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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 private school based in Silicon Valley that offers programs for students from 4 years of age through 8th grade. Now in our 35th year of discovering the gifts in every child, we are proud to be voted as "Best of the Best" by Bay Area Parent magazine readers. Enrolling more than 350 students, it is Almaden Country School’s philosophy that each child has unique capabilities and talents and that they thrive best in a high opportunity, low stress environment.
Your child will have:
• Passionate, talented teachers who are devoted to the children they serve;
• A broad and challenging curriculum that focuses on 21st Century Skills, including a full enrichment program of art, music, drama, investigation-based STEAM, foreign language, and athletics;
• Small class sizes, and;
• A Character and Competence program that helps develop strong, ethical leaders.
SF Bay Area
At AltSchool, we believe school should prepare children for their future by developing students’ self-awareness, nurturing their innate capabilities, and fostering collaboration skills through a personalized, whole-child education. Our educators engage students by involving them in their own learning, helping children develop a sense of agency and responsibility for their education. Children learn and are assessed on non-academic life skills with the same level of rigor as core academic knowledge. We invite you to join our dynamic community in Chicago, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco. Accepting applications for Kindergarten-8th grade in Palo Alto and San Francisco for the 2017-2018 school year.
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.
The Center for Early Education
563 North Alfred Street
West Hollywood, CA 90048
The Center for Early Education is an independent, coeducational day school in West Hollywood, California serving approximately 538 students in its Toddler through Sixth Grade programs.
The school was founded in 1939 by a group of parents who were inspired by the belief that children’s social and emotional development are as important as their academic growth. Today The Center is a nationally renowned, innovative Early Childhood and Elementary school that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.
Centrally located in the vibrant city of West Hollywood, the school’s urban campus houses state of the art facilities, including an Innovation Center, science labs, a 23,000 volume library, art studios, music rooms, gymnasiums, and developmentally appropriate ground level and rooftop playgrounds.
With its ongoing commitment to diversity, the school welcomes families from all over the city of Los Angeles who represent a wide range of diversity in all its forms; racial, ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, and family makeup, among others. These families are united by their belief in our core values of caring, responsibility, inclusion, and honesty.
Applications are currently available on our website www.centerforearlyeducation.org for the 2016-2017 school year.
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
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.
Crestview Preparatory School
140 Foothill Blvd
La Canada, CA 91011
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
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.
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
1009 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
Founded in 1977, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley offers a high quality bilingual education from preschool (age 36 month) through 8th grade by carefully integrating the French and the American curriculum, in a nurturing international environment (over fifty nationalities represented).
The curriculum in each grade is fully integrated so that French and English instruction complement each other. Technology is incorporated into the curriculum from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Time spent inside the classroom is balanced by exploration of the surrounding community through many field trips and our community service program.
EB’s students receive a wide range of services that enrich their educational experience. We strongly believe that in order to grow into thriving adolescents and adults, children need character education, environmental education, and a supportive atmosphere that nurtures creativity and exploration.
We offer a full range of support to children and families: extended day care and after-school enrichment classes, counseling, individual support in French, learning specialist, and a bilingual library that all families can access.
At Middle School level, students add Mandarin or Spanish to their schedule.
Accreditations: WASC, CAIS (local chapter of NAIS), French Ministry of Education.
Visit www.eb.org for more info or contact our Admissions Manager Manon Johnson at email@example.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
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
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.
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.
LA SCUOLA - INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Preschool - 8th Grade
735 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
728 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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 life-long 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 possibilities of the 21st century.
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).
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
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
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.
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
Belmont and San Mateo, California
Creating a dynamic learning journey for children ages 2 through 12.
Serendipity School is a progressive independent school committed to encouraging, engaging, and empowering students on their journey toward academic and personal excellence in a nurturing community that promotes discovery, inquiry, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning.
Serendipity School’s rich and multifaceted programs promote each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development in positive ways designed to further curiosity and creativity. Our programs encompass each child’s participation, interest, enthusiasm, and ideas. All Serendipity children are encouraged to strive for personal and academic excellence.
Serendipity School believes in providing an educational experience that treats children as individuals and engages students throughout the learning process. We are committed to teaching the whole child, and therefore implement a differentiated curriculum, for which our teachers have undergone significant training.
Serendipity School encourages achievement and effort by empowering students and providing them with tools for academic success. The Serendipity experience encourages students to grow and learn with confidence and enthusiasm. Serendipity School students are empowered to experiment, assume academic risk, and take an interest in and responsibility for the world around them.
University of California, Santa Cruz
From building more efficient solar cells to researching personalized cancer treatments, UC Santa Cruz's focus is on improving our planet and the lives of all its inhabitants.
Perhaps that's why we were recently ranked second in the world for research influence by Times Higher Education. Within our extraordinary educational community, students participate in interdisciplinary programs that create new knowledge, new technologies, and new ways of expressing and understanding cultures.
UC Santa Cruz is well known for its rigorous but supportive academic environment, its distinctive residential colleges, and its award-winning sustainability programs. Many of its academic programs are in newer fields that focus on interdisciplinary thinking, and undergraduates across the disciplines conduct and publish research and scholarly work, working closely with faculty on innovative projects.
The campus is located in a spectacular setting between the Pacific Ocean and redwood forests, near Silicon Valley and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Campus Explorer has rated UC Santa Cruz the number one college in the U.S. for "outdoorsy people," and Forbes ranked it among the 23 most beautiful college campuses in the world. The San Francisco Bay Area — San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, and Oakland — is within one to two hours' drive.
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.
780 Swarthmore Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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.
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.
16200 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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.
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.