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Action Day Primary Plus
San Jose, CA
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.
- 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.
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.
Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently. Our students are a diverse group of bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.
Since 1995 we have been meeting the needs of complex, neuro-diverse learners. Our innovative programs unlock potential and help students develop the skills, confidence and resiliency they need to become the architects of their own lives. We promote 21st century skills, provide a broad arts and sciences foundation, and create opportunities for in-depth study and development of expertise in interest areas. Our dynamic educational ecosystem interconnects intellectual, academic, creative, and personal growth in a vibrant and supportive community.
We put the “person” in personalized education by developing comprehensive student learner profiles that guide curriculum design. As Howard Gardner put it, “The biggest mistake of past centuries in teaching has been to treat all students as if they were variants of the same individual and thus to feel justified in teaching them all the same subjects the same way.” With creative teachers, like-minded peers, varied pedagogical approaches and engaging learning experiences, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun. Whether exploring bio-mimicry or anthropology, exo-politics or music composition, philosophy or robotics, Bridges students have abundant opportunities to find and develop their passions.
To learn more about teaching & learning in the age of neuro-diversity, visit the 2E Center for Research & Professional Development on the Bridges Academy campus.
Children’s Community School
14702 Sylvan St.
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Children’s Community School is a progressive, elementary school in Van Nuys, California dedicated to providing a diverse student body an excellent education that prepares them, not just for middle school, but for life. For over 30 years, CCS has offered a hands-on, Dewey-based curriculum that teaches children to know themselves as learners (strengths and weaknesses), cultivates compassion and responsibility (for themselves and others), and encourages active participation in our democracy. To schedule a tour of our school, visit www.ccsteaches.org.
The College Preparatory School
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.
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
Elementary School (K-5)
1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Middle and Upper School (6-12)
1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404
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.
Dove Day School
908 West Arrow Highway, San Dimas CA 91773
It’s our mission to enhance each family’s experience of childhood. We have had 55 years of experience and believe ourselves to be champions.
Our preschool preserves the delight of discovery while enticing students to explore literature and mathematics. Children move on, school ready and knowledge hungry. The skills that charm teachers can be acquired in a developmentally exciting way.
With our non-sectarian K-8 we enjoy a rich history of diversity and success. Our families come together for the children. No one is counting gender, tallying ethnicity, or seeking agreement about worldviews. The children grow with adults that respect them and achieve amongst their biggest fans.
Infants? Yes, 6 weeks is the newest little ones we can have. Our infant/toddler staff provide a day worthy of any small person. There is an art to introducing the perfect set of materials at the right time and our knowledgeable, enthusiastic caregivers have it down. Our babies love them and families count on them.
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
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.
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.
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.
PS1 Pluralistic School
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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.
Shu Ren International School
At Shu Ren International School, we are committed to empowering students to become internationally-minded critical thinkers and lifelong learners. As a pioneer in language learning, we are proud to be one of a handful of International Baccalaureate (IB) and Mandarin Language schools in the United States.
Our curriculum emphasizes inquiry based learning through interactive projects, creative activities, and field trips that link academic lessons to real-world situations that allow students to develop a range of skills. The IB framework for education is world renowned and prepares students to successfully transition into a continually changing world. Shu Ren is certified to offer the IB Primary Years Program (PYP, for ages 3-11) and Middle Years Program (MYP, for ages 11-13) in combination with an immersive Mandarin language environment, which ensures that children will enjoy learning, whilst reaching their full potential. At the MYP level, children have the opportunity to participate in international educational experiences and exchanges, where no prior mandarin experience is required.
Families at Shu Ren International School enjoy a welcoming, close knit, inter-connected community, and a loving, internationally educated staff and faculty that is dedicated to providing the best education and opportunities for your family.
Stratford School provides an unparalleled education where children are inspired to be creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. These 21st century qualities provide children with the knowledge, confidence, and ingenuity to help them excel in future careers! Stratford’s accelerated curriculum from preschool through eighth grade emphasizes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) while incorporating music, physical education, foreign language, and social skills development. By combining a safe and nurturing learning environment, Stratford teachers ensure a stimulating and well-rounded program while cultivating a child’s natural joy of learning. All students are encouraged to participate actively in leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities.
Stratford’s goal is to prepare and mentor students for admission to competitive high schools and colleges. Evident at all its schools is the Stratford motto, “Summa spes, summa res,” meaning “Highest hopes, highest things”.