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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.



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.


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 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.



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.


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.



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.


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