List of Schools

Welcome to Gay Parent Magazine's listing of infant classes, preschools, and private day and boarding schools. Select the state for the schools in your area.

BASIS INDEPENDENT FREMONT | TK-12 | TK-Grade 5

3300 Kearney Street
Fremont, California 94538
Grades 6–12
39706 Mission Boulevard
Fremont, California 94539
fremont.basisindependent.com

BASIS Independent Fremont is a TK–12 private school where students discover their passions as they learn at the highest international levels. The world-acclaimed BASIS Curriculum is a blend of the best practices found in top education systems around the world, led by passionate Subject Expert Teachers who bring classrooms to life and foster a love of learning in every student. The curriculum and teachers unite to empower students’ natural curiosity, ingenuity, and independence from their first day in TK and all the way through senior year.

Students participate in a well-rounded, advanced liberal arts program with STEM offerings that is designed to inspire mastery and excellence across a diverse course load, including Mandarin, engineering, performing arts, physics, economics, chemistry, humanities, and more. BASIS Independent Fremont fosters a joyful learning culture where hard work is celebrated, and intellectual pursuits results in extraordinary outcomes.


BASIS INDEPENDENT SILICON VALLEY | Grades 5–12

1290 Parkmoor Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 291-0907
siliconvalley.basisindependent.com

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, a grades 5–12 private school, students perform at the top 1% of their U.S. peers in math, reading, and science. Students and Subject Expert Teachers engage in a spiraling, globally benchmarked curriculum designed to inspire mastery and excellence. Rooted in STEM and the liberal arts, our program calls for the mastery of diverse content across disciplines—from to logic, economics, and concurrent sciences in middle school to college-level capstone courses and independent research in high school.

We believe in setting a higher standard and promoting self-reliance and accountability in an environment where learning is encouraged and celebrated. Our world-class educators are subject experts in their discipline who help students develop the knowledge, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills needed to enter and excel in the world’s top colleges and universities.


BENTLEY SCHOOL

https://www.bentleyschool.org

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 at www.bentleyschool.org.


THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL

7607 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 875-0826
www.bishops.com
Coeducational | College Preparatory | Grades 6-12

The Bishop’s School is a thriving learning community on an 11-acre campus in La Jolla.  San Diego’s only independent middle and high school affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Bishop’s is an intentionally pluralistic and inclusive community where students come from more than 70 schools representing diverse religious, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Forty-eight percent of students self-identify as people of color; 20 percent receive more than $3 million in financial aid. We have 72 sports teams, 40 performing arts shows in dance, theater, choral and instrumental music, and we offer visual arts options from photography to animation and more. Classrooms are designed for interaction and conversation rather than lecture.

Why Bishop’s?

Because on our campus, students are at the center of all we do. We are passionate teachers and curious learners engaging together in meaningful work.

We celebrate risk taking, independent thinking and compassionate connection.

The Episcopal principles of inclusion, humility and kindness guide our actions every day.


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.


CATHEDRAL SCHOOL FOR BOYS

https://www.cathedralschool.net

Cathedral School for Boys is an independent K-8 all-boys school located on Nob Hill in the heart of San Francisco. Since its founding in 1957, Cathedral has provided an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor, devoting each day to the spirited dialogue, dynamic lessons, and intentional character building that guide each young boy to engage in the way that best fits him. With 264 students, we are the optimal size for a K-8 school, and our close-knit community lets every boy be seen for who he is. Our committed faculty possesses a deep understanding of how boys learn, and they strive to help each boy learn to think not only critically, but creatively and independently as well. Our graduates enter high school prepared for rigorous academics as well as the challenges of life, coupled with a deep empathy and respect for the world around them.

As an Episcopal school nestled on the grounds of Grace Cathedral — a building of breathless architecture and unparalleled beauty — we strive for diversity of thought, experience, and perspective. Families of all faiths, cultures, ethnicities, makeups, and socio-economic backgrounds are welcomed and celebrated here.


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.


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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.

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!


THE CROWDEN SCHOOL

https://www.crowden.org/the-crowden-school

The Crowden School is unlike any other school in the country, a 3rd–8th grade day school with chamber music at its heart. Since 1983, our ensemble-based curriculum has instilled in our students the creative, collaborative, and critical-thinking skills to succeed in life. The study of music alongside a challenging academic curriculum offers our students a unique educational experience with transformative results. In our small classes, you will find students who are actively engaged with learning, whether they are making music or discussing books, solving equations, or playing soccer. The cooperative and emphatic communication skills our students learn while playing music together, and the fun they have in doing it, carries over to all aspects of their lives. Crowden School students are lively, curious, and confident learners. Our alumni are well-rounded leaders, ready to meet the artistic and intellectual challenges of the high school years and beyond—whether they go on to careers in microbiology or music.

For children who love music, Crowden offers a supportive home and community for engaged learning and growth. At The Crowden School, music changes everything.


East Bay School for Boys

EAST BAY SCHOOL FOR BOYS

2340 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
510-621-3272
www.ebsfb.org

The East Bay School for Boys empowers middle school boys (grades 6-8) 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. Whether forging utensils and designing furniture in our 21st Century workshop or mummifying hens and learning cuneiform in our irresistible classrooms; 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.

In our single-sex environment, we have a unique opportunity to empower our students so they don’t have to take power away from others. We challenge students to use respectful language, unlearn messages of misogyny inherited from the larger culture, and reflect on their gender identity in relation to power and privilege. We develop students’ awareness of male privilege and provide opportunities for them to engage in meaningful social justice conversations and actions.

For more information or to sign up for an Information Night, check us out at www.ebsfb.org/visit-us.


ECOLE-BILINGUE-DE-BERKELEY

ECOLE BILINGUE DE BERKELEY

1009 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
510-549-3867

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, founded in 1977, is a preschool to 8th grade French-American school.

As a recognized leader in international bilingual education, EB integrates 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 students receive a wide range of services that enrich their educational experience. We strongly believe that in order to grow into thriving adolescents and adults, children need character education, environmental education, and a supportive atmosphere that nurtures creativity and exploration.

We offer a full range of support to children and families: extended day care and after-school enrichment classes, counseling, individual support in French, learning specialist, and a bilingual library that all families can access.

At Middle School level, we have recently created our International track! Students can now start in Middle School (grade 6) with no prior experience with French Language and have the opportunity to join our community then.

Accreditations: WASC/CAIS, NAIS Member, French Ministry of Education and Mission Laïque Française.

Visit www.eb.org for more info or contact our Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Manon Johnson at mjohnson@eb.org.


GATEWAY SCHOOL

255 Swift Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 423-0341
www.gatewaysc.org
admissions@gatewaysc.org
Grades K-8

The Learning Continues – 2020 marks an important milestone in Gateway's history – 50 years of providing families with an exceptional educational experience. Students and alumni proudly embody the school's values and inspire future generations as Gateway embarks on its next 50 years.

Gateway School is a co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th. We are a community dedicated to nurturing academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, high character and personal compassion, and individual agency and engagement.

We invite all families interested in Gateway School to visit, ask questions, and get to know our community! For more information and to schedule a tour, please email our Admissions Manager or visit our website at www.gatewaysc.org.


German International School of Silicon Valley

GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SILICON VALLEY

650 254 0748
www.gissv.org
admissions@gissv.org



Mountain View Campus
Preschool - Grade 12
310 Easy Street

San Francisco Campus
Preschool - Grade 8
117 Diamond St. (Castro)

The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is an independent bilingual immersion school focused on nurturing students using a stimulating project-based learning system that fosters critical, independent, and imaginative thinking.

We feature a strong science program and are a recognized MINT (the German equivalent to STEM) school. Our Teachers are at the heart of the GISSV experience. We pride ourselves in our caring, highly qualified, experienced and international faculty, most of whom have gone through Germany’s rigorous teacher training and holds an advanced German degree (Master's equivalent).

Our unique homeroom teacher system allows students to stay with the same teacher for several years, forging a strong bond, and for students joining us with little or no knowledge of either German or English, we offer individualized language learning support.

GISSV is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and is recognized as the only official German School Abroad (DAS) in California. This enables our students to graduate with dual diplomas, the California High School Diploma, and the German International Abitur offering world-wide opportunities.

Schedule a tour with our Admissions Director and discover more about GISSV.


THE HARKER SCHOOL

500 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
408-249-2510
communications@harker.org
www.harker.org

An inspiring and supportive community: The Harker School

The Harker School, established in 1893, is a kindergarten-grade 12 private school in Silicon Valley that has earned international recognition for its top academics, quality teachers and student achievements. Educating more than 2,000 students, Harker is the largest independent school of its kind in California with each division on its own San Jose campus.

Harker blends strong college-prep academics with rich and extensive offerings in STEM, business, athletics and the arts. 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 comprehensive, innovative curriculum features outstanding teaching techniques, diverse educational experiences and broad rich, extracurricular activities.

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 is an inspiring, supportive and lively community 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. For more information visit www.harker.org.


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.


Hillbrook School

HILLBROOK SCHOOL

300 Marchmont Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 356-6116
admission@hillbrook.org
www.hillbrook.org

An independent school in Los Gatos since 1935, Hillbrook’s verdant 14-acre campus boasts rustic trails, a creek, outdoor gardens, and more. The school has been at the forefront of the Maker’s Movement for more than 80 years, knowing that design, engineering, and creation should be a core part of every child’s educational experience. Hillbrook’s strong academic programs in math, science, the arts, history, foreign language, history, and more are highlighted by real-world learning experiences that challenge students to reach beyond remain a staple of the student experience. The recently-launched Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook, the only JK-8 center of its type in the world, partners with the local community, allowing our students to transform their curiosities, questions, and ideas into projects that reach beyond Hillbrook. Discover a place where students’ curiosity leads to questions and passion-driven experiences, in collaboration with fellow learners. That’s the Hillbrook Way.

To learn more, to book a Parent Tour, and to apply, visit www.hillbrook.org.


JULIA MORGAN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
510-632-6000
https://www.juliamorganschool.org

Julia Morgan School for Girls’ mission is to prepare our students to be the confident, capable, creative, and compassionate women of tomorrow.

The only all-girls middle school in the East Bay, JMSG is a vibrant, immersive learning environment where each student thrives both academically and socially as her authentic self. Our rigorous academic curriculum is seamlessly interwoven with our rich community culture. When a JMSG student graduates, she leaves with ownership of her learning and prepared to effectuate her skills in a changing world.

The school is dedicated to the intellectual, creative, social, and emotional growth of girls during their critical middle school years. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities and positive role models not fully afforded girls in coeducational institutions. We create an arena for academic excellence, critical thinking, positive risk taking, and the development of individual talents. Learning will extend beyond the walls of the classroom into the community to foster compassion and social responsibility.


Kirby School

KIRBY SCHOOL

425 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-423-0658
kirby.org

Kirby School is an award-winning independent 6th-12th grade college preparatory school in Santa Cruz, California offering a challenging academic curriculum to middle and high school students in a highly responsive environment. Seminar-sized classes averaging 12 students enable our inspiring faculty, each a life-long learner, to provide individualized instruction and supportive guidance to each student. We welcome learners from different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences and are committed to empowering each student to shape their futures with confidence. Our college prep curriculum includes:

• Award-winning visual and performing arts programs
• Personalized college counseling
• A breadth of learning opportunities including service learning programs, grade-level retreats and immersive travel experiences
• The opportunity for independent study or to follow an intensive path of study, with support from a faculty advisor
• A caring student success team including the following services: Diversity and Inclusion, onsite Mental Wellness Counseling, Academic Counseling and Learning Services for students with different learning abilities
• Inclusive and competitive athletics


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LA SCUOLA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Preschool - 8th Grade
lascuolasf.org

Preschool Campus:
728 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 558-9006

Elementary School Campus:
735 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 551-0000

Middle School Campus:
3250 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The world has changed and it’s time for education to catch up.

At La Scuola International School, the only Reggio Emilia Inspired, International Baccalaureate and Italian language immersion school in the world - our mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. That’s why, every day, it’s the students at La Scuola who ask the provocative questions and lead their learning across languages, across cultures, and across subjects.

La Scuola educates the whole child - intellectually, physically and emotionally - in a joyful and aesthetically beautiful environment.

We offer an inquiry based immersive Italian language curriculum for Preschool-8th grade students. With Inquiry as the leading tool of our education, students foster critical and creative thinking skills, confidence, collaboration and empathy.

La Scuola is an International Baccalaureate World School and is recognized as an Italian Accredited School abroad by the Ministry of Education in Italy. In our diverse and multi-cultural and multi-lingual school, students grow in a community that balances academic rigor with creativity and real life tools like cultural awareness and global citizenship.

When children are OPEN TO THE WORLD and are the protagonists in their own education, there’s no limit to their ability to learn, find beauty in life, and discover extraordinary answers.


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 benefiting 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.


THE RENAISSANCE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

3650 Dimond Ave.
Oakland, 94602
5201 Park Blvd.
Piedmont, 94611
510-531-8566
https://www.therenaissanceschool.org

The Renaissance International School (TRIS) provides children age two through middle school with a high-quality and unique education. Students go beyond the expected, and learn to be compassionate, confident, creative individuals who achieve their highest potential and succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

We are an international community with more than 30 countries and nearly every ethnic group and major world religion represented. Our Montessori curriculum encompasses the full substance of a traditional curriculum and includes music, fine arts, and French/Spanish/English language immersion. We teach students to think, not simply to memorize. We realize that no two students learn at the same pace, nor do they necessarily all learn from the same methods. In addressing each student as a unique individual, we are flexible and creative.

We are following COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, including maintaining the highest cleanliness standards. We have built small cohorts of students who have ample space indoors and outdoors. We offer in-person classes and an online curriculum with live lessons. We are capable of easily moving to a completely online platform. We are prepared for all learning scenarios: online lessons, pre-recorded lessons, as well as our beautiful in-person classrooms.


SEQUOYAH SCHOOL

535 South Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
sequoyahschool.org

Sequoyah School is a K-12 independent progressive school located in Pasadena, California. Sequoyah offers an experientially-based learning environment and welcomes parents who wish to play an active, partnering role with the school. We seek families whose children will thrive in our school’s collaborative environment.

Sequoyah is an intentionally diverse school community; we see educational value in classrooms that include a range of individual experience — race, ethnicity, sexual identity, family background, and economic circumstance. Our teachers challenge students to be creative, idealistic and practical, both in the classroom and out in the community. We want our students to be encouraged at home to become deeply engaged in their learning at school and beyond.


ST. JAMES' EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

https://www.sjsla.org

St. James’ Episcopal School is an independent, Pre K-6th elementary school with a neighborhood school “feel” in the heart of Los Angeles. We provide a rich educational experience in a warm and diverse community.

We believe that an inclusive and joyful respect for all of God’s creation, engaged and compassionate citizenship, and student-centered instruction instill in our students a lifelong love of learning, academic confidence and success. St. James’ is not just an education; it is an engaging, close-knit community that becomes part of your family and your life.

At St. James’, our approach to teaching and learning blends student-centered instruction with joy and rigor. Through designing learning spaces with careful attention to the socio-emotional needs of our students, we ensure that all of our children are seen, heard and affirmed.

Our students learn best through an environment grounded in curiosity. We encourage our students to lean into creativity and wonder, while practicing kindness and compassion.

Our programs provide rich opportunities for children to develop lifelong habits of diligence and creative expression. We implement innovative, research-based best practices with extraordinary attention to students’ overall growth and well-being.

We invite you to visit and learn more about us at www.sjsla.org.


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STRATFORD SCHOOL

Discover Stratford School…Where The Extraordinary Happens

Campuses Located Throughout the Bay Area and Southern California
Find out more @ www.stratfordschools.com

Stratford School provides an unparalleled education where children are inspired to be creative problem-solvers, imaginative innovators and insightful, confident leaders. These 21st-century qualities provide children with the knowledge, confidence, and ingenuity to help them excel in future careers. Stratford’s accelerated curriculum from preschool through 8th grade emphasizes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) while incorporating music, physical education, foreign language, and social skills development.

By combining a safe and nurturing learning environment, Stratford teachers ensure a stimulating and well-rounded program while cultivating a child’s natural joy of learning. All students are encouraged to participate actively in leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities. Stratford’s goal is to prepare and mentor students for admission to competitive high schools and colleges.

Individual tours are scheduled throughout the year. Students are welcomed to enroll throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the desired program and the child is grade-level ready. Schedule a tour at www.stratfordschools.com/tours and discover a school where the extraordinary happens.


TOWN SCHOOL FOR BOYS

2750 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3747
www.townschool.com
K - 8th grade

Town School for Boys is a K-8 all boys' independent day school located in San Francisco, CA. Student enrollment is approximately 400 and our student : teacher ratio is 11:1. Our fundamental goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.

To find out more, visit our website at www.townschool.com.


THE WAVERLY SCHOOL

67 W. Bellevue Dr
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626)792-5940
www.thewaverlyschool.org
Admissions: Jennifer@thewaverlyschool.org

Whether you are looking at preschool, elementary, middle, or high school, finding the right educational community can be an overwhelming process. We welcome the chance to assist you in getting to know Waverly and working with you to determine if Waverly is the right fit for your family.

Waverly attracts students and families who value:

• Intellectual curiosity
• Being part of a thoughtful, evolving, and eclectic community where they are known to everyone
• Being somewhere where their presence makes a difference
• Becoming the best version of themselves
• Trying something new, starting a club, trying a sport, or helping organize a community event
• Growing as an individual, as well as an intellectual

Background information:

• Waverly is a nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory, progressive day school that spans preschool through 12th grade.
• The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and is a member of The AlliancePOCIS, and A Better Chance.
• Waverly has three separate campuses and a one-acre organic farm within walking distance. It is conveniently situated off the 210 and 134 freeways.


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 wns-la.org or contact by phone: 310-574-8650 or Email: admissions@wns-la.org.


THE WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL

where great minds grow

The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, California, is a Developmental Kindergarten through Eighth Grade independent school enrolling 470 students annually. Nationally recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, The Willows’ strong academic program incorporates experiential learning, critical thinking, and thematic instruction into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates STEAM, technology, maker, and the arts into the classroom. Character and heart are also emphasized as essential to The Willows’ definition of a ‘great mind.’ Focusing on the socio-emotional development of our community, The Willows integrates RULER, the acclaimed evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, into school curriculum.

At The Willows, we believe each child brings our community an extraordinary gift: a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn.  Our mission is to grow that gift by challenging our students to uncover meaning and significance in the world around them and to become capable, confident individuals who demonstrate character, engagement, and a joyful passion for creative inquiry across a lifetime. The Willows is strongly committed to financial assistance and seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, economics and learning styles. More than 25% of its student body is comprised of students of color, and the school annually enrolls students from 57+ zip codes across the greater Los Angeles area. www.thewillows.org


WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

Dawson School

Dawson School

10455 Dawson Dr.
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-665-6679
www.dawsonschool.org

Dawson School is the Boulder County region’s leading independent, college-preparatory school for students in grades K-12. Dawson offers challenging academics, robust arts and athletics programs, and renowned outdoor and experiential education. Emphasizing respect, compassion, courage, and integrity, Dawson prioritizes the social-emotional wellbeing of our community. Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.

  • Student: Faculty ratio 7:1
  • Average class size of 15
  • 100% graduation rate
  • 7 bus routes daily; multiple, convenient stops
  • 48 sports teams; post-season play typical
  • 20 arts program options
  • Over $6M college scholarships yearly
  • Study abroad options
  • 107-acre campus
  • Integrated technology; K-12 coding
  • 10 hours of specials weekly in Lower School
  • Hot lunch prepared daily, included
  • Leadership, public speaking, character education
  • Two full gyms; playing fields; tennis courts
  • Challenge course; two learning gardens; orchard
  • Involved parent community

THE DAWSON DIFFERENCE: For 50 years, Dawson has been meeting each student where they are, and developing them into the world’s leaders, thinkers, and creators. Students experience relevant, real-world learning, discover passions, and cultivate the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and beyond -- all in a supportive environment that recognizes them as individuals. Please visit our community of students, faculty, staff, and families who value, and share a commitment to, leading-edge education.

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WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

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VANGUARD SCHOOL

www.vanguardschool.org

Vanguard School has been providing individualized education to students who learn differently through skill assessment, multi-modality teaching, and focus on the whole student since 1966. We use a variety of teaching styles and consistently improve our services to meet the needs of our students. Our rolling admissions offers students and families the opportunity to join the Vanguard School family throughout the school year.

We work with co-educational students in 6th through 12th grades who experience an array of learning challenges, by addressing social/emotional learning opportunities, executive functioning solutions, and to help students gain the confidence to drive their motivation and goal attainment. We focus on guiding students to utilize core values (community, resilience, integrity, empathy, and leadership) to self-evaluate their behaviors and intentions. All students are valued and celebrated for their individuality and strengths. We are Vanguard.

Baker Demostration School

BAKER DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL

201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
847-425-5800
www.bakerdemschool.org
Preschool – 8th grade

AN EDUCATION THAT PUTS CHILDREN IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. Our child-centered approach to learning ensures that each child, from preschool to middle school, is uniquely valued, supported and nurtured throughout their educational journey — creating expressive, compassionate students that are eager to help shape the world. Located on the border of Evanston and Wilmette, Baker Demonstration School is nationally recognized for excellence in progressive education.

Learn more about Baker and arrange an admissions chat by visiting bakerdemschool.org


LATIN SCHOOL OF CHICAGO

https://www.latinschool.org/

For over 130 years, the Latin community has been devoted to educational excellence. For that same 130 years, we have continually redefined excellence in education for our changing world.

Our vision for educational excellence is to reinforce the value of an exemplary liberal arts education that makes learning inquiry-based, personal and inclusive. Our approach expands each Latin Learner’s capacity for purposeful learning—whether in our school, our city or our world.

Every member of the Latin community is a Latin Learner: students, families, faculty, staff, alumni and our partners in the city and around the globe.

BARRIE SCHOOL

13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
John Wilson
Director of Admission
admission@barrie.org
301-576-2800
www.barrie.org

Barrie School is a progressive independent school, serving students from 12 months to Grade 12, that inspires excellence, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility through innovation in learning. Our intentional educational throughline—from Montessori (12 months to Grade 5) to Project-Based Learning (Grade 6 to Grade 12)—cultivates learning that lasts, offering challenging educational experiences that unlock intrinsic motivation and innovation in both students and faculty.

Our community fosters a deep sense of belonging and empowers and honors student voice and responsibility, coming together in our truly diverse student body of engaged citizens confident to be themselves, bringing diverse and inclusive worldviews. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, Barrie School provides an extraordinary learning environment integrating local, national, and global educational
opportunities. Our 45-acre campus is home to the world-renowned Barrie Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies— one of the largest school-based teacher training programs in the country— and Barrie Camp, a Washington, D.C. area tradition since the 1950s.


FRIENDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL

5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, MD 20740
301-441-2100
www.friendscommunityschool.org
K – 8th Grade

FCS is an independent, coeducational day school offering Quaker progressive education for students in grades K-8. Founded in 1986 by members of the Adelphi Friends Meeting, FCS occupies a LEED Silver-certified building on 17 acres adjacent to national parkland in College Park, Maryland, and draws from a wide swath of the D.C. metropolitan area.

The school offers a rigorous curriculum imbued with the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, environmental stewardship, and service to others. FCS’ progressive educational approach emphasizes hands-on learning through activities, projects, collaborations, choice-making, and field trips (during non-pandemic times). It also challenges students to question, explore, reflect, reason, think originally, and communicate effectively, during both on-campus and remote learning.

In addition, during non-pandemic times, FCS offers a wide range of after-school enrichment activities, including an acclaimed instrumental music program, as well as engaging summer camps open to all.

A truly diverse community culturally and economically, FCS focuses on the individual child’s social/emotional and well as academic growth. Graduates move on the leading high schools area-wide, and reputable colleges nation-wide. For more information, please visit our website, www.friendscommunityschool.org.


FRIENDS MEETING SCHOOL

The Friends School of Frederick County
3232 Green Valley Rd.
Ijamsville, MD  21754
www.friendsmeetingschool.org

The future is a great unknown.  The best thing we can do for our children is to teach them how to solve the problems they don’t even know about yet; we can do this by stimulating their imaginations at a young age, and maintaining outlets for their creativity as they grow. Problem-solving stems directly from imagination, which needs to be cultivated at all ages.

Friends Meeting School was founded in 1997 as an intellectually vigorous, community-centered, inclusive alternative to the other school options in the region.  Annette Breiling (who had previously founded what became the Lower School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Montgomery County) felt so strongly about the mission of Friends Schools that she had to start another.  While she has since retired, Annette remains highly active in several Frederick County communities. The current Head of School, Mara Nicastro, carries on that passion for the students, working to maximize their curiosity and academic abilities.

The only Friends School in Frederick County, Friends Meeting School’s values offer students a solid foundation for growth in Mind, Body, and Spirit.  All grades, K-12, get hands-on exposure to the world around them – they learn to garden, perform and create in between their accelerated academic courses. The High School at Friends Meeting School has a 100% acceptance rate to top-choice colleges: every single graduate of their program has had their pick of universities!


THE NORA SCHOOL

955 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Marcia Miller
Director of Admissions
Marcia@nora-school.org
301-495-6672
http://www.nora-school.org

Think differently. At The Nora School, these are words we take to heart. This intentionally small, inclusive, and personal college preparatory high school works to bring out the best in bright students with ADHD, executive function issues, or anxiety – and for those simply wanting something more individualized. Students turn to us because they’ve become frustrated in large, impersonal institutions, while others seek a richer, more engaging education without the emphasis on standardized testing. In our discussion-based classrooms, we inspire a critical world view, and students find their voice in an intellectually rigorous, accepting, nurturing environment. With a thought-provoking curriculum, inclusive sports and arts programs, Intersession, mindfulness and more, The Nora School helps students find their unique paths and prepare for college, work, and life. Building deep connections between the faculty and students, we encourage responsibility and build confidence and excitement about learning.

We’ve expanded, offering more curriculum choices and openings for more students! Discover the essence of our school. Call us to find out more, or RSVP for an Open House. Come see how our students thrive. Celebrating the same mission for over 50 years. Think Differently.


SANDY SPRING FRIENDS SCHOOL

16923 Norwood Rd.
Sandy Springs, MD 20860
301-774-7455
www.ssfs.org
Preschool (Age 3) - 12th grade

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from Preschool (age 3) through 12th Grade, with optional boarding programs in the Middle and Upper School. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today’s global community. SSFS sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore – an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth. Please visit our Web site at www.ssfs.org for more information.

BAY FARM MONTESSORI ACADEMY

145 Loring St. Duxbury, MA
bfarm.org

Bay Farm Montessori Academy offers strong academic programs rooted in Montessori philosophy that inspire children to grow with joy, purpose, and compassion.

Bay Farm Montessori Academy is an independent Montessori school in Duxbury, Massachusetts serving children from all across the South Shore, ages 12 months to 14 years. Bay Farm offers strong academic programs rooted in Montessori philosophy that inspire children to grow with joy, purpose, and compassion. Students enjoy a robust academic program that includes an emphasis on art, music, drama, library, outdoor learning, STEM agriculture, PE, and world language. The school’s well-rounded academic curriculum and hands-on learning develops the skills and experience that enable its students to emerge as self-confident learners and leaders upon graduation.

To learn more about our philosophy and our various programs, visit bfarm.org. We encourage you to come to campus and take a tour to see our learning environment first hand.


CAMBRIDGE FRIENDS SCHOOL

5 Cadbury Rd
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-388
https://www.cfsmass.org

Cambridge Friends School is a co-ed elementary and middle school (pre-K - grade 8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

It is the mission of Cambridge Friends School to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world.

As part of Cambridge Friends School's commitment to social justice, we are engaged in building an antiracist, antihomophobic community, and we actively seek students and staff from a diverse range of family structures and racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. Our community tries to go beyond mere tolerance to more deeply address issues of bias and privilege.


CHARLES RIVER SCHOOL

6 Old Meadow Rd
Dover, MA 02030
www.charlesriverschool.org

Charles River School students use intellect, experience, and optimism to see what’s possible. Through observing, hypothesizing, investigating, and revising they solve problems and ask new questions. Our students learn to use both inquiry and creativity to build practical skills, discover new interests, and take responsibility for themselves, their communities, and the future.

At CRS, progressive education is the tradition. Our students explore different angles and think through disciplines by way of real-world themes and hands-on projects. This has a profound effect on what they learn since they understand the “why.” We seamlessly connect knowledge, wonder, and outcomes to drive high engagement every day and eager anticipation for what’s to come.

Charles River School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion. Visit www.charlesriverschool.org to learn more.


THE CHESTNUT HILL SCHOOL

428 Hammond St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
www.tchs.org

The Chestnut Hill School is pleased to welcome Tamara Schurdak as our new Head of School effective July 1, 2017. We are delighted about the talent, energy, and vision that Tamara will bring to CHS. During a national search process, Tamara’s warmth and intelligence were evident to everyone, and her leadership experience makes her uniquely qualified for the responsibilities of Head of School. Excited for this next chapter in their lives, Tamara joins the CHS community with her partner, Anne Gunning, who after several years away from Red Sox Nation, is looking forward to returning to her home state of Massachusetts.

The Chestnut Hill School an independent, co-educational for children in Beginners (age 3) to 6th grade. Our mission to educate children is deeply rooted in a commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and community. Our goal is to develop skills, both academic and non-academic, to encourage individuality, to spur creativity, and to cultivate leadership in our students.

For more information about The Chestnut Hill School visit us on our website at www.tchs.org, or call 617.566.4394.


COMMONWEALTH SCHOOL

www.commschool.org

Commonwealth School in Boston is a small, coeducational day program for intellectually adventurous and creative students in grades 9–12. Small classes and dedicated faculty advisors ensure personal attention for each student, while daily all-school meetings, weekly assemblies, and unique traditions create a close-knit community in which students feel both challenged and supported.

Perennially recognized as one of the region’s top private schools, Commonwealth offers a comprehensive and thought-provoking curriculum taught by passionate faculty, cultivating a culture of rigorous academic and artistic exploration. Rich experiential learning opportunities and extracurriculars allow students to follow wherever their curiosity leads them beyond the classroom.

Learn more at www.commschool.org.


Dedham Country Day School

DEDHAM COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

www.DedhamCountryDay.org
781-329-0850

At DCD, we believe that balance matters—in learning and life. We combine academic challenge with support; pedagogical tradition with innovation. Strong scholastics combined with outstanding arts and athletics create a program that is balanced and whole. Here, a premium is placed on both academic and emotional intelligence. Children learn who they are as diverse individuals and how to be part of something bigger. Acceptance is a given, and children find encouragement in every connection they make. It’s a community that nurtures, nudges, and gives. That’s how we grow “whole” children—and, ultimately, adults who will thrive with the intellectual and emotional capacity to contribute to their world and enjoy meaningful lives.

While our “campus and classrooms” may look a bit different this year as we’ve reconfigured our school to maintain the health and safety of our community, our ability to deliver an education that is challenging, inclusive, and engaging, reflective of our mission, remains unchanged. From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8, DCD students tackle hands-on projects, collaborate, take risks, solve problems—and, most of all, enjoy and engage deeply in their experience.

Explore DCD through a series of virtual admissions events and personal connections with our admissions staff. An up-to-date schedule will be available on our website in September.


EAGLE HILL SCHOOL

www.eaglehill.school

Eagle Hill School is a private co-ed prep school exclusively for students with diverse learning profiles including ADHD and dyslexia. Located in Hardwick, Massachusetts, Eagle Hill specializes in an individualized learning approach to each student’s needs with academic and core enrichment programs supported by an environment of creative and demanding instruction.


THE LEARNING PROJECT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

https://www.learningproject.org

The Learning Project is a small, urban, co-ed elementary school in Boston’s Back Bay that provides high academic and behavioral standards in a school community that welcomes diversity and is influenced by a deep respect for each individual. While we are a school that believes that children learn at different rates and some in different ways, we also believe that young children benefit from learning in groups and that they learn best when they are actively engaged and interested. We are a place where children in dynamic classrooms are challenged to work hard, to help one another, to make choices, to take risks, to learn from mistakes and to achieve. We endeavor to build on each child's inherent curiosity and profound desire to succeed and to be a place where the cognitive, aesthetic, social, emotional, physical and moral dimensions of life are nurtured within individuals and within our community.


THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF NORTHAMPTON

51 Bates St., Northampton, MA 01060
413-586-4538
www.northamptonmontessori.com
Preschool - 6th grade

Founded in 1976, the Montessori School of Northampton is located in the highly-populated-with-lesbians community of Northampton. Students also come from surrounding towns such as Amherst, Hatfield, Easthampton, Hadley, and Hilltowns. The school has a beautiful facility including a well-equipped playground and a garden. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnic origin, disability and sexual orientation.

The school is dedicated to, but not limited by, the innovative ideas of educator, Maria Montessori. Classes for ages 3 to 6 are known as "Children's Houses" and children are free to move about and choose their own materials and activities. Learning materials include sensory-motor, practical life, language arts, art, music, movement, and nature study. Montessori elementary level classrooms permit a varied pace and children may work as long as needed on one project. Language, literacy skills, math, geography, cultural studies, botany, zoology, the physical sciences, the arts, gym and Spanish are introduced to elementary level students ages 6 to 12.

Scholarship funds are available and DSS day care vouchers and Community Partnership Grants are accepted. The school also accepts special-needs children. Contact Susan Swift, Head of School at (413) 586-4538 or email: info@northamptonmontessori.com.


WELLAN MONTESSORI SCHOOL

wellan.org

Wellan Montessori School (formerly Newton Montessori School) is an independent, coeducational school for students age 15 months – Grade 8, located in Newton Centre, MA. At Wellan, educators harness the power of each child’s intrinsic motivation; all students are known, cherished, and given the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential. Students benefit from hands-on lessons and structured curricula while working toward mastery in all subject areas. They learn in the context of a tight-knit community that includes peers, faculty, and family members of diverse backgrounds who celebrate each other’s differences. Graduates emerge as capable leaders with deep self-knowledge, sharply tuned academic skills, and empathy for others, well prepared for the area’s top public and independent schools. Schedule a tour at wellan.org to see our immersive education firsthand.


Worcester Academy

WORCESTER ACADEMY

www.worcesteracademy.org

Worcester Academy is an exceptional co-educational independent school for day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12 and postgraduates. Through an innovative and thoughtfully designed curriculum, we instill in our students a lifelong passion for learning and a foundation of core values that enable them to achieve the honorable as leaders and world citizens. We take pride in our diverse local and international community, and situate our curriculum within a global, multicultural context that helps students develop the independence, confidence, and world-readiness they need to succeed in college and beyond.

"Achieve the Honorable," our school motto, sits as the foundation of our core values – Honor, Respect, Community, Personal Growth, and Challenge. It's the phrase every member of the WA community is expected to live up to every day. Through an abundance of extra-curricular activities, we give our students an environment filled with expert guidance, plenty of options, and, of course, challenge.  We develop cultural competency and global perspective through our diverse community. Our city campus gives every Hilltopper the opportunity to experience the vitality, diversity, and excitement of a city rich in heritage, culture, and the Arts.

Far Brook School

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52 Great Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-3442
www.farbrook.org
Emi Ithen Director of Enrollment Management
admissions@farbrook.org

Discover an inspired education at Far Brook School, an independent, coeducational day school for 220 students from Nursery through Eighth Grade in Short Hills, NJ. Our progressive approach builds a strong educational foundation, integrating liberal arts and sciences with the skills and habits of mind needed for success in high school and life. Classrooms open to the outdoors, encouraging exploration with nature and our Schoolyard Wetlands Habitat. Each Far Brook student is honored as an important part of our inclusive and diverse community, and develops self-assurance, intrinsic motivation, a sense of social justice, and leadership skills. Far Brook graduates attend local independent and public high schools as well as prestigious boarding schools around the country. It is our desire to touch the lives of children so that they may live life wisely and with great joy. Visit our beautiful 9-acre campus and discover if Far Brook is a good fit for your child. www.farbrook.org.


Montclair Cooperative School

65 Chestnut Street Montclair, NJ 07044
973-783-4955
www.montclaircoop.org
Ana Younghusband, Director of Admissions
admissions@montclaircoop.org

About Montclair Cooperative School:
For more than 50 years, Montclair Cooperative School has been dedicated to providing engaging, creative, multi-disciplinary learning as a rigorous preparation for high school and beyond. Today, the Co-op remains deeply committed to creating a diverse and nurturing environment for children in preschool through eighth grade where they flourish intellectually and develop exceptional social skills, along with a deep sense of community and social justice.

Visit Montclair Cooperative School:
There are many opportunities to visit Montclair Cooperative School throughout the year .You can sign up for a group tour or personal tour of our school by visiting: http://montclaircoop.org/admissions.

Graduates of Montclair Co-op are known to be confident and enthusiastic students, involved in extracurricular activities as well as service-oriented pursuits on and off campus. As a result they have an excellent record of acceptance at secondary schools and colleges. We look forward to telling you more about our diverse, inclusive community of families and our engaging, progressive academic programs.


Moorestown Friends School

MOORESTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL

https://www.mfriends.org/

At Moorestown Friends, we measure greatness by many metrics. MFS students build sound academic foundations, exceed traditional benchmarks, collectively earn the highest SAT scores in South Jersey, and go on to success at a diverse and impressive mix of colleges and universities.

What we believe profoundly shapes how we teach and learn. Because we value the inherent dignity of every person, our students learn to see the Inner Light in people of all beliefs, backgrounds, talents, and personalities. And because we believe our classrooms should be both challenging and compassionate spaces, our students try more earnestly, persevere in the face of difficulty, go deeper, engage with others, and learn more.

Moorestown Friends School graduates leave here as truly great kids going places — not just distinguished by outstanding test scores or bound for colleges that impress, but defined by uncommon kindness, meaningful accomplishment, and generative, generous lives that speak.


WESTFIELD FRIENDS SCHOOL

https://www.westfieldfriends.org/

Westfield Friends School lights a brilliant path for children. As a Quaker school, we honor the Divine essence in every student; we find power and wisdom in our differences; and we seek truth through active, joyful, collaborative inquiry. Our graduates go on to lead lives of conscience and consequence. The world we seek for our children begins here.

Guided by our Mission:
Our education is an education of Quaker standards.
We hold ourselves to the highest aspirations of our tradition and the highest standards in the field. We make space for growth and change, and allow every member of our community to flourish.

Our education is an education of conscience.
We reach beyond ourselves, take responsibility for the health of our community and our environment, and consider the effect of our thoughts and actions on those around us.

Our education is an education of consequence.
We usher into the world students capable of building community, leading from the head and the heart, and using their skills, their compassion, and their intelligence to advance both their personal visions and the common good.


WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

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WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

 

Winston Preparatory School is an innovative day school for students, grades 4-12, with learning differences such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties. We do this through a process that understands each student, individualizes a program to meet their needs and that builds a powerful sense of community. We call this process the Continuous Feedback System. This system is designed to deeply understand each student's specific learning profile including their strengths and potential.

Come to an open house and learn more about our educational philosophy and tour our school.

 

WESTCHESTER & UPSTATE

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BUFFALO SEMINARY - SEM

www.buffaloseminary.org/

Among the oldest girls' schools in the United States, SEM has designed a culture of achievement, scholarship, creativity, and leadership since 1851. Uniquely, we are non-denominational and non-uniform - our culture is centered around our Academic & Social Honor Code. Our independent high school environment allows girls to challenge themselves, express themselves, to succeed in college, and prepare for adulthood.

Our school, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a cozy campus in a leafy neighborhood with world-renowned art galleries, historically significant Olmsted designed city parks, shops and restaurants. Our student residences are renovated grand homes where girls live with faculty parents. Because Buffalo is situated on Lake Erie, SEM teams include sailing and crew.

Buffalo is a one hour flight from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago; and a 90-minute drive from Toronto. Niagara Falls is only 15 minutes away!

At SEM we believe in standards, but not standardization. Non-denominational and non-uniform, our independent high school environment allows girls to challenge themselves, express themselves, and to prepare for success in college and adulthood.

Students who thrive at SEM are ready to widen their perspectives, contribute to community, to explore, to stretch, and to learn.


EF Academy International Boarding Schools

582 Columbus Ave., Thornwood, NY 10594
www.ef.edu/academy
(914) 495-6028

EF Academy prepares students not only for academic success, but also for true global citizenship through critical learning and unparalleled intercultural immersion in what amounts to a diverse United Nations-style high school community. Our three school promises are to provide a superior education, thorough preparation for university, and a future that knows no borders.

Our flagship campus, EF Academy New York, is located on 98 acres in suburban Westchester County, under an hour north of Manhattan and its boundless educational opportunities. Home to 715 students from 60 different countries, EF Academy embraces the spirit of collaborative international perspective — in no small part through our IB Diploma program. Beyond that, we offer a range of programs so that all of our students master a key set of global competencies in multilingualism, leadership and travel, enhanced by a broad array of clubs, activities and competitions. With everything from equestrian to soccer, coding to fine arts, students have the opportunity to discover their true passions—fitting in and developing the confidence and independence that will serve them well in college and the real world after.

EF Academy also offers a global campus rotation option among its other locations in the heart of Oxford, England, and the Jewel of the English Riviera: Torbay.


Green Meadow Waldorf School

GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL

307 Hungry Hollow Rd.
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
845-356-2514
www.gmws.org
Nursery – 12th grade

Green Meadow Waldorf School offers programs for babies and toddlers from birth to age three, serves children from Nursery through 12th grade, and runs popular summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the US, with almost 225 students. Benefiting from discovery and play in our Early Childhood program, skill-building in our Lower School, and rigorous intellectual challenges in the High School, Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Come to an admissions event or call us to learn more about how we are transforming education. We also have a strong commitment to serving a diverse range of children, and we welcome LGBTQ and gender-fluid families. We invite you to read about our commitment to diversity at www.gmws.org/diversity.


Hackley School

293 Benedict Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591
www.hackleyschool.org

A member of both the Ivy Preparatory League and the international schools consortium Round Square, Hackley has a 285-acre woodland campus in Tarrytown with extensive facilities to support our K-12 educational program, including a science building, geothermal library, competition cross-country trail system, eight athletics fields, and a new 110,000-sq ft Center for Health and Wellness.  Through ongoing effort to increase socioeconomic diversity, Hackley now draws from over 70 communities, from Cold Spring to Manhattan, from Ridgefield, CT to Franklin Lakes, NJ and all points in between.

Hackley’s mission “challenges students go grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.”  Hackley students discover themselves through relationships with others—in classrooms, on stage, in arts studios, through community service, and on playing fields. Committed to international understanding, diversity, environmental stewardship, adventure, leadership, and service, Hackley prepares students to think and act with care and effectiveness both at school and in their broader communities.

Welcomed by the motto, “Enter here to be and find a friend,” Hackley honors strength of character, offering students a warm, supportive community that enables both challenge and nurture, giving them the means to set high personal goals and attain them. Through this strong ethos and the quality of its faculty and students, Hackley has achieved distinction as an educational force shaping the lives of generations.


RYE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

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Cedar St., Rye, NY 10580
914-925-4513
www.ryecountryday.org
PreK - 12th grade

Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school in Rye, New York, dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative and social endeavors. We are actively committed to diversity. We expect  and promote moral responsibility, and strive to develop strength of  character within a respectful school community. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.

New York City


BASIS INDEPENDENT BROOKLYN | PreK–Grade 12

138 Willoughby St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 (PreK–Grade 2)
556 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Grades 3–12)
(718) 643-6302
brooklyn.basisindependent.com

BASIS Independent Brooklyn is a PreK–12 private school featuring the world-acclaimed BASIS Curriculum, a globally inspired program rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Students engage in engineering and Mandarin starting in PreK, and work toward independent research in high school, and have a vibrant array of elective and extracurricular offerings to choose from. Led by Subject Expert Teachers who bring classrooms to life through their deep expertise, students build the knowledge and tools to be successful in every endeavor.

The school puts students at the center of their educational journey, nurturing a joyful learning culture where hard work is celebrated, and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes. As a result, BASIS Independent Brooklyn students learn to be self-advocates and proactively engage with their education—they are provided avenues to create programs and make sure their voices are clearly heard in shaping the school culture. Respect is the unifying value at BASIS Independent Brooklyn; respect for yourself, for the classroom, for friendships, for learning, and for the community.


BASIS INDEPENDENT MANHATTAN | PreK–12

795 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10025 (PreK–Grade 5)
556 W. 22nd St. New York, NY 10011 (Grades 6–12)
(347) 305-4960
manhattan.basisindependent.com

BASIS Independent Manhattan is a PreK–12 private school that educates students to the highest international levels through a spiraling liberal arts curriculum featuring STEM, Mandarin, logic, humanities, economics, and more. Subject Expert Teachers are at the helm of every classroom—with a unique two-teacher model in the Early Learning and Primary Programs that supports differentiation—who encourage students to take risks academically while providing consistent, individualized support.

With a clear focus on readying students for the skills they need to excel in their future pursuits, BASIS Independent Manhattan takes the guess work out of what good education looks like, providing an unparalleled foundation in all academic disciplines, along with critical skills like collaborative problem-solving and self-advocacy. The school’s culture is shaped by the pillars of citizenship, confidence, courage, compassion, and creativity, creating a community that is as vibrant and diverse as its students.


BLUE SCHOOL

241 Water Street and 156 William Street
New York, NY 10038
212-228-6341 x 110
Pre-primary (2-4 year olds), Primary (K-5th), Middle School (6th-8th)
Admissions Director, Dawn Williams
DawnW@blueschool.org
blueschoolconnected.org

Since its inception, Blue School has been reimagining education for our changing world. Never before has our world changed so quickly. In response, we have expertly designed an educational experience to meet the current needs of families. Blue School Connected retains all the hallmarks of a whole-child Blue School education by fostering creativity, promoting academic excellence, nurturing human relationships, and inspiring a growing passion for learning.

For the 2020-21 school year, Blue School Connected will offer two options for students ages 2 through 8th grade: Onsite + Online or Fully Online.

The Blue School Connected - Onsite + Online program strategically combines in-person classes with digital engagement to achieve our educational goals.

For those who prefer to remain at home and offsite, the Blue School Connected - Fully Online program is a thoughtfully crafted educational program transforming online education into an interactive, academically challenging, creative and joy-filled experience that is responsive to the individual needs of students and their families.

No matter which option you choose, Blue School Connected is a joyful, community-centered experience empowering students to be capable, creative and courageous innovators of a harmonious and sustainable world.


THE BRICK CHURCH SCHOOL

www.brickchurchschool.org

The Brick Church School offers an excellent early childhood education, nourishing children’s emotional, social, intellectual, physical, ethical, and spiritual well-being through an intentionally balanced approach in an atmosphere of warmth and mutual respect. The Brick Church School actively seeks to be a community that is diverse and inclusive in all aspects.  Informed by the latest scientific research about brain development in the early years, our program fosters a love of learning while ensuring that children develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they will need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond, all in an age-appropriate, stimulating learning environment. Our expert teaching staff ensures that all children are supported and challenged. At The Brick Church School, children are valued for who they are and reach their fullest potential for growth and development while in our care.


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Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool

131 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.bhsbrooklyn.org

Our inclusive, caring community has been nurturing young learners and their families since the fall of 2002. Our on-going focus is on creating a warm, child-centered, inquiry-based school setting. An emergent curriculum and exceptional child/teacher ratio allows us to focus on children’s interests – exploring aspects of their lives, imaginations, and community in an atmosphere of fun and play. We are a Reform Jewish school and teachers introduce the Jewish holidays to children in much the same way they approach curriculum, by making it relevant, meaningful and accessible to young learners. Stories, symbols, songs and even the tastes of holidays allow our students to begin exploration of Jewish traditions and values.

Our current admissions process has been adapted to be safe and healthy during the pandemic. Schedule a remote tour and apply now. In order to apply to our Preschool, children must have turned two by July 31, of 2021.


THE BUCKLEY SCHOOL

https://www.buckleyschool.org

The Buckley School is an independent school for boys in kindergarten through ninth grade, located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. With a tradition of excellence dating back over 100 years, we are fortunate to offer our students and families an environment where doing your best becomes the only way of doing things at all. We are educators with a growth mindset, always striving to do the very best for our boys. Our teachers are innovators in the classroom and mentors in the hallway, our coaches are bastions of sportsmanship and proponents of healthy living, and our leaders are constantly looking forward, not resting on any past success. At Buckley, we aren't focused on the achievement of excellence; we are focused on the pursuit of it. We work to ensure that every boy will learn the fundamental skills and the academic habits needed for success in secondary school, and more important to us, every boy will also learn how to be a young man of sterling character, a young man who respects others and who puts his community before himself.


THE CATHEDRAL SCHOOL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 111th St.)
New York, NY 10025
212-316-7500
https://www.cathedralnyc.org/

The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths. The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development. Located on New York City’s Upper West Side on the 13-acre Close of the Cathedral, the School offers a unique setting for the celebration of the many traditions shared by its families. The School prides itself on being a diverse community in partnership with families who take an active role in their children’s intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth. The Cathedral School offers a stimulating environment in which each child can become an articulate, confident, and responsible citizen of the world. Continuing a century-old relationship, the School draws upon the Cathedral’s vast resources and provides its children’s choir.


CITY AND COUNTRY SCHOOL

146 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
Director of Admissions: Elise Bauer
Admissions Associates: Erika Greenberg and Nick Smart
https://www.cityandcountry.org

City and Country School, for ages two -- eighth grade, is a historically significant progressive school founded in 1914 by pioneer educator Caroline Pratt. Housed in seven brownstones in the West Village, its buildings and courtyards are filled with character and natural light.

Early childhood classrooms follow a simple-by-design philosophy. Children use basic materials including paint, clay, wood, water, and Pratt’s creation: wooden unit blocks, now used the world over. These open-ended materials, along with expert teachers, inspire creativity and collaboration, while promoting attention span and cognition.

Young children also use another of Pratt’s innovative designs: outdoor blocks. Children invent play structures using wooden boxes, blocks, boards, and sawhorses. Older groups use the School’s gym facility; the team sports program is introduced at age 10.

Older children engage in sophisticated historical studies of our diverse world, incorporating themes of social justice. Art, Technology, Music, Science, Woodshop, Rhythms, and Spanish complement their studies of history and culture. A hallmark is the Jobs Program: each group performs a job for the School (for example, school supply store). Through their jobs, children solidify skills in context, and develop authentic confidence, responsibility, and resourcefulness.

Students are accepted to an impressive range of high schools, most attending their top choice.


THE CO-OP SCHOOL

644 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
347-721-3408
www.thecoopschool.org
Preschool to 8th Grade

All members of The Co-op School -- students, families and staff -- contribute to the development of our unique culture. Teachers collaborate and guide students in the dynamic, life-long process of questioning and deepening connections.

We, The Co-op School, believe in and nurture the following Core Values:

Compassion: the strength to work together as a team, to be an individual, to respect differences of opinions, and have the ability to empathize with others.

Uniqueness: the confidence that leads to risk taking, problem solving, and taking pride in one’s own point of view.

Innovation: curiosity, creativity, experimentation and perseverance when faced with challenges.

Community Action: an awareness, respect and care for our surroundings, community and environment.

Joy: the simple joy of playing, learning, and friendship making.

The Co-op School is an inclusive community. We welcome and celebrate students and families who represent the diversity of Brooklyn and beyond, as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, family structure, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic class and physical ability. We are committed to anti-bias teaching, which for young children is as much about precluding the formation of biases as it is disproving their myths.


THE DALTON SCHOOL

108 East 89th Street
New York, NY 10128
212-423-5200
www.dalton.org

A progressive, K-12 coeducational school in New York City, The Dalton School prepares students to “go forth unafraid.”

We are an intentionally diverse community that challenges each student to develop intellectual independence, creativity, curiosity, and a sense of responsibility toward others. Dalton was established on our founder’s belief in the importance of the individual and respect for differences. This core belief has been integrated into the education, thinking, and daily life of the Dalton School community. It continues to be the central charge of the school today.


THE ÉCOLE

www.theecole.org

Located in New York’s vibrant Flatiron District, our intimate and independent French-American school cultivates an internationally-minded community of students. At The École, we believe that the goal of education is to develop well-informed, well-rounded, responsible and compassionate—in a word, “enlightened”—students who can create and connect to a world filled with possibilities. This belief is at the heart of our uniquely-designed bilingual program, in which students learn to not just speak, read, and write in two languages, but also to think, feel, and act in ways that are informed by two cultures. To always see, explore, and understand the world around them from two perspectives is the gift of the deeply bi-literate student, succinctly captured in our school’s motto, “Light through language”.

Artfully blending the curriculum requirements and pedagogical approaches of the French and American systems, our faculty create rich academic environments for a diverse, international student body. From Maternelle through Middle School, students at The École are guided through the core language arts, social studies, math, and sciences content, as well as character and cultural enrichment, in both French and English. In our intimate classroom settings, our teachers aspire to provide bilingual learning opportunities that engage, challenge, inspire—and illuminate.


ETHICAL CULTURE FIELDSTON SCHOOL

33 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
212-712-6220
3901 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471
718-329-7300
www.ecfs.org

Pre-K -12th grade

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School was established in 1878 by the visionary Felix Adler, educator, social reformer, and founder of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Committed to academic excellence, progressive education, and ethical learning, ECFS today serves about 1,700 students from Pre-K through 12th grade on two campuses, one in Manhattan and the other on 18 acres in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Our two lower schools, Ethical Culture and Fieldston Lower, teach Pre-K through grade 5; Fieldston Middle, grades 6 through 8; Fieldston Upper, grades 9 through 12. 

With a diverse community and a longstanding commitment to social justice, the school offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. ECFS also has one of the largest financial aid programs of any independent day school in the country. Find out more at www.ecfs.org.


THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NURSERY SCHOOL

(212) 691-3432
www.fpcns.org

The First Presbyterian Church Nursery School was founded in 1952 in the heart of Greenwich Village. The school offers a non-sectarian program, welcoming children and families of all configurations, religions, races, cultures, and economic backgrounds. Respect for individuality and community building are centerpieces of the program. The Nursery School is dedicated to the development of the whole child in a warm and nurturing environment, with an educational philosophy based on the theory of Developmental Interaction, the program is enhanced and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.

FPCNS believes that children learn best when they are active participants in their learning. The school offers experienced classroom teachers, along with specialists in Studio Art, Music, Movement, Gardening and a Healthy Snack Program. FPCNS has excellent student teacher ratios in classrooms for children aged 2.0 to 5.3. The nursery school offers large airy classrooms, a roof top playground, and indoor play space for rainy day play. Extended Day programming and an Early Summer program are available for 4s and 5s students. Parent participation is welcome and encouraged. A lending library with over 3000 volumes is a beloved parent run resource. The school actively raises funds to provide financial assistance to families in need.


Garden School

GARDEN SCHOOL

33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
718-335-6363
www.gardenschool.org
admissions@gardenschool.org
@gardenschoolnyc

Garden School was founded in 1923 to meet the need for a high-quality, individualized, and independent school in Jackson Heights, Queens. The core of this neighborhood school’s early vision remains the same as the faculty and administration combine the wisdom of tradition with the science of pedagogical research to offer every student the finest education that maximizes academic and personal potential, in a partnership atmosphere where individual, family and community goals are valued and nurtured. We believe every child has potential and where we believe it is a school’s job to spark, acknowledge, and promote the passions and interests of children.

Garden is a tight knit family where we help our students develop and mature by tapping into their curiosity and teaching them to see one another as members of a global community. It is that sense of being part of something larger than oneself—a culture of caring for and reaching out to others—that makes Garden School a home away from home for our students.

Register for one of our weekly Virtual Information Sessions or schedule a private family tour of our campus.


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INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF NEW YORK

4 East 90th Street
www.ianyc.org
212-641-0260

The International Academy of New York is a diverse and multicultural school for children ages 2 through 13. We believe that students learn best when they feel seen and heard; that small class sizes create opportunities for meaningful investigation into core academic subjects at the highest level; that truly diverse schools produce students who are culturally astute, intellectually stimulated, and make transitions easily; and that bilingual education is a necessity in an ever-shrinking world. We approach students as individuals, preparing them to navigate the world they will inherit with confidence, energy, and resilience. IANY students spend 40 percent of all instructional time working in a second language, either Spanish or Chinese, taught by native speakers. The rest of the curriculum is taught in English, with a powerful focus on fostering outstanding literacy and math skills. IANY is located in a landmark building in the heart of the Upper East Side, right next to Central Park and world renowned museums along Museum Mile. For more information, contact IANY admissions: admissions@ianyc.org.


Lang School

THE LANG SCHOOL

26 Broadway Suite 900
New York, NY 10004
347-572-6971
admissions@thelangschool.org
www.thelangschool.org

Kindergarten - 12th Grade

The Lang School offers a child-centered, empirically-validated, STEM- and STEAM-driven education for gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) learners in grades K-12. At Lang, students thrive – often for the first time – learning at their level with ability and affinity peers in small classes of no more than 12 students. Our rigorous, standards-based academics evolve to challenge students as they grow and develop commitment and independence. Our Talent Development program inspires passions, creativity and a sense of purpose, and our integrated and 1:1 supports address academic challenges, self-regulation, and social-emotional learning. We are a progressive school that incubates tomorrow’s thought leaders and innovators.


LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE/ELISABETH IRWIN HIGH SCHOOL

Lower and Middle School
272 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10014
212-477-5316

High School
40 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014
212-477-5316
www.lrei.org
Preschool - 12th Grade

New York City's Little Red School Little Red House/Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) has numerous gay-positive attributes. Founder, Elisabeth Irwin, was a model of lesbian leadership. She and her partner, Katharine Anthony, were adoptive parents. A lesbian-and-gay-issues committee of faculty, parents, and administration is an active voice in the school. The committee and the school co-sponsors the "Love Makes a Family; Living in Lesbian and Gay Families" photo-text exhibit which is attended by all students and faculty. "It's Elementary", a documentary about the importance of including lesbian and gay voices and themes in elementary curriculum, was viewed by the faculty and parents. Lesbian and Gay Pride Month is celebrated each October through assemblies and class discussions. Lower School teachers have devised an inclusive family curriculum, which recognizes gay and lesbian parents. The Middle School Adolescent Issues program deals with a wide range of matters, including sexuality and discrimination, with a focus on developing decision-making skills. LREI's library collection includes books for children of gays and lesbians and books which address sexuality.


MANHATTAN COUNTRY SCHOOL

150 W. 85th St.
New York, NY 10024
212-348-0952
www.manhattancountryschool.org
PreK - 8th grade

Manhattan Country School is a pre-K through eighth grade co-ed elementary school where children are members of a collaborative learning community. A recognized leader in progressive education, Manhattan Country School offers a cohesive, challenging academic program--one in which teachers rely on experiential learning and creative pursuits to stimulate intellect. In addition to being well-trained in the academic disciplines, students acquire a deep understanding of activism and social justice and develop the strength and resources to effect change and pursue their goals. The student body reflects the diversity of New York City, with no racial group accounting for more than 50 percent. This diversity is supported by an innovative sliding-scale tuition program that enables every family to pay according to its means. A unique feature of the school is the award-winning MCS Farm in the Catskill Mountains. The farm program engages students with the natural processes that support life and provides an unparalleled experience of social growth. Manhattan Country School students graduate with highly developed critical-thinking skills, a sense of purpose and a deep understanding of our multicultural world. They go on to attend a variety of highly selective independent, public and parochial high schools, and boarding schools.


MARY McDOWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL

new.marymcdowell.org

Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) is an independent K-12 college preparatory Quaker school for students with learning disabilities. The school opened in 1984 with an elementary class of five students, and has grown to its current enrolment of 398 students reflecting the diverse ethnic and racial spectrum of the New York City metropolitan area. The school is comprised of three campuses in Brooklyn: an elementary school at 20 Bergen Street, a middle school at 135 Summit Street, and an upper school at 23 Sidney Place.

Mary McDowell Friends School provides a structured, multi-sensory, interdisciplinary approach to education combining large and small group work, language modification, and hands-on learning. A high staff-to-student ratio enables students to receive differentiated instruction to meet their unique learning needs. The arts -- visual arts, music, and theater -- and physical education are important components of the curriculum. Support services are provided during the school day by language therapists, fine/gross motor therapists and psychologists.

Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, the school cultivates a diverse community. By offering a supportive environment and innovative programming, MMFS is helping students with learning disabilities become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society. new.marymcdowell.org.


PARK AVENUE METHODIST DAY SCHOOL

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106 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
212-289-6997
Molly M. DeGesero - Director
office@pamdayschool.org
www.pamdayschool.org

Park Avenue Methodist Day School (PAMDS) was founded in 1954 with many families across the city well acquainted with our secular pre-school serving children 2 to 5 years of age. When the school was established, our play-based pedagogic model was virtually the only form of early childhood education. While other educational approaches have been introduced or developed since then, we continue to hold play at our core. PAMDS is the home of ‘Playful Inquiry’. Through constructive and meaningful play experiences and ‘Cycles of Inquiry’, children not only learn what they need to know, but also acquire the skills that they need to be successful learners and citizens beyond preschool. We listen to what each child has to say and treat each child as an individual. We praise the child’s process of discovery and encourage them to take risks. We support children to be respectful, active, excited, autonomous, curious and courageous learners.

We are seeking families who take an active role in their child’s life and firmly believe that play is a child’s work. PAMDS understands that a quality school relationship puts the child and the family at the center of our mission. We look forward to partnering with you throughout your time with us.


PURPLE CIRCLE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

251 West 100th St.
New York, NY 10025
212-866-9193
www.purple-circle.org

Purple Circle was founded in 1972 as a non-sectarian, non-discriminatory program that operates as a parent cooperative. Our program is comprised of four separate classrooms for children ages two through five. Multiple time options are available from 8:00am until 6:00pm, year-round, to accommodate an array of schedules.

Purple Circle’s mission is to preserve, celebrate and respect children’s right to play. As an early childhood program, we provide a quality educational experience within a nurturing environment that links families and our educators in a community of natural learning and care.

Our classrooms are designed to encourage a variety of opportunities for exploration and investigation. Children use an assortment of mediums, such as art, music, literature, clay, block building and drama. Curriculum is developed through adult observation and documentation of children’s questions, ideas, conversations and use of materials. When the curriculum is tailored to meet the individual’s strengths and interests, and the environment supports this, the children come to see themselves as capable learners, making sense of the world around them.

Purple Circle is relocating and expanding just three blocks away to include infants in Spring 2021!


RIVERDALE COUNTRY SCHOOL

5250 Fieldston Rd., Riverdale, NY 10471
718-549-8810, 718-549-7780
www.riverdale.edu
PreK - 12 grade

At Riverdale Country School, we educate boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 based on guiding principles in four areas: mind, character, commitment, and community.

MIND
High standards are valued, but so are innovative approaches to learning. We invite students to cast a wide net during their years on campus, encouraging them to explore subjects in the arts and sciences that interest them. Students' intellectual curiosity and emotional growth are given thoughtful support even as they grow independent as learners.

CHARACTER
Honesty, self-discipline, resilience, and perseverance are qualities we encourage. A multifaceted support system provides students with the assistance they need as they pursue opportunities and learn life lessons.

COMMITMENT
A successful life is made up of the many commitments we make, both to ourselves and to others. Riverdale's emphasis on commitment to a wide range of activities, including academics, sports, community service, and the arts, endows students with a sense of satisfaction and balance.

COMMUNITY
The Riverdale campuses are an ideal setting for an intimate community of learners. Students also expand their view of community beyond the wooded campuses; they are encouraged to view themselves as citizens of the world, with all the joy and responsibility that implies.


SAINT ANN’S SCHOOL

www.saintannsny.org

We are an independent, co-ed, non-sectarian day school offering instruction to students in preschool through 12th grade. As a central part of our educational philosophy, grades are not given at Saint Ann’s. We deliberately integrate and highlight the arts—including dance, music, theater, and the visual and recreational arts—as central elements of our academic curriculum.

We believe diversity is essential to every aspect of education and seek deliberately to embrace the variety of experiences and perspectives that the city around us offers us as we construct the symposium that is Saint Ann’s. Visit our website at www.saintannsny.org to learn more.


THINK Global School

www.thinkglobalschool.org

THINK Global School is a traveling high school where your child will live and learn in ten countries over three years, making unforgettable connections between their education and the world around them.

Students at THINK Global School guide their own learning through a combination of real-world exploration, skills mastery, and meaningful projects. Imagine conservation lessons in Botswana or marine biology studies at the Great Barrier Reef: Each term at THINK Global School is an opportunity for your child to solve driving questions related to the socio-cultural, environmental, and political issues that shape the places they visit. It's an education based on unique and compelling firsthand experiences, unlike any other in the world.

THINK Global School also places just as much emphasis on social-emotional development as academic growth. A 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio and highly-qualified counseling staff ensure your child will always have a mentor to turn to for advice. And whether THINK Global School is in Botswana, Japan, or any of our other locations, you'll always be kept fully up-to-date on your child's educational and holistic progress.

The 21st-century skills that THINK Global School students learn during their travels also prepare them for success in the real world: 98% of THINK Global School students have gone on to university following their graduation and are already impacting the world in a variety of fields. Change begins at THINK Global School, but it certainly does not end there.

Sound like the educational adventure of a lifetime? Apply today at www.thinkglobalschool.org.


WEST SIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

309 West 92nd St.
New York, NY 10025
212-662-8000
www.wsmsnyc.org
ages 2.8 - 6 years old
Mimi Basso, Head of School
Judy Lyons, Director of Admissions

West Side Montessori School … where to begin a lifetime of learning.

Since 1963, West Side Montessori School has provided an exceptional early childhood education within a welcoming and richly diverse community. Here, children are nurtured, families find friendship and support and faculty can flourish. We embody the best practices that have evolved in early childhood and Montessori education, and as a community of learners, we use the process of self-reflection to continually improve what we know and what we do to best support our students. We share our growing understanding of early childhood education and our findings with parents and with the broader educational community. Our mission is made feasible by our outstanding faculty and is further enhanced by our internationally recognized teacher education program.

We maintain our unique identity by:
Actively involving families in their children’s educational lives.
Modeling our belief in the importance of diversity.
Living our Montessori philosophy.
Continually building on our knowledge of child development and Montessori education.


WETHERBY-PEMBRIDGE SCHOOL

7 E 96th Street
New York, NY 10128
646-213-3400
https://www.wetherby-pembridge.org

Wetherby-Pembridge is a British independent school for boys and girls ages 3 to 14 (Nursery 3 - Grade 8). Our school vision is to awaken curiosity, cultivate high standards and celebrate successes. Wetherby-Pembridge holds sacred its core values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. We combines the merits of single-sex and co-education in a unique provision that is both family-friendly and educationally sound. The curriculum is based on the rigorous English National Curriculum but is enriched by New York City’s education practice and infused with school values. At Wetherby-Pembridge, children are inspired to achieve personal confidence and success with integrity, kindness, respect and manners. From Kindergarten onward, boys and girls are taught English and Math separately, while enjoying the social benefits of co-education in all other subjects and extracurricular activities. Many internationally-minded families benefit from exchange programs with London Schools and are well-prepared for top high schools across the US and Internationally, as well as top universities in the US, UK and around the globe. Visit our website to register for an Open House or schedule a private tour.


WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

 

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BENCHMARK SCHOOL

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Students who learn differently need a program tailored to the way they learn best, and that’s what Benchmark School provides.

Benchmark School in Media, PA is an internationally recognized leader in providing effective, individualized education for bright children in grades 1-8 who have dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning differences.

At Benchmark School, our exclusive approach goes beyond basic reading programs to reach the whole child. The Benchmark Approach is a unique way of teaching children with dyslexia, executive functioning issues (ADHD/ADD, auditory and visual processing differences), and other language-based learning differences.

Developed and refined over decades of research and hands-on experience, the Benchmark Approach teaches children how to be critical, analytical thinkers with excellent emotional, social, and decision-making skills.

The Benchmark Approach is intentional, reflective, supportive, and teaches the whole child. Our approach meets children where they are, and creates personalized instruction for each student. We use an array of tools and strategies—honed over fifty years—to scaffold student success.

When our graduates leave Benchmark School, they are confident and competent learners who know their learning styles intimately, and can advocate for their own success. Thousands of alumni credit Benchmark School with their achievements as learners and in life. Lauren Pyle '04 says, “I came to Benchmark because it catered to my unique learning style; other places couldn’t do that for me which stifled my ability to grow. Benchmark took the time to understand how I was different then gave me the tools to be successful.”

Visit at benchmarkschool.org.


DELAWARE VALLEY FRIENDS SCHOOL

19 E. Central Ave.,
Paoli, PA 19301
www.dvfriends.org

DVFriends is one of the nation’s best schools for bright students who learn differently. We welcome students in grades 1 to 12 with reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. Our purposeful Quaker culture recognizes and honors the inherent worth of all students while nurturing a community that is diverse and inclusive in every way.

This philosophy underlies all we do to help students discover and grow their strengths and celebrate their differences. We have an exceptional track record of preparing students to succeed in college and beyond. A high percentage (98%) of DVFriends graduates apply and choose to attend a broad range of higher education programs, including 4-year colleges and universities, top art and culinary schools, community colleges, and technical institutes. Our faculty develops authentic partnerships with students and their families to build trust that fosters accountability and yields achievement. Our research-based, multisensory teaching techniques empower students to develop tools for their unique learning styles. Applying innovation and deep expertise, DVFriends teachers guide students to embrace the courage to try, establish the confidence to reach farther, and build resilience to succeed in school and beyond.

Learn more at www.dvfriends.org.


FANNY EDEL FALK LABORATORY SCHOOL

4060 Allequippa Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-624-8024
https://falkschool.pitt.edu

Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School is a K-8 tuition-based campus laboratory school affiliated with the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1931, Falk has been known for providing a learning environment that is grounded in community, diversity, progressive and experiential education, individualized instruction and a low teacher-student ratio. Being grounded in progressive education principles means the school community has a child-centered approach to learning that focuses on the social, emotional, and academic needs of each individual. It also means an emphasis on collaboration, intrinsic motivation, and active learning. The Falk community is also guided by the thoughts and intentions found within the faculty created booklet, Wishes for our Children.

Each year, our 60 faculty and staff members work with more than 6 intern teachers, 25 student teachers, researchers, and visitors to perform the major functions associated to Laboratory Schools: the development of innovative practices in education, research, the preparation of new teachers, professional development for practicing teachers, and the education of children using best established principles of education.

For more information please visit https://falkschool.pitt.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (412) 624-8024.


FRIENDS SCHOOL HAVERFORD

851 Buck Lane
Haverford, PA 19041
610-642-2334
www.friendshaverford.org
Nursery School - Grade 8

Founded in 1885, Friends School Haverford is a coeducational Quaker school for students in nursery school through grade 8.

We provide an intellectually rich program to an intentionally diverse school family. We promote academic scholarship, creativity, respect, integrity, and self-awareness with a commitment to creating a culture of stewardship and kindness. Friends School Haverford graduates are uniquely prepared to go forth with boldness of intellect and character.

Our program is rooted in academic challenge, intellectual vigor, artistic expression, service, and kindness. We encourage children’s curiosity, creativity, and joy of discovery as they grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

We foster an atmosphere in which students learn to work independently and in cooperation with others. They are challenged to question, explore, reflect, reason, and communicate effectively.

We teach our students to be contributing members of the community, to grow and to change with flexibility and courage, and to treat others with care and understanding.

Friends School Haverford graduates possess the intellectual and spiritual skills necessary to envision and create successful and meaningful lives.

To lean more, VISIT www.friendshaverford.org!


FRIENDS’ CENTRAL SCHOOL

1101 City Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
610-649-7440
www.friendscentral.org

Nursery - Grade 12

Friends’ Central School is an independent, Quaker, co-educational, college-preparatory day school for students in Nursery through grade 12. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends’ Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of students. Guided by Quaker values, since 1845, we have been educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging our students to peacefully transform the world.

Friends' Central is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive, diverse community. A basic tenet of Quakerism stems from the believe that there is "that divine spark" in everyone, recognizing the spiritual equality of all persons. All constituencies are responsible for an awareness of and ongoing dialogue around equity issues of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, privilege, religion, physical ability, and family structure. We honor each perspective and life experience, and through an intentional curriculum and differentiated methods of teaching, we seek to empower and engage all groups.

Friends’ Central is committed to education that is challenging, thoughtful, and dynamic. Our faculty set increasingly high standards, encouraging students to approach new ideas with an open mind and unreserved respect for one another. Our students participate in a process designed to foster creative, critical, independent, and flexible thinking, and our graduates are prepared to succeed in college and the world beyond.

To learn more, check out our website or visit our campuses!


Germantown Friends School

GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL

31 West Coulter Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-2300
www.germantownfriends.org
Early Childhood-12th grade

Founded in 1845, Germantown Friends School (GFS) is a Quaker, co-ed, independent day school for students in preschool through grade 12. Germantown Friends School is dedicated to reaching that of God in every person; the school mission is to seek truth, challenge the intellect, honor differences, embrace the city, and nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit.

Located in the historic neighborhood of Germantown in Northwestern Philadelphia, GFS is nationally known for its academic excellence, attention to the Quaker values of Peace, Equity, and Integrity, a commitment to diversity, and its long-standing dedication to community engagement and neighborhood partnerships.

GFS seeks bright and eager students who demonstrate the potential to engage deeply with an intellectually rigorous academic program, and who will contribute to our vibrant school community.

Contact admissions@germantownfriends.org, call 215-951-2345, or visit www.germantownfriends.org/admissions to learn more about applying to Germantown Friends School.

ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Austin, Texas
(512) 299-9800
communications@sasaustin.org
www.sasaustin.org

St. Andrew’s students are more than academically prepared for a competitive world; they are connected to their own sense of identity as scholars, artists, athletes, and community servants. Their K-12 experience is shaped by social-emotional learning and daily chapel services that cultivate self-awareness, confidence, and empathy. They graduate as passionate life-long learners armed with a strong sense of purpose and the ability to navigate an ever-changing world. Follow Us @sasaustin.

BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN | Age 2–Grade 12

8000 Jones Branch Dr.
McLean, Virginia 22102
(703) 854-1253
mclean.basisindependent.com

BASIS Independent McLean is an age 2–grade 12 private school in Northern Virginia that is educating tomorrow’s artists, engineers, scientists, and leaders. The world-acclaimed BASIS Curriculum is bench-marked to the highest international levels, featuring unique courses in STEM, Mandarin, logic, humanities, economics, and more. Subject Expert Teachers lead each subject area—with a two-teacher model in the Early Learning and Primary Programs that supports differentiation—who encourage students to take risks academically while providing consistent, individualized support.

Students and teachers alike center themselves around their school values: show respect, take responsibility, and make improvements. These ensure students build the empathy, independence, and confidence to take control of their education while also learning to be a good friend. At BASIS Independent McLean, students ultimately learn become active participants—not spectators—in their school and larger community.


BROWNE ACADEMY

5917 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
www.browneacademy.org

Mission: Browne Academy is a diverse independent day school committed to developing the whole child through extraordinary teaching, exceptional academic programs, and a nurturing community. We empower students to be critical thinkers, inspired innovators, engaged peers, and ethical leaders prepared with the confidence to thrive in a dynamic world.

Philosophy: Browne Academy began as one of the first integrated schools in Virginia. Today that spirit of inclusion endures, as our core values – excellence, diversity, character, and community – are an integral part of our school’s tapestry. By encouraging all members of our community to exemplify these values every day, we are building a foundation of empathy and respect that will serve our students throughout their lives.

We believe in providing our students with experiential learning opportunities that encourage thoughtful questioning, personal engagement, use of the greater community, and a deeper understanding of the world. Through our inquiry-based approach, we strive to foster our students’ natural curiosity and develop their lifelong love of learning.

We intentionally keep our class sizes small to nurture each child’s academic, social, and emotional growth. Students feel safe and cared for in such an environment, and as a result, we see them thrive. Our graduates are equipped both academically and personally to navigate life after Browne Academy with confidence.

Program Highlights:

• Inquiry-based, hands-on academic program
• Small class sizes that enable individual attention for each student
• Innovation Center fully equipped with STEAM-based technology that encourages students to imagine, design, and invent
• Year-round opportunities for busy families, including before and aftercare; after-school enrichment; summer, spring break, and winter break camps
• Athletic program that allows students to join a team, regardless of their experience in a sport. Teams include soccer, cross-country, and basketball
• Robust performing arts program – hand bells, orchestra, various choirs, band, guitar ensemble, spring musical, private music lessons

Please email admission@browneacademy.org or call 571-451-1006 for more information.


CONGRESSIONAL SCHOOL

3229 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.congressionalschool.org

A co-ed independent day school for infants to eighth graders in Falls Church, VA. Congressional School prepares young learners for future success, inspiring them to question, collaborate, create, and lead.


ST. STEPHEN’S AND ST. AGNES SCHOOL

www.sssas.org

St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School is a college preparatory Episcopal Church School in the Diocese of Virginia that educates boys and girls from ages 3 through grade 12. SSSAS serves students from across Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We have three distinct campuses, each uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the students within. 

We live our mission every single day. To help our students succeed in a complex and changing world, we seek to inspire a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for athletic and artistic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity, and a commitment to service. Our mission is to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.

Our students are respected and celebrated for their gifts and talents. Through all the learning, exploring, and dreaming big, students develop a confidence in themselves because they are known, supported, challenged, and inspired to succeed. The opportunities are endless, and the relationships last a lifetime.

Every aspect of your school experience contributes an essential ingredient to who you will become. As you consider what you want in a school, keep these points in mind:

• Values that affirm the worth of each member of the school community create the conditions for your success.
• Teachers who nurture your curiosity inspire you to realize your academic best.
• Hands-on learning experiences, whether field trips, service projects, or cross-cultural travel build your understanding of the wider world.
• Opportunities for you to innovate stimulate your imagination and creativity.
• Clubs, activities, and athletics are proving grounds for building friendships, developing leadership skills, and shaping your character.
• A school with a well-defined sense of purpose will help you to define yourself to BECOME READY.


TANDEM FRIENDS SCHOOL

www.tandemfs.org

Tandem Friends School, a coeducational day school for 5th through 12th grades located in Charlottesville, VA, offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in an environment built on Quaker values. Tandem students receive an education in which intellectual, ethical, artistic, and athletic ideals are pursued. Tandem’s capable students: value a spiritual, egalitarian, kind, and creative community; thrive on independent, imaginative thought; are fully engaged in learning; and, seek the best from themselves and their community.

Tandem's founders articulated a simple, profound vision - to create a school in which students and teachers collaborate in the learning process. As young people face the challenges of the 21st century, that vision is alive and well at Tandem Friends. In classrooms, on the stage, in athletic arenas, and in the community, members of Tandem's school family are living proof of the brilliance of this simple vision.

Tandem fosters an inclusive community that values and celebrates the experiences of people of different races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, family structures, economic positions, faith traditions, physical abilities, learning profiles, and nationalities. Tandem believes that such inclusivity benefits our community and prepares our students to be culturally proficient, contributing members of the diverse, multi-faceted world they inhabit.

BERTSCHI SCHOOL

2227 10th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102
206-324-5476
www.bertschi.org
Pre-K – 5th grade

Bertschi School educates children to become compassionate, confident and creative learners in a global community.  But this is not just the mission of the school, it’s also how Bertschi operates every day. It’s what we call the Bertschi Way, and it’s what parents, kids and visitors experience as soon as they walk through the doors.

Bertschi’s faculty know children learn in many ways and strive to address individual needs and abilities. Bertschi kids experience cross-curricular exploration and constant creative encouragement. Science, art, math, and drama projects are used to promote different kinds of thinking and fun learning experiences. Students’ interests are developed, discovered, and nurtured. The Bertschi Way means doing everything all the way with heart and soul and attention to every child.

Bertschi students are taught to know who they are, who their fellow students are, and the impact and influence they have on their community. Staff, teachers, parents, and students work together to establish an environment that is inclusive, supportive, and respectful. This is a school that helps develop thoughtful kids full of compassion, confidence, and creativity who are ready for the challenges of secondary education.

Bertschi School is a learning experience to last a lifetime.


FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF PUGET SOUND

Excellence Today, the World Tomorrow
3795 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206-275-3533
www.fasps.org

The French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) offers education with the highest standards of both French and American systems from preschool (age 3) to Grade 8, which represents 11 years of bilingual education. With a truly international community, composed of 48 nationalities, our students come with all levels of French when they join. We don’t require any previous French up to Kindergarten. FASPS students become fully bilingual, academically thriving, entrepreneurially minded and keen on team work. They emerge as well-rounded, confident, and happy young individuals with an educated perspective on our global world.

“My daughter gained incredible study skills, work ethic, focus, organization and discipline through this bilingual system. At the same time, she learned to think out of the box, creatively and analytically.” -FASPS Alumni Parent

For the most up to date information on tours and open houses, please visit our website: www.fasps.org/admissions.


The Meridian School

THE MERIDIAN SCHOOL

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 242
Seattle, WA 98103
206-632-7154
www.meridianschool.edu

The Meridian School is an independent, K-5 school (215 students) committed to shaping globally responsible citizens who are empowered to inquire, investigate, innovate and impact their communities. Guided by a belief in the power of a wide range of human potential, we approach each child’s learning flexibly and responsively. Our inclusive approach serves a diverse community of learners through a combination of instructional differentiation and small group intervention or extension. Our unique location in Wallingford’s historic Good Shepherd Center situates us in an 11-acre park and surrounds us with nonprofit organizations such as the Tilth Alliance, Washington Green Schools and the Wallingford Senior Center. Academics take place inside the classroom and out in the park, and lessons in community begin by simply walking in the door.

Our Mission: The Meridian School promotes a balance of mind and heart, of contemplation and action, of individuality and a commitment to the community.

Our Beliefs:

Curriculum should challenge, engage and inspire students. At Meridian, we provide an excellent academic education in which the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning.

Character is built upon integrity, compassion, and responsibility. At Meridian, students are guided toward self-discipline and thoughtful decisions, mindful of themselves, others and their environment.

Community is the heart of a school. At Meridian, all students, staff and families are known and valued. We strive to create an equitable and inclusive culture. Our connections are strengthened through close student-teacher relationships, strong parent involvement, and active engagement with our local and global communities.

Programmatic Highlights: A learning approach that is flexible, responsive and customized, Place-based Education, Service Learning, Global Competency


NEW DISCOVERY SCHOOL

www.newdiscoveryschool.org

New Discovery School is a play based preschool that nurtures the whole child. We foster confident, joyful learners by building a strong community of children, families, and teachers.

NDS was founded in 1985 with the mission to provide young children an emotionally supportive environment where they can learn and grow through play. Play is the heart of our curriculum.

Children explore and discover both on their own and with peers and teachers, learning through a balance of planned and spontaneous activities that engage and challenge, while also providing opportunities to experience success and self-discovery.

Our focus on social-emotional learning empowers children- giving them the skills to self-regulate, listen respectfully, resolve conflicts, enter play, welcome others, and feel confident navigating the social arena. We believe it’s essential to teach children how to be valued members of a group, and we welcome all types of families to be a part of our community.

The arts play a key role in our program. We start each day singing together, encourage creativity, and have a skilled team of teachers actively promoting creative expression through many forms including: music, sign language, movement, theater, dance, and sculpture. Children leave NDS confident and ready to continue learning.


SEATTLE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

Inspiring gifted children to reach their potential through inquiry, curiosity, and wonder.
K-8th grade
2619 4th Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98119
www.seattlecountryday.org
206-691-2625

Since 1964, Seattle Country Day School has been inspiring gifted children in grades K-8 to discover their potential through inquiry. Students are the center of a dynamic learning and discovery process. Experienced teachers focus on intellectual and character growth, attending to the social, ethical, and emotional needs of sensitive and capable students. Small classes generate curiosity and innovation through inquiry learning, and provide opportunities for collaborative experiences with a curriculum rich in mathematics, science, technology, humanities, and the arts.

Seattle Country Day School entry points are kindergarten, third grade, and sixth grade; applications are accepted at all grades level.

School highlights gifted education, inquiry-based learning, creative problem-solving, engaged peer groups, and collaborative culture.


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SOUNDVIEW SCHOOL

6515 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 778-8572
www.soundview.org

Would your child benefit from an ethical, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment? Do you believe that parents and teachers should come together to make sure children grow as students and as individuals? Soundview School may be of interest to you.

Soundview School is an independent, International Baccalaureate World School in Lynnwood, Washington (population 38,273). It is situated 17 miles north of Seattle. The school enjoys a 3+ acre campus, one-third of which is reserved for forest. Currently, Soundview has a student body of 85. The faculty to student ratio is 8:1.

Soundview educates preschool through 8th grade students. The Soundview community is built on close, personal relationships between students, families, and teachers. Students learn in flexible, multi-age classrooms that provide personalized learning experiences.

  • 100% of our curriculum exceeds State of Washington standards.
  • 100% of our students take advanced courses in math.
  • 100% of our fifth- through eighth graders participate in band.
  • Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are incorporated at all levels of learning.

At Soundview, every child empowered to make a positive difference. We honor how children really learn by encouraging curiosity, risk-taking, creation, and reflection.

If this sounds like something your child would benefit from, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon.


UNIVERSITY CHILD DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL

5062 9th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA
http://www.ucds.org

Since the inception of UCDS in 1911 on the University of Washington campus, our teachers have assumed the role of educational researchers as they designed, implemented and evaluated our programs. Today, as a professional practice school, UCDS is engaged in ongoing educational reform. Our school is a dynamic learning environment for teachers as we work together to understand and inspire each child that we serve. Like our students, teachers at UCDS collaborate with colleagues and support each other professionally. Each faculty member brings different expertise and experience, enriching the learning environment.

UCDS builds a strong community between students, teachers, staff, parents, Board of Trustees and neighborhood. Civic responsibility is central to the ethos of our school. Students are responsible for sharing their knowledge and talent in a way that enriches the rest of the community.

We teach children to listen carefully to others, to help one another, to share what they have learned, to coach one another, to participate in group discussions, and to develop areas of expertise where a child can assume leadership. We believe that developing tolerance for different points of view and empathy for the needs of others is essential to the moral development of a child.


THE VALLEY SCHOOL

318 30th Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112
www.thevalleyschool.org

Located in Seattle's Madison Valley, The Valley School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade independent school that creates educational experiences that ignite children’s natural passion for learning. Our students develop an academic foundation and become joyful learners through playful work, purposeful play, and the practice of community.

For more information, visit www.thevalleyschool.org or email info@thevalleyschool.org.


WHOLE EARTH MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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Founded in 1986, WEM is fully accredited and proudly serves ages 3 through 6th grade in the greater Bothell area. WEM’s vision is a world in which each individual has respect for self, others and the environment. Our mission is to nurture in each child a respect for self, others and the environment through academic excellence, global perspective and environmental awareness utilizing the philosophy, methods, and materials advocated by Dr. Maria Montessori.

AIDAN MONTESSORI SCHOOL

2700 27th St NW
Washington DC 20008
202-387-2700
www.aidanschool.org
18 months - 6th Grade

With the innovative and proven Montessori Method at our core, Aidan prepares children to learn confidently, think independently, and succeed wherever they go.

Aidan Montessori School is a co-ed, independent private school for children ages 18 months through grade 6. Founded in 1952, Aidan is the only school in DC that holds accreditation from the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools and American Montessori Internationale.

Aidan follows the highest standards of Montessori pedagogy to prepare children for successful and fulfilling lives. Everything at Aidan revolves around how children learn best. Aidan students grow into independent thinkers, confident learners, effective collaborators, and responsible citizens.

For more than 50 years, Aidan’s education has been based on Montessori’s scientifically-proven method to nurture children’s natural development, innate curiosity, and remarkable ability to absorb the world around them. Our classroom communities are thoughtfully planned joyful places where children use ingeniously designed materials for hands-on learning and self-discovery. Here education is an adventure. Because most of Aidan’s experiences are self-directed, children gain an immense sense of satisfaction and confidence from meeting new challenges. Learning is hands-on. Lessons are welcomed. Work is purposeful. Curiosity is encouraged.

Schedule your visit to see Aidan in action today.


THE LITTLE FOLKS SCHOOL

3247 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6571
www.littlefolks.org

The Little Folks School is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC enrolling children ages two through five. Our nursery school is an inclusive community where teachers have created an environment for your child to learn through active exploration and interaction with teachers, other children, and the physical world around them. We approach the whole child: developing the social, the cognitive, the physical and the aesthetic. Our program has always had an emphasis on the arts, both visual and performing.

Diversity of all kinds is celebrated at our school.

As we teach our students, “families come in all different shapes and sizes, it is love that makes a family.”


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ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL PRESCHOOL

www.stjohnsdc.org
3240 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-338-2574

St. John’s Preschool is made up of three classrooms with a total enrollment of 46 children, ages 2.5-5 years old. St. John’s is located in the heart of Georgetown, Washington, DC. The classrooms have adjacent studios for ongoing project work and investigations, and the faculty is grouped into co-teaching teams. Children may arrive early to participate in the Early Birds program, which begins at 8:00 AM, or stay for the afternoon Kids’ Workshop between 12:30 until 3:00 PM. Under the direction of St. John’s staff, these mixed age group auxiliary programs offer a rich extension of our philosophy. Children participating in the afternoon Kids’ Workshop bring lunch from home and enjoy time in the outdoor classroom.

St. John’s Preschool is inspired by the Municipal Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy, which provide the philosophical foundation for our values and actions. Our launching point is the belief that all children are competent, capable, and intelligent.