Aurora School is an award-winning, independent, K-5 school nestled in the quiet residential neighborhood of Upper Rockridge in Oakland. Since 1988, our inclusive community has welcomed families of all backgrounds.
Our students learn in multi-graded classrooms (K/1, 2/3, 4/5) by design. This mentor exchange fosters collaboration, communication, empathy, critical thinking, creative expression, and leadership skills.
Our small classroom sizes allow our students the opportunity to get know themselves and each other as learners, contributing community members, and empowered and authentic human beings.
Aurora also offers one of the largest independent school libraries in the East Bay and specialty coursework in STEM, art, music, woodshop, Spanish, yoga and physical education.
2018-2019 SCHOOL TOUR DATES
November 7, 9, 14, 16, 28 / December 5, 7, 12, 14 / January 9, 11, 16
For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact: admissions@AuroraSchool.org
Type: K-5, Independent, Day School, Co-educational Address: 40 Dulwich Road, Oakland, CA 94618 Phone (510) 428-2606 Website auroraschool.org
Bayhill High School
Bayhill High School educates and empowers students with learning differences and students who flourish in a small caring community. Our highly trained teachers focus on each student’s individual learning style, with the goal of maximizing their inherent strengths and their potential to succeed. Bayhill’s college preparatory curriculum fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills, while preparing students for college and other post-secondary endeavors. At Bayhill, students with learning differences thrive!
Visit us today and see what Bayhill is all about. We offer each family an individual meeting with the director of admissions, focusing on your child’s educational needs.
Type: High School (9-12) Address: 1940 Virginia Street Berkeley, CA 94709 Phone 510-984-0599 Website bayhillhs.org
Founded in 1920, Bentley School is a distinctive independent K-12 school with campuses in Oakland (K-8) and Lafayette (9-12). Our faculty lead curricula combining the best of traditional and innovative approaches.
At Bentley, each student’s horizons expand through faculty committed to cultivating both intellectual and social learning and growth. Students are challenged and supported to push beyond their comfort zone as well as participate in new academic, service, leadership, arts, social and athletic opportunities.
In 2017, Bentley was proud to be selected among top independent schools across the country to receive a significant grant from The E.E. Ford Foundation to support our K-12 Initiative “Transformative Learning for Transformative Leaders.”
By offering students exceptional academics and character education, our graduates earn admission to distinguished colleges and universities across the United States and abroad.
To attend one of our Open House events and for more information, please visit www.bentleyschool.org or contact us directly at email@example.com to schedule a visit.
K-8 Campus in Oakland 510-843-2512 | 9-12 Campus in Lafayette
Type: K-12, Co-Ed, Day Address: K-8 Campus: 1 Hiller Dr, Oakland, CA 94618 | 9-12 Campus: 1000 Upper Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549 Phone 925-283-2101 / 510-843-2512 Website www.bentleyschool.org
The Berkeley School
At The Berkeley School, preschool through 8th grade students actively learn what it means to be a member of their school community, their local community, and the global community. Filtered through the lens of civic engagement, the TBS approach to teaching connects academic rigor with social and emotional development. Our responsive curriculum focuses on current events and incorporates key conflict-resolution opportunities, empathy development practices, and student-led community campaigns, all of which reinforce our core belief: what matters in education is what matters in life.
Type: PreK - 8 Address: Preschool: 2030 Francisco Street // K-8: 1310 University Avenue Phone 510-665-8800 Website theberkeleyschool.org
Berkwood Hedge School
Berkwood Hedge School is K-5 by choice because we believe that now, more than ever, we must preserve childhood. Every day we cultivate kids’ natural creativity and intellectual curiosity through our compassionate guidance and expertise, within an environment just right for their age, emotions, and needs. When we help kids grow into their unique selves without growing up too quickly, they develop clarity and conviction for the future, yet still enjoy being kids today.
A lifetime of learning begins at Berkwood Hedge School. Tours are conducted October – January. Register for a tour today!
Type: K-5 Address: 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley Phone 510-883-6990 Website www.berkwood.org
Black Pine Circle School
For 45 years, Black Pine Circle School’s award-winning elementary and middle school has created lifelong learners through a Socratic inquiry-based education that places equal emphasis on both academics and the arts. Our caring, engaged educators are dedicated to encouraging independent thinking and to fostering a supportive environment, where the focus is on inspiring and nuturing curiosity, community, inquiry, and voice in our students. With almost 80 faculty members and 328 students, our gold standard is that we know your child both emotionally and intellectually.
Type: K-8, Independent Address: 2027 7th Street, Berkeley CA 94710 Phone 510-845-0876 Website www.blackpinecircle.org
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.
Type: 9-12, Private, Co-ed Address: 6100 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618 Phone 510.652.0111 Website www.college-prep.org/page/admission
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
Discover a school where kindness, respect and compassion infuse everyday life, where academic excellence is just the beginning. At Contra Costa Jewish Day School young minds are challenged and nourished. Through algebra and art, critical thinking and composition, technology and Jewish studies, students are enlightened, informed, and forge an identity rooted in traditions of intellectual integrity, devotion to others, and innovation.
Small class sizes and dedicated, talented teachers guide students through rigorous and creative curricula and attention is continuously paid to individual strengths and areas for growth. This academic focus set in a warm, friendly community enables friendships to flourish, and produces leaders for our future.
CCJDS is an outstanding Kindergarten through 8th grade independent school serving families from all backgrounds. We believe in the whole child approach to learning — fostering the intellectual and physical growth of our students. Come check us out!
Type: Independent, Kindergarten-8th Grade Address: 955 Risa Road, Lafayette, 94549 Phone 925.284.8288 Website ccjds.org/
East Bay German International School
EBGIS is a dual-language immersion school offering Preschool through eighth grade programs. Our highly trained and experienced international faculty implement a rigorous and developmentally appropriate German and English curriculum while our small class sizes permit teachers to give individualized support to all our students. Our students continue their education at top-tier high schools and universities in the US and abroad.
Our program is based on proven German curricula that develop students’ strengths across academic disciplines, as well as critical thinking skills, social-emotional competencies, artistic expression, and motor skills. This is combined with project-based, literature-rich English language instruction in every grade. We enable students of every age to use their minds, hearts and hands to learn independently and in cooperation with others. By supporting each student’s uniqueness and autonomy as a learner, we prepare our students to meet the challenges of high school, university and beyond.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.
Type: Bilingual Immersion School (Preschool - 8th grade) Address: 1070 41st Street, Emeryville, CA 94608 Phone (510) 679-2199 Website www.ebgis.org
East Bay Waldorf School
More than smart.
What do our children need for the future? And what does the future need from them? Is being smart enough? Or should schooling help your child develop into something more?
At East Bay Waldorf School, we understand that your hopes for your child involve a high-quality education that includes more than tests and grades. To be truly prepared for the 21st century, children will need to collaborate, think creatively and independently, know and respect themselves, and understand and care about others.
We cultivate the spark of individuality in each child, helping them grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and creatively. Our graduates are more than smart. They have something special that gets them noticed: they are engaged, creative, grounded and incredibly well-rounded. The Waldorf curriculum is challenging, experiential and comprehensive. It gives our students a confidence that they can tackle anything — a new school subject, a career or creating change in the world. We’ve been making a difference in the lives of our students since 1980.
Your child is — and should be treated as — so much more than smart.
Let us show you how. Founded in Berkeley in 1980, our campus now sits on 11 amazing acres at Wildcat Canyon, on the north end of Tilden Park. Schedule your visit by calling 510.222.3297 or emailing email@example.com.
Type: PreK-8 / Independent/ Co-ed School Address: 3800 Clark Road, El Sobrante, CA 94803 Phone 510.222.3297 Website eastbaywaldorf.org/
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley is an independent Preschool-8th grade school located in Berkeley, CA.
EB is a recognized leader in international eduation, integrating the rigor and excellence of a French curriculum into a dynamic, whole-child education, imbuing students with tenacity, cross-cultural fluency, a deep intellectual capacity and vast stores of kindness.
EB’s mission is to nurture creative, multilingual learners, equipped to confidently embrace the delights and challenges of an interconnected world.
Type: Independent, Co-Ed, Nursery to Grade 8 Address: 1009 Heinz Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone (510) 845.8712 Website www.eb.org/
Golestan is a new Ashoka Changemaker School and International Baccalaureate candidate school in the Berkeley, Kensington, El Cerrito triangle.
We integrate all subjects in the context of project-based, hands-on experiential learning, in a beautiful space where the lines between inside and outside are blurred. The school surrounds students in beauty that feels more like a home than an institution, and immerses kids in kindness, nature, and multiple languages. Golestan is a place that smells like baked bread, tastes like fresh greens, and sounds like the United Nations.
We prepare our students for global citizenship by immersing all students in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages three to four hours per day . Students celebrate the heritages and cultures of each community (even if it’s not their own), while continuing to build a strong academic foundation. Golestan is a microcosm of the global society we envision for a peaceful future.
At Golestan, students nurture their love of learning, their humanity, and their innate sense of justice. Every child is a changemaker who is empowered to create positive change by being resourceful, kind, innovative, conscious, and engaged. The individual child and the collective community of children are equally valued.
As of September 1st, 2018, Golestan is an International Baccalaureate* (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) World School Candidate. IB World Schools share a common philosophy; a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP), or the Career-related Program (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For more information about the IB and its programs visit http://www.ibo.org.
Type: Preschool, Elementary School, Non-Profit Address: 320 San Carlos Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530 Phone (510) 704-8541 Website golestankids.com/
Maybeck High School
Be curious. Be inspired. Be yourself.
Educating young people in the East Bay for 46 years, Maybeck is a vibrant community dedicated to learning, where all forms of diversity can flourish amid mutual support, respect, and responsibility. Through our small classes, high expectations, academic excellence, and programs outside the school, students prepare for college and acquire the tools to engage actively and creatively in the wider world.
Type: Independent High School (9-12) Address: 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 Phone 510.841.8489 Website maybeckhs.org/
Montessori Family School
From Preschool through Middle School, MFS serves 140 children from ages 3 – 14 at two East Bay campuses.
Montessori education is about providing the learning environment to develop young people who think critically, reflect deeply, and advocate for the future. We live at a time when the only thing we can comfortably say about the future is that it will be different from today. What does it take for a young person to be prepared for what is ahead?
That is an important question for us at Montessori Family School. The attitudes, abilities, and skills fostered in a Montessori classroom are those students need to thrive in a future world where change is constant. The future needs individuals who learn, adapt, work cooperatively, create, and innovate. The future needs the kinds of people that a school like MFS helps to shape.
Schedule a tour today to see learning in action!
Type: PreK - 8 Address: (Pre-K) 1850 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709 / (K-8) 7075 Cutting Blvd. El Cerrito, CA 94530 Phone Pre-K - (510) 848-2322 | K-8 - (510)236-8802 Website montessorifamily.com/
Park Day School
At Park Day School, classes, lessons, and experiences emphasize creativity, exploration, and discovery. We hone critical and moral reasoning, and teach students to take academic risks while adapting thoughtfully to new situations and challenges. With our Social Justice curriculum, Park Day students develop strong academic skills alongside compassion and a sense of fairness. We are committed to helping each student understand their own power to make positive change in the world around them.
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– participating in field work, and benefitting from an array of community partnerships throughout Oakland and Northern California.
Type: K-8 Progressive School Address: 360 42nd St, Oakland, CA 94609 Phone (510) 653-0317 Website parkdayschool.org/toursandevents
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.
An entirely new set of skills is required of our children to be successful in the world. Prospect Sierra is leading the conversation nationally about how schools of the 21st century must powerfully balance academics and ethics. Every moment at Prospect Sierra will further your child’s skills as they:
• Understand their impact in a local and global community
• Build on a diversity of ideas
• Experiment, create, and embrace setbacks
• Recognize their emotional, social, and learning needs
With these tools our students are prepared to thrive and make change in an ever-evolving world.
Type: K-8, Co-Ed, Independent School Address: 2060 Tapscott Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530 Phone (510) 809-9000 Website www.prospectsierra.org
The Renaissance International School
The Renaissance International School provides a high-quality Montessori and multilingual education for students age two through middle school. Our students grow to be leaders, explorers and responsible citizens.
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 their life.
Our students thrive in our trilingual immersion environment (English/Spanish/French). Students progress individually under the guidance of native speakers.
Our music curriculum addresses the musical needs of children beginning in early childhood.
Creativity, imagination, personal expression, self-direction, coordination, critical thinking, and problem solving are encouraged in our studio art program.
Type: Co-ed Address: 3650 Dimond Ave, Oakland CA 94602 Phone 510-531-8566 Website www.therenaissanceschool.org
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
“The inclusivity and compassion SHC provided to me helped me realize that service was more than a checkbox for college, but a calling. It gave me opportunities of leadership and activism, all while surrounding me with overwhelming amounts of support and generosity.”
– Kristin Faith Avenis ’18, Valedictorian
Sacred Heart Cathedral is an innovative educational community in the center of San Francisco’s health and technology corridor. We challenge, we mentor, we lead, we serve.
From thoughtful preparatory classes to rigorous honors and Advanced Placement courses, SHC’s learning infrastructure and integrated cocurriculars support curiosity, excellence and individualization, all within the Lasallian Vincentian tradition of transformative education.
Type: Co-Educational College Preparatory, Day only Address: 1055 Ellis St. San Francisco CA 94109 Phone 415.775.6626 Website shcp.edu/future-students/get-to-know-shc
Shu Ren International School
Through a vibrant inquiry-based, Mandarin immersion program, students at Shu Ren International School develop a genuine love of learning. Our teachers cultivate a nurturing environment that focuses on developing the whole child. Everyday our students enjoy exciting hands-on projects that build confidence in their capabilities, ignites their passions, and connects their learning to the real world.
Parents witness their children develop both Mandarin and English language proficiency while immersed in a highly engaging, inquiry driven curriculum. They see their children actively seek knowledge as they equip themselves with the abilities needed to become caring, responsible, and contributing global citizens.
Shu Ren International School is proud to be one of only four schools in the United States to offer the unique combination of Mandarin Immersion and the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Come see for yourself how Shu Ren is preparing children with the heart and mind to thrive in an evolving global society.
Open House Dates:
Thursday, October 25 9:00AM-11:00AM (Open House)
Tuesday, October 30 6:00PM-8:00PM (Sparking Curiosity Event)
Tuesday, December 11 9:00AM-11:00AM (Open House)
Saturday, January 12 10:00AM-12:00PM (Sparking Curiosity Event)
Thursday,January 17 9:00AM-11:00AM (Open House)
Weekly tours are available for both the Preschool and Elementary School. Please contact Maria English in order to arrange a school tour: firstname.lastname@example.org
Type: Pre-K to 8th, Mandarin Immersion Bilingual School, International Baccalaureate (IB) School Address: 2125 Jefferson Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 Phone 510-841-8899 Website shurenschool.org/
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
St. Paul’s is an independent K-8 day school located steps from Lake Merritt that welcomes families of all faiths.
We offer a transformative education based on the following philosophy:
1. Supporting students as fearless learners is the best path to academic rigor.
We create a supportive community where students approach intellectual and personal challenges with confidence and courage.
2. We make service and learning interdependent.
Our students engage in long-term service projects that put classroom lessons into action. These projects help them understand the importance of serving their community and allow them to see firsthand why what they’re learning is important.
3. Deeper learning can be achieved by harnessing the power of diversity.
St. Paul’s is one of the most racially and socioeconomically diverse independent schools in the nation. Research has shown that a diverse student population fuels critical thinking and results in academic excellence.
Type: Independent, K-8 Address: 116 Montecito Ave., Oakland, CA 94610 Phone 510-285-9600 Website www.spes.org
Walden Center & School
Walden Center & School is a small, progressive, K-6 elementary school where liberation is taken seriously and children are empowered to be their authentic selves. To accomplish this, our unique program is grounded in:
Agency: Our students take responsibility, make choices, build knowledge, and think critically. They trust themselves.
Peace: Walden’s unique and textured learning community nurtures mutual respect, peaceful conflict resolution, and empathy. We trust each other.
Arts: Making art engages the whole child and cultivates creative self-expression, risk-taking, and appreciation of multiple perspectives. Children engaged in art transfer these habits to academics. They trust their skills.
Academics: Our academic curriculum is developmental, multisensory, and experiential. Children learn in depth and with joy. They trust their knowledge.
When students leave Walden they can think critically, solve problems creatively, resolve conflicts peacefully, build relationships honestly, and easily hold their own. Our alumni change the world.
Type: K-6 Elementary Address: 2446 McKinley Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94703 Phone 510-841-7248 Website walden-school.net/admissions/tours-info-sessions/sign-up-for-a-tour/
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.
Type: K-12, Co-ed, Independent School Address: 4315 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA 94602 Phone 510-531-1300 Website www.headroyce.org
LePort Montessori Preschool
At LePort Montessori Emeryville, children thrive in an authentic, nurturing Montessori environment. We welcome your entire family—from babies to toddlers through preschoolers and kindergarten students. We also offer a Mandarin Chinese immersion program in our toddler and preschool/kindergarten classrooms to foster bilingualism in children beginning at a young age. At our school, you’ll find a home away from home, a community of educators and fellow parents who believe in the goodness of the child, and the power of an individualized, respectful education. Our mission at LePort Montessori is to help children gain what we call Knowledge for Life: the essential knowledge, thinking skills and strength of character needed to flourish as joyous children today, and as successful adults tomorrow.
Tour / Open House Dates: M/T/TH & February 9th, 2019
Type: Private Montessori Preschool (Infant, Toddler, Primary, Kindergarten) Address: 1450 63rd Street Emeryville CA 94608 Phone 510-984-6889 Website leportschools.com/
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School is a Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1881. Ranked the #6 Most Diverse Private High School in the nation, SJND is a warm and inclusive community located in a safe, residential neighborhood of Alameda. With 39 AP and honors courses, a prestigious Biomedical Sciences program, and award-winning theater and arts, our rigorous and engaging curriculum empowers and prepares students for continued success at the university level and beyond.
Type: College Preparatory High School Address: 1011 Chestnut Street, Alameda, CA 94501 Phone 510-523-1526 Website www.sjnd.org/visit-sjnd/
School of the Madeleine
The School of the Madeleine is a K-8 Catholic elementary school with a vibrant Dominican tradition of education and service, located in the heart of Berkeley. The mission of the School of the Madeleine is to inspire students to grow as educated, morally informed individuals who are spiritually, academically, and socially prepared to become responsible citizens and leaders.
Type: K-8, Catholic School Address: 1225 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94709 Phone 510-526-4744 Website themadeleine.com/