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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.



Alto International School

Pope Street 475

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Phone: (650) 324-8617

Website: www.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.

Upcoming open house events:

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, December 11, 2018

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.



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.



Camellia Waldorf School

7450 Pocket Road, Sacramento, CA  95831

916-427-5022
CamelliaWaldorf.org

Preschool - 8th grade

Established in 1989, Camellia Waldorf is an independent, nonprofit school that offers programs for toddlers through eighth graders. Our mission is to educate by honoring childhood, appreciating the individuality of each student, and instilling a sense of moral and ethical responsibility while building capacities for learning and encouraging clear and creative thinking.


Camellia Waldorf School offers each parent the opportunity to become part of a diverse community that has heart and purpose. Parents often cite "community" as one of the reasons they value our school. Another is that their children are nurtured and protected here in their early years, encouraged and challenged in their later years.

Now located at a new campus on the river in a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood, Camellia boasts small classes, outdoor education, athletics, field trips, music instruction, Spanish for grades 1-8, and a rich community life.


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!



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.


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.



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.


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

New Roads School, a K-12 independent school in Santa Monica, CA, liberates voice, curiosity, perspective and talents through the art and science of progressive education. New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good. We believe that education must not be a race for the accumulation of facts, but a joint venture among students, parents, and teachers to develop habits of mind, habits of character, an ever expanding awareness of the human situation, and the tools needed for social, political and moral participation as well as personal fulfillment. To be truly supportive of young people, teachers and parents must themselves continue to learn so that they may perceive the young accurately and treat them wisely.


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.


Presidio Hill School

3839 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94118

415-751-9318

www.presidiohill.org
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
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.



The Renaissance International School

The Renaissance International School
Oakland Campus: 3650 Dimond Ave.
Piedmont Campus: 5201 Park Blvd.
510-531-8566
www.TheRenaissanceSchool.org
Age 2 - 9th Grades

The Renaissance International School provides students with a high-quality education designed to create compassionate, capable, confident, creative individuals who are prepared for life. Our Montessori program has a strong music, visual arts, and language immersion component.

BEYOND THE EXPECTED
Our hands-on curriculum, designed to offer students the opportunity to discover rather than just learn, goes beyond the traditional school curriculum. They progress at their own pace on a guided exploration of math, science, geography, history, and language that not only helps them develop knowledge specific to these areas, but simultaneously helps them develop the tools they will need to succeed in an ever changing world.

Language Immersion
Our students thrive in our trilingual immersion environment (English/Spanish/French). Students progress individually under the guidance of native speakers.

Music
Our music curriculum addresses the musical needs of children beginning in early childhood. As students develop their abilities, they advance to the school’s various ensembles, private lessons, and subjects, within our music program.

Visual Arts
Creativity, imagination, personal expression, self-direction, coordination, critical thinking, and problem solving are encouraged in our studio art program.


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.


Village School
780 Swarthmore Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
310-459-8411
www.village-school.org
TK-6th Grade

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 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.



Westside Neighborhood School
https://wns-la.org

WNS, a preschool – 8th grade private independent school located in Los Angeles, embraces a positive, child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our high academic and ethical standards encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Propelled by curiosity, WNS students are learners, doers, and makers. We provide students with a platform to become entrepreneurs by nurturing their intrinsic ability to innovate. Our program is designed to engage students in a project-based, active-learning curriculum that challenges all students to grow. We provide an environment steeped in a growth mindset where each child is able to experience success, embrace mistakes as a part of the journey, is confident in taking intellectual risks, and where individuals feel valued in their differences and value the differences in others.

We strive to be a community of lifelong learners, where academic excellence, creativity, sense of humor, independence, self-discipline, and high moral standards are valued.

For more information about WNS, please visit
https://wns-la.org or contact by phone: 310-574-8650 or Email: admissions@wns-la.org.


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