2020–2021 School Guide — Berkeleyside

2020–2021 Schools Guide

Welcome to Berkeleyside’s School Guide. We’re back with our annual local private schools’ listings chock-full of vital information to assist your family’s education decisions. Use this list to discover and select the best pre / elementary / middle / high school in the East Bay for your child.

We invited private schools around the Bay Area to submit detailed, paid-for listings for the guide. Want to see your school listed? Please fill out the form to reserve a spot.

For additional questions, please contact Colleen Leary or Andrew Weiler.



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East Bay School for Boys

The East Bay School for Boys empowers middle school boys to cultivate their intellectual, physical, and emotional selves to become the engaged, thoughtful, and courageous men of tomorrow.

The East Bay School for Boys focuses on how boys learn best and believes boys engage more and learn more in a challenging and active learning environment that combines hard work with discovery, creativity, fun, and purpose. At EBSB, we teach and do. We provide opportunities for boys to design, build, nurture, and grow their world, empowering boys to affect, connect, reflect, and most importantly, love to learn. Boys will go to high school prepared and passionate. In short, our purpose is to empower boys of the East Bay to become strong, capable, and self-actualized through a challenging, active, and supportive all-boy middle school program.

Grades: 6th – 8th
Types: AcademicAll boysIndependent
East Bay School for Boys 2340 Durant Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704

Admissions Information

Name: Lamar Johnson
Email: lamarj@ebsfb.org
Phone: (510) 621-3272

Mentoring Academy

Mentoring Academy successfully meets the individual academic, social and learning needs of bright students through strong mentor relationships, and a personalized curriculum and innovative coursework. We continually identify each person’s evolving academic, social and learning skills, their specific needs, and individual goals. We then support their growth through active personal, individualized, problem solving engagement.  Fully accredited, college preparatory, community based and mastery oriented, we employ very small classes (1 to 5 students) so students do not fall through the cracks or get lost in Zoomland.   We have a few openings in the current, fall 2020 year for 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade students. 

The central core of Mentoring Academy’s approach is, well, mentoring. We guide mastery of strong academics, identify stumbling blocks, create solutions, and develop trusting, knowledgeable, relationships so students can seek help without fear of being judged or belittled. Expectations are high, but support makes attaining the goals doable.  School should not be painful. The relationships, coupled with individualized learning can make it joyful.  Last spring  with shelter-in-place, we finished the school year employing a full the mix of Zoom, telephone, and individual, socially distance safe, conferences. The academics were not compromised, the relationships continued and deepened.  Students completed their courses. Graduation was a real celebration of accomplishments.
Please visit our website.   

Grades: 8th – 12th
Types: AcademicAlternativeIndependent
Mentoring Academy 5951 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

Admissions Information

Name: John Muster
Email: johnmuster@mentoringacademy.org
Phone: (510) 345-3000

The Crowden School

Children who love music have a home at The Crowden School for grades three through eight, with beginner musicians welcome in third-fifth grade. Since 1983, Crowden’s innovative ensemble-based curriculum has instilled in our students the collaborative, creative, and critical-thinking skills to succeed in life.

The communication skills and cooperation our students learn playing music together—and the fun they have while doing it—carry over to all aspects of their lives. Crowden students are lively, curious, and confident learners.

Playing music together in ensembles, Crowden students learn skills such as focused listening, practice, perseverance, and an empathetic group dynamic.

Our alumni are well-rounded leaders, coveted by the best public and private high schools and colleges. Financial aid is available on a need basis.

At The Crowden School, music changes everything.

Grades: 3rd – 8th
Types: AcademicIndependentSpecialty
The Crowden School 1475 Rose Street Berkeley, CA 94702

Admissions Information

Name: Anette Skloot
Email: admissions@crowden.org
Phone: (510) 559-6910

Maybeck High School

Maybeck High School has been educating students in the East Bay since 1972. Over the past 50 years we have challenged young people to push, explore, and stretch their imagination. In the science lab, the art room, around a seminar table, or hiking in the woods, we know that when teachers and students see themselves as collaborators the relationship is strong and the learning is rich. Maybeck is a small school of 110 students and 25 educators. We were founded by teachers who created a school where questions are just as important as answers, where time and space is created to sit with inspired topics, where laughter is frequent, and learning is celebrated.

Grades: 9th – 12th
Types: AcademicIndependent
Maybeck High School 2727 College Ave Berkeley, CA 94705

Admissions Information

Name: Diana Warren
Email: dwarren@maybeckhs.org
Phone: (510) 841-8489

The Marin School

The Marin School – Confidence, Creativity, Integrity, & Academic Excellence.

The Marin School is an independent, college prep high school in San Rafael. Small by design, TMS students thrive in a challenging, collaborative environment where dedicated faculty set high expectations and encourage each student to realize their full potential. We offer a UC-approved, thought-provoking curriculum, with a creative approach to everything we do. Our small, supportive environment inspires our students to take risks and explore new ideas.In the coming school year, our small class sizes of 8-10 will allow our students greater opportunity to maximize distance learning and receive daily support from faculty and staff. When we are able to safely return to campus, our small size again has a huge benefit, with cohorts of less than 30 students making in-person instruction safer, with more days on campus.

Virtual Open Houses: 10/24 and 11/15. Register online!

Grades: Preschool – Preschool
Types: AcademicIndependent
The Marin School 150 N. San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903

Admissions Information

Name: Sierra Antonio
Email: santonio@themarinschool.org
Phone: (415) 450-8703

Park Day School

Discover a school that will nurture your child’s love of learning. Within Park Day’s Kindergarten-8th grade program, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.

Grades: Kindergarten – 8th
Types: AcademicIndependent
Park Day 360 42nd Street, Oakland, CA 94609, USA

Admissions Information

Name: Josie AG Shapiro
Email: admissions@parkdayschool.org
Phone: (510) 653-0317

The College Preparatory School

College Prep is a home for ideas, discovery, and engagement—intellectual pursuits that our students treasure. Our academic offerings are buoyed by our warm culture and welcoming verdant campus. In and out of the classroom, students explore and extend their abilities, test their ideas, question assumptions, grapple with moral issues, and acquire the skills to be positive and productive citizens. Led by exceptional and caring teachers, mentors, and coaches, our students are encouraged to grow into their best selves.

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th
Types: Independent
Campus 6100 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618

Admissions Information

Name: Evie Koh
Email: evie@college-prep.org
Phone: 510.652.0111

Berkwood Hedge School

We are an independent kindergarten through fifth grade school located in the heart of Berkeley. A leader in social and environmental justice issues, we are well known for a hands-on Project Based Learning curriculum that promotes deep and intuitive learning. A solid and enduring core philosophy – a rich academic and arts program, close ties between families and school, and a strong sense of community – are the hallmarks of a Berkwood Hedge School education. When we help children grow into their unique selves without growing up too quickly, they develop clarity and conviction for the future, yet still enjoy being children today. A lifetime of learning begins at Berkwood Hedge School.

Come see for yourself what makes our school such a thriving learning environment.

Grades: Kindergarten – 5th
Types: AcademicIndependent
Berkwood Hedge 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94703, USA

Admissions Information

Name: Kemmeo Parr
Email: Admissions@Berkwood.org
Phone: (510) 883-6990

Prospect Sierra School

When we welcome students to Prospect Sierra, we embrace that each child brings distinct talents and offers infinite potential. Here, students learn to think deeply, know themselves, and care for others. By equipping students with the tools to leverage strengths and overcome challenges, they leave Prospect Sierra prepared to succeed.

There’s no question that the pandemic has changed the way our children go to school and how our teachers teach. During this unprecedented time, Prospect Sierra has met these new challenges with the strategies and values that have always guided us: courage, vision, care for one another, and joy. Whether our students are learning in PS Campus or PS Home, they are building relationships, deepening academic skills, increasing their own self-knowledge, and having fun.

Grades: Pre-K – 8th
Types: AcademicIndependent
Tapscott Campus 2060 Tapscott Ave El Cerrito, CA 94530
Avis Campus 960 Avis Drive El Cerrito, CA 94530

Admissions Information

Name: Renee Thompson
Email: rthompson@prospectsierra.org
Phone: (510) 932-3141

Golestan School

Our mission is to support the development of curious, creative, and altruistic children through experiential and heuristic learning, with a special focus on heritage language immersion and cultural education. Our preschool and elementary school give children a deep understanding and respect for the world they live in, through a fully integrated, experiential approach to teaching. The child’s entire experience is guided by a rich and comprehensive curriculum.Golestan is a new Ashoka Changemaker School and International Baccalaureate candidate school in the Berkeley, Kensington, El Cerrito triangle.

Upcoming tour dates:
Tuesday 1/12 @ 1:30pm
Friday 1/15 @ 10am
Tuesday 1/19 @ 1:30pm
Friday 1/22 @ 10am

Sign up here for a tour!
Grades: Pre-K – 5th
Types: AcademicIndependentInternational Baccalaureate (IB)Language ImmersionSpecialty
Golestan School 320 San Carlos Ave El Cerrito, CA 94530

Admissions Information

Name: Eija Ramos
Email: admin@golestankids.com
Phone: (510) 704-8541

East Bay German International School

The East Bay German International School (EBGIS) is a dual-language immersion school offering Preschool through Ninth Grade programs. We combine German and English instruction with project-based learning and individualized attention to each student. We offer exceptional academics, a diverse international perspective, and a vibrant school community.

We prioritize safe in-person instruction. Our Preschool program has provided safe care for children throughout the pandemic. Our other students have been safely back on campus in small cohorts since August and have seamlessly transitioned to regular instruction under our rigorous school-wide Covid Safety Protocol.

EBGIS is now accepting applications for the 2021/2022 school year! Join us for our on-campus Open House on December 5 or for an online information session. We also offer private tours. You’ll learn more about EBGIS, meet our faculty, and experience first-hand our dynamic learning environment. We look forward to meeting you!

Grades: Preschool – 9th
Types: AcademicIndependentLanguage Immersion
East Bay German International School 1070 41st Street Emeryville, CA 94608

Admissions Information

Name: Kay Naumann
Email: admissions@ebgis.org
Phone: (510) 679-2199

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