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.
We strive to create a community of students and families that reflects the incredible diversity of the East Bay, so that our students learn to develop a sense of identity—not from what a “man is supposed to be,” but instead from their authentic selves. Students at EBSB collaborate with and learn from peers and adults of different races, gender expressions, abilities, and socioeconomic and family backgrounds. It is our goal to radically expand the concept of manhood as defined by popular culture. At EBSB, being a great young man means challenging oneself, learning from mistakes, expressing emotions with respect, caring for others, and standing up for justice.
Graduates will go to high school prepared and passionate. In short, our purpose is to empower boys of the East Bay to become strong, capable, and self-actualized through a challenging, active, and supportive all-boy middle school program.