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Almaden Country School
6835 Trinidad Dr.
San Jose, CA 95120
Age 4 - 8th grade
Almaden Country School is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian South San Jose school that offers programs for students from 4 years of age through 8th grade. Now in our 32st year of discovering the gifts in every child, we are proud that for the last four years (2009 through 2013), our preschool, elementary, and middle school were voted “Best of Best” by Bay Area Parent magazine. Enrolling more than 400 students, it is Almaden Country School’s philosophy that each child has unique capabilities and talents.
Your child will have:
• Passionate, talented teachers who are devoted to the children they serve;
• A broad and challenging curriculum including a full enrichment program of art, music, drama, hands-on science, foreign language, and P.E.;
• Small class sizes; and
• A Character and Competence program that helps develop strong, ethical leaders.
Almaden Country School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
100 South Barrington Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90049
12001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
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.
This fall the Buckley community celebrated the opening of the new Mathematics and Science Building, which opened one year after its Academic and Performing Arts Building. The state-of-the-art structure is home to 11 classrooms, including science classrooms & laboratories for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Life Science, and Physical Science equipped with technologies that rival many collegiate labs. The building also includes the Digital Arts and Music Center for interdisciplinary work in electronic music, digital art, and sound and video production.
Founded in 1933, The Buckley School is a K-12 co-educational independent school in Sherman Oaks. Its serene canyon campus is home to 805 students and a vibrant, creative, and challenging learning community. Our intentionally small and deeply supportive learning environment empowers both rigorous academics and joy in learning. Every day our inspired faculty encourages students to push themselves to new heights of learning and to new depths of self-knowledge. We do this because authentic, passionate learners find happiness and success in school, are valued by colleges, and go on to lead full and meaningful lives.
Camellia Waldorf School
5701 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822
Preschool - 8th grade
Camellia Waldorf is an independent, co-educational elementary and preschool that also offers Parent & Toddler classes. Our mission is to educate by honoring childhood, appreciating the individuality of each student, and instilling a sense of moral and ethical responsibility while building capacities for learning and encouraging clear and creative thinking.
We strive to develop the mind, body, and spirit of the child, encouraging in the process, the child's spiritual freedom and growth. As in every Waldorf school, our teaching works toward this aim by drawing on the insights into human development pioneered by Rudolf Steiner.
Camellia Waldorf School offers each parent the opportunity to become part of a community that has heart and purpose. There are a number of ways to become involved. Your interests and talents can lead you.
The Camellia community reflects the diversity of the Sacramento area. Parents always cite "community" as one of the reasons they value our school. Another is that their children are nurtured and protected here in their early years, encouraged and challenged in their later years.
Exciting curriculum-based field trips are covered by our tuition. Classes have visited Yosemite, Moaning Caverns, the Balclutha, Full Belly Farm and more.
The College Preparatory School
6100 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618
The College Preparatory School is a vibrant day school for grades 9-12, tucked into a small wooded valley in Oakland, CA. Our purpose is to prepare students for inspired, ethical lives in college and beyond in an atmosphere of consideration, trust, and mutual responsibility. Our rigorous, classically thorough curriculum includes core academic disciplines balanced by options in music, visual arts, dance, theater, physical education, inter-scholastic athletics, forensics, and community activities.
Cow Hollow School
65 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129
Cow Hollow School, a beautiful little school nestled in the Presidio in San Francisco, offers parent participation, part day and summer programs for children ages 2-5.
Our approach to education comes directly from an absolute love of children and childhood. We believe that every child is capable and competent. We observe, document and interpret children’s thinking and learning in order to understand, support and extend the children’s meaning-making experiences.
As a school community we value process, play, inquiry, stewardship for the earth, relationships, and creativity. Within the context of meaningful experiences and reciprocal relationships among participants, it is our goal to inspire dispositions for life long learning.
The following principles guide and define our approach to learning and teaching:
- Every child is capable and competent
- Children learn through play, investigation, inquiry and exploration
- Children and adults learn and play in reciprocal relationships with peers, family members, and teachers
- Adults recognize the many ways in which children approach learning and relationships, express themselves, and represent what they are coming to know
- Process is valued, acknowledged, supported, nurtured and studied
- Documentation of learning processes acts as memory, assessment, and advocacy
Fusion Academy & Learning Center
Fusion Academy & Learning Center is an alternative, college-prep private school for grades 6-12 that offers class sizes as small as they come: one student, one teacher. The curriculum meets state standards, but the classes are self-paced and taught in a way that considers each student’s individual interests, strengths, and learning style. We also offer flexible scheduling and allow students to begin a class at any time during the year. Student life is much like larger schools with clubs, dances, field trips, and international excursions. Additionally, Fusion Academy students do not take their homework home with them, but complete it under teacher supervision in the Homework Café® before they leave for the day. Going beyond academic support, Fusion Academy partners with outside therapeutic professionals and programs to support students’ emotional health and create a balance between learning and life. Each campus is also equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio and a full mixed-media art studio to provide students with opportunities for creative expression. Fusion offers the following enrichment classes for both private lessons and courses for credit, taught from the beginner to the advanced/performance level: include yoga, foreign languages, piano, recording arts, voice, music theory and composition, drums, and more. For more information go to www.FusionAcademy.com.
German International School of Silicon Valley
Mountain View Campus
310 Easy St.
Mountain View, CA 94043
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.
Global Village School
K-12 distance learning program
Global Village School offers a progressive, accredited, K-12 distance learning program via online and text-based curriculum, complete with teacher services for those who enroll (curriculum only is also an option). Our K-8 guides and high school diploma courses integrate peace, justice, and diversity studies with the core subjects. We help our students lead authentic and meaningful lives, so they leave school ready to make an impact on the world around them.
Part of the impetus for founding GVS in 1999 was to provide an alternative learning environment for LGBT students. Basic needs must be met before students can learn - it's hard to focus on school while being bullied for being LGBT or having gay or lesbian parents. GVS students work at their own pace and often collaborate with their teachers to customize the curriculum toward their unique interests and needs. By providing a nurturing environment, we cultivate a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. GVS offers several courses relevant to gay youth and families, including "Coming of Age," "Literature of Diversity," and "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature."
GVS is an international school welcoming students from around the globe.
Julia Morgan School for Girls
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
6 - 8th grade
Julia Morgan School for Girls, an independent school from grades 6 through 8, is dedicated to the intellectual, creative, social, and emotional growth of girls during their critical middle school years. Located on the beautiful Mills College campus in Oakland, California, our Mission is to create an environment for academic excellence, critical thinking, positive risk taking, and the development of individual talents. Learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom into the community to foster compassion and social responsibility.
The rigorous, integrated, project based curriculum includes: science, technology, performing and visual arts, Spanish language instruction, architecture, financial literacy, service learning, physical education, and sports.
Our experienced teachers inspire the students to be passionate, lifelong learners, while preparing them to be confident, capable, creative, and compassionate women of tomorrow. Julia Morgan School seeks to reflect the remarkable ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and family diversity of the East Bay.
Please visit our website at www.juliamorganschool.org or call 510.632.6000.
Katherine Delmar Burke School
7070 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-751-0177, ext. 206
K - 8th grade, girls school
Burke’s mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.
1600 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
9th - 12th grade
Marin Country Day School
5221 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925
K - 8th grade
Marin Country Day School is an independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 540 students at its 35-acre bayside campus in the San Francisco Bay Area. The school's mission, underscored by core values of respect, responsibility and compassion, asks children to become skilled learners and ethical individuals, motivated to make a difference in the world.
MCDS teachers work to support both personal and academic development. The broad and balanced program encourages students to question, to reason and to make connections. The classroom atmosphere is highly participatory, with teachers acting as coaches who encourage students' exploration, discovery and reflection.
The founders of MCDS believed that learning is a joyous and lifelong process and that each child's unique gifts should be nurtured. They sought an environment which allowed room for study and laughter, noise and quiet, thought and action. Perhaps most important, they believed that members of a diverse school community could contribute immeasurably to the well-being of one another.
MCDS actively seeks to build an inclusive community which reflects the diversity of race, ethnicity, economic circumstances, family structure and lifestyles of the greater Bay Area. Perhaps the school's most enduring characteristic is its vibrant spirit-of students, families, teachers and staff engaged in working together.
Marin Primary & Middle School
20 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
Preschool – 8th grade
Marin Primary & Middle School, founded in 1975, is a preschool through eighth grade co-educational independent school located in Larkspur, Marin County, California. The MP&MS student body now includes 355 students from preschool through eighth grade. The three divisions, preschool, primary and middle school, are structured to meet the unique needs of students at these developmental levels.
The Marin Primary & Middle School curriculum is very broad in scope and diverse in content. We educate our students using a "teams of teaching" model, with two teachers per classroom. The campus sits on eight acres, and includes a sports field, art and music studios, science lab, multi-purpose room, library and media center, and an outdoor education center.
We believe education at MP&MS takes an integrated and interactive approach, inside the classroom and beyond - from physical education to science and technology, the arts and languages to outdoor education. Our faculty identifies and cultivates the varied ways in which children learn. Using the best practices in education, our teachers encourage children to trust their natural desire to question and explore.
Marin Primary & Middle School is accredited by CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
The Nueva School
6565 Skyline Blvd., Hillsborough, CA 94010
PK - 8th grade, HS opening August 2013
Founded in 1967, The Nueva School is a unique experiential and inquiry-based program for gifted and high-ability children emphasizing integrated interdisciplinary studies, creative and visual arts, engineering and design thinking, and social-emotional learning. Teachers foster intellectual inquiry and discovery through an innovative and theme-based approach to learning, while collaborative project work in small groups helps students gain a more complex understanding of subject matter. The school's mission is to inspire passion for lifelong learning, foster social-emotional acuity and develop the student’s imaginative mind. We believe deeply in the potential of each child to succeed fully and are committed to supporting the growth and development of the whole child. We challenge students to think differently and to always ask questions. We meet students where they are and we support them as far as they can go.
The expansive, LEED Gold-certified campus supports interactive environmental studies and outdoor education, innovation laboratories, and flexible classroom and community spaces. Extracurricular opportunities include a variety of individual and team sports; art, drama, and music instruction and performance; Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin language programs; as well as national and international student trips. The diverse student body draws from 35 cities and towns throughout the Bay area and bus service is available for San Francisco and Southern Peninsula families.
Nueva students and families are supportive of each other, the school, and of the wider communities and neighborhoods to which we belong. We celebrate individuals and value the diversity of our community and our world. Community at Nueva is part of the daily fabric of Nueva life, and is ultimately a benefit to our children.
Palm Valley School
(formerly Marywood-Palm Valley School)
35-525 Da Vall Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Preschool – 12th grade
Palm Valley School is a non-sectarian day school located on 38 acres with stunning mountain views. The campus features three self-contained campus pods housing the Preschool, Lower School, and Middle/Upper School divisions. PVS is the only PS-12 private school in the Coachella Valley accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools. The school's rigorous curriculum provides a truly college-preparatory environment to nearly 500 students and graduates 100% of its senior class college eligible. Students attending the school reside throughout the Valley: Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and other surrounding communities.
The Phillips Brooks School
2245 Avy Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Preschool – 5th grade
The Phillips Brooks School prepares each student to live a creative, humane and compassionate life, and to be a contributing member of society. The school believes in blending the academic, physical and social aspects of its program with spiritual awareness and understanding. This balance provides an environment that celebrates individuality, promotes problem solving through critical thinking, and encourages students to fulfill their potential.
The curriculum emphasizes the basic academic disciplines and their integration into everyday life, while developing the foundation for individual scholastic excellence and inspiring an enthusiasm for life-long learning. The study of foreign languages, Spanish and Mandarin, and the exploration of world cultures, encourage and strengthen global awareness. Students learn to show respect for themselves, others and their environment, and to solve problems through open communication. Students are encouraged to reach beyond themselves to value and embrace cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic diversity, and to respond to the needs and rights of everyone.
The overall school experience weaves the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical areas of growth into the fabric that is the Phillips Brooks School community. This community provides the base upon which students will continue to grow and succeed both as individuals and citizens of the world.
540 So. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Early Education- 12th Grade
Located between Downtown LA and Hancock Park on the corner of 6th and Commonwealth, Pilgrim School was established in 1958.
Pilgrim’s close knit community includes students in toddler, preschool and junior kindergarten programs, elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12). Small class sizes ensure that every student receives the individual attention she or he requires throughout their education, including invaluable personal guidance through the complex college admissions process. In addition, Pilgrim has Mayflower House, a dormitory for high school students (both domestic and international).
Visitors notice the beauty of the historic campus, but also the poise and friendliness of the students, and the genuine sense of community and warmth. An integral part of the school’s identity is that the Pilgrim community is made up of a vibrant range of families and students who mirror the ethnic, family profile and socioeconomic mix that defines Los Angeles.
Pilgrim School provides a personalized education in a nurturing environment based on a “no cut/everybody plays” model in the arts, academics, physical and outdoor education. Pilgrim offers both before-and after-school care and enrichment programs, a wonderful convenience for parents that also offers students the opportunity to participate in additional organized activities.
1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
K - 12th grade
Established in 1907, Polytechnic School is an independent, college-preparatory K-12 school in Pasadena. Poly is committed to its mission: to develop the intellect, talents and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence.
Poly was named a “Champion for Character School” by the Southern Section of CIF, which represents almost 600 schools. Poly was cited as “exemplifying the very finest in sportsmanship, character, integrity and athletics.”
Poly’s Visual and Performing Arts program is integral to the school’s curriculum, and recently refurbished facilities on the South Campus will allow faculty and students to explore the arts in larger and more inspiring spaces.
The Outdoor Education program, which begins in Middle School, encourages students to apply academic knowledge to situations outside the classroom. To complement their education inside and outside of the classroom, the school’s Community Outreach program encourages students in all divisions to become contributing and responsible citizens in their communities.
Poly’s K-12 structure allows teachers to collaborate and implement a scope and sequence within the curriculum that builds as students progress from one year to the next. This inter-division connectedness also fosters lifelong friendships and mentorships that span decades.
Poly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the California Association of Independent Schools.
For more information, visit www.polytechnic.org or call 626-396-6345.
Presidio Hill School
3839 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94118
K - 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.
Presidio Hill is a co-educational K-8 school with an enrollment of approximately 158 students. Each grade has one class, averaging 16 students. In addition to a 1-year kindergarten, the school offers the option of a 2-year kindergarten program to serve younger five-year-olds born in the summer and early fall.
The founders' vision included creating an environment that fostered cultural diversity, community involvement, and social action. Presidio Hill School's staff, 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. Among Bay Area independent schools, Presidio Hill has one of the highest percentages of its budget devoted to financial aid. The school strives to be a model of democracy and humane relationships.
Rye Country Day School
Cedar St., Rye, NY 10580
PreK – 12th grade
Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school in Rye, New York, dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative and social endeavors. We are actively committed to diversity. We expect and promote moral responsibility, and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School
13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga CA 95070
PreK – 8th grade
Located in Saratoga, California, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, PreK through Grade Eight day school. Saint Andrew's offers an advanced, comprehensive academic program plus enrichment in the areas of the studio and performing arts, physical education, foreign languages, technology, character development, religion and community service.
What sets an education at Saint Andrew’s apart? We believe it’s a combination of contemporary academics and traditional character.
Our approach embraces the Episcopal tradition; it is open-minded, respectful and inclusive. Everyone is welcome in our community, without labels, without preconceptions.
Within our rigorous academic program, students are encouraged to explore, reflect and inquire—and to realize the value of moral lessons like trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship in their lives. Children are introduced early on to the concepts of community service, environmental awareness and their role as citizens of the larger world outside Saint Andrew’s doors.
Our students leave with a clarity about their own beliefs and traditions, and the capacity to empathize with and appreciate other viewpoints and perspectives.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Visit our website for information: www.st-andrews.org/gpm
St. Paul's Episcopal School
116 Montecito Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610-4356
K - 8th grade
Celebrating 30 years of academic excellence, St. Paul's Episcopal School is Oakland's private school with a public purpose. The School is located downtown near Lake Merritt and serves 334 students in grades K-8. Throughout its history, St. Paul's has been equipping young people to be good citizens as well as good scholars. The School features excellent academics, a multicultural curriculum, diversity, spirituality, and an award-winning Service Learning Program in which all students participate.
St. Paul's provides a respectful, safe, and nurturing environment for students and families who reflect the broad diversity of the greater Oakland area. Over half of all students are children of color, and over one-third of all students participate in the School's model Tuition Assistance Program. This ensures socioeconomic diversity. The School also reflects diversity in religion and culture, as well as providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for gay and lesbian families, immigrant families, and young people with learning differences.
San Francisco Day School
350 Masonic Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118
San Francisco Day School is a K-8, co-educational, independent school located in the heart of San Francisco. SFDS educates, nurtures, and inspires girls and boys of diverse backgrounds to achieve their highest academic and creative potential, embrace ethical values, and to become active contributors to their communities. Within an inclusive school community, SFDS teaches each student how to think critically, work collaboratively, and persevere to meet challenges and reach ambitious goals at SFDS and beyond.
In 1981, San Francisco Day School was founded by parents who envisioned a family school with an excellent academic program for boys and girls. SFDS was also created with the intention of teaching children within a diverse environment reflective of the Bay Area itself. This vision is upheld with an academically rigorous program led by a passionate faculty. For the 2014-15 school year, SFDS provided $1.7 million in tuition assistance to 86 students. With a student-faculty ratio of 6:1, SFDS uses differentiated instruction to actively serve the learning needs of all students – including those needing additional support AND students ready for more advanced work.
For more information, contact the admission office at 415-568-3611, email email@example.com, or visit www.sfds.net/admission.
San Francisco University High School
3065 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
9th - 12th grade
San Francisco University High School's campus extends through three city blocks in the northern section of San Francisco. The majority of our students come from the city, though some commute from Marin County, the East Bay, and the Peninsula. Thirty-five percent of UHS students identify themselves as students of color.
Since our founding in 1975, University has maintained a strong, need-based financial aid program. This year, 22% of our student body will receive $1.85 million in financial aid.
UHS offers innovative and invigorating academic and co-curricular programs. Average class size is 14 students. Student to teacher ratio is 8:1.
Every student receives a solid grounding in the liberal arts and sciences. In the first two years this is achieved through a series of required courses. In the last two years, students experience a greater degree of choice in course selection, and benefit from academic advising that allows them to draw on the strengths and talents of the faculty, the resources of the UHS, as well as their own interests. State-of-the-art technology is thoughtfully integrated into the curriculum. There are also numerous opportunities to pursue independent study projects.
The arts program at University includes the visual arts, music and theater. Nearly 75% of our students participate in one or more interscholastic sports teams and 40% participate in two sports.
Visit us at www.sfuhs.org for information on admission and financial aid.
Sierra Canyon School
Upper School Campus - 11052 Independence Ave.
Lower School Campus - 11052 Independence Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311-1562
Since 1978, Sierra Canyon School has inspired and challenged students from Palmdale to Culver City and beyond. Located in the northern San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Sierra Canyon School has two campuses: a Lower School for Early Kindergarten through 6th grade students, and a state-of-the-art Upper Campus which serves as an “academic village” for 7th through 12th grade students. This spring, Sierra Canyon opened a new, architecturally dynamic 20,000 square foot gymnasium designed to support the School’s exceptional Middle and Upper School Athletics Program.
Sierra Canyon is an independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory school where intellectual discourse, athletic prowess and artistic expression come together in an environment that instills a sound work ethic and promotes strong personal values.
Close, meaningful student-faculty relationships support the School’s mission to instill a love of learning and the pursuit of personal excellence. A strong sense of community prevails among our students, parents, teachers and alumni.
For more information, please visit www.sierracanyonschool.org or contact the Admission Office at 818-882-8121.
Turning Point School
8780 National Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
2 years, 9 months – 8th grade
Turning Point School, located in Culver City, CA, is an independent coeducational day school beginning in Early Childhood (2 years and 9 months) through Middle School. Rigorous academics are balanced with the freedom that guides children through the many academic, emotional, creative, physical, social and ethical turning points the Primary, Elementary, and Middle School years present. Graduates are well prepared to face a challenging and increasingly complex world.
Founded in 1970, the School adopted the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. The curriculum represents the natural evolution of growth and research. Emphasis is placed on educating the whole child, respect, and self-discovery where students are stimulated and challenged.
The curriculum includes reading, language arts, mathematics, and social studies complemented by art, music, Spanish, and science classes. Community service, study tours, and field trips are integral parts of the education.
The state-of-the-art campus doubled in size in 2010. Facilities include: multimedia art studio, wet and dry science laboratories, full-size gymnasium, and an outdoor playground and lawn area in addition to a music and performing arts center. One of two schools in Southern California, Turning Point also offers a Smart Lab equipped with technology for circuitry, graphic design, robotics, computer simulation, and more.
The Urban School of San Francisco
1563 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
9th - 12th grade
The Urban School of San Francisco was founded in 1966 by a group of Bay Area parents seeking an innovative alternative to conventional secondary education. They believed that adolescents are curious, creative, and eager to make sense of the world around them and that their self-esteem is best developed in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and mutual respect between students and teachers.
Urban School believes that the best education occurs in a school made up of students, teachers, and parents drawn from many different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations. Students are encouraged to ask questions, to search for their own answers, to voice their opinions, and to think critically and independently.
A feature of the Urban School is the assignment of a faculty advisor to each student. The faculty advisor is the liaison between student, school, and family. Students meet with their advisors in weekly group advising meetings and in individual meetings to review and plan their academic progress. The advisor is also available to discuss areas of concern and offer counsel and support.
23620 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302-2097
K - 12th grade
Viewpoint School is an independent coeducational Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade college preparatory day school. Viewpoint was founded in 1961. Our campus is set in the Santa Monica Mountains on a 25-acre canyon campus in Calabasas, California.
Viewpoint School, an independent, coeducational school with grades from Kindergarten through Twelve, offers its students a rigorous college preparatory education in a nurturing environment. An integral part of the educational process at Viewpoint is the development of a love of learning and of those qualities which provide strength and direction for a lifetime. Viewpoint recognizes the uniqueness of each child and is committed to the identification, preservation, and development of that individuality. Viewpoint School teaches with respect the wisdom and traditions of the world’s cultures and faiths.
The Wesley School
4832 Tujunga Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
K – 8th grade
The Wesley School is a coeducational K-8 independent day school in North Hollywood. Established in 1999, we honor timeless traditions and pride ourselves on our giving, welcoming, and diverse community. Take one look at our historic ivy-covered brick buildings, and you’ll be instantly transported to a different time and place—to a beautiful, tucked-away gem—an oasis in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.
We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a school for your child, so we invite you to step onto our campus and see what makes the Wesley experience different from any other. We know you’ll walk away with a feeling that cannot be replicated as you witness, first-hand, Academic Excellence and Character Development Within the Circle of Family. Here, we offer individual attention and small instructional groups, all the while nurturing relationships, developing good and globally-minded citizens, and demanding every student’s personal best. Our dedicated faculty, low student-to-teacher ratio, and wonderful learning community further set us apart, as do the smiles on our children’s faces when they willingly participate in everything from classroom discussions to public speaking opportunities. Come to Wesley, and you won’t be able to help but think that where you’ve actually come is home.
12201 Washington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Middle and Upper Campus
11811 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
K – 12th Grade
At Wildwood School, we believe success demands more than the mastery of content. Students must learn how to learn—to adapt, collaborate, and gain perspective in a global society that is increasingly interconnected.
Beginning in kindergarten, students are challenged to structure their learning through the discipline of Life Skills. Life Skills are woven into the daily fabric of the curriculum and inform every aspect of the elementary school program. At Wildwood’s middle and upper school, the curriculum, assignments, and assessments, are based on Habits of Mind and Heart. These habits serve students in their lifelong pursuit of learning.
Our progressive, college preparatory curriculum is organized around academically challenging project-based learning that encourages students to delve deeply into course content. Through projects, students acquire additional insights, connecting new knowledge with what they already know. They develop higher-order thinking skills—the ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize—that are crucial for college success and beyond.
A nationally-acclaimed independent day school, Wildwood emphasizes academic excellence and instills a genuine passion for learning. Armed with knowledge, creativity, curiosity, and passion, Wildwood students graduate with the power to make a difference in the world. To learn more please visit our website, www.wildwood.org.
Woodside International School
1555 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
Woodside International School is an accredited, college-preparatory, and co-educational independent high school located in the Sunset District of San Francisco. We are dedicated to instilling the knowledge and skills that will prepare students for success in the colleges of their choice. Our general education requirements meet and exceed both the UC and CSU entrance requirements.
Our program is designed to provide a personal tracking of each student that no large school is able to match, and our faculty and administration are committed to giving the individual attention that every student deserves and every parent hopes for. Small classes allow teachers to spend time with each student.
The curriculum is unique in its breadth. Woodside offers more courses in a given semester than the standard school schedule. Besides the major college prep classes, students take courses in Philosophy, Current Events, PE, Health, and Art every semester through high school. Students enjoy the variety offered by such a curriculum without neglecting their core classes. This results in a broader and more interesting educational experience.
Students who have experienced challenges or disappointments in school will find Woodside's program a refreshing change. The greater individual attention and the more interesting curriculum will provide the student with the opportunity to both make meaningful progress and regain an enthusiasm for school.
With a well-rounded education and greater self-confidence, Woodside students are well prepared for college. They are regularly accepted by their first choice colleges. College admissions officers recognize the advantages that Woodside students have over those coming from larger, more stressful schools, offering a more standard program.
Woodside welcomes students mid-year, space permitting.