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Alto International School
ALTO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Pope Street 475
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 324-8617
Website: AltoSchool.org
Serving Preschool to Grade 12

Alto International School is a globally-minded community, fostering confident, creative and responsible learners.

Alto International School is an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in the heart of Silicon Valley. Every day we create a stimulating learning environment for our students who come from all over the world. From preschool to high school, students of all ages are exposed to an international mindset and an inquiry-based learning methodology, and they are actively involved in the learning process. We encourage positive dialogue, curiosity and innovative approaches to problem-solving.

Our internationally focused middle and high school program offers students a unique preparatory, multilingual education providing them with the necessary skills for university and life.

For younger students we offer a German immersion preschool and elementary program, educating engaged, independent, and balanced learners. Visit 
AltoSchool.org to learn more.


Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School

17701 Devonshire St,
Northridge, CA 91325
https://www.heschel.com

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School is a dynamic transitional kindergarten through eighth grade educational community grounded in Jewish values. Located on a three-acre campus in Northridge, California, the sense of inspiration and engagement that have been the hallmark of Heschel since its inception in 1972 are unmistakable. Our values of tradition, character, and community infuse students, faculty, staff, and parents with shared vision and meaningful purpose. Individually and collectively, we challenge ourselves to pursue excellence. As a pluralistic Jewish school, our families observe Judaism on many different levels. Balancing individual engagement and joyful learning with rigorous studies within a dual curriculum is at the forefront of a Heschel education. Teachers and parents work collaboratively to assure that we offer our students challenging and diverse opportunities for growth in a secure, positive environment with the resources to enable our children to emerge as active citizens who understand the importance of making a difference in the world. Students are encouraged to question and engage in respectful debate, problem solve and think critically. For more information, please contact our Director of Admission, Lara.Martin@heschel.com, 818-368-5781 x318.


BENTLEY SCHOOL
www.bentleyschool.org

Belong To A Community. Become Your Best Self. Bentley is a distinctive independent K-12 day school founded in 1920 with two beautiful campuses in Oakland (K-8) and Lafayette (9-12).

Exacting academics, caring teachers and peers, and an inclusive community prepare students for lives of purpose and success in and beyond college.

Learn more, join us for Fall 2019 Open House, and arrange a visit at
www.bentleyschool.org.


THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL

7607 La Jolla Boulevard

La Jolla, California 92037

(858) 875-0826

www.bishops.com

Coeducational | College Preparatory | Grades 6-12

 

The Bishop’s School is a thriving student and faculty population on an 11-acre campus in La Jolla. San Diego’s only independent middle and high school affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Bishop’s is an intentionally pluralistic and inclusive community where students come from more than 70 schools representing diverse religious, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Forty-eight percent of students self-identify as people of color; 20 percent receive more than $3 million in financial aid. We have 72 sports teams, 40 performing arts shows in dance, theater, choral and instrumental music, and we offer visual arts options from photography to animation and more. Classrooms are designed for interaction and conversation rather than lecture. 

 

Why Bishop’s?

 

Because on our campus, students are at the center of all we do. We are passionate teachers and curious learners engaging together in meaningful work.

 

We celebrate risk taking, independent thinking and compassionate connection.

 

The Episcopal principles of inclusion, humility and kindness guide our actions every day.



Brentwood School

East Campus

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


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


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


Brightworks an extraordinary school
www.sfbrightworks.org
1960 Bryant Street, SF, CA 94110 415.701.8700
admissions@sfbrightworks.org

At Brightworks, kids:

• Learn by doing, in a flexible, mixed age environment.
• Exercise agency, by co-curating their learning with engaged adults.
• Are engaged, passionate, and curious about the world as active participants.

Curriculum

The Arc: The Arc is the fundamental rhythm of a Brightworks education. Each Arc has a topic; a major theme that is the connective thread of the experience. Kids explore ideas and pursue their interests through each Arc. From Cities to Humans, to Coins to Sea, the topics of the Arcs are as varied as the human experience. Students interact with the Arc in three different phases: exploration, expression and exposition.

Exploration: Through innovative curriculum content, kids explore and discover new, personal perspectives on the Arc topic. They have a sense of having noticed or discovered something that is unique to them.

Expression: kids distill the learning they gained in exploration. They create a project that builds academic skills while expanding and challenging their conceptions of who they are and what they are capable of.

Exposition:
kids step back, reflect on and present their work to the school and to the wider community.



THE CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION
http://www.centerforearlyeducation.org
563 North Alfred Street
West Hollywood, CA 90048
323-651-0707

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.

Application information can be found on our website at www.CenterForEarlyEducation.org.


THE COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
6100 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618
510-652-0111
www.college-prep.org

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

Cow Hollow School
65 Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-921-2328
www.cowhollowschool.org

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 lifelong 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
• The indoor and outdoor environments, and natural spaces, transform, inform, and provoke thinking and learning
• School is a place grounded in the pursuit of social justice, social responsibility, human dignity and respect for all.


CRESTVIEW PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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

Crestview Prep Celebrates Thirtieth Birthday

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

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

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

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


THE CROWDEN SCHOOL
https://www.crowden.org/the-crowden-school

At The Crowden School in Berkeley, California, music changes everything. The Crowden School is unlike any other school in the country, a fourth through eighth grade day school that provides a challenging, transformative education with chamber music at its heart. Small class sizes allow our students to thrive as individuals and to gain confidence in their own voices. In our daily music program, students learn skills such as focused listening, dedicated practice and perseverance, constructive incorporation of teacher feedback, and an empathetic group dynamic. All of this transfers into the academic classroom. Students become effective leaders and project managers, attuned to the strengths of their peers and working cooperatively toward a goal. The skills they acquire as chamber musicians—cooperation, focus, dedication, discipline—they apply to their class work, making them students whose uncommon strengths and abilities guide them to the most demanding high schools, and the nation’s foremost colleges, universities, and conservatories. Joy in playing music fuels Crowden School students’ passion to create, explore, discuss, brainstorm, act, and grow into themselves at this important juncture in their young lives. Children who love music find a home at The Crowden School—and thrive.


CURTIS SCHOOL
15871 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-476-1251
www.curtisschool.org
Developmental K–6th Grade
 
Curtis School is an independent co-educational day school for students in DK through 6th grade. Our 27-acre campus, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, provides a natural setting for learning and plenty of space for children to run, play and enjoy the outdoors. We are guided by the school’s mission “To develop, in every child, a sound mind in a sound body governed by a compassionate heart.”
 
A Curtis education is rooted in a defined set of values: Educate in Balance; Improve, Always; Roam Freely; Embrace Diversity; Cherish Childhood; Live with Purpose. Curtis graduates are dexterous learners; they have healthy, sustainable habits of body and mind; they know and understand the impact of their own character on others; and they have purpose beyond themselves.

Our educational program places equal emphasis on academic, physical, social-emotional and character education. The sixth grade program is departmentalized and prepares students to transition comfortably to middle school.
 
We believe that children learn best, and flourish most, when they encounter perspectives, people, backgrounds, and experiences other than their own. Anti-bias education is a key component of the curriculum, and we are committed to fostering a diverse community of students, employees and families and an inclusive environment for all.



Germantown International School of Silicon Valley

GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SILICON VALLEY
650-254-0748
www.gissv.org

Mountain View Campus: Pre-K to Grade 12
San Francisco Campus: Pre-K to Grade 8 (Moving to the castro in 2020)

The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is an independent bilingual immersion school focused on nurturing students using a stimulating project-based learning system that fosters critical, independent, and imaginative thinking.
 
We feature a strong science program and are a recognized MINT (the German equivalent to STEM) school. Our Teachers are at the heart of the GISSV experience. We pride ourselves in our caring, highly qualified, experienced and international faculty, most of whom have gone through Germany’s rigorous teacher training and holds an advanced German degree (Master's equivalent).

Our unique homeroom teacher system allows students to stay with the same teacher for several years, forging a strong bond, and for students joining us with little or no knowledge of either German or English, we offer individualized language learning support.

GISSV is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and is recognized as the only official German School Abroad (DAS) in California. This enables our students to graduate with dual diplomas, the California High School Diploma, and the German International Abitur offering world-wide opportunities.

Schedule a tour with our Admissions Director and discover more about GISSV.



The Harker School
500 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
408-249-2510
communications@harker.org
www.harker.org

The Harker School is a preschool-grade 12 private school in Silicon Valley that has earned international recognition for its top academics, quality teachers and student achievements. Founded in 1893 and educating more than 2,000 students, Harker is the largest independent school of its kind in California, serving families of preschool, elementary, middle and high school-aged children, with each division on its own San Jose campus. Harker blends strong college-prep academics with rich offerings in STEM, athletics and the arts.

Kindness, respect, honesty, integrity and personal accountability have been in the school’s DNA since its founding. Community service, character development curriculum, and our honor code all encourage, develop and reinforce these important qualities.
Harker evaluates the course placement that will best challenge and inspire each student to academic excellence, ensuring a motivating and exciting learning environment.

Outstanding faculty, many with advanced degrees, and small class sizes are paramount at Harker. Our challenging, innovative curriculum features comprehensive teaching techniques, diverse educational experiences and rich, extracurricular activities.   

Harker is a supportive, safe, fun and nurturing place where parents, faculty, staff, students and alumni form a close-knit community through events, traditions and our common mission. Our students leave Harker uncommonly prepared for college and ready to make a difference in the world.


HEAD ROYCE SCHOOL
www.headroyce.org

Head-Royce is a nationally recognized K-12 independent school situated in the hills of Oakland, California. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong love of learning with a focus on scholarship, diversity, and citizenship.

Upon visiting our campus, you will see a dynamic and vibrant learning center in action. From innovation centers, internships, and integrated technology, to life skills classes, service learning, cross-divisional buddies and small advising groups, we are equally dedicated to educational excellence and social-emotional learning.

At our heart, we are a community of passionate educators and learners, all sharing a deep commitment to creating lifelong learners who will be prepared to lead with joy and compassion. Our faculty is world-class, bringing unique perspectives from a wide range of experiences. Their diversity of thought, coupled with their subject matter mastery, uniquely positions them to provide transformative experiences to every student across our K-12 setting. Our families come to us from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and we are proud to reflect the fabric of the Bay Area.

We enroll a diverse student body of approximately 875 talented and ambitious learners. Our admissions are open to all students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin.


Kirby School

KIRBY SCHOOL

425 Encinal Street 

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

831-423-0658

kirby.org

 

Kirby School is a 6th-12th grade college preparatory school offering a challenging academic curriculum in a responsive environment to middle and high school students in Santa cruz, CA -30 minutes south of Silicon Valley. In our close-knit community, we appreciate that learners come from different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. Seminar-sized classes averaging 12 students create the opportunity to establish meaningful mentoring relationships with every individual we serve—unlocking their unique talents and cultivating new interests. Our inspiring faculty, each a lifelong learner, are committed to empowering students to shape their futures with confidence while engaging diverse communities with thoughtfulness and respect.

 

We offer: 

• Award-winning visual and performing arts programs

• One-on-one college counseling 

• Experiential learning opportunities including service learning, grade-level retreats and immersive travel experiences

• The opportunity for independent study or to follow one of four intensive paths of study, working closely with a faculty advisor

• A caring student services team including Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, onsite Mental Wellness Counseling, Academic Counseling and Learning Services support

• Inclusive and competitive athletics



La Scuola

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

Preschool Campus:
728 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 558-9006

Elementary School Campus
:
735 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 551-0000

Middle School Campus:
3250 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110


The world has changed and it’s time for education to catch up.

At La Scuola International School, the only Reggio Emilia Inspired, International Baccalaureate and Italian language immersion school in the world - our mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. That’s why, every day, it’s the students at La Scuola who ask the provocative questions and lead their learning across languages, across cultures, and across subjects.

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

We offer an inquiry based immersive Italian language curriculum for Preschool-8th grade students. With Inquiry as the leading tool of our education, students foster critical and creative thinking skills, confidence, collaboration and empathy.

La Scuola is an International Baccalaureate World School and is recognized as an Italian Accredited School abroad by the Ministry of Education in Italy. In our diverse and multi-cultural and multi-lingual school, students grow in a community that balances academic rigor with creativity and real life tools like cultural awareness and global citizenship.

When children are OPEN TO THE WORLD and are the protagonists in their own education, there’s no limit to their ability to learn, find beauty in life, and discover extraordinary answers.



Laurence School
Rooted in tradition. Inspired by innovation.
13639 Victory Blvd.
Valley Glen, CA 91401
818-782-4001

https://www.laurenceschool.com

Grounded in its 65-year philosophy of educating the “Total Child,” Laurence School, a kindergarten through 6th grade co-educational school located near Sherman Oaks, California, strives to develop the unique abilities and potential of each of its students in a diverse and inclusive learning community. Laurence students develop a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to think critically and creatively through traditional academics and project-based experiences. Laurence also emphasizes character education, focusing on students’ social and emotional development, helping them to build self-confidence, resiliency, and a sense of intrinsic responsibility.

Our 21st-century curriculum includes: a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program, coding and robotics, competitive math and chess clubs, our award-winning Kids’ Court mock trial program, global and environmental education, an extensive visual and performing arts program, school-wide community service projects, mindfulness, and interscholastic sports. Our curriculum addresses the needs of both grade-level and highly accelerated learners.

Laurence students matriculate to Los Angeles’ top secondary schools and attend the country’s best colleges, prepared for higher learning by their strong K-6 elementary foundation.

Come visit our five-acre campus and see for yourself why a Laurence education is a one-of-a-kind experience.


Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles (LyceeLA)
Main Campus
3261 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-836-3464
www.LyceeLA.org
ROLLING ADMISSIONS

Prepare yourself for an engaging, international journey combining the best of the American and French educational systems. Le Lycée (pronounced lee-say) Français (fron-say) de Los Angeles prepares students not only for academic success, but also for true global citizenship through critical thinking, social awareness, arts, sports and unparalleled intercultural immersion. Over 50 nationalities are represented and nearly 30 languages spoken, thus students study in a diverse and international community. We expect and promote moral responsibility, and strive to develop strength of character. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.

Founded in 1964, we are a co-ed, preschool through 12th grade, private day school located on 6 age-appropriate campuses in west Los Angeles and Pacific Palisades. Offering 2 programs: International Section and French Section, there is no need to speak French to enroll. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the French Ministry of Education.

We look forward to welcoming you to an Open House (Oct 29 - Dec 5 - Jan 16) where you can learn more about our educational philosophy, meet our students and staff, as well as tour our main campus.


LOS ENCINOS SCHOOL

https://losencinosschool.org/

Located in the heart of Encino on Ventura Boulevard, Los Encinos School is relatively small in size -- one classroom with two teachers and an assistant for each of its grades K-6 -- yet huge in its commitment to each individual child. Ever since the school was founded in 1980, the philosophy has been focused on helping its diverse student population achieve success, knowing that each child is unique. The program offers rigorous academics integrated with a rich arts and humanities curriculum that includes drama and music. Students are emboldened with STEAM projects and bring the array of skills to life in the new makerspace lab. P.E. and intramural sports round out the day. In addition, service learning and a schoolwide “Virtues & Values” initiative are huge components. Los Encinos School prides itself on creating learners who love to learn, can problem-solve, and are first and foremost good people. Watch the fun video describing the many ways the students "walk the talk" at losencinosschool.org/service and see this gem of a school for yourself at a tour or Open House by RSVPing online at losencinosschool.org/rsvp.


MAYBECK HIGH SCHOOL 

2727 College Ave

Berkeley, CA 94705

(510) 841-8489

 

Maybeck High School offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with an academically challenging college-preparatory curriculum in a collaborative rather than competitive environment. Maybeck students find intelligent, creative peers who are excited about learning.

 

At Maybeck, the students and faculty together are engaged in intense intellectual exploration. Students call teachers by their first names and take part in lively discussions in our seminar classes. We respect our students as individuals, encourage independent thought and trust them to be responsible for and invested in their own education. In this challenging but safe setting, students are encouraged to take personal and intellectual risks. Our graduates leave us as sophisticated thinkers and confident navigators of the world around them.

 

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

 

Please contact us at: www.maybeckhs.org.



NEW ROADS SCHOOL
www.newroads.org
310-828-5582
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Serving young people in grades K-12


ORINDA ACADEMY
19 Altarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563
(925)254-7553
www.orindaacademy.org
 
Orinda Academy is an intentionally small independent high school located in the East Bay (it’s BARTable!) which offers a rigorous academic curriculum in a supportive environment. OA embraces all types of learners and empowers students to take charge of their education. At a small school like OA, students have more opportunity to build friend groups across grade levels, take on leadership skills, and participate in a variety of social activities like student council and clubs. Small doesn’t mean limited!


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


PS1 Pluralistic School
1225 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-394-1313
www.psone.org

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

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


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


Sacramento Country Day
2636 Latham Drive
Sacramento, CA
916-481-8811
discover.saccds.org

Sacramento Country Day is an independent, coeducational school providing a dynamic, holistic, and academically challenging environment for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade. As an educational leader throughout Sacramento, we inspire intellectual discovery and challenge students to pursue academic and personal excellence as they develop and embrace their passion for learning.
 
Country Day is also one of Sacramento’s most diverse schools, with roughly 40% of our students identifying as students of color. We celebrate our differences — race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and points of view — and we recognize and value diversity as our great strength and of importance to us all.
 
While our students have the highest SAT scores in the region and 100% of our graduates gain acceptance to the nation’s top colleges and universities, a Country Day education encourages students to go beyond traditional learning. We empower students to explore, improvise and take risks while learning to think critically, live creatively, and act compassionately, in and out of the classroom.


SEQUOYAH SCHOOL
535 South Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
sequoyahschool.org

Sequoyah School is a K-12 independent progressive school located in Pasadena, California. Sequoyah offers an experientially-based learning environment and welcomes parents who wish to play an active, partnering role with the school. We seek families whose children will thrive in our school’s collaborative environment. 

Sequoyah is an intentionally diverse school community; we see educational value in classrooms that include a range of individual experience — race, ethnicity, sexual identity, family background, and economic circumstance. Our teachers challenge students to be creative, idealistic and practical, both in the classroom and out in the community. We want our students to be encouraged at home to become deeply engaged in their learning at school and beyond.


SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY
http://www.southwesternacademy.edu

Southwestern Academy is a co-ed boarding and day school offering grades 6-12. Founded in 1924, we have become a school rich in culture and diversity, catering to the educational needs of both domestic and international students. Our close-knit community of faculty and staff make every student feel like part of our family. Southwestern Academy has two campuses, with our original campus located in San Marino, California and our satellite campus in Rimrock, Arizona. Our unique campuses provide a peaceful, safe, and beautiful space for students to thrive. Our small class settings allow students to receive the attention they require while maximizing their abilities to develop. Academic programs in both campuses include college preparatory courses, ESL (English as a Second Language), and post graduate curriculums. Extracurricular activities include soccer, tennis, volleyball, music, visual/media arts, basketball, and baseball along with many other clubs suited for a variety of interests.

We invite you to explore our Southwestern community online and in person with private tours to discover what we offer. Our students have found a place to belong. Maybe it’s your place, too.



Stratford School
Discover Stratford School… Where The Extraordinary Happens


STRATFORD SCHOOL
Campuses Located Throughout the Bay Area and Southern California
Find out more @ www.stratfordschools.com

Stratford School provides an unparalleled education where children are inspired to be creative problem-solvers, imaginative innovators and insightful, confident 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 8th 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.

Individual tours are scheduled throughout the year. Students are welcomed to enroll throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the desired program and the child is grade-level ready. Schedule a tour at www.stratfordschools.com/tours and discover a school where the extraordinary happens.


The Urban School of San Francisco
1563 Page St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-626-2919
http://www.urbanschool.org

Urban School believes there is a better way to educate high school students. For more than half a century, our educational innovations have ignited the minds of Urban graduates, who pursue their passion for learning at the nation’s best colleges, and who go out into the world uniquely equipped to solve the challenges their generation will face.
 
Urban teaches students how to think, not what to think. We seek students with an enthusiastic approach to learning and a clear capacity for success in a rigorous academic program. Urban’s extraordinary teachers challenge our 420 students with a college preparatory curriculum in math, science, arts and humanities with comprehensive service learning and competitive athletics programs, and a rich selection of co-curricular activities.
 
We invite 8th graders and their families to spend time exploring Urban and learning more about our strong, inclusive community!


THE WESLEY SCHOOL
4832 Tujunga Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 508-4542
www.wesleyschool.org

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 caring, 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. Here, we offer individual attention and small instructional groups, all the while nurturing relationships, developing 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.

When we ask our parent body why they chose us for their children, the overwhelming response is—community. Step onto our campus and see for yourself! 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. Come to Wesley, and you won’t be able to help but think that where you’ve actually come is home.


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

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


WESTRIDGE SCHOOL
www.westridge.org/admission

Westridge is an independent, forward thinking school for girls in grades 4-12 dedicated to educating adventurous thinkers and courageous, compassionate leaders. With a curriculum informed by research on how girls learn best, the school balances challenging academics and leadership development with nurturing students’ sense of self and emphasizing their responsibilities to others and the world.

The school is known for strengths in writing, performing arts, and STEM and its well-rounded program includes a commitment athletics. Signature programs include: Research in Science, which places Upper School students in professional laboratories; Perspectives in Literature, an interdisciplinary course and student literature conference; interdisciplinary humanities programs in grades 6-8; and, a comprehensive 4-12 human development program. 

The school’s educational program is brought to life through an engaged and supportive student culture that encourages leadership of all styles and allows students to be wholly themselves and focus on learning. As a recent graduate put it, “There is an intellectual vitality here – everyone is excited about education.”

Founded in 1913, Westridge’s historic Pasadena campus is home to 500 students. With core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion, Westridge is a school where girls can be their authentic selves, learn to use their voices, and grow into young women who lead lives of impact.


Wildwood School

WILDWOOD SCHOOL

11811 Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 478-7189

www.wildwood.org  

 

Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its innovative practices and pedagogy. Supported by decades of research and best practices, Wildwood faculty place students at the center of their education, with a progressive approach to learning that is demonstrated at each grade level. Through individual and collaborative projects, engaging electives, and focused seminars, students are given the tools and inspiration to soar. 

 

Wildwood School is one of 18 founding members of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a national network of private and public schools that is reinventing how students prepare for college, career, and life. Distinctive elements of Wildwood School include multicultural programming and community involvement, as well as the Senior Institute internship and Outreach Center programs. In addition, our nationally recognized Institute Model, which consists of the student-led Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development, Institute for Social Good and Community Leadership, and Institute for Incubation and Entrepreneurship, brings together students with deep passions in particular subject areas to contribute original research and address complex, real-world issues.

 

Approaching its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls approximately 740 students in three divisions (Elementary, Middle, Upper) on two campuses. For more information, visit www.wildwood.org.



THE WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
where great minds grow
www.thewillows.org

The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, California, is a Developmental Kindergarten through Eighth Grade independent school enrolling 470 students annually. Nationally recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, The Willows’ strong academic program incorporates experiential learning, critical thinking, and thematic instruction into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates STEAM, technology, maker, and the arts into the classroom. Character and heart are also emphasized as essential to The Willows’ definition of a ‘great mind.’ Focusing on the socio-emotional development of our community, The Willows integrates RULER, the acclaimed evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, into school curriculum.

At The Willows, we believe each child brings our community an extraordinary gift: a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn. Our mission is to grow that gift by challenging our students to uncover meaning and significance in the world around them and to become capable, confident individuals who demonstrate character, engagement, and a joyful passion for creative inquiry across a lifetime. The Willows is strongly committed to financial assistance and seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, economics and learning styles. More than 25% of its student body is comprised of students of color, and the school annually enrolls students from 57+ zip codes across the greater Los Angeles area.

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