Welcome to Gay Parent magazine's listing of infant classes, preschools, and private day and boarding schools. States with * have a boarding school listed. Select the state for the schools in your area.

 

*CALIFORNIA (this page scroll down)

COLORADO

*CONNECTICUTGEO
FLORIDA

*INDIANA

*MASSACHUSETTS

*MARYLAND
MICHIGAN

*NEW JERSEY

*NEW YORK
PENNSYLVANIA
WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON DC

 

CALIFORNIA



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

The terms Twice Exceptional or 2e are not a familiar to most parents or educators. They are accustomed to “gifted” or “special education” programs.

However, there are many highly capable or gifted students who struggle with ADHD, dyslexia, executive function, anxiety, perfectionism, and/or social skills challenges. These students are referred to as twice-exceptional. They are a diverse group of bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests as well as various learning differences. 

2e students don’t fit in typical gifted or special education programs. 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.”

2e students need an environment designed to fit their profiles. They thrive in programs that are strength-based and talent-focused, where they can explore fields of interest while working on critical skills. Few schools have 2e frameworks, and many won’t classify a student as both gifted and learning disabled.

Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA, is one of a handful of 2e schools in the country. Bridges is part of the Bridges Education Group, which is comprised of the Academy for grades 4-12; the 2e Center for Research & Professional Development; The Bridges Graduate School, an online program offering master and doctoral degrees; and 2eNews.com, an online news source.

To learn more about twice exceptionality visit
www.bridges.edu and www.2eNews.com.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


ADVERTISE WITH US AND LIST YOUR BUSINESS HERE

Sign Up
Join our mailing list for more special offers and savings!
We respect your privacy.

We never sell, share or rent your personal information to any third parties under any circumstances. We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (3) investigating fraud which has already taken place. The information is not provided to these organizations for marketing purposes.

we accept mastercard, visa, amercian express and discover
Building Families Inc.
Allison-McCloskey Escrow Company
Vermont Surrogacy
National Center for Children and Families
Doane Stuart School
International Academy of New York
HopeWell Inc.
Van Buren Youth Camp
British International School of Chicago, South Loop

GPM Advertise Here!