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Action Day | Primary Plus

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

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

Programs Include:

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

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



Bentley School
www.bentleyschool.net

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 2018 Open House, and arrange a visit at www.bentleyschool.org
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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.



Bridges Academy

www.bridges.edu

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.



The Center for Early Education
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.


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

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

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

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

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

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



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 beautiful, natural setting for learning and plenty of space for children to run, play and enjoy the outdoors. Our educational program is designed “to develop, in every child, a sound mind in a sound body governed by a compassionate heart.”
 
Curtis offers a well-rounded, challenging education that balances academics, visual and performing arts and P.E./athletics and is taught by a talented faculty that is uniquely dedicated to these early years of childhood development. Technology learning is integrated into all areas of learning, and a makerspace is utilized by all grades. A lively experiential education program provides rich opportunities to develop social and leadership skills, empathy and independence. Beyond the core curriculum, Curtis offers choir, orchestra, intermural sports, debate, robotics, art guild, service clubs and after-school extension.
 
We are committed to fostering a diverse community of students, employees and families and an inclusive environment for all. We actively strive to develop the cross-cultural competency of our constituents, and we value a wide range of experiences and backgrounds in our curriculum, programs and actions as a community.


German International School of Silicon Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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

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

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

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


La Scuola

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



K-8 Campus:

735 Fell St.

San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 551-0000



Preschool Campus:


728 20th St.

San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 558-9006



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


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



Why La Scuola?



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

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


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


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


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


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


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



Maybeck High School
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.


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.


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

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



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