Our preschool and elementary school give children a deep understanding and respect for the world they live in, through a fully integrated, experiential approach to teaching. The child’s entire experience is guided by a rich and comprehensive curriculum.
Preschool: At the core of our program is the philosophy that natural materials in a simple, soothing and structured environment create a place where children can thrive. About 80% of our teaching materials are Montessori based. Our aesthetics, affinity for all that is natural and not branded, and emphasis on natural rhythms, imaginative play, and storytelling are directly borrowed from Waldorf philosophies; while our emergent curriculum driven by the students’ personal interests is influenced by Reggio teaching principles.
The themes in our curriculum are designed to lead into each other for a rich and profound understanding of the world we live in.
The preschool program operates yearly and focuses on teaching empathy, sharing, role-playing, and the development of good listening and communication skills. The preschool program is a full Persian language immersion program.
Elementary school: The elementary school focuses on the beauty of humanity – and all that we share in common – and celebrates the heritages and cultures of each community. While building a strong academic foundation in each child, we are creating a microcosm of the global society we envision for a peaceful future.
Beginning Grade Taught Preschool
Final Grade Taught 5th Grade
Accreditations Selected by Ashoka Foundation as a ChangeMaker school Member National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative
Foreign Languages Taught Persian, Arabic, Hebrew
Religious Affiliation Independent
Year Established 2008
Number of Students 70
Student Teacher Ratio 12:2
Average Class Size 12
Annual Tuition Price Range $23,927 - $28,512
Offers financial aid Yes
320 San Carlos Avenue
El Cerrito, California 94530