood,  Santa Monica, Topanga, Venice, and Westwood), nationally and internationally.

Mission Statement: Village School is an inclusive and dynamic learning community that prepares its students for success. We engage children in a challenging academic curriculum that balances developmental and traditional principles of education and embraces a comprehensive and diverse enrichment program. Village School fosters each student's sense of self and inspires social responsibility by integrating character education into a stimulating learning environment. We value the strong connection between home and school that characterizes our community.

Diversity Statement: Village School is committed to fostering a community that honors the diversity of the human experience. We believe race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic status to be examples of what constitutes diversity in our community. We are devoted to cultivating and sustaining a safe environment that empowers individuals and groups to celebrate their culture, heritage and identity. Through affirmation and education, we strive to build and support an open and inclusive community dedicated to the principle of respect.

Open Houses occur on Wednesday, Oct. 11, Nov. 15, and Nov. 29. Please contact the school to R.S.V.P.


Westland School
16200 Mulholland Drive
, Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-472-5544
http://westlandschool.org

Founded in 1949, Westland School is a small close-knit community with an inquiry-based, integrated social studies core. The curriculum, which develops thematic studies, deeply embeds the arts, science, woodworking and gardening throughout the academic base. Blocks and other basic materials are central to the children’s work and further the learning goals of collaboration, ability to access and analyze information, taking initiative, thinking critically, and expressing curiosity, inquisitiveness, and imagination. Children have functional jobs both in their classrooms and in the school at large. Parent involvement is also a major strength in the school’s life. Both of these provide models, along with the daily functioning of our multi-age classrooms, for the participation in a democratic society we strive to reflect.



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